AJ Wears :: A Denim Dress

What EXACTLY do you call this dress? Jumper? Pinafore? Fancy skirt overalls? Whatever term you may choose, I randomly remembered it the other day and decided to see if it fit (a lot of old stuff is doing that lately!). I had been dreaming up this sleeve / jumper combo in my head and was delighted when it actually worked.

It also made for the perfect pairing for my new shoes, a birthday gift I bought myself when I was in NYC. No one knows how to spoil me like me.

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Dress, Reformation. (similar from shein // similar from asos).

Shirt, Endless Rose (similar from shein).

Flats, Chanel (super similar for less from asos!).

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).

AJ Wears :: A Lace Dress

One of the cool things about being a blogger is that we're occasionally sent products to try out from different companies. Since I really should be writing more shop reviews, today's dress comes from SheIn (formerly SheInside). I have definitely bought a few things from them in the past; mostly delicious drapey sweaters for fall and winter. They reached out to see if I'd like to style something from their store, and I chose this gorgeous sheer + lace number that looks suspiciously close to this dress I saw on AP (which is definitely over $600).

Overall, I was really impressed with the quality. It's much shorter than the original, but it seemed to be pretty well made considering the price. This style runs quite small though, so I ended up passing it along to my sister since it felt a little tight across my chest. She was throughly freaked out that they magically had matched my skin color with all of the lining, but happy to take it off my hands nonetheless.  

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Dress, c/o SheIn (exact).
Sandals, Stuart Weitzman (exact).
Bag, Coach via Poshmark (more Coach Borough bags for sale on there!).