As I started my internship, I realized I needed to update my wardrobe a little. I’ve been nannying or working with kids for so long that my main wardrobe staples have been jeans, soft tees, etc. In short, I needed some casual business wear that could easily transition to nannying because yes…I am still doing that too.
While not all of these are business-dress related buys, they are more intentional buys with the idea of transitioning between places every day.
Let’s start with shoes. This is my downfall area every time.
These tortoise shell flats from Asos were an instantaneous buy. With a coupon they were $20. I had an Old Navy pair of tortoise shell flats a couple of years ago that I wore into the ground. I LOVED them. These flats arrived and I was sooooo excited- until I put them on. It was the equivalent of wearing a pontoon boat. I checked the size and the box and it seemed consistent with the european size I ordered, but they were in no way a US size 8.
I spent a lot of time emailing customer service. I’ll give it to Asos that they are customer friendly, but I would have to ship these shoes back (internationally) with no shipping container available to me as they came in one of those bag things. The cost itself of doing so, just to get a refund, was not worth it. So my sister will be getting these shoes as she’s a shoe size larger than I am. That’s how faulty the shoe was in my opinion. – I don’t know if it was just the shoe was mis-marked or if this is a common european to US conversion issue, but I’m a little wary now. They are however super cute. Saga finished.
dv Tan Mules
These tan mules were a Target purchase. They are in the dv line for target and are just really so great. They would look good with jeans, white jeans, boho dresses, and more. Furthermore, they were only $35 which for the quality was impressive. I cannot wait to wear the heck out of them.
Okay, okay, obviously I am not wearing this swimsuit to work. Can you imagine? Oh man. Gap Factory was running a large sale last week which pushed me toward buying this swimsuit. Both pieces came in for a combined price of less than $20. You almost can’t get a Target swimsuit at that price anymore. The swimsuit came in and I tried it on even while bloated and it still looked good. The top comes down a little lower on the torso which I like. It covers that awkward upper ribcage area. Gap Factory is one of my go to stores when I am looking for decent pricing and trendier items. This comes into play with work items too.
Speaking of Gap Factory, these pants were also on sale last week. I like the girlfriend fit because it is looser, but not as baggy as the boyfriend fit. The navy pants are a nice transition piece toward spring and summer.
I talked about this tee in winter/spring transitional pieces post. I didn’t want to buy the top online because I wasn’t sure about the fit. When in San Francisco recently – that’s another post to come – I found this at the local Urban Outfitters. Our Urban didn’t carry it so I all but jumped for joy. I could have picked a size small in it but if you want it closer cropped, like I did, then I’d size you can easily size down. It’s super comfortable, but it does dye your skin if you wear it too long. Blue skin. It was quite the look.
Remember my fringe obsession seen here? This vest from Old Navy only heightened my interest in the trend. I purchased this vest as I was making a return last week- yep, yep, that’s how that process goes. The tag is still on the vest though. I wanted to have it available to me, but I’m not sure I like what I paid for it. Old Navy is great but tricky. Sometimes the one item you are interested in is not on sale…when the rest of the store is. That’s the problem. I paid full price for this and I never ever do that at Old Navy. So, though I like this vest, it may go back until I can buy it for less (usually online). Patience in not removing the tag and keeping the receipt can be rewarding.
So these are just a few recent picks. I am trying to keep the dollar amount low and watch for sales as I go. Easier said than done sometimes. My hope is that as I get better at making outfits from current pieces I already have, I won’t need to purchase as many season shifting items for my wardrobe.