Plus a bit o’ Lands’ End and Athleta.
Girl 1 and I made a trip to Old Navy not long ago. Here are some highlights.
I think this will be my go-to summer day dress (the kind I was hoping to find at Boden). Unfortunately, it is not very forgiving of the cortisol baby I’m carrying around in my midsection. (The picture doesn’t show it, b/c I’m sucking in my gut with all my might. ) So I went up a size (XL), and found it more flattering in the midsection but too big in the top and armholes.
So, I bought the XL and plan to have it taken in up top. It’s counterintuitive to bother getting alterations on a cheap, Old Navy dress. But I wouldn’t think twice about getting alterations for a pricey special occasion dress I’d only wear once, so why not drop $20 on something I probably will wear dozens of times? That’s my thinking.
The black and white is cute, also, but washes me out, I think.
This dress on the other hand:
Hospital gown chic. No thanks!
I ordered a tall just for kicks, and wow, it’s tall. Never mind.
This sweater was blah and not flattering. (Surprise! It’s even blah and unflattering on the model.)
A silky, drapey top paired with skinny jeans is a good look, generally, I think. But I just wasn’t feeling it with this top:
This top is pretty. I might have gotten it in white, but the back is very sheer (“slub knit” is always the tip-off, isn’t it?).
I ordered this skirt online and I love it. The stretchy panel on top is flattering. The fabric is very lightweight, so I wouldn’t wear it without a slip or a shaper. Still, it doesn’t cling the way I was expecting it to. I might get wild and crazy and order it in a color other than dark blue. That’s right; I just might! (I also tried this similar skirt from Lands’ End, and the ON skirt won out.)
Girl 1 found a dress she likes. She’s worn it almost every day, usually along with this cardigan (unbuttoned and tied in front, ’cause that’s the way we roll). I wouldn’t mind a bit more material up top on the dress. She’d prefer wearing a strapless ball gown to preschool. This is an acceptable compromise.
Real quick, I love this cardigan from Lands’ End. I had looked for something similar in cut to my old pink cardigan that I’m wearing to shreds. I ordered the cardigan in a M. It’s held up in the wash so far, ‘though I’ve laid it flat to dry.
I also am loving my puffer vest. I’m tempted to buy more colors. (You’re a minimalist, Laura, remember? You’re a minimalist. Come on.) But, it’s back up to $35 after being on sale for under $20. So maybe I’m not as tempted.
Aaaaand, I think this will be my skort for the summer (in a Tall). The ones I wore last summer were just a bit too flowy for my tastes. I’m hoping to recoup some $$ on eBay.
Okay, I hope you were edified . . . or something . . . by all that. Thanks for reading!