Minus Green (+ Mid-Week Required Reading)

The holiday season is almost upon us and, judging by the volume of emails in my Promotions folder, retailers are eager to liquidate old stock. Ann Taylor is running another 60% off sale today (discount applied at checkout). Here are some of my picks: Mini Signature Tote (reviewed here), Double Layer Sweater, Soft Twill Jacket, Mixed Media Wrap Top, Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, Lace Flare Dress, Wool Twill Peacoat, City Cape, Seamed Pencil Skirt, Sleeveless Sweater Dress, Double Breasted Blazer, Lace Tee, Long Peacoat, Two-in-One Sweater, and Classic Trench.

I picked up the Refined Pocket Cape, Ribbed Turtleneck Poncho, and Cozy Open Cardigan for myself. Sizes are still aplenty online.

And without further ado, some light reading for hump day:

1. Greenland Is Melting Away via the New York Times

2. The Struggle to Understand Ben Carson’s Rise via Vice

3. Winners of the Annual Photo Contest Highlighting Global Poverty via the Washington Post

Lilly Pulitzer Printed Jacket | Zipia Lace Top | J. Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool | Kate Spade Heart of Gold Bangle | Kate Spade Primrose Hill Little Kaelin Bag | Michael Kors Runway Watch | Kate Spade’s Larisa Pumps

4.  The Soft Evidence Behind the Hard Rhetoric of ‘Deterrence’ via the New York Times

5. Freedom from Fries via the New Yorker

6. The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp via Medium

7. Making Insider Trading Legal via the New Yorker

8. How the Motorcycle Jacket Lost Its Cool and Found It Again via the New York Times

Happy reading! And this week’s reading list has two fewer links because I have been too preoccupied with reading every postmortem on the latest episode of the Walking Dead. For those who follow the show, (spoiler alert) Glenn is totally alive, right?!
(The internet is, as one former professor of mine liked to say, just one giant confirmation bias machine.)

Forever 21 Knit Skater Dress

I’m currently packing for an upcoming road trip and, given the space constraint of my go-bag (last seen here), having to be extremely careful about which items to pack. 

This blue Forever 21 Knit Skater Dress (in nine colors) has been a reliable summer travel option; it can be washed hastily, dried quickly, and unwrinkled easily. Minimal styling is required of its wearer and the dress’s fit-and-flare style is flattering on many body shapes. I willingly admit to owning the dress in four different colors, with plans to buy more if additional colors become available.

 Burberry London Mottram Trench | Forever 21 Knit Skater Dress | Michael Kors Golden Oversized Runway Watch | MICHAEL Michael Kors Selma Top-Zip Satchel Bag | Zara Court Shoes

I find it difficult to criticize the value of this dress, considering it only retails for $12.90 and is exceptionally comfortable to wear (not to mention takes up little room; truly a piece made for budget travel). I’ve also actively tested its durability; the dress pictured here has been washed countless times (both by hand and by machine) and lived through innumerable food stains, all while retaining its original color.

I normally advise against entering the giant maze that is Forever 21 but this dress may be one reason to brave the blinding lights and deafening music.

In lieu of more empty promises to blog regularly, I actually scheduled posts in advance for the next little while. I don’t have plans to abandon the blog (yet) so want to thank those of you who checked in this summer. I appreciated all of the shopping tips, honest feedback, and encouragements.

Navy Sheath

Burberry London Westland Trench | c/o Chadwicks of Boston Suiting Separates Sheath | Banana Republic Haircalf Bow Glove in Leopard | Madewell Transport Tote (also here) | Michael Kors ‘Runway’ Chronograph Watch | Kate Spade Idiom Heart of Gold Bangle (also here and here) | Massimo Dutti Nappa Leather Court Shoe (similar)

Some of you may remember that I started this blog to address mounting frustration with the state of my starter work wardrobe, which is by no means a unique struggle among the newly graduated. Over the years, the focus of this blog shifted to my more whimsical pursuits but I still encounter questions from readers about where to find workwear that’s affordable yet premium in quality.

When my baby cousin graduated from college this spring, I decided to browse for suiting separates for her because she is petite (and if there’s one thing I’ve become adept at through blogging, it is shopping for petite women). While I normally avoid gifting clothes (would not recommend; hurt feelings occasionally ensued), she and I have a relationship that can weather a shopping hiccup.

Chadwicks of Boston had, around that time, reached out to me to review their apparel and I found their price points very reasonable and the quality of the garments themselves fair. My favorite piece from their spring collection was this Suiting Separates Sheath, which is available in ten colors and only retails for $39.99 (some colors are now half off).

Regular sizes run 4-18 and extended sizes are available for petite (2P-16P), tall (6T-18T), and plus (16W-26W). Sizing is comparable to mass retailers like J. Crew and Ann Taylor (or approximately half a size larger than the norm) so those on extreme ends of the size spectrum will probably not have much luck here.

The dress is comfortable, cut flatteringly, and isn’t particularly wrinkle-prone. With the right accessories, the dress can easily be transformed from a work staple to a date night dress. 

I’ll be reviewing a few other sheath dresses from other retailers in the coming months but this one is a clear winner if you are looking for something basic.

Spartina 449 Classic Backpack (+ Mid-week Required Reading)

Happy hump day!

Here are some of my favorite reads from around the web this week:

1. Poor Little Rich Women via the New York Times (related link)

2. To Have and to Hold via the New Yorker

3. One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush via Wired Magazine

Cherrykoko Embellished Collar Dress | Burberry London Mottram Trench | c/o Spartina 449 Classic Backpack in Kiawah | Jessica Simpson Mandalaye Flats in Natural

4. Basically Unaffordable via the Economist

5. The Surprising Persuasiveness of a Sticky Note via the HBR

6. Remembering the Work of Mary Ellen Mark, Photography’s Fierce Poet via the WSJ

7. The Cost of an Adjunct via the Atlantic

8. A Few Good Reasons to Drop Out of Art School via the New Yorker

9. Your Contribution to the California Drought via the New York Times

10. 3-D printed Eggs Show How Birds React to Impostors in the Nest via the Washington Post

Happy reading!

Weekly Shopping Update

Ultimate Hooded Duffle Coat

ASOS’s winter sale is quite attractive, with a large number of heavy discounted styles. Thanks, Petiteish. for the sale alert!

Textured Swing Duffle Coat

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: Up to 70% off sale styles
Picks: Skirted Duffle Coat, Coat With Funnel Neck & Belt, Faux Fur Fronted Duffle Coat, Dolly Skater Coat, Mid Length Split Front Skirt, Faux Fur Hooded Duffle Coat, Longline Duster Blazer in Crepe, and Pleated Skater Skirt.

Duffle Coat In Cocoon Fit
Shift Dress with Pep Hem

Additional picks: Classic Bonded Duffle Coat, Paper Dolls Floral Check Print Tailored Jacket, Scuba Midi Skirt, Lace Skater Dress With Bow Waist, , Double Breasted Coat With Split Hem, Walter Baker Peeta Jacket, Midi Pleated Skirt, and Peacoat Longline With Drop Waist.

Trench Cape

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: Extra 50% off sale styles (I especially love the dresses and skirts
Picks: Cable Turtleneck Sweater, Jeweled Shift Dress (worn here), Printblock Long Sleeve Tee, Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, Textured Club Jacket, Day Coat, Embellished Sweater Dress, and Pindot Perfect Shirt.

Kimchi Blue Cozy Mid-Calf Duster Coat

Retailer: Urban Outfitters
Discount: Hundreds of styles on sale.
Picks: The Kimchi Blue Duster Coat that I reviewed here is on sale for 50% off. Cooperative Femme Cocoon Coat, Silence + Noise Annie Silky Shirtdress, Silence + Noise Sleeveless Double-Slit Sweater Dress, BB Dakota Marilou Dress, Leather Crossbody Bag, Funnel-Neck Blanket Poncho, and BDG A-Line Sweater.

J Crew Tipped Twill Jacket, Chambray Pocket Shirt, and Collection Slouchy Pant

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Extra 40% or 50% off sale items with code SALETIME
Picks: Pleated Skirt, Elsie Calf Hair Pumps, Wool Melton Swing Coat, Double-cloth Lady Day Coat, Unisex Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers, and Painter Tee.

Ingrid Coat

Retailer: Boden
Discount: Up to 70% off clearance styles
Picks: The Shirt, Rose Bow Skirt, Betty Ottoman Dress, Wool Bistro Blazer, Grace Skirt, Lindsey Dress, Printed Spring Dress, Lucy Skirt, and Lara Coat.

Retailer: The Gap
Discount: 30% off regular price styles and 50% off sale styles with code SAVE
Picks: Pleated Scuba Skirt, Stripe Scuba Shorts, Stripe Peplum Tee, Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt, Three-quarter Sleeve Pleated Dress, Leather Satchel, and Bib Popover Tunic.

Open Cutaway Blazer

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: Hundreds of new arrivals
Picks: Eyelash Lace Dress, Floral Lace Split-Back Top, Ladder-Back Dolman Top, Crochet Lace Midi Dress, Lush Floral Tea Dress, Classic Woven Joggers, and V-Notched Piqué Skater Dress.

Navy Wool Peacoat

Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: 35% off your purchase with code BRGETNOW
Picks: Boxy Zip Blazer, Textured Ivory Open Cardigan, Dixie Scarf, Sloan-Fit Colorblock Cutout Sheath, Heritage Pleated Crepe Patio Skirt, Swing Trench, Cable-Knit Cropped Pullover, and Ribbed High-Low Open Cardigan.

Overture Tulle Sheath

Retailer: Anthropologie
Discount: Free shipping on orders of $150+ with code F$150
Picks: Nonie Check Coat, Ikat Blanket Coat, Bow Knot Belt, and Diplomat Coat.

Happy shopping!

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