Knotted

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I realized some time ago that the high-waisted skirt and tucked-in shirt look was super flattering on me. I don’t know if that’s a universal thing, but since I’m on the shorter side, a high waist makes my legs look longer, so I look taller. And since I have an hourglass figure (but the top of the hourglass is my head, not boobs – still totally counts), tucking in the shirt highlights my small waist instead of my relatively wide hips.

The only problem is that some shirts just do not work when tucked in. This is one of those shirts. Every time I slightly lifted an arm, I pulled the shirt out of the skirt and made myself look droopy and lumpy. It’s a few years too early in my life for that.

The best solution I’ve come up with is tying the shirt in front like this. If anyone knows of a good way to keep shirts tucked in (an undergarment perhaps?) please let me know! I’ll test our your suggestions and report back.

Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt (under $25) // Shoes “Gabi” (on sale) // similar Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Bag // Bracelet (on sale)

What’s My Age Again?

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[caught Instagramming…no shock there]

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If I remember correctly, it was about 4 years ago that rompers for the non-toddler set started getting popular. At any rate, it was 4 years ago that I decided to give the trend a shot. It was a couple months before my 25th birthday and I remember thinking, “Well, Sarah, you’re not getting any younger. If you’re going to wear a onesie, you should do it before you turn 25.” I felt like there should be some kind of age limit on rompers, and I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be, but 24 seemed OK.

After I turned 25, I did wear my romper a couple more times, which I rationalized with the fact that I’m petite and therefore automatically seem younger than I am. That romper ended up shrinking length-wise (which as you can imagine is NOT comfortable) so I went romper-less for a couple years after turning 26. That was also when I started law school, so I was starting to feel too mature for them anyway.

But then the summer before I turned 28 (a year ago), it seemed like rompers got more momentum and they started popping up in stores like Loft. Well, Loft is for adults, right? I might not be able to pull off the rompers at Urban Outfitters anymore, but Loft is another story. So I decided that “grownup” rompers were still totally fine for anyone under 30. So I bought it, and I’ve worn it 3 times over the past year (here, here, and here).

Well, now I’m coming up on birthday #29, and I’ve bought yet another romper. And it’s entirely likely I will wear it (or that other romper, or another one that I haven’t even bought yet) for multiple years. But I won’t even have to keep pushing back the romper age limit because I just won’t count any higher than 29. See how that works? If there’s one thing that law school taught me, it’s how to rationalize pretty much anything.

Romper (P.S. It runs huge, especially in the shoulders!) // similar Sunglasses (under $5) // similar Necklace* (under $5) // similar Bag (on sale) // similar Shoes (on sale)

*Necklace purchased with gift card provided courtesy of Asos.

More Stuff I Wore

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This was my outfit for my last day of class. It’s a little fancier than what I normally wear to class but I wanted to be ready to go out for a celebratory dinner that night. Why wait, right? Ain’t no party like a Sarah party ’cause a Sarah party is PROMPT.

Top // similar Jacket // Shoes // Bag // similar Earrings // Bracelet (on sale)

#LookingLucky 3: Cropped

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So. You might have noticed one of the 10 trends for the Looking Lucky challenge is “cropped.” Originally it was cropped tops specifically, but then we just went with cropped because it gives you a little more room for interpretation. Because I’m an overachiever, I decided to rock a cropped top AND pants at the same time on Saturday.

For those of you afraid of the crop top trend, let this be a lesson to you. The crop tops of 2014 are not worn the same way the crop tops of 2001 were. It’s not about showing off your belly ring anymore (for the record, I never had one). I mean depending on your age, the occasion, and how many sit-ups you do, I guess you could still show a bunch of midriff and get away with it. But if you’re over 20, aren’t going clubbing in Miami, and can’t remember the last time you did a sit-up (unless you count time time you had to stretch really far to reach the bag of chips at the end of your bed), you still don’t have to cast off the crop top trend. If you layer it over a longer shirt like I’m doing here, you don’t have to show even a sliver of skin if you don’t want to. If you’re slightly more daring, I also love the idea of wearing a crop top with a high waisted skirt, so you just see a hint of skin right above the waist. I’m definitely going to try that some weekend when it warms up a little more! I might do a few sit-ups before I do it though…just to be safe.

So what do you think about crop tops now? Have I convinced you? If the idea intrigues you but you don’t want to spend money on one, you can always temporarily “hem” a shirt with fabric tape! Man, I am just full of helpful tips today. You’re welcome.

Crop Top // similar Shirt // Jeans // Shoes // similar Bag // similar Bracelet* // Ring* // Sunglasses (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

*Bracelet provided courtesy of Asos; ring came in my GemmeBox provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

It’s All in the Shoes

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So I was standing in bare feet in front of my mirror looking at this combo and thinking that a loose tank + drapey jacket-type thing + long pendant + distressed jean shorts = a little too loosey-goosey-hippie-dippie. One set of rhymes might be OK, but two? Whoa. Slow your roll.

Then I put on my trusty black wedges and I was singing a different tune – one you wouldn’t have heard at Woodstock. I can’t totally explain it but I feel like they have sort of a simple, classic elegance to them and they just give the whole look a different vibe. Plus my feet look cute in them and they’re really comfy. So it’s all around a win.

similar Tank // similar Jacket // Shorts // Sunglasses // Shoes (on sale) // Bag (on sale) // Lips “Romantic”

Check out how I’ve worn some of these pieces before! It’s the remix…

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Date Night Do-Over

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Remember how I told you about the date night fail last week? Well, I made reservations at the Melting Pot Sunday night and we got our delayed fondue fix. What is so great about dipping bread and broccoli into a big bowl of steamy cheese, you may ask? The answer is: everything. And don’t even get me started on the chocolate s’more fondue for dessert. A fit and flare dress definitely comes in handy for meals like this one. I might have to start doing that thing people do – what’s it called? – oh yeah…exercising.

Dress // Necklace* // similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Clutch (on sale) // Nails

*This necklace was gifted to me by Flourish Boutique. If you live in the Granger, IN, area, be sure to check out their special birthday event this Thursday! There will be a fashion show, discounts, and some giveaways.

A Little Bit Boho

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Remember a handful of years ago when “boho chic” was in? I definitely had a couple of embroidered peasant tops in my closet. (I’m sure that fashion phase amused people like my parents who were teenagers in the 60s. Kind of like they’re probably amused by how people magically become hippies when Coachella time rolls around. Speaking of Coachella, you have to watch this video. It’s hilarious.)

What was I talking about? Oh right. “Boho chic.” Well I don’t really miss my leather bracelet days, but with this denim jacket, fringe necklace, and embroidered wedges, I felt just the tiniest [read: acceptable] amount of boho chic. Emphasis on the chic. Deemphasis on the boho.

Jacket // similar Shoes // other similar Shoes (on sale) // similar Necklace