AJ Wears :: A Lace Dress

It's my birthday! 🎉🎉🎉

I've been on this planet for 32 years now, which sounds kind of crazy. In those 32 years, I've learned a few fashion and style lessons that I'd like to share with you now.

1. Always buy your proper size, and if they don't have it, be ready to tailor. It took me about a full 30 years to get this, but I'm finally old enough to skip squeezing into those tiny 2s & 4s from my early 20s and just buy something that feels good. I've also quit cuffing my jeans for function - I actually get them tailored to fit my height! What a novel idea.

2. Buy a steamer. I've always hated ironing, so I bought a little handheld steamer a few years ago and it changed my wardrobe. You know what's not cute? wrinkly and creased clothes (especially in blog photos). You know what makes you look instantly more put together? Freshly steamed duds! It only takes a minute or two to look like you've got your life together.

3. Spend where it counts. When it comes to fast fashion, I'm all for trying out trends on the cheap. But if you're looking to invest, timeless, well-made bags and shoes are the way to go. If there's a particular designer you're interested in, study the line to see what pieces they make year after year for ultimate longevity.

4. Buy good skincare. Yes, I've been through them all. But in an effort to age gracefully, I've started really investing (see the theme here?) a little more in my products. My current obsession? Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream.

5. You can be comfortable without wearing yoga pants everywhere. Thanks to cotton jersey, almost anything can feel like pajamas. Explore stretchy pencil skirts, jersey sheath dresses, and cotton jackets to feel good AND look good at the same time. The comfort thing is key, actually. This goes back to #1, but size matters. If you're tugging at it in the dressing room or can't sit down, you're going to be doing that every time you wear it too. Life's too short for jeans without stretch, amirite? 

Dress, Marissa Webb (rent it // buy it).
Bag, Moschino c/o Shopbop (similar sans teeth at Target // the real deal on Amazon).
Shoes, JustFab (similar from Charlotte Russe).