A NICE FALL TRANSITION OUTFIT

A NICE FALL TRANSITION OUTFIT

August 29, 2018

Happy Hump Day!

This week has gotten to a slow start for me, mostly due to poor sleep on Sunday night – I feel like I’ve been catching up all week. I’m feeling back to my excited and motivated self today so I’m trying to make up for lost time.

Even though it’s August, I’ve been in full Fall mode (much to Evan’s dismay) and I can’t WAIT to cover myself in comfy sweaters, tall socks, and boots! We just got some candy corn and I have to use a lot of self-discipline to not eat it all while watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch (my favorite throwback “Halloween” show next to Tales from the Crypt!)

Anyway, since we finally feel a slight dip in the temperatures here in Georgia, I wanted to incorporate more transitional outfits for Fall. It can be difficult to dress, especially when there are cool temperatures in the morning and insufferably hot temperatures by the afternoon, so making use of light fabrics that can be easily layered, denim, and sandals are my go-to. I love this post by Caroline from Unfancy talking about the Summer to Fall transition, so if you’re trying to prepare I highly recommend going and giving her post a look!

A Nice Fall Transition Outfit - Too Polished

A Nice Fall Transition Outfit - Too Polished

A Nice Fall Transition Outfit - Too Polished

A Nice Fall Transition Outfit - Too Polished

Top: Thrifted (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Belt: H&M | Shoes: Topshop (similar) | Bag: Kate Spade | Sunnies: Rayban

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Kasey

A BLACK TEE OVER A SEERSUCKER DRESS

A BLACK TEE OVER A SEERSUCKER DRESS

August 26, 2018

I’ve been pretty obsessed with sneakers and dresses lately (just in case you couldn’t tell by this post) and I’ve been having fun mixing things up a little in my wardrobe. I put this outfit together with an outdoor festival or fair in mind. It’s the perfect combination of comfort and feminine touches that doesn’t feel totally lazy or overdone. Sometimes I feel overdressed when I wear dresses, but pairing them with sneakers has really helped them go even farther in my wardrobe – something that I’m always grateful for.

Take a look at how I tie all of my t-shirts in this post. It’s too easy not to try!

A Black Tee Over a Seersucker Dress - Too Polished

A Black Tee Over a Seersucker Dress - Too Polished

A Black Tee Over a Seersucker Dress - Too Polished

Dress: Old (similar) | Tee: Everlane | Sneakers: Vans | Bag: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: H&M

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Kasey

A DIY MAXI DRESS

A DIY MAXI DRESS

August 25, 2018

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

I’ve been really motivated to sew lately, and I’m all set with new patterns, fabrics, and ideas, now to sit down and make it all!

I’ve talked about this DIY maxi dress for a while, and I finally got around to making it last week. Let me tell you, this was seriously one of the easiest and most wearable DIYs I’ve ever done! I originally wanted to make it in black, but after I found this dress I thought I would go with another fun color. I like the olive green, but I don’t have any of those hues in my wardrobe at the moment so I’m still testing the waters. I decided to go with a cheap polyester with a sateen look since I’m still relatively a beginner to sewing (and my local Joann fabric doesn’t carry silk, unfortunately). All in all, I was really pleased with the ease of construction for this dress and now I have to find an occasion to wear it! In Geneva’s post she left the dress flowy, sans sash, but I knew it would look off on me if I didn’t have something to cinch the waist in. I made the sash out of additional fabric, but you can use a belt or rope if you don’t want to make one. Geneva also poses this dress as a backless maxi dress, but I didn’t want my dress to have a backless look, so I simply made my straps shorter.

If you’re new to sewing and are looking to perfect the basics, I highly recommend this DIY. There is very little cutting involved, and with the help of fusing tape the sewing is pretty minimal, too.

A DIY Maxi Dress - Too Polished

A DIY Maxi Dress - Too Polished

A DIY Maxi Dress - Too Polished

A DIY Maxi Dress - Too Polished

Dress: DIY | Shoes: Topshop (similar) | Bag: Morocco (similar) | Earrings: Lizard Thicket | Sunnies: H&M

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Kasey

THE BLACK JUMPSUIT APPARATUS

THE BLACK JUMPSUIT APPARATUS

Happy Hump Day!

It’s really interesting to me how throwing on a pair of sneakers with a casual outfit can look so Parisian. This jumpsuit has been such a staple this summer as it’s black (doesn’t show sweat stains) and made of a light material so even though it covers a lot of my body it feel lighter than any alternatives.

During my capsule experiment I started looking at my favorite clothes and what it was that I really loved about them. I have a curvier and athletic frame, and I always feel drawn to cinched waists like in this jumpsuit, or like with this dress. My waist is actually pretty small (26″ thanks to all the yoga planks!) so when I wear clothes that show the differences in my proportions it’s very flattering on me.

I guess the lesson here is that instead of being frustrated with your body or clothes, it’s helpful to take your time to really explore styles and proportions. Your style will likely evolve naturally as you get older (I think mine has changed at least 5 times in the last 5 years) so don’t be obsessed with the end result but rather enjoy the process. The process is a fun learning experience and a way to show some self-love!

The Black Jumpsuit Apparatus - Too Polished

The Black Jumpsuit Apparatus - Too Polished

The Black Jumpsuit Apparatus - Too Polished

Jumpsuit: Henly | Sneakers: Reebok | Bag: Morocco (similar) | Earrings: DIY | Sunnies: H&M

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Kasey

15 PLACES TO SHOP FOR YOUR BUSINESS CASUAL CAPSULE WARDROBE

15 PLACES TO SHOP FOR YOUR BUSINESS CASUAL CAPSULE WARDROBE

August 19, 2018

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Going to work can be a pain, but getting dressed doesn’t have to be.

Now that you’ve seen the kind of basics that make up a business casual capsule wardrobe, I wanted give you a list of my favorite brands to shop for to business casual dress codes. When it comes to business casual, I’ve found that the distinction varies greatly from office to office, which makes a universal business casual capsule wardrobe difficult to draw up. With these brands, you will be sure to find all the pieces you need to make getting ready for work a breeze and to inspire endless compliments (and jealousy) from coworkers!

EVERLANE

Everlane

Everlane boasts exceptional quality, ethical factories, and transparency in their pricing so you can be sure to get the best quality for your money. Customers leave many reviews on the items purchased and include details like their hight, weight, bust size, and size purchased to help you make the best purchase decision. They design and make clothes that are built to last, so it won’t fall apart in a matter of months. One of my absolute favorite stores!

What to buy: t-shirts, pants, sweaters.

Pricing: $15 (t-shirt) – $250 wool coat.

Shipping: Free U.S. Shipping on 2+ items. Free Returns

J. CREW FACTORY

I think J. Crew may have written the book on bright business casual! If your style is more on the brighter, preppy, and more feminine vibe I absolutely recommend checking them out. J. Crew Factory also has an assortment of blazers that are sure to last years (I still have a few) and typically run less than $100 with the sales they run.

What to Buy: Pencil Skirts and Blazers.

Pricing: Less than $130.

Shipping: $5 Flat Rate Shipping, Free Shipping on Purchases of $100+.

POSHMARK

If you’re in the market for basics (like a J. Crew blazer) but have a limited budget, try checking this secondhand site. You can ask questions to the seller, get measurements, and plenty of photos so you know what you’re buying is exactly what you want. I love checking here for items that are out of stock or trendier pieces I don’t want to pay full price for.

What to Buy: Gently worn mid-range pieces.

Pricing: Varies.

Shipping: $6.95, sometimes $4.99 depending on seller.

THE REAL REAL

If you have your eye on designer pieces but don’t want to pay the high price tag, check out The Real Real for amazing discounted pieces.

What to Buy: Designer Pieces.

Pricing: Varies.

Shipping: $5 Flat Rate Shipping, Free Shipping on Purchases of $100+.

AYR

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The always cheeky AYR (All Year Round, pronounced “air”) makes seasonless essentials designed for everyday life. Their basics are anything but, and with all items designed and made in the US, you can feel confident wearing this ethical brand. With a waitlist of 600 people for one tee, this brand’s basics are a cut above the rest and they won’t go unnoticed in your office.

What to Buy: Denim and blouses.

Pricing: $55 – $700.

Shipping: Free Shipping.

MM. LAFLEUR

MM. LaFleur strives to take the work out of dressing for work. With chic, modern pieces designed with work in mind, you’ll find many basics that will keep you cool and comfortable all day. You can also try on their items risk-free by ordering a bento box of a handful of items and send back what you don’t want.

What to Buy: Modern Dresses and Basic Bottoms.

Pricing: $45 for a tank – $395 for a Trench.

Shipping: Free Shipping.

NAKED CASHMERE

Naked Cashmere specializes in cashmere and works to bring you this luxe fabric for less.

What to Buy: Cashmere Basics.

Pricing: Ranging from $115 to $275

Shipping: Free Shipping on all U.S. Orders.

BANANA REPUBLIC

Banana Republic has long been one of my favorite stores to find basic and trendy pieces at a great price.

What to Buy: Blouses and Dresses.

Pricing: $50-$200

Shipping: Free Shipping on Orders $50+.

OF MERCER

Of Mercer designs classic pieces that will take you from the office to after dinner drinks in five seconds flat.

What to Buy: Classic modern dresses.

Pricing: $100-$200.

Shipping: Free Shipping.

MANGO

mango

What to Buy: Modern Minimalist Dresses and Blouses.

Pricing: Most Items are Between the $50-$100 Range, with Some Going Up to $250.

Shipping: Free Shipping on US Orders $50+.

KIT & ACE

Kit and Ace makes it their mission to sit down with real people to find solves for the things that are getting in your way. They seek out the problems hidden in everyday clothes, and then design solutions for those pain points—and make the solutions beautiful.

What to Buy: Skirts and Pants.

Pricing: $88 – $200

Shipping: Free Shipping

MINISTRY OF SUPPLY

Designed for women on the go, Ministry of Supply will get you through your commute and looking fresh for a day at the office.

What to Buy: Blazers and Classic Shirts.

Pricing: $85 – $275.

Shipping: Free Shipping

GRANA

grana

What to Buy: Affordable Silk Tops in Many Colors.

Prices: $50-$200.

Shipping: Free US shipping for orders over $75.

MODERN CITIZEN

Modern Citizen is a brand and destination for the modern woman —
with thoughtfully designed and curated fashion, beauty, and home goods.

What to Buy: Classic & on trend basics in wearable neutrals.

Prices: $50-$200.

Shipping: Free US shipping on orders over $80.

UNIQLO

What to Buy: Basic button-down blouses and printed pants.

Prices: Less Than $50.

Shipping: Free US Shipping on Orders $70+.

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Where are your favorite places to shop for business casual pieces?

Thanks for stopping by!

XO

Kasey

15 Places to Shop for Your Business Casual Capsule Wardrobe

A SHIRRED DRESS OVER A SIMPLE WHITE TEE

A SHIRRED DRESS OVER A SIMPLE WHITE TEE

August 16, 2018

The t-shirt under a dress isn’t a look I’ve been a fan of for very long, and I think it’s because it makes me feel childish (like I’m not mature enough to show a little shoulder). BUT in the interest of making my capsule work for me this summer, I thought I would give it a shot. The truth? I love the result! After wearing this dress out (sans white tee) I realized I made the straps a bit too long. The struggle is real when you don’t have a dress form and have to eyeball it! I haven’t gotten around to alterations yet, so pairing this dress with a white t-shirt made it wearable again. The t-shirt under dress look is a great go-to when you have some sultry slip dresses in your wardrobe that don’t always feel appropriate for day wear. Looking back, the only thing I would change when making this dress is for it to be a little shorter. If you saw this post yesterday, you’ll know that I prefer my dresses to be slightly above the knee and this one just missed the mark. BUT I was looking at Extra Petite’s latest blog post, and I realized if I shorten the straps a little (maybe a lot) then it will hit me right where I want it to.

I’m enjoying this time in my style where I’m taking the pressure off myself to always fit the ideal beauty standard I was brought up believing in, and to let loose with outfits that dress down my femininity. Taking photos is a great way to gauge how you feel about a look, because it’s an unbiased view of what you’re wearing. It matters a lot how you feel in the outfit, but sometimes that can be impacted by how we think we look. If you’re not feeling confident in an outfit, pose in your apartment and set up your camera (or have a friend take a photo) so you can see yourself and really figure out how you feel.

A Shirred Dress Over a Simple White Tee - Too Polished

A Shirred Dress Over a Simple White Tee - Too Polished

A Shirred Dress Over a Simple White Tee - Too Polished

Shirt: Everlane | Dress: DIY | Sneakers: Reebok | Bag: Morocco (similar) | Sunnies: H&M

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Kasey