February 20, 2018

Boden's Marion Tunic Swans OOTD

Swan Dress
Boden Marion Jersey Tunic, Bass booties, Spanx tights 

I bought my first Marion tunic last spring when Boden had a variety of seasonally appropriate prints. I liked it enough to order another for fall when Boden sent me a $15 voucher. I stacked the voucher with a % off code.

The Marion style seems to be a regular offering from the brand who releases it in a variety of prints as well as some solids. The style is breastfeeding friendly and pregnancy friendly due to its stretchy shape and fit. The v-neck of the tunic is a bit deep for Boden and might warrant layering a tank underneath. The gathers at the waist are effective camouflage for those who feel modest about snug clothing at their midsection.

I am wearing it above in a size 12L which is great in length to make it more dress and less tunic. But it's a bit too big otherwise. It's hard to tell from the photo but it's a bit baggier than I would prefer. Still, I didn't want it to cling so big is always preferable to small for me. It's on a great sale now and the pink swans print is 70% off. Code 9k9e works for free shipping at no minimum price. I wore this for teaching and for an event at E's school. I layered a cardigan for added modesty on campus and a trench for E's school. Thanks for reading!

February 05, 2018

J. Jill OOTD

J. Jill Gingham Rayon Twill Shirtdress, Spanx tights, Sam Edelman booties

Over the last few years I have had a harder time finding styles that I like in stores and from my former go-to brands. I just don't like many of the recent trends. But I still wanted to shop for new clothes. To do so, I decided to expand my shopping horizon.

I wound up checking out J. Jill because someone recommended that I try their cropped and ankle length leggings. Due to their high waist, they worked really well for me during my pregnancy with Rosie. I became so attached to them that I wound up grabbing a few pairs in smaller sizes for postpartum. Those leggings were my foray into J. Jill. Over the last few months I have also found a number of cute dresses in their sale section.

I am not sure if I am yet in their target demographic, age-wise. From their own website, they aim to attract a baby boomer customer base. But I find the fabrics to be of good quality and the styles to be appealing while remaining professional and modest.

The above pictured dress is one of the items I bought from them last fall. I already had a checked shirt dress very similar to this from Old Navy but the fabric was starting to show wear. It definitely was becoming too shabby for work. I was happy to grab this Gingham Rayon-Twill Shirtdress during a very good sale (I paid less than it is selling for right now). It has side pockets and a buttonless placket. It is nursing friendly though not as easily pumping friendly. The fabric is substantial without being stiff. I'm wearing it with Sam Edelman booties and Spanx tights.

January 24, 2018

First day of the Spring Term OOTD: Boden Carina Dress

Bpden Dress with Booties
Boden Carina Dress

I started back to work from holiday break three Mondays ago. So my semester is already underway. Pitt always returns earlier than most. But we finish in late April which is nice. For the first day of classes I decided to wear a dress Chris had given me for Christmas: Boden's Carina dress. Since I see a lot of the same students, semester to semester, I like to wear something new if I have a new item available. For better or worse, I get a lot of comments in evals and in person regarding my teaching outfits. So I know it's something they notice.

I picked this dress for it's vibrant winter (ok, it's really fall but fall is over so I'm calling it winter!) floral print. It was on a great sale because I don't buy things unless they are. You can still find it on pop back here. It has a back zip and no pockets which is good because pockets would almost certainly bunch up in this fabric. This fabric is a very thick cotton canvas which means it won't run the risk of clinging to every curve and bump. But it's kind of stiff. I took a size 10R. The dress is not lined but it doesn't need it due to the fabric composition. I haven't washed it yet so I don't know how it will wear but so far it's a great addition to my work wardrobe. I paired it with Spanx tights and Sam Edelman booties. I brought a black cardigan with me in case the classrooms and hallways were cold.

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