powder puff

as with everything in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out (cut heidi klum project runway voice here). to me, one recent transition has been particularly stark– the last or two have been all about the statement shirt, but we swiftly transitioned from 2016’s off the shoulder (“OTS”) bohemian moment straight into a world of late 1980’s poufed power sleeves. volume, ruching, structure and even shoulder pads are showing up EVERYWHERE this fall. let’s peruse…

while i’m ready to stick padding in my blazers, i am digging the puff sleeved vibe. in my head, i envision a crisp white pirate shirt of sorts, paired with dark high waisted denim, a big ole pair of ear baubles, and some slick patent loafers. is it just me, or do other people plan dream outfits in their head as much as i do?

1- blouse, 2- earrings, 3- straight jeans, 4- loafers, 5- hooded parka, 6- mini bag

when i found this blouse by Sea at bergdorf’s last week, i immediately fell in love with the detailed sleeves and elastic bodice ruching. however, i did not love the $350 price tag– for a top i will a) be sick of in 3-6 months and b) get a bronzer stain on the neck immediately upon wearing.

i love my statement shirts and their ability to make an easy outfit, but as a “late 20’s lady” as my boyfriend calls me these days, i’ve also realized how quickly they rotate in and out of my closet. with that in mind, I set out to find some less pricey internet dupes. my five favorites are below…

1- sea, 2- asos  , 3- pixie market, 4- urban outfitters, 5- anthropologie, 6- asos

CPs— what are your feels on this trend?! love it or leave it? lemme know!  

mondaze.

monday- the dreaded day of the week where weekend fun comes screeching to a halt and you get smacked in the face with reality. this week prepare for battle in a stunning iro jacket – i discovered it at a hotel boutique of all places last weekend while staying at the one (a new place i highly recommend!).

while i typically am not a fan of red, this ikat print is just too good to pass up (although the jacket also comes in cream & black combo here). it can easily go from work to weekend drinks and pretty much everything in between. plus the slightly padded shoulders and open front are seriously flattering– you have to try it on to really be amazed.

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if its $700 price tag is too much to stomach, i found this practically identical style from ann taylor loft

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wear it with: 

2. cap toe pumps in the style of the cult classic chanel ones all zee fashionistas have been rocking

3. cropped flares from zara

4. raffia circle tote from my favorite clare vivier

5. simple black topshop tank

6. choker necklace

have a great week! i’m off to london tomorrow– stay tuned!