Reviews

Review – Loeffler Randall Blaise Flat Moccasin

Loeffler Randall blaise flat moccasin shoe review and outfit, via Dressed in Orange

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Living in a small apartment, it can certainly be a challenge to organize my closet so it is easy and fun to get dressed in the morning. One of my favorite ways to keep my closet manageable is to store off-season clothes in under-bed boxes or empty suitcases, which makes outfit choosing much easier (no need to look through sundresses in the winter or turtlenecks in the summer!) There are a couple pieces in my closet, however, that are so special I can’t help but wear them year round, and one of those is my pair of Loeffler Randall Blaise Flat Moccasins.

Although certainly pricier than most other flats I own, I love the small bit of edginess that the black suede and gold studs provide, which really punches up my more traditional/basic wardrobe. They are also supremely comfortable, so I get tons of wear out of them both at work and walking around San Francisco on the weekends. While I was initially concerned that the studs might fall off or become scratched, after wearing these for a year now I can say that these shoes have held up incredibly well and still look practically perfect. Above, you’ll find two ways I typically wear my Blaise Flats: relaxed for running errands and grabbing coffee with friends, or a bit more dressed up for walking to dinner or a play downtown. If you are looking for a new favorite pair of shoes this fall, I highly recommend these flats to up your footwear game!

P.S. Loeffler Randall now offers moccasins in oxblood, silver splatter, gold cap-toe, and the most amazing combination of polkadots & tigers!

Taryn Crepe Shift: One Dress for Two Seasons

Maeve Taryn Crepe Shift, via Dressed in Orange

Well, it has been a while since I chimed in on the blog, but this dress is simply too good not to share! A couple weeks ago I was looking for a classic knee-length dress, special enough for my birthday dinner and that could also be re-styled and layered through the fall and winter. I also wanted a dress with sleeves since I have so many sundresses in my closet, which hardly get worn since it is perennially chilly here in San Francisco (at night especially). What I ended up finding was this great Taryn Crepe Shift at Anthropologie.

Anthro has a bunch of amazing dresses in store right now, but I chose this one because it is not too short, can be worn loose (but looks great with a belt), and has 3/4 length sleeves so your body isn’t overwhelmed in fabric volume. The dress also has an interesting shape despite being a shift dress, thanks to the front yolk with pleats underneath, and the wide band at the hem which gives some structure to the skirt. I love both the blue and black versions, but after buying both and trying them on at home with good lighting and accessories, I realized the blue is less necessary in my closet than the black, so it went back to the store. (A hard decision, trust me!)

I have ended up wearing this dress out to dinner several times since, and I love that the simple shape and color works with all my favorite accessories: a leopard print belt, green teardrop earrings, and my trustworthy pave link bracelet. I’m also excited by the upcoming cool temps, since I already plan to slip this dress on with polka dot tights, booties, and my new favorite fall scarf.

Please share: have you added any transitional staples to your closet lately? Next on my list are a pair of black knee high boots, to give my treasured brown pair a rest every now and then.  : )

J. Crew Biennial Hobo

J. Crew Biennial Hoboimage via J. Crew

I usually don’t buy purses impulsively, but when I saw this bag in a J. Crew store, I had to have it.  The Biennial Hobo has been around for a several seasons, but one of this season’s colors, warm ash (below), caught my eye. It’s the perfect day bag in a lovely neutral color that’s large enough to carry all my daily essentials.  It doubles as a shoulder and crossbody bag, which is convenient when running around the city getting errands done.

The style is simple and I especially love the subtle gold hardware.  The extra zipped compartments also help me organize all my belongings making it easier to find what I need.  Even though it was an impulse buy, this has been my favorite purchase of the season.

J. Crew Biennial Hobo, via Dressed In Orange

J. Crew Biennial Hobo, via Dressed In Orange

P.S. – it’s now on sale!

 

 

Chance Boatneck Striped Tees

Chance Striped Boatneck Tee, via Dressed in Orange

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As a firm believer that you can never have enough stripes in your closet, I was thrilled when Chance had a 50% off sale on their online shop several months ago. I’m usually very wary of buying clothing online, since the typical s/m/l sizing can be all over the map, but with shirts that cute and at a great price point I decided to take the plunge and order.

I loved the look of their boatneck shirt, but learned from the the fit guidelines that they recommend stepping up one size in this shirt style.  Since I am typically between sizes but prefer loosely fitted tops, I “stepped up” from my larger size so I could have a nice lightweight long sleeved shirt for spring. I also knew that if I ordered too big I could easily take in the sides a bit on my sewing machine for a perfect fit. Thankfully though, ordering on the larger side paid off. The shirt is a great lightweight cotton (but not see-through) that is super soft, very versatile, and supremely comfortable– I wish I could wear it every day. It reminds me of my vintage cotton long sleeve tee from J. Crew in terms of fit, so I would recommend if you like the way a size medium fits in that shirt, you order the boatneck in large from Chance. Now that I have a bit more insight into their sizing system, I am thinking about picking up a couple more items from Chance, including this top and this dress.

Have you bought anything from Chance?

Grace

Loving the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Natasha

Classic Q Natasha by Marc by Marc Jacobs via Dressed In Orange

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Let’s set the record straight:  I would not have had the guts to pick this cobalt bag out for myself. As a person who gravitates toward wearing natural colors (white, black, navy, olive, and gray are heavy hitters in my wardrobe), I have always bought my purses with versatility and neutrality in mind. However, who would resist the chance to experiment with a splash of color when your Mother hands you this beautiful bag! After touring through Spain last summer and using it to easily tote about guidebooks and passports, my Mom passed this bag on to me in a move to coax more color into my wardrobe.

After wearing it safely with black pea coat-topped outfits to work, and with white denim on the weekend, I decided to branch out with my color combinations and this bag has mixed in fantastically. Livening up my camel-colored military trench, and nicely accenting my olive green field jacket, this purse has gone with almost everything in my winter wardrobe. I love being able to throw this bag over my shoulder when wearing bulky jackets, since most shoulder purses tend to slip right off with big jackets. There are times when I wish the bag had a top handle (à la the Classic Q Little Ukita) for when I’m trying to wrangle my stuff out of my car or walking through really crowded city streets, but otherwise this bag is perfect.

My favorite part about the bag is being able to section off my important items like my wallet, phone, lip balm, and car keys into the zip around flap on the purse, while squirreling away necessary back-up items like my reusable Baggu bags, travel umbrella, and scarf into the main compartment. It is nice to know I am prepared for any contingencies, while still being able to easily grab my keys when my hands are full of groceries. I can’t wait to wear this bag in the upcoming warmer months, and can see this bag easily toting the requisite water bottle, sunscreen, and oversize sunglasses to combat the hot weather ahead.

Have you had any luck with passed-down items from family members? Do tell!

Grace

Sam Edelman Caper Ballet Flat Review

Sam Edelman caper ballet flat in Pewter, via Dressed in Orange

The weekend is finally here, and after a very long and busy week at work, I finally have some time to sit down and catch up on blogging! My last post featured pewter, our pick for the color of November. I’ve had these shoes for a little while now and I have to say that I am in love!

These flats are by Sam Edelman and this style comes in a great variety of colors and materials. I opted for the pewter boa. I originally bought them at Bloomingdales, but to my surprise I found them for nearly half the price at endless.com! I’ve bought several pairs of shoes from endless and I have never been disappointed by their speedy service and easy returns.

I can pair these flats with so many different outfits. I can wear them to work and on the weekends, so versatility is great. As far as sizing, the length is true to size, but they are a little on the narrow side, which thankfully wasn’t a problem for me. They are very comfortable and I can wear them all day without a hitch, but it did take about 3 or 4 days to break them in. Truth be told, the first day I wore them, I had a few painful blisters. Ouch! But I loved the shoes, so being the shoe-aholic that I am, I stuck it out. I wore them with bandages on my heels for a couple days, and finally, the shoes became comfortable enough to be worn all day, without band-aids.

So I suppose this is a little bit of a mixed review. If you’re like me and willing to spend some time breaking them in and maybe get a blister on the way, these flats are worth it. But if you’re looking for immediate comfort, I would pass it up.

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An Oxford Review

You may remember my guide to oxfords 2 weeks ago in which I promised a review of my online purchase. Well, my Envy Tango Oxfords arrived from DSW and unfortunately, they were about a half size too big. I’m taking them back to the store today, but I’m not too down because I found myself another pair of oxfords! I purchased a grey pair by Steve Madden from Nordstrom. The “Trouser” oxfords also comes in black, brown, and navy. It was actually pictured in my oxford guide post as well.

Here are my two purchases; Steve Madden on the left and Envy on the right. I’m actually quite happy the way it worked out, because I much prefer the Steve Madden wingtip design at the toe of the shoe. I’ve already worn them around quite a few times and they’re pretty comfortable. I’ve paired them with shorts and skirts and I can’t wait to try them with tights. We’ve been having some miserably hot days these past couple weeks in Orange County (with the exception of a random 2 day rain streak!) and I have been crossing my fingers for cooler weather so I can start wearing my new fall clothes!

In the mean time, I’ve been wearing my oxfords with patterned socks. The socks I’m wearing above are from Hue, my go-to brand for socks and tights. The shoes are advertised as laceless, but laces come in the box as an option. Personally, I like the oxfords better laced, but if you don’t want laces, the shoes have some hidden elastic attached to the tongue to keep them snuggly on your feet. Note it will take a couple wears to get the shoes broken in and the leather will stretch a bit. The width is standard and the sizing is true to size. My feet are neither narrow or wide and it fits just fine. I normally wear an 8 or 8.5 and the size 8 fits perfectly.

Tell us how you’ll be wearing your oxfords this fall!

Gap Knit Moto Jacket

My prayers have finally been answered and I have found the perfect knit moto jacket for a reasonable price! And shhh, it’s from Gap! I was pleasantly surprised last week strolling into the Gap to find this gem.

Unfortunately, the photos from gap.com don’t do it justice. They may seem a little dull here, but trust me, it looks great with jeans and it has a flattering cut. The hourglass shape was unexpected since most moto jackets tend to be pretty boxy in shape. The zippered pockets and sleeves give it the classic moto jacket look. I love that this is simple and chic without adding all the unnecessary bells and whistles that some moto jackets now seem to have.

The jacket also comes in black, but I bought it in gray since it’s a little more unexpected. The fit is true to size; it comes in small to xlarge and you can find it in petite and tall sizes on the online store. The material is thick and soft and perfect for this fall/winter. And it definitely looks more expensive than $59.50.

Review – Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo

Last month, I purchased the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo bag in black.  This has easily become a favorite of mine. Its style is so versatile that I can just throw my necessities inside and run out the door with it. It goes with nearly every outfit and it is the perfect size.

It comes in a few other colors, but I thought black was best for what I needed. I wanted something that I could transition between professional day to casual night.  And the two straps are super handy. The long strap is great for the shoulder, but if you’re looking for a cross-body bag, it’s a bit short. The inside is lined with the signature cotton Marc Jacobs logo lettering print.

I definitely recommend this bag to anyone looking for an investment bag, but doesn’t want to drop a thousand dollars for a purse. The bag is $428 and available at Bloomingdales, Barneys CO-OP, Nordstrom, and other Marc by Marc Jacobs retailers. It comes in black, red, blue, brown, and gray.

If you want an oversized version of the bag, it’s available for an extra $100. It comes in “Raw Sugar” and “Newsprint.”  The newsprint colored bag was featured in the movie Valentine’s Day, worn by Jennifer Garner’s character.

Her sweater is also Marc by Marc Jacobs!

Have fun shopping!

Robin