What I Wore: SSDD

Wardrobe Oxygen Size 14 fashion blog Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Bootcut Review Wardrobe Oxygen Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Jeans in BootcutBlazer: Vince Camuto (plus size version) | Tee: Anthropologie (plus size option) | Jeans: c/o Talbots | Shoes: Nine West (lower heel version) | Bag: Hobo (similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

SSDD: Same Style, Different Day!  You know me, blazer, tee, jeans, and pumps are my go-to.  Talbots sent me their Flawless Five Pocket Jeans to check out; I chose a 14 regular of the Straight Leg and they were way too big (I am a 14 with Gap and LOFT).  I visited the Annapolis Talbots to exchange them where the staff was amazingly helpful. I tried several different cuts and sizes of the Flawless Five Pocket collection.  My favorite was the Ankle in Oyster; I usually shy away from ankle jeans because they're usually too slim in the thigh and calf but these were amazing… except they didn't have my right size in stock (the 12 regular would have been best).  The stores are still getting in Fall stock, so if you stop by and they don't have your size yet come back a week later!  I went with the Bootcut in Deep Oyster; these are a 14 Petite in the non-curvy cut.

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Jeans in Bootcut
At my size, I usually go in Anthro and only look at the housewares.  At my budget, I just look and don't shop.  Twice in my retail days I interviewed for Anthro and received an offer to be a visual merchandiser and both times I declined and stayed with my current company.  I justified it by saying I'd spend my entire paycheck there, but honestly I think I was scared to try something new.  That pretty summed up me back then, I'd regularly pass on great opportunities for fear of change or failure.  One thing I love about blogging is almost daily I am forced out of my comfort zone.  I push through writer's block, I believe in myself even when I receive criticism, I've become comfortable with public speaking, social engagements where I know not a soul, and pitching myself to brands.  And when I walked into Anthro the day I bought this tee I didn't think about how I can't afford or fit in most of the store and just enjoyed exploring.  And through that exploration I found a few things I felt would fit, and this tee (this is an XL) was one of them.  While $68 may seem cray for a tee, it's a linen blend with metallic threads that shimmers in an elegant way, drapes in an elegant way, and is that thing that works with a pair of jeans (or denim shorts like I did for the Lenny Kravitz concert last week) to make that “not trying too hard” look for a concert, movie, or a couple drinks with friends at the local bar.  I like that it looks equally good untucked (or half tucked) with denim as it does fully tucked into a pencil skirt.  I've wanted something like this tee for a long time but have never been able to find out that fits right; sometimes it's better to spend a bit more for  the right thing.  And sometimes… well more often than not, it's good to get out of your comfort zone.

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21 Comments

  1. Heather
    September 10, 2015 / 11:21 am

    That tee looks amazing! I think it will prove worth the money. I’m trying to decide myself about a $98 linen tee from nordstroms. It’s a beautiful fit and color, and works wonderfully with the rest of my wardrobe. But at that price I might be afraid to actually wear it. I’m not finding anything at a lower price that is even half as good, though.

    • September 10, 2015 / 11:52 am

      What’s great about Nordstrom is that if you get it and end up not wearing it because you’re fearful, you can return it. But with purchases like this I think how many $10-$25 tees I have purchased that end up in the rag bin by the end of the season. Also I’ve learned that even if it’s jeans or a tee, to baby it like a fine blouse and it lasts much longer!

  2. Alexis
    September 9, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Rock. Star.

  3. Lee4
    September 9, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    You look fabulous!! I have not been in Talbots in a few years but after looking at your link, I want some of those jeans! Unfortunately, I did a bit of shopping over the Labor Day weekend & might need to wait a bit.:)

  4. Kathryn Braun Fenner
    September 9, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Those jeans look amazing!
    From May through September, I live in linen tees for anything more dressed up than shorts and a cotton tank—they do indeed drape well, and elevate a simple outfit without adding stickiness or requiring ironing.

  5. September 9, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Love that outfit!!! You look marvelous! ! 🙂 The sunnies are perfrct !

    • September 9, 2015 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you! So sad, they fell off my face this weekend and a lens completely shattered and the nosepiece cracked. 🙁

  6. ElsieBeing
    September 9, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Love, LOVE your smile in that third pic. Just wanted to say I always appreciate you, and your outlook. And dem silver shoes. It seems I’m always referring someone to you, or to Already Pretty, or to Advanced Style. Now that I have a decent-ish camera, I can’t wait to get a tripod so I can start doing outfit posts on my own blog again. AND I just actually set foot in a Talbot’s for the first time last weekend. Didn’t buy anything, because I’m still on the struggle-budget. But it’s a brand I look out for at the thrift stores. Thanks for always being a writer I can look to that I know I’ll smile when I see you.

    • September 9, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Oh thank you so much for this comment! Now off to visit your blog and when you get your tripod, come back and let me know! <3

  7. Sarah Destrehan
    September 9, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    I really have a hard time finding t-shirts that work for me, too. I’ve spent a little extra cash on several different tees and tanks from Anthropologie over the years and never regretted it. It’s nice to have a really great basic option that fits beautifully and lasts a long time for jeans or shorts or for work. Glad you found something that works for you.

  8. Pam S.
    September 9, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    Those jeans are definitely fabulous!

  9. Aimee
    September 9, 2015 / 11:56 am

    I love everything about this outfit, head to toe. I second Pam’s comment about you looking “this big around” in those jeans! Awesome.

  10. Pam
    September 9, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Girlfriend, those jeans make you look “this big around” (imagine me making a circle of my thumb and forefinger). Fabulous!!!!

  11. Ginger
    September 9, 2015 / 10:56 am

    The jeans you have on aren’t Oyster are they? I thought it was a more gray color.

    Anthropologie is an excellent place to purchase housewarming and hostess gifts. Nobody does a sweet tea towel as well.

    • September 9, 2015 / 11:00 am

      Nope. these are the bootcut in the dark wash. I hope to get the oyster in the future, they were by far my favorite and I think would look great in the cooler months

  12. September 9, 2015 / 10:03 am

    It’s good to splurge once in awhile! You know what they say? Everything in moderation including moderation! Besides, I think I wear something a lot more when I know I’ve spent a lot on it…crazy? jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  13. September 9, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Very, very cool – fabulous blazer! xox

  14. Patricia
    September 9, 2015 / 8:58 am

    I’ve spent far more buying all the stuff that was ALMOST what I wanted and then really didn’t wear much.

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