Back in the day I certainly did my part in boosting the economy, but it’s been a long time since I’ve treated myself enough to have an impressive haul. I figured I’d make a collective try-on blog post to show you all my new finds, because why not? The additions you’re about to see have been accumulated over the past month and a half, and range from summer pieces to versatile pieces for my work wardrobe. Mainly I’ve capitalized on in-store/online sales to pick up some new wardrobe additions.
Without further ado, let’s jump into it:
Aerie Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit: $49.95 orig, I paid $31.39 (around 33% off)
I love this new backless one-piece bathing suit I picked up from Aerie, but I’m not comfortable showcasing my physique in it just yet! I’ve noticed that one-pieces are on-trend right now, especially with the deep V and sculpted cut. To be honest, this one is pretty skimpy from behind, so I might just wear it in the pool and take an insta-worthy pic in the comfort of my own backyard.
Aerie Eyelet Short: $29.95 orig, I paid 20.97 (30% off)
I was shopping at the Aerie pop-up shop in Soho (it’s the best place, ever) and everything was 30 percent off, so I decided to pick up a couple of shorts. This pair is a nice navy blue eyelet short that isn’t super short or skimpy, and that I would feel comfortable wearing around my family. Also, it can be paired with a lot of tops.
Aerie Printed Short: $24.95 orig, I paid $17.46 (30% off)
I looove soft shorts. Do you guys know what I’m talking about? I’ve seen them referenced in different ways, but essentially they’re a hybrid of short and pajama and they’re very light, comfy, and breezy. They have a soft way of falling that’s very easy and non-fussy. I’m honestly not sure if these were intended for outside wear, but I’m going to make it work.
I went into Old Navy to pick up a pair of flip flops for around the house and I saw these two whimsical prints! I picked up a plain black pair to wear as slippers, and for everyday use outside, I bought this super cute rose gold pair and this navy anchor print pair for my sister.
Cape Juby Geometric Print Layered Tank: $39.50 orig, I paid $14
I popped into Aeropostale at my local mall during Memorial Day weekend and surprisingly (I never really shop there), they had a lot of clothing I liked! This top was just $14, and it really caught my eye because I felt that it looked very sophisticated and would be a nice piece to wear on a night out in the summer.
Stripe Textured Wrap Dress: $45.50 orig, I paid $14
They had this dress in several colors, and the entire rack was slashed to just $14. I love simple skater dresses and while it’s a bit short, with a nice cardigan I could potentially make it wearable to a wider range of occasions.
Contrast Boxy Top: $10.90
One day on the train to work I decided to browse Forever 21, as I hadn’t shopped from them in a while, and found some really nice pieces that were versatile enough to wear to work. I couldn’t find my longer skirts to pair this with, but imagine this top with a longer pencil skirt.
I love this top. I think it’s a total steal for just $8 and I’m even considering buying one or two more in different colors. It’s a nice top for going out or looking cute in general, and I love the way it bares the shoulders and has a cute keyhole detail in the center. It could work with a skater dress, a pencil skirt, a bodycon skirt, even shorts or leggings – the options are endless.
Came Swing Dress $12.90
This skater dress is another steal I picked up at Forever. I love the pink-y/mauve color and how soft and fitted it is. I could pair this with a pair of strappy sandals and a shoulder bag and be out the door in two seconds. Pair a cardigan with it for a windy day and it works as a nice base layer. This is another one I might purchase in a different color.
Urban Outfitters used to be my jam when it was at my local mall, but once it became a Shake Shack (I know) I didn’t shop there as much because it wasn’t as accessible. However, I decided to peruse online and found this super cute top. I like the netting around the cups and how soft and laidback it looks. I plan on wearing it with harem pants or pairing it with a high waisted skirt.
Ice Cream Cone Pool Float $28 something
During Memorial Day weekend I stopped by the Urban Outfitters in Soho and all pool floats were 20 percent off! As I’ve already mentioned, I do have a pool, and for an insta-worthy photo this float could not be better. It’s so cute. Ice cream! The only one I need now is the giant Swan.
I ordered this dress online along with the cropped top shown earlier, and the dress shown below. Sadly I paid full price for this dress ($59) but it was worth it to me because it honestly checked all my boxes. I love two-piece outfits, whether it be a cropped top/skirt set, or a dress like this one, and I think it would be a beautiful statement dress for a night out. My one caveat is I think I’d have to tighten up my tummy a bit before debuting it.
This dress is so cute! Again, I love two-piece outfits, but that’s not the sole factor that drove me to purchase this. I just love this dress. It’s a t-shirt style fitted dress that is, in my opinion, the perfect length, and the knotted material in the center flashes just a bit of midriff. It is so coy and playful, and I know I will get a ton of use out of it.
Ribbed Cold Shoulder Cut-Out Choker Sweater : $49.90 half off –> $24.95 –> coupon applied $17.25
I had a perfect excuse to visit Express when I received a coupon in the mail for savings on different purchase amounts. I believe I used the $80 off $140 one (I’m not sure though), and I also shopped when they were having a 50 percent off most tops event. This one is super cute for a night out, love the color, the soft snuggly fit, and the cut-out shoulders and chest. Plus it was just $17!
Metallic Banded Hem Choker Tank: $49.90 half off –> $24.95 –> coupon applied $17.26
I also purchased this dressy metallic choker tank. When in doubt, I could wear this to any dressy occasion and feel instantly glamorous.
Ruffle Sleeve Cropped Sweater Tank: $39.90-12.31 = $27.59
I went to Express with the goal of buying some nice work tops so that I can dress nicely in any work setting – corporate, startup, etc. When I tried this on, I got really excited. I love the ruffle-y shoulders, the keyhole detail, and the fit. Ever since I worked at my last job, which banned sleeveless tops, I’ve been trying to add more pieces to my wardrobe with shoulders, and felt this was a great compromise.
Spring Gem Stretch Belt $39.90-12.30 = $27.60
So I went into Express with my sister on a totally different occasion and saw this belt. It caught my eye and I could see all the potential I had for it, so next time I went in I purchased it (the same time I bought these tops). It’s kind of been hit or miss when I’ve asked people their opinions but with the right styling (I like the neutral colors shown above) I think it looks magnificent.
Off-The-Shoulder Top: $16.95 orig, I paid $10.17
I visited the Hollister at my local mall during Memorial Day weekend and was lucky enough to find some pieces I’d been eyeing online in-store, as well as some that were new to me, like this top. It’s very sweet and petite, with little stars adorning the entire top, and the perfect off-the-shoulder number to wear with chokers.
Printed Lace Longline Bra with Removable Pads: $16.95 orig, I paid $8.47
Gilly Hicks is now a part of Hollister! I was glad they decided to merge the lingerie/sleepwear line instead of doing away with it altogether, because the pieces look super cute and comfy, and I’ve always wanted to order from there. I picked this rainbow-y/floral bralette up on sale, and I think it will make for an easy summer crop top to pair with harem pants or a skirt.
Lace-Trim Original Cheeky: $7.95 orig, I paid $3.97
I also picked up this panty, which was 50 percent off, and is super adorable.
Must-Have Crop Cami: (3 colors) $12.95 orig, I paid $5.18
Finally, I picked up this crop cami top in three colors – white, black, and gray, all for a little over $5 each. I can’t explain it, but it has a nice structured bodice that makes it more solid and less flimsy then other tops I have. It’s a nice fabric, weight, and material, and as you can see from the collage I created, works well with almost any bottom.
Paired here with Forever 21 High-Low Hem Skirt: $10.90
I decided to add this pencil skirt to the bottom of the post because as weird as it sounds, it looked off when I added it to the Forever 21 part of the post (I think it was aligned to the center and the other pictures were off to the side). It’s a neutral brown pencil skirt perfect for wearing to the office or out on the town, and it looks really nice with the Hollister top.
This striped bikini was sold out in my size online, but I found both in-store and really liked the way it looked on. While I typically prefer bandeau tops or structured bikini tops with cups similar to a bra, this triangle top is my one exception. It’s very fitted and when combined with the bottom, is a perfect set that looks great overall. I can’t wait to tone up and wear this at the beach.
I also recently shopped at Romwe and wrote a first impression try-on blog post on my experience, so if you’d like to see the clothes and hear my thoughts, please check it out!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this blog post. What were your favorite pieces? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.