If only I had this outfit for the 4th of July…but I did not, and my streak of being a poor summer dresser continued because I just wasn’t happy with my outfit. But one good thing did come out of it. As I tossed around my wardrobe, grumbling about how I had nothing to wear, I realized a chambray blouse would solve a lot of my summer woes. The very next day, I picked up the Luxe Chambray Blouse from Ann Taylor (on sale) and am really glad I did.
If you were to take a look at the style inspirations I’ve collected on Pinterest, you’d see a lot of looks with button downs, and specifically, chambray (like this & this). I was having a hard time recreating the looks I wanted without a chambray blouse, and a lot of my summer items, like those in seersucker, just weren’t working with a lot of my wardrobe. This blouse is closing the gap quite nicely.
And now, I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition of my handbag collection. It’s not red, which is a huge step in the right direction for me, and fills another hole I’ve had in my wardrobe.
I’ve been on the lookout for a light brown, satchel style or saddle-bag style handbag for literally years. The perfect handbag has eluded me for a few reasons:
2. The strap is often way too long and non-adjustable for a suitable length on short lil’ me.
3. The color just wasn’t right.
Then I saw this baby smiling down on me from a shelf at J.Crew, and it was love at first sight.
I love the clean, boxy construction, turn-lock closure, soft leather, and best of all…short, petite-friendly shoulder strap! The leather seems a little prone to scratches, which I’m sure will drive me batty the first few times I carry it out.
Oh…the menswear looks I have planned for this little guy…so excited! :)