Style

Impulse Buying

Impulse buying often carries a negative connotation. The act of making an unplanned purchase is generally considered irrational, irresponsible, and something to be avoided. I, on the other hand, disagree. A few of my most loved pieces were acquired through impulsive transactions. My most recently impulse buy: this skirt from Banana Republic Factory. I knew I had to have it the moment I laid eyes on it.

The item is an online exclusive, but I stubbled upon it at the Chestnut Street location. There was only one in the store (probably a return), and after trying it on, I decided that I needed to go a size up. An associate offered to order it for me; the process was incredibly quick and so was the shipping. This skirt fits my personal style to a tee; it’s A-line and has pleats and pockets. Truth be told, I probably would have ordered a second skirt in black if it hadn’t been sold out.

Making impulsive purchases isn’t a habit of mine, but sometimes when an item of clothing speaks to me, I know that we are meant to be. The question remains: How does one impulse buy responsibly? Making room in your budget for these types of purchases is key. You shouldn’t be impulse buying at Gucci if you can’t pay your rent. The maximum amount that I am willing to spend on an impulse buy is somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 USD. If you cannot set a price limit for your surprise purchases or refrain from gifting to yourself too often, impulse buying isn’t for you.

Works Sighted

J.Crew puff-sleeve top (old) // Banana Republic Factory skirt // Castañer Carina 60mm Wedge Espadrille

Breton Shirts and A-Line Skirts

While dressing for our recent dinner at Zahav, I found myself at a loss for something to wear. If it hadn’t been so chilly, I would have put on a dress. All of my dresses (except for one) are sleeveless and wouldn’t have been appropriate without some added layers. I decided to pair my Everlane Breton shirt with a black skirt from Amazon; my navy Supergas completed the look. The ensemble was similar to the outfits worn by the models in the Air France Bienvenue à bord video. This look was a winner for dinner on the patio.

Works Sighted

Everlane modern Breton tee // Sacai skirt // Superga 2750 (white/gold)

Breton Shirt Co Picasso // Grace Karin skirt // Superga 2750 (navy)

Breton Shirt Co Breton vin // Banana Republic Factory skirt // Superga 2750 (off-white)

Bath Robes and Short-Sleeve Pajama Sets

We’ve already established that sleepwear is a legitimate category of clothing. We first touched upon the topic this past March, and if memory serves me correctly, the heat was still on in our apartment. The indoor temperature was pleasantly regulated, and I was still able to wear my go-to cold-weather pajamas—the J.Crew vintage short-sleeve set—every night. (I own this style in both navy and hydrangea…several of each of course.)

Since we’ve long passed that unspecified point on the calendar after which it’s not acceptable to have the heat on, the inside temperature simulates the conditions outside. It won’t be regulated again until the air conditioner comes on for the summer. At the moment, the temperature inside our apartment is equally as unpredictable as the spring weather. This means that dressing for bed isn’t as straightforward. One minute there’s a cold snap, and the next minute we’re experiencing a heat wave. Sometimes it’s too hot for my standard cold-weather pajamas, and other times they do just fine. My solution to all of this: a bathrobe and pajamas consisting of a short-sleeve/tank top and shorts. Here are some options I’m considering.

Works Sighted

J.Crew robe (navy) // J.Crew short-sleeve pajama short set (white) // Parachute linen robe // Parachute linen tank // Parachute linen shorts

Eberjey stripe woven short PJ set // J.Crew short-sleeve pajama short set (navy) // J.Crew robe (striped)

Color Combination: Black and White

Although I own a wardrobe that allows me to get dressed with ease, sometimes assembling ensembles requires a bit of thinking. When I start to overthink the process, I turn to the black and white color combination. My favorite variation: black top/white skirt/black shoes. White top/black skirt/black shoes comes in a close second.

In this context, the term white encompasses off-white colors such as beige or cream. Swapping the skirt out for a pair of pants is also a viable option. However, let it be known that white pants are a point of contention for me. (Perhaps we’ll revisit the topic at a later date.)

P.S. It’s been warm enough in PHL to show a little skin. Ladies, I said a little.

Works Sighted

Who What Wear top (old) // Hobbs skirt (old) // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille

Casual Dresses for Warm Weather

4 dresses: polo dress, shirtdress, tank dress, tee shirt dress.

Yesterday my travels took me to the center of PHL, also known as Spandexville. Many of the ladies who were out and about had used the warm weather as an excuse to show off their tight crop top and shorts sets. The college students were in their denim shorts and spaghetti strap tank tops. If I didn’t know the geography of Philadelphia, I would have thought there was a beach nearby. I took my habitual lap around J.Crew Liberty Place and spotted the new linen shirtdress I’d seen online. I thought to myself, There’s some people I’ve seen on the street who need this. This particular selection of dresses is intended to save you from pulling something unbecoming from your closet. (Although, I really hope that you don’t own a spandex shorts and crop top set.) Consider the polo dress, shirtdress, tank dress, and tee shirt dress for casual wear. Save the spandex for the gym. If your gym isn’t located inside of your house, remember that it’s not the beach.

Works Sighted

Lacoste polo dress // Superga 2750 Cotu classic (white/gold) // Kayu mini straw tote

J.Crew linen shirtdress // Sebago docksiders // Kayu sur straw tote // Made Solid belt

Amazon tank dress // Superga 2790 Acotw (navy) // St Tropez pom pom straw tote

J.Crew midi tee shirt dress // Superga 2750 (off-white) // Kayu mini St. Tropez pom pom tote

Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers

White and navy Adidas Stan Smith sneakers

The first time I tried on a pair of Adidas Stan Smith sneakers, I was in Office on King’s Road. It was autumn 2018, and I was searching for comfortable footwear that would be suitable for running around London. The pair that the sales associate presented me with was white with green detailing. I wanted to like them, but the footbed, which appeared to be made of the same material as the outsole, was slippery when worn. Leather should really be reserved for non-athletic shoes. I passed on the pair from Office but ordered a similar style via Zappos two years later.

When they arrived this past November, I was pleased that the insole was primarily made of a material resembling textile (most likely polyester). I don’t know if it’s the time difference or the change in country that accounts for the different insoles. (If you’re privy to this information, please share with the class.) But, I’m glad that the style I ordered stateside met my expectations. After taking my new kicks for a brief walk down the hall, I officially admitted them to my closet.

Fast forward to last week when I took them for their first walk outside. I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. No break-in time required! Of course I’m partial to the version with navy detailing.

Do yourself a favor and try these sneakers on. They’ll tide you over until it’s warm enough for sandals. In recent news, Adidas revealed the Stan Smith Mylo, which is made of mushroom roots. The creme/cinnamon coloring is stunning, and I’m just biding my time until I can try them on.

Works Sighted

Adidas Stan Smith // J.Crew Martie Pant