This is what I wore yesterday when I was the guest speaker at a class on blogging and marketing at Howard University. When I got home, Karl snapped a few photos. I wanted to look accessible but not too try-hard, polished but not stuffy. My friend who is the professor of the class offered a campus tour beforehand so I wanted to wear comfortable shoes for walking. I think it was a pretty perfect look for the situation; I was comfortable but felt pulled together. It helped that everything I was wearing was stretchy!
Blazer: Banana Republic (14P; similar; plus size alternative) | T-Shirt: 1901 (L) | Jeans: Slim Ankle Jean – Shadow Stripe c/o Talbots (14p; on sale!) | Booties: Naturalizer (similar) | Bag: ALLSAINTS | Earrings: Cristabelle | Lipstick: L'Oreal in Matte-Traction Red
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I bought this blazer and the matching pants from Banana Republic back in 2016. You can see the set in this blog post. The pants got a lot more wear than the blazer as I gained weight and the jacket didn't fit (see the pants in this post). This year I again fit into the blazer (here's a post where I'm wearing it this past March). The fabric is a heavyweight stretch so it's comfortable as well as adding a bit of polish.
I shared on Instagram Stories that I ordered a trunk from Trunk Club and it arrived earlier this morning. This t-shirt was in the box. In these photos I look a bit disheveled (I seriously just got out of the car, threw the blazer back on and Karl captured the photos, I didn't even get to go inside to primp) but this shirt is actually a great fit, a nice weight that isn't too clingy but not stiff, and a super flattering sleeve length. Graphic t-shirts can skew too youthful and often cheesy; I collected a few t-shirts in a range of sizes that I think like this one can be stylish without looking try-hard. As a heads up; J. Crew is one of my favorite places for chic graphic tees and they are now up to a 3X in most of their t-shirt styles! Graphic t-shirts like striped t-shirts are a nice way to break up solids and add interest to a wardrobe of staples. Wear under a blazer or a cardigan, tuck into a skirt and pair with sneakers, wear with leather or faux leather leggings and a denim jacket. Just please don't get any that claim how you're just okay, meh, hungover, grumpy, unshowered, or not human without coffee, tacos, or wine. You're better than that.
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The jeans you saw before in this blog post and they continue to be a favorite. Considering this was the second time wearing them and I spent most of the day in a car, they held up nicely. The bag was a staple last fall through spring; it's not cheap but it looks what it costs and it has held up beautifully. It's been shoved under airplane seats, squshed between bags on a closet shelf all summer, has been stuffed to the gills and still looks great. The booties I got last year and they're an unexpected color that adds a nice touch to many outfits. Even better, they're from Naturalizer so they're relatively comfortable! While these specific booties from Naturalizer are no longer available, above I linked to a dupe from ELOQUII and Naturalizer's 2018 option for a white bootie.