Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Practical / Not Practical

It's no secret that I love beautiful clothes. But when buying, I do ask myself about the practicality of an item. Will I wear it to work? Will I wear it on the weekends? How many different ways can I style it? I usually have good answers to all of these questions before bringing it home.
But then sometimes, all reason goes out the window.
I love a good peplum top. But this one? This one is very....... floofy. The Anthro community loved this top when it came out, as did I. The botanical print is gorgeous, it is unique, and the fabric is very high quality. One reviewer compared it to a Dolce & Gabanna floral piece, and I would have to agree. (I have always admired D & G's flower prints.)
I did my usual try on so I know what size to buy when it hits sale. The designer is Cameo, based out of Australia. Now when it is not an in house Anthropologie brand, you can most likely comparison shop (great example here). And that is exactly what I did. I found that this print was used in a variety of pieces, including a blazer over at Anthro's sister site Urban Outfitters. Since it is sold out, I don't have a link but you can see the reference pic at the end of this post.
 I convinced myself that a blazer was more "practical" than the peplum top. Plus, the sale price was good.... it originally retailed for $247 marked down to $99 and then I had a 50% off promo code and free shipping. I ordered it for $50. It's arrival proved to be disappointing - it was a boxy fit (I should have known) and I realized that I am not much of a blazer wearer. I returned it.
I started looking at how other bloggers were styling the peplum top and realized I was in love with it. So I bought it (on sale) in Chicago a few weekends ago. This is probably the only time I will be wearing it until next Spring/Summer, since my little baby is pushing that short front ruffle almost to the point of it standing straight out (one of those "bucket list" pieces I have talked about)! But here are my outfit ideas with bottoms I already have on hand:
 black pencil skirt (as seen)
black pants
traditional blue jeans
green jeans
white pants
And speaking of this skirt..... I had been on the hunt for the perfect black pencil skirt. I wanted that retro/classic look - high waisted and below the knee. I knew this would be something I would need to try on and I am glad I found this one at Kohl's. The whole thing is stretchy, so it works for pregnancy too. It was the only piece out of my list of bottoms that worked with this top right now (the panels on maternity pants/jeans showed).

Cameo Dahlia Peplum Top - Anthropologie
Gap Jean Jacket - Consignment Shop
Unlisted "Webpage" Wedges - Steinmart
Sunglasses - Zulily
Apt 9 Earrings - Kohl's
I just love how the peplum is longer in the back, and the ruffles it creates.
Here is a shot without a jacket so you can see the entire structure of the top. Goodbye for now pretty top - see you again when I am not pregnant!
Sorry it didn't work out between us, blazer.
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy


Jessica Jannenga said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this outfit on you. The shape with the peplum top, beautiful print, and the pencil skirt is amazing. I like how you could make it more casual with the jeans jacket.
from the link up, jess
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Marie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Gorgeous top and worth the save when the bump is in your arms instead of tummy. Enjoy!
Marie @ In Our Happy Place

Dawn Lucy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Totally adorable! Love this peplum top with the pencil skirt. GORG!
Dawn Lucy

Whimsical Preppy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I think you hit the nail on the head with this top. I seriously would not know what to do with it. The skirt looks more high end then Kohls. What a score.
It's good that you passed on that jacket. It looks like one big box on the model.
Have a nice evening,

GnomeLover said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I saw that top and had absolutely no idea how to style it. I thought no one would be able to. But then you went and made it look effortlessly chic. I love it so much. And now I am kicking myself for not adding it to my wishlist. When do we find out the sex of the baby? I am getting so excited! : )