Styling the ALLSAINTS Rita Off the Shoulder Top

Wardrobe Oxygen in a white ALLSAINTS off the shoulder long sleeved top with black jogger inspired black cargo pants from Banana Republic and a tan TELFAR medium tote worn as a crossbody. She is standing in front of a brick wall wearing sunglasses and facing the camera, one hand in her hair.

You'd think I wouldn't love off the shoulder tops because I have a large bust and require a bra with some serious hardware to have the breasts look the way I like. But there's something about an off the shoulder top that is sexy, and it's a way to feel sexy and devil may care without showing a lot of skin or feeling like mutton dressed as lamb.

Alison in a white ALLSAINTS off the shoulder long sleeved tee from Nordstrom

This top from ALLSAINTS was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale; I ordered it in black and it was canceled. I ordered it in white… canceled. After the sale it came back in both colors and I figured if I was that pressed to order it twice during the sale I could order it once full price. Figuring I have this short-sleeved off the shoulder tee in black and a black off the shoulder sweatshirt-like thing (seen here), I decided to get it in white. And I am so glad I did.

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This top is a heavier-weight jersey with a spongey feel and nice drape. This is not a summer fabric. It runs very big; I am wearing a size Medium and usually with ALLSAINTS I'd go with Large or even XL. It can be worn more like a boatneck or drape off either shoulder of your choosing.

Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen in a white ALLSAINTS off the shoulder long sleeved tee with black cargo pants from Banana Republic

This top hits my low hips and has a lot of volume; I'd only wear it untucked if I was wearing it with leggings. The other week I wore this top tied in front with a pair of ankle jeans; you can see the look here on Instagram. That day I didn't worry about hiding my bra and wore it purposefully with a black bra so the strap showing was clearly not a mistake. This time, I wore a molded cup bra (this one to be specific) and just slid one strap down my shoulder and it worked fine, especially because it was tucked in giving volume on top to camouflage most everything.

Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen in black Banana Republic cargo pants

These pants are a recent purchase from Banana Republic and I have been wearing them nonstop. After a year at home wearing 99.9% knits, I am liking a casual pant that still has comfort but more structure. These pants are a great alternative to knit joggers, still having the ankle band and stretchy waist. I like them so much I am considering getting a second pair in a different color.

I know the size and color options are limited; a reader shared a very similar pant is available at Banana Republic Factory. While I am not a fan of a lot of factory brands, I do think Banana does it well with similar quality to the regular store and similar styling. This pant is available in regular and petite up to XXL in four colors.

Doc Marten Leona boots on Wardrobe Oxygen

Thinking about the fall shoe trends and the type of life I am living now, I wanted a lug sole boot. I already own these boots in black and these boots in black and I liked the idea of brown boots with black, with olive, and with the dark moody florals of the season. And as a GenXer, I had to check out Doc Marten for a classic lug sole. I fell in love with the Leona 7-hook boot.

These boots, unlike a lot of Docs, had zero break-in period for me. I am wearing thicker wool socks with them to keep them comfy as they mold to my foot but I have now worn out of the home twice for longer than two hours and have no hot spots, just a place on the shaft where it needs to soften up so I am not as “aware” of it.

Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen leaning against a brick wall with one foot up showing her brown Doc Marten boots

I think this boot would be cute with midi and maxi dresses and skirts, under jeans, joggers, and wide-leg trousers. Last year I did a lot of tucking looser pants into boots like this to create a military/jogger sort of effect and I plan to do it again this year with these boots. While I got these at Zappos, I know the sizing is limited right now. I also found this boot in black and brown at American Eagle, in black and brown and burgundy at Shoes.com, and black at Nordstrom.

Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen holding the Medium tan TELFAR tote

And this bag is from TELFAR; I got it last year figuring it would be a great commuter bag and then I ended up not commuting anywhere. This is the medium shopping bag, and I've found it just too large for most situations. I've used it for travel, I have used it to hold clothes when changing outfits for photo shoots, but that's it. But now that I will be commuting again, I am glad I have it.

In fact, the building where I took these photos is where I have signed a six-month lease for an office. It's a building in my neighborhood that has been transformed into a coworking space. Individuals can rent an office, and the building has a conference room, kitchenette, mail service, and more. I can't wait until I can move in (hopefully next month!).

Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a medium TELFAR bag over her shoulder as she walks out from a brick building

Anyway, back to this chic bag from a Black designer that is not ridiculously expensive. And while it isn't real leather, it is very well crafted, durable, and comfortable on the shoulder, in the hand, or across the body. You can't just go buy a TELFAR bag; but if you sign up for the email list, you'll be notified of weekly drops on certain colors.

However, these sell out FAST. I was thinking of getting a small black one and an hour after the sale started the only thing left was XS belts and the largest size tote. You can find TELFAR bags at resale sites like The RealReal and Poshmark, but expect to pay much more than the retail price.

Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen with a TELFAR tote

The earrings are these from Baublebar, the necklace is this one from Etsy. The sunglasses are the Phantom Alloy from ROKA; I never thought I'd find a pair of aviators I'd love more than my beloved 62mm Ray-Bans. But these are amazing. They are super lightweight, they don't fall off when I bend over or slide off my face when my nose gets sweaty/oily. I got the custom option with gold frames and copper lenses but here I am wearing my husband's which have green/Ranger lenses.

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12 Comments

  1. Sadie
    September 7, 2021 / 7:15 pm

    I know this post was about the shirt, but…those pants are FRESH. I’m loving them with the brown boots and tucked-in knit top. This is the casual-right-now look I did not know I wanted until I saw it. I clicked on the link, ready to buy…and those pants are so fresh they’re two-thirds sold out, with most colors not available in my size. But! Banana Republic Factory had close dupes for those pants, in a less-lush-but-still-Tencel fabric, and the full size range. Banana Republic Factory has been good to me over the years. Maybe add an affiliate link to the post?

    • September 9, 2021 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much Sadie! I added the pants to the post, I really appreciate this intel and I know other readers appreciate it too!

      • Sadie
        September 11, 2021 / 4:54 pm

        Thank you! I’ve been so deeply touched by your recent posts about the state of the U.S.A… but I didn’t know what to say or comment in reply. And amidst all your own changes, you took the time to give my suggestion such a kind response. I’ll wear my utility joggers and think of you and wish you well!

  2. Jenny
    September 7, 2021 / 3:19 pm

    What a great outfit! Especially those pants; could you share the size and whether they are petite or regular?

  3. Lisa Blythe
    September 6, 2021 / 5:43 pm

    You are an amazing inspiration and damn do you look awesome. Love the news about an office! That is my dream.

  4. Susan Gawrys
    September 6, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    This is such a great look on you! Congrats on the new office. I hope that by having a designated office space outside your home, you start to give yourself more hours “out of the office”. This has been such a challenge for my husband as he WFH! He starts back to the office three days weekly beginning tomorrow. I look forward to seeing him around our house more often now. Best wishes!

  5. Kat Lee
    September 6, 2021 / 12:08 pm

    Headstyling today: outstanding!

  6. Ruth Slavid
    September 6, 2021 / 11:12 am

    Wow, this is a FIERCE look. Love it!!

  7. Leu2500
    September 6, 2021 / 10:51 am

    A room of your own! How exciting. I know this is a (mostly) fashion blog, but I hope we get a tour when you’re moved in & have finished decorating.

  8. September 6, 2021 / 10:32 am

    That’s going to be such a great commute!

  9. September 6, 2021 / 9:31 am

    Allie, you look so. Damn. Cool. I aspire to this level of outfit!!

  10. Bette
    September 6, 2021 / 9:15 am

    I’m excited that you rented office space, especially now that school’s iffy. Sanity!

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