Okay…so it’s not exactly swimsuit season yet. But I am sure I am not the only one who has started dreaming about breezy summer days by the pool. 

I actually did a bit of opposite season shopping last fall and bought myself this J. Crew retro-inspired set last year. The top is the Sweet Papaya Underwire Top and the bottom is the Sweet Papaya Tie Short.

I then stumbled upon this picture of Monica Jagaciak wearing the same suit…how does one erase the image of a beautiful specimen wearing your swimsuit and not run away in shame? I kid I kid, but she does look flawless in it.

Boyfriend’s remark when I showed him the picture is…why is she wearing THAT playing baseball in an abandoned lot?!

Have you started swimsuit shopping? Or are you, like me, someone who buys a new swimsuit every four years.

Years of enthusiastic opposite season shopping have netted me drawers full of plain sweaters in nearly every color; thus, only knits with a moderate amount of frill excite me these days, and I am particularly drawn to details like the bow on this J.Crew sweater (now on sale in all three colors; use code HAPPYSPRING for an extra 30% off).

Reviews of this sweater were mixed, though the majority of complaints are (unsurprisingly) related to fit: some people complained that it was boxy and short, and others found the v-neck too low-cut for office settings. I am on the short end of average (5’2”), and found the length in my usual size (XXXS in tops) reasonable; I also thought that the neckline dipped a little too low for my own taste, but not immodestly so.

J. Crew Lightweight Wool Bow Sweater in Gauguin Orange (size XXXS) || Kate Spade New York Jolie Silk Skirt in Abstract Bow (size 00; past season) || Burberry Westland Sateen Trench (past season) || Burberry Lavenby Medium Reversible Check & Leather Tote Bag (also here and here) || J. Crew Valentina Pumps (past season)

For those who also like frilly sweaters, here are a few that I recently bought: Ann Taylor Wool Cashmere Side Tie Sweater, Rebecca Taylor Eyelet Mock Neck Sweater, Endless Rose Ruffle Sleeve Top, Kensie Tissue Knit Sweater with Cowl Neck, and LOFT Lace Up Sweater.

Denim bottoms are typically reserved for Casual Fridays but for some reason no one seems to care when I wear chambray shirts and denim blazers during the week. I sometimes feel bad for jeans and their casual rep.

And…let’s move on to more serious business. J. Crew is running an additional 30% off sale on their final sale products (use code MUSTHAVE; if you can’t apply the code at checkout for some reason just order anyway and live chat to retroactively apply the code). I was secretly hoping that we would get a promo on full price items so I can finally order the Tillary Tote (also here and here) but alas, no such luck.

A few worthwhile deals…it’s the best time to do opposite season shopping! Get the Metro Coat for under $100, the Plaza Coat (also here) for $70, and the Lady Day coat for $112 (the one that I am holding in my hands in these pictures).

Happy Shopping!

Ann Taylor shirt + shoes, Zara skirt (similar here and here), Theory blazer, J. Crew coat and F21 necklace

I went to A&F yesterday, armed with a 20% coupon that I found online, and walked out three items richer and a few Andrew Jackson’s poorer. The selection at my particular store was never spectacular so I wasn’t really expecting to get anything, I even printed the A&F Kids coupon just in case. I was so happy to get them for the price that I did even though I still need to work out how to style them.

I can’t find this denim skirt online anymore but I do recall seeing it only last week in a few sizes. I picked this up in a size 00 (tag also says 24), as that is the only size available. It is so tiny on me and I think it’s skimming the line of indecency. In the pictures below I wore it with my Theory Darlin Blazer in 00 and Dolce Vita Madison pumps in 7.

The second item I got is the A&F Julia Dress. I had tried on this dress a few months earlier when it was still full price and was unimpressed with how it looked on me in spite of my obsession with seersucker. It’s $14.45 online before the additional 20% discount. Like PetiteXXS I also do some opposite season shopping to get the best discounts so I think this dress will be perfect for next summer. I think it doesn’t look great on me without a cardigan or a jacket but I love seersucker (did I mention that already?). Sorry about my bra straps showing in the pictures.

The third and last item I picked up is the Britt Dress. I had been eying this since it first came out because, again, I love seersucker and I like that only the skirt portion is seersucker. I got this in a size XS.

I had anticipated spending some money with all the Columbus Day sales going on and was worried I would be unable to resist all the good sales, I am fairly happy I didn’t spend more than I did. Baby steps, I guess.

I also ordered these Taryn Rose flats last night because I have wanted to try them for some time now and the price has fallen enough for me to risk the unfamiliarity with their sizing. I ordered these in a size 7.5 because the reviews warned that the length of these flats were shorter than average. Was originally $385 (GAH!), on sale for $49.94. Free shipping over $35 with code SHIPR (free DSW membership required).

Never someone to be deterred from a purchase because of the weather, I bought (and kept) the AQUA Tweed Double-Breasted Blazer pictured in this post around the peak of summer, when a day’s high can climb into triple-digits. And I wish I had a story of misery to share about how I nearly melted wearing it, but it’s been perfectly fine for the well air-conditioned office in which I work.

As the jacket is thigh-length, I see it most easily worn with a shorter dress in warm weather, or with fitted pants in cooler weather. The tinsel tweed adds a touch of party, but also blends well with the softer palette of the jacket, making it dressy but not garish.

Quay My Girl Sunglasses || Topshop Long Sleeve Belted Minidress (size 0P) || AQUA Tweed Double-Breasted Blazer (size XS) || Chanel Cerf Tote || Forever 21 Lace-Up Faux Suede Pumps (past season)

The fit is true to size, and the $98 price tag is reasonable–just noticed that it’s now 20-25% off at Bloomingdale’s (level of discount depends on the type of card used) and is available in four colorways online; sizes are still complete.

Here are some more tweed jackets that caught my eye for those in the market for new ones:

Happy shopping!

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