AJ Wears :: A Sunday Dress

This dress has been hanging in my closet ever since the Gap 40% off clearance sale. I knew I wanted it, I just didn't know when I would WEAR it. BB said it would be a good Sunday dress, and as it turns out, he was absolutely correct. I wore this for a Mother's Day brunch with my in-laws Sunday.

At first I thought I might get creative with it and layer a shirt underneath like they did in the lookbook, or top it with a cardi or some chambray, but I somehow managed to keep it simple and just WEAR THE DRESS. Sometimes blogging makes you forget things like "a dress is already a full outfit" and you try and add things to it to make it more interesting. Don't get me wrong, that creativity is how we make our wardrobes feel fresh, but there's nothing wrong with just wearing the darn thing as it was intended.

I do promise to be more creative with it next time. But I thought it would stand on it's own first. I mean, it's certainly pretty enough to.

Dress, Gap (exact).
Necklace, The Limited.
Shoes, Mulberry by ShoeDazzle.
Bag, Mini Tanner by Coach (exact).

Linking this post up with Favorite Fashion Friday on Penniless Socialite, because this was totally my favorite outfit this week.

AJ Wears :: A spring dress

SPRING! SPRING Y'ALL! This dress made a little splash after my drawing of it in my budget post, so I thought it was funny I was wearing it today. After missing out on a b/w striped dress from The Limited, I saw this one at Forever 21 and snatched it up. I told BB it made me feel like I was on a lake picnic or like I should be frolicking on the beach or something. The good news - it's actually from the Love 21 line, so it's big girl sizing! Yay!

I don't wear flats too often, because they bore me. But I'm a smart girl and knew I couldn't last all day at my wedding in heels, so I bought these flats. They're SO CUSHY. And they have bows and sparkles so they're far from boring. If I'm going to do it, imma do it right.

 The end of this story is, I love this dress, it reminds me of Kate Spade for poor people, and it's pretty decently made. I'm already dreaming up other ways to wear it...I do think I'll try to dress it up next time, but a structured bodice + full skirt = classic summer favorite. Until I sweat too much and the stripes all turn yellow. Blast you, Summer! PS - Sorry it's kind of wrinkly. I sit at a desk all day and dog wrangle and I do not steam my clothes after I've already been wearing them. Still holds up pretty decently considering all of that.

Dress, Love 21 (in store, but here's similar in different colors).
Necklace, Target.
Bag, Coach.
Lips, Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop.

AJ Wears :: A sailboat skirt

I love a full skirt - a fitted, higher waist in proportion with a nice full bottom just makes the prettiest shape. It's classic without being dated, and this silhouette from a range of several decades continues to work today. Plus, hey, I think they look great on me.

When this skirt first arrived from eShakti I could not WAIT to wear it, but thanks to cold weather and dreary days, it didn't feel quite right until this week. I can see myself wearing it this summer with a white tank and a fun straw hat, but for now I layered it over a J.Crew dress for a little extra warmth on a windy day. Look at the sailboats. LOOK AT THEM. They're so cute. I'm in love. I can confidently say I'm addicted to eShakti skirts - I had this one customized to hit above the knee and I love the length!

 I already have another one or two skirts in my cart, so even though they bribed me with a skirt to win my affection, I can confidently say I will shop here again in the future, especially since I can customize the skirts to my height (which is kind of short). If they've won you over too, you can use coupon code "JWERSCLTHE" to get 20% off until March 20th. Boom.

PS - it's hard to tell with the lighting - but notice anything different about my hair? I've got a fun vlog coming your way soon!

Dress as a top, J.Crew.
Skirt, c/o eShakti.
Shoes, Gianni Bini.