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!).

Sometimes I Shop :: Winter Trunk Club

It’s been a while since I did a Trunk Club review, eh? If you’re new here, Trunk Club is a personal styling service that sends you a bunch of stuff from Nordstrom for $25 (which goes towards your purchase), or free if you’re a card holder. Now that I’ve been working with my stylist Martina for a while, I think she’s got a pretty good handle on what I like and what I spend, so most of my trunks are awesome. She sent me a trunk for the holidays this month, and we definitely had a few keepers. I will say - I think this is the first time I had sale items in my box! While the sales were not always reflected on the Nordstrom site, they were on the Trunk Club list.

Leopard Mini Skirt, Reformation, $89 (on sale) and Chelsea28 Bodysuit, $39.

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I kept both of these items! I’ve already worn this leopard skirt three times - if you’re not familiar with Reformation, it’s a sustainable clothing company so you can feel good about buying from them - and the fit of this thing is perfect. I love it. I also decided to keep this bodysuit for holiday parties, even though the entire concept of bodysuits still eludes me. Is the entire bottom SUPPOSED to be crawling up inside of my crack, or is that just a bonus? Either way, it’s super sexy with high-waisted pants so I guess I’ll just get used to it.

Spanx Velvet Leggings $78 (sale), Spanx Moto Leggings $88 (sale), Commando Tights $38.

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I actually own two pairs of the Spanx faux leather leggings, including these moto ones (I’ll point them out in a later post). They do have the tendency to roll down when you’re sitting which I hate, but I love the way they suck you in and they look awesome. I opted out of all of this stuff and didn’t even try it on. I was going to buy these tights but opted for some from Target instead, although a girl in a FB group highly recommends them - she says she hasn’t had a snag in three years!

Teddy Bear Faux Fur Jacket, Hinge, $99.

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I’m not gonna lie, I love the teddy bear trend and I have already ordered a super soft hoodie in this material. I liked this jacket a lot - it was very soft on the outside, and the oversized shape was really cool. The problem? It wasn’t lined at ALL, which made it feel not so soft on the inside and definitely cheaper than it’s $100 price tag. Pass. Oh yeah - not that you can see them that well, but these are the Spanx Moto leggings mentioned above.

Leopard Coat, 1901, $74.48 (sale).

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Okay, I didn’t know this coat was half off and I probably would have kept it if I had known. The prices online vs what was printed on the sheet are completely different! It’s absolutely adorable and after some light tailoring I think it would have been one of my favorite pieces. Dangit, I might email Martina and see if she can send that one back now.

Jordane Printed Camisole, cupcakes and cashmere, $69 (sale).

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Even on sale, I couldn’t justify the price of this camisole. It’s really cute and pretty well made from what I could tell, but kind of out of season for me. I did like the buttons. Actually, looking at the photo now I made the right choice - it looks a little bit like sleepwear. Also just realized my stylist went ALL IN on the leopard theme.

Belmont Mock Neck Sweater, Madewell, $98.

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Loved this sweater but couldn’t quite get over the price tag. I’ve bought sweaters at this price point before (even one from Madewell if memory serves me correctly), but this one was a little plain and there were things in the trunk I liked better. I might consider picking this up if it goes on sale, though!

1901 Stretch Poplin Shirt $69, Halogen Slouchy Cashmere Beanie $39.

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Two things I didn’t even open. Cute basics but nothing I needed.

Not pictured: Union Bay Windowpane Check Crop Pants, $45.

Great price for these pants and they were adorable! But…the elastic waistband proved to be too much of an obstacle for these hips. Less curvy friends might find these easier than I did!

Overall? I think this was a pretty good trunk. If I had unlimited funds, I think I’d keep a lot more pieces from my trunks than I do. If you want to try out the service, please consider using my referral link!

AJ Wears :: A Denim Dress

First things first - thank you SO much for all of the comments, shares, and support on my last post. It does not matter what size or shape you are, most of us have experienced this at one point or another and it's frustrating. It's always nice to get  a simple, "That sucks! I feel that way too." Rest assured, I have cut back on my cheese fries and fried chicken to try and remedy the situation, but I'm completely comfortable in my skin - just not my pants.

That being said, I'm pretty sure we could classify this dress as a pinafore. While it should make me feel like I'm four, I still really dig it. I tried to pair it with a polka dot button up and a bow tie this morning, but that made the whole thing WAY too sweet. A sleek black turtleneck was definitely the better option. Sometimes, I edit my outfits as I go in the morning until it feels right.

Which my husband loves, because he comes home to a trail of blazers, shirts and shoes in the afternoon. I'LL GET TO IT

Dress, Reformation (similar from Boohoo // similar from Asos).
Shirt, Asos (exact - it's super soft!).
Necklace, BaubleBar.
Flats, Zara ( VERY similar from TopShop // slightly edgier similar from TopShop).
Bag, Kate Spade (awesome similar from XXI // similar from Kate Spade).