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?