AJ Wears :: A Layered Crop

Well, I'm officially not homeless anymore. We closed on our condo, moved all of our junk in, and I'm feeling this renewed sense of joy with my closet. I don't know if it's because we were separated for three weeks or just seeing stuff in a new light because it's in a different closet, but getting dressed has been fun again. 

This outfit was a big hit on the instastories last week. The shirt is one I bought at Dillard's one day because I didn't like my outfit and had plans after work. The crop is from Everlane, bought with the idea that I'd pair it with high-waisted pants or skirts but never got around to wearing. And the pants you've seen before, a prize pair I found on sale after deciding I was going to dress more like Rachel Zoe. It's one of those outfits that I just felt great wearing, you know?  And you know I love a good, "Wait until you see the back!" moment.

Top, BCBG (exact - on sale!).
Crop, Everlane.
Pants, ABS (similar from Macy's).
Bag, Coach (similar color from Target).

AJ Wears :: Floral + Leather Jacket

I'm still working through my wardrobe resolutions for 2017. Not that I'm making any solid goals, but I feel like I'm still working through a transition period in my style. I'm still working out what exactly is my style - I had a small personal crisis after watching America's Next Top Model. Each model was tasked with defining her style in two words, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what my two words are. Edgy femme? Modern Avant-garde? Leather...and floral stuff?

If it's leather and floral stuff, I am set, for here is the world's coolest jacket. This was an outfit that felt decidedly me, if not a little cooler. I'll have to keep working on the words.

Jacket, c/o Shopbop (exact).
Shirt, Forever 21 (similar from Last Call).
Pans, ABS (similar from Macy's).
Bag, Gucci (similar from Rebecca Minkoff).
Heels, Stuart Weitzman c/o Shopbop (exact // similar from H&M).

AJ Wears :: All Black

The case for all black is as follows: it looks good, takes 0% effort to match, and sometimes, it tricks people into thinking you're wearing one piece. When rompers first came into style, I paired a black tank tucked into black shorts and put a belt over the waist, and people complimented me on my "romper" all evening. Add in the magic of culottes that sometimes look like a midi skirt, and BOOM. My blog is all smoke and mirrors.

culottes-5.jpg

Culottes, ASOS (similar from JCP).
Top, ABS Platinum (similar from ASOS).
Shoes, Gianni Bini (similar from Charlotte Russe).
Bag, Kate Spade (similar from Target). 
Necklace, BaubleBar.