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I must remember to lift my chin for photos.  
I must remember to lift my chin for photos.  
I must remember to lift my chin for photos.

I still love this top from Jones New York.  You know it may not be what one would choose for my figure – it hides any narrowness to my waist, it has a high neck, and it has wide armholes which make my upper arms look even wider.  But the print is fantastic, and in the hot DC summers, it is AWESOME to have such a lightweight top (cotton voile) that is work- and play-friendly!  The top says dry clean only, but I washed it on gentle, let it air dry and did a quick swipe with the iron to keep the interfacing inside the armholes and nat have it look as though I pulled it out from the hamper and it was good to go.

I was going to wear it with my brown trousers from Semantiks, but those pants… are too big.  I have only worn them twice.  I don't know if it is removing weight (my WW leader says you don't lose weight because that sounds as though you want to find it again.  Instead you REMOVE weight), or because my body is eternally changing and morphing post-pregnancy.  Anyway, they look as though they are a size too big and sag in the crotch area and look dumpy.  Sigh.

So I am totally breaking work dress code and wearing my straight-legged jeans from NYDJ.  I totally heart these jeans – the higher rise prevents muffin top and doesn't dig into me when I sit.  The stretch doesn't look goofy – the denim has a great tight weave and deep dark rinse which makes them look far more refined than many stretchy jeans.  The jeans are supposed to take 10 pounds off, but they don't really suck in a ton.  I personally am happy for that because control garments like Spanx make me look like a stuffed sausage and TMI, but give me major gas if worn for a long period of time.  These jeans from NYDJ hold a bit in, but are comfy to wear all day.  And I am one of “those people” who throws her jeans in the dryer.  You wouldn't be able to tell with these jeans, they are just as dark as they were the day I bought them.  So since they are a nice crisp dark indigo, I feel they are a bit more work-worthy than say my distressed bootcuts from Seven.

TopJones New York
JeansNot Your Daughter's Jeans (NYDJ)
Necklace and Bracelet – Ann Taylor

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  1. I love the outfit. I liked the top so much on you I ordered it, I just hope it will look as good on me. Love your blog.

  2. I think you look great. I know you don’t normally wear that sort of top but really, you are radiant in it.

    And Emerson! I have not seen such an adorable toddler, since, um, my own, who is now 16.


  3. In a book I read this summer Tim Gunn (LOVE HIM) said to pull your shoulders down and turn in your hips like you are sliding between to close items.

  4. Got it. Wow. Thanks for the heads up!! Now I’ll know what my daughter’s talking about when she’s old enough to get fussy about that sort of thing 😉 Have a great afternoon, and I’ll look forward to your next post!!

  5. Ah when the fancy quality denims came out everyone was told wash your jeans cold, inside out, hang up to preserve the quality, color and structure of the jeans. Many will hang up seam to seam and hang from the hem so they dry with a slight crease and don’t wrinkle.

    Yeah, I throw mine in the wash with towels and old tees, and then in the dryer on medium. Sometimes they are inside out but that’s because I peeled them off that way. 😉

  6. Alison, what is one *supposed* to do with jeans, if not throw them in the dryer? What’s the issue? (Obviously I’ve been under a rock for about 30 years!!! : ) Thanks for your reply!!

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