Effortless

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Jacket: LOFT | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Gap | Bag: Banana Republic via eBay (similar) | Shoes: Joan & David (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban via eBay

When the weather is warm enough for the windows to be open but too warm to futz around too much with getting dressed (hate it when I shower and then get sweaty trying to get ready), I gravitate towards effortless pieces, pieces that work without much thought. A standard uniform of mine is a blazer, one of these Old Navy tees, jeans and statement shoes. The shoes keep it from looking too shlubby. And though the heat and humidity makes it less fun to get ready in the morning, it does make for some really fabulous curls and hair days!

And a little thing about sunglasses.  I recommend to everyone that if you love a certain style of sunglasses, look on eBay before you pay full price.   I have a big head and the only Ray-Bans that look good on me are the 62mm style.  I bought my first pair full price, but after that I have been looking on eBay and found the ones I am wearing and another pair with dark green lenses.  People often receive sunglasses as gifts or have too many pairs and want to sell after a few wears, I have found many sellers who only want this season's styles and sell accessories each season to have money for the new looks.  Heck, that's likely what happened with this bag, which I got in near-mint condition for a song on eBay – one person's shopping regret is another's daily favorite accessory!

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11 Comments

  1. cortney
    June 27, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    i love this outfit! it is THE uniform! tried and true. you look awesome.

  2. asylum green
    June 26, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    If I recall, those jeans got recommended to you by some kind of consultant. In any case, every time you wear them I can’t help but notice how flattering they are on you – not to mention how comfortable they look. It makes me want to get a pair (I have really thick legs, too), despite seeming like something I’d never normally buy. This just reminds me to occasionally try on things I wouldn’t typically wear, because by sticking to cuts and silhouettes I’m already comfortable with, I might be missing out on something that would look good on me.

    • June 26, 2013 / 1:17 pm

      Yes, Angie at youlookfab.com recommended them on her blog and suggested to go up a size which I did. A year later and they are the only boyfriend jeans that I have found that flatter! It is true, occasionally trying something outside your comfort zone may help you find a new favorite, I wear these jeans weekly! 🙂

  3. June 25, 2013 / 7:54 am

    Such a cute casual outfit. Love the white jacket.

  4. Emily
    June 25, 2013 / 3:02 am

    I really like this outfit. You always look great 🙂

  5. Sarah G
    June 24, 2013 / 8:31 pm

    You look great! Aviators really suit you.

  6. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    June 24, 2013 / 4:51 pm

    your hair looks *fabulous* and I adore these jeans. This is indeed a foolproof, cool outfit.

  7. June 24, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Love the curls and the shoes. I got a curling iron recently (for Ladies Day at Ascot) but it took me about 30 minutes to curl my short hair. I love the look so if it didn’t take so long I’d do it more regularly. I miss my 80’s perm!

    • June 24, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      The plastic part of the handle on my curling iron fell off a couple weeks ago, I was using a glove from one of those new style curler rods to not burn myself but it was such a pain. Told my sister (who has very short hair and has had short hair since October 2011) and she said I could have hers. Silly me said, “you don’t need it?” LOL she came over that weekend with a bag full of curling and flat irons, heat protective spray and a couple cans of hairspray. It was like Christmas… and her iron is way nicer than my old one.

      I actually enjoy curling my hair. It’s almost meditative for me. I often read or listen to music during it, close the door, have time to myself.

  8. June 24, 2013 / 2:14 pm

    Effortless but chic, Alison!
    I love my 25yrs old RayBan Wayfarers. Seems to be a family thing as we are all into RayBans…

    Annette
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    Lady of Style

  9. Jennifer Bullock
    June 24, 2013 / 12:36 pm

    Those shoes are fabulous. I’m jealous of your heel wearing abilities.

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