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Thursday, May 24, 2012

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3 years ago I spotted this sweater + shorts + sandals styled together on the pages of a J.Crew catalog... and immediately purchase all three items... and continue to wear them all together. 
J.Crew styling gets it so right, and sometimes, it is just better to not mess up a good thang. 
{ What I Wore: J.Crew sweater (this year's version), shorts (LOVE these), sandals (similar) // Matt & Nat purse // Spike the Punch necklace // Michael Kors watch }
Looking at this outfit actually makes me realize that I am (slowly but surely) building a functional wardrobe - I bought quality items that I loved, and three years later the individual items are still relevant. With the addition of a statement necklace, and on trend watch, this outfit is lifted out of 2009 to 2012

Have you ever ordered an entire outfit from a styled page out of a catalog?
What are some items that have been long time residents in your closet but you still find "on trend" today?xx
Jessica
P.S. I am trying to branch out, and joined the ASOS style competition... vote for my street style outfit here (I seriously appreciate every single vote!)

60 comments:

  1. OHMYGOSH i love those shorts!!! i've never bought a WHOLE outfit out of a catalog (i've certainly wanted to) - but i've definitely taken inspiration. you look so pretty!!

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  2. Love this, Jessica, and it definitely was a good investment!  Back when I had a "real job" I would occasionally buy entire outfits either from a magazine or store display.  These days not so much, but I definitely try to re-create. Most of my long-term residents that are still stylist tend to be staple classic pieces, like cardigans and cashmere sweaters.  I do have a few trendy things that I'm so glad I didn't get rid of years ago, like a pair of white slacks and polka dot blouse, as they're back with a vengeance this spring!

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  3. SO perfect. I love the entire look! Especially the sandals.

    xx.

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  4. Super cute!  Really like the shorts.  I was just over at 'The Other Side of Gray' (http://othersideofgray.blogspot.com/) & Annie was just talking about J.Crew styling too!  They are pretty good!  I've bought an outfit off of the mannequin  in a store, but not from a catalog.  I definitely drool & take inspiration though. 

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  5. You look great,  I love this outfit but then again I love J.Crew and find that their clothes do stay relevant over the years and seasons.   I've never purchased an entire outfit; I typically use the catalog as a style guide and try to recreate the look for less. 

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  6. those shorts are to die for! how great!
    kw, http://ladiesinnavy.blogspot.com

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  7. Oooh I LOVE this outfit! J. Crew seriously knows what they're doing. I have those sandals in the camel color and I still wear them too :)
    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray 

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  8. Cute necklace!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com

    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com 

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  9. I love those shorts, talk about fun!  Love the necklace too!

    xo, Yi-chia

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  10. I've never bought and entire outfit, but I'm glad each piece has lasted you a long time. I love when I invest in a something and it's still in my rotation now. 

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  11. Super cute as always! :) And I have done the same thing... sometimes if you love it, it just makes it easy! And then you can still easily incorporate the pieces into your wardrobe! Express usually gets me with their sequins and bright colors!

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  12. love this!!  i need to remember to wear sweaters/or long sleeve shirts with shorts! so cute!

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  13. Brooke @ what2wearMay 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I agree, why mess up a good thing?! Adorable :)
    Brooke @ what2wear, Monikabrooke.blogspot.com

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  14. 7TwentySomethingsMay 24, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    I love jcrew! adorable outfit! 

    Sara 
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  15. Such a cute look! Loving all the pieces!!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  16. I've never bought a whole outfit out of a catalogue or on a manniquin! Your look is fabulous. That necklace is great!

    www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

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  17. SeekingstyleblogMay 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Very cute!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  18. Wait, l actually really love those shorts and need them. congrats! I'll definitely vote!

     A Southern Drawl

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  19. I love the color palette of this outfit, it was a great idea to buy the whole outfit. It's a great emsemble. I use to work at a clothing store and they would let me style the mannequins from time to time, I loved it when someone would purchase the whole outfit  I would beam with pride.

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  20. I love it when I buy items that I actually want to wear 3 years later! It's such an accomplishment! Love this outfit, and the addition of the necklace is perfect!

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  21. Ahh, could those printed shorts be any cuter?! And I want that Spike the Punch necklace badly but I got tired of stalking their shop.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  22. Thanks lady... I guess I stumbled upon the Spike the Punch Etsy shop before the major craze broke out, because when I ordered this necklace last fall, her shop was totally stocked, and there wasn't a wait... probably the only thing in my entire life I have found out about before everyone else! haha
    xx

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  23. Thank you - and I agree, I pat myself on the back when I manage to incorporate functional items, that I wear for years!
    xx

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  24. haha - I love it! I too worked at a clothing store, but my mannequin styling must not have been very impressive... explains why I have to buy pre-styled looks!
    xx

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  25. Thanks lady! You are too sweet to vote for me
    xx

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  26. J.Crew definitely has my heart - love them! Thank you Sara
    xx

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  27. Thank you. The mornings and evenings still have a slight chill in the air, so it is nice to wear long sleeves, and just push them up during the heat of the day!
    xx

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  28. Thank you! Yes, lately Express has had the best glitzy skirts, and styling!
    xx

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  29. That is because you are so creative, and see the magic in a plain baseball tee :)
    xx

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  30. Um, I will give that an AMEN! Sandal twinks!
    xx

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  31. Yes I agree, J.Crew manages to have on trend clothes, but they are of high quality and remain important pieces in my closet for years!
    xx

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  32. haha so funny - I love the small world when I blog about something, and then see that it is on someone else's mind too!
    xx

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  33. Oh the dream of having a "real job" after grad school! Investing in cashmere and classic staples are never a bad idea. You are so ahead of the wave with your polka dot blouse - I would wear that always, even if it wasn't "in"
    xx

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  34. I have those shorts and LOVE them! J Crew seriously has the best fitting shorts ever! Going to vote for you now :) 

    Amanda
    It's an Easy Life

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  35. Thank you! You are too sweet Molly
    xx

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  36. Caitie SchlissermanMay 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    those shorts are FAB!

    xxxwww.ladyalamode.com

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  37. Some days I feel like I've literally walked out of the JCrew or Gap catalog -- it's amazing (but makes sense) how all the items just work perfectly. Love those shorts! 

    -Ashley
    whatisatwist.blogspot.com

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  38. Still hoping to catch a Spike the Punch necklace!!









    Not Exactly What I Planned...

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  39. I've actually never bought a whole outfit out of a catalog! But I do love me some Jcrew! I rarely go clothes shopping and even more rarely stay "on trend" so I find that my style tends to be pretty basic with some pretty pieces here and there. i wear mostly corduroy pants and khakis.

    www.decoybetty.com

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  40. cute!!!

    http://glamourgirl-bg.blogspot.com/

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  41. Very cute outfit, dear! Loving how you made it a 2012 outfit even though it's a few years old. I definitely know the feeling :) fashionistas on a budget, for sure!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

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  42. oh now, you are fantastic at styling! I bet your mannequins looked top notch, I would buy a complete outfit from you <3

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  43. Thank goodness for those lovely J.Crew stylists! hehe
    xx

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  44. I seriously cannot believe how popular they have become... but I love mine... so I guess I get it! Good luck!
    xx

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  45. love those short your outfit is so cute :)!!!!!!
    xx

    alexgracexx.blogspot.com.au

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  46. Yup, sometimes it's good not to mess up a good thang! Looove those shorts!

    Http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com

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  47. Love the shorts & necklace :)
    xx

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  48. I could not agree more with your assessment of J Crew styling! I do the same thing once in a while. Not all the time, or I'd be broke :)


    www.withlovefromNisha.blogspot.com

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  49. p.s. following you now!! yippee

    xx Love & Alohahttp://elisharon.blogspot.com

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  50. Hey love! I love love love this outfit.  The shorts are super fun and so perfect for the summer. :) I hope you're having a fantastic long weekend!

    xx Love & Alohahttp://elisharon.blogspot.com

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