AJ Wears :: Cropped Flares

You know me. I'm always down for a trend. I resisted cropped flares as long as I could, until I saw this particular pair of jeans in an Express email. They were on sale, so I ordered a pair and when they came in...they were definitely just flared jeans on a shorty. However, these things are SUPER stretchy and have a nice high rise, so I took a pair of scissors to the bottom to make them a length that works for me.

Chopping the bottoms obviously reduced the flare a bit, which might be a good thing in the long run for wearability. Which is a good thing, since I'll be wearing them every day thanks to how comfy they are.

Bonus story? I decided I wanted a bandana, so I went to Hobby Lobby and bought one for a dollar. Fashion! 

Tee, Banana Republic (similar from Old Navy).
Jeans, Express (exact).
Heels, Stuart Weitzman (exact // similar for less).
Bandana, HOBBY LOBBY YEAH BOI (similar from Asos that is not $1)
Bag, Barbara Bui (similar from Last Call).

What I Wore This Summer

Thanks to a summer of funemployment, I inadvertently had a capsule wardrobe the past few months. I should've planned better and written dozens of posts (gotta get those CLICKS GUYS), but I didn't realize it was happening until I started seeing the same people while wearing the same clothes. Chances are, if you saw me this summer, I was wearing some variation of an outfit below.

Casual, uninspired outfits don't make for great blog fodder, which is why it's been pretty slow on the blog this summer. So I'm going to show you what I wore all summer long in one post! 

These Grandma Black Shorts 

Outfit 1: Shorts, J.Crew Factory. Tank, Everlane. Sandals, XXI.
Outfit 2: Shorts, Factory. Top, Banana Republic. Wedges, Vince Camuto. Necklace, BaubleBar. 

Black shorts + Everlane Tank was basically my uniform this summer. This pair from J.Crew Factory is particularly amazing, because they have a nice wide, stretchy waistband. The fabric was awesome for dressing up or down, so...

I bought them in white too.

Outfit 1: Shorts, J.Crew Factory. Tank, Everlane. Shoes, Soludos. Bag, Alexander Wang.
Outfit 2: Shorts, Factory. Top, Express. Bag, Gucci. Heels, Zara.

What's that? The same shorts in white with a BLACK Everlane tank? Yeah. You're seeing it. It's happening. In fact, J.Crew has a bunch of different colors and patterns on sale right now, so I might be picking up a few more pairs (they're TTS). I also lived in these espadrilles from Soludos - super comfy, super cute. 

A Black Maxi Dress

Outfit 1: Dress, Asos. Shoes, XXI. Bag, Clare V. Hat, Goorin Brothers.
Outfit 2: Dress, Asos. Shoes, Zara. Bag, Vintage Chanel.

When I wasn't in those magic shorts, I was probably in a dress. This particular black maxi is super soft (and kind of see-thru, whoops) and inspired by the one I loved from Theory. Grab a cute clutch like the leopard one here from Clare V. and you're good for day or night.

This Particular Old Navy Dress

Outfit 1: Dress, Old Navy. Shoes, XXI. Bag, JustFab.
Outfit 2: Dress, Old Navy. Shoes, Zara. Vest, XXI. 

This dress cost like $15 on sale, and to say I got my money's worth would be an understatement. I wear this thing like three times a week. I'm wearing it now, actually. This dress was my version of the muumuu this summer. Lucky for you, they've produced a ton of them in different patterns.

So that's it. Two dresses, two pairs of shorts, two tanks, and a handful of other tops and shoes. "Capsule Wardrobe" is really just a fancy way to say "I wear the same thing almost every day."

Sometimes I Shop :: Pre-Fall Accessories

Even though cooler temps are still months away, I'm sure we're all getting the itch to switch seasons. Let's all be clear: August is not fall. Stores have started recognizing this and selling us "pre-fall" and "transition" clothing in the Back to School months, which I can appreciate. Since I'll be wearing shorts until the end of October, I've put together a few accessories I can slap on with them to make it feel like flip flop weather is on the way out.

Shoes I Love

Shoes I'm loving this season: These Stuart Weitzman booties are a mini version of his Highland boots, perfect for leggings. I'm intrigued by the flat mules that have started popping up everywhere - kind of like a sexy loafer. And of course, block heels with a vintage vibe are big for the fall, which we cannot reject, because they're so much easier to walk in over stilettos. 

Stuart Weitzman Booties // Flat Mules from 3.1 Phillip Lim // Linea Paolo

Bags To Buy

Yay bags! I love these three. The Madewell bag is very Chloe inspired, and the Alice + Olivia bag is so unique. And of course...you can't go wrong with a backpack, especially in a deep red.

Madewell //  Alice + Olivia // Frye

Other Accessories I Need

You won't catch a blanket scarf on this body until at least December, so I like making a big impact with a little fabric. I love the idea of a "scarf necklace" like this one from Shopbop, and I rely on big statement necklaces to dress up an outfit without making me overheat.