To keep things extra classy around here, I decided to do a blog post full of mirror selfies. Okay, truth be told, this blog post is all about exercising my styling skills, and mirror selfies are just the helping hand.
A few weeks ago I got my first pair of Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Work Pants in the mail, and while I loved them, I was slightly perplexed by them. Do they look good on me? What do I wear them with? I peppered my friend Paige with texts and mirror selfies, styling the pants over and over again, trying to figure them out. Then I had a flash bulb of an idea: wear them for seven days in a row, as a test drive of sorts, with the goal of speeding up my learning curve for how to style that particular pair of pants.
Obviously I am not wearing those pants here (sadly, they had to go back, but a second pair is en route! More on that another day.) but I decided to apply the same idea to my new Tradlands shirt. The one I bought is sold out, but I’m linking to a similar one. I wore mine for almost seven days in a row (there was a small break over the weekend) and practiced styling it to my heart’s content. Not only did this give me a crash course on what works with it from my existing wardrobe, but it also made the shirt really feel like mine. As I’ve said before, I want to wear the clothes, not have them wear me. It’s important to me for them to feel broken-in and for me to feel at home in them.
Day 1 // You can see my day one look in the photo above. I wasn’t really sure how to wear the shirt at first, so I decided to have it peek out from under my cropped SiiZU sweater (c/o). Accompanying pieces: older Levi’s (similar), mules by Nisolo (c/o), sunglasses, Ray-Ban.
Day 2 // Tucked in with my trusty, favorite vintage jeans and cognac booties. It’s kind of embarrassing, the lack of lipstick in most of these photos. I am usually either too lazy, use just lip balm, or put it on in the car. Usually it’s just too lazy. But I do love lipstick.
Day 3 // Feeling experimental and going for wide pants and Cons. On days that it’s cool, I just don’t know which shoes to wear with these pants. I wear booties, and the whole look just feels too dressy. You see, that’s the thing about the PNW we are a bunch of casual-minded folks! I spend half my day worrying if I’m overdressed and the other half of my day wondering if I’m going to stay dry. Backpack is from Everlane (c/o) and I freaking love it. Hands free for the win. Cardigan is older J.Crew, try this instead.
Day 4 // I think it was extra dark on this day, sorry for the haze. Today it’s un-tucked and over raw denim. As usual it’s been rainy city around these parts, so hence the rain jacket (unfortunately sold out, but try this or this). Backpack FTW.
Day 5 // My name is Andrea, and I love having fun with clothes! This is a perfect example right here. I feel like I’m totally winning with this look. I love the dimension that stripes add to this outfit. I’m beginning to find that long-sleeved tops are quite versatile. Especially when you live in a climate where you need to wear them 75% of the year. I’ve paired the shirt with my trusty black slim-straight pants by Paige, the Mara Tunic Dress by Only Child (c/o), my sand colored Nisolo mules (c/o) and my little black backpack (c/o).
Day 6 // Back again with the vintage denim. I decided to chop the hem on them because the triple rolls felt a little bulky. Hoping I don’t regret that. But it takes time to get the fringy bottom in a lust-worthy state, so I’ll wait a bit before I decide for sure. This look also includes my Zady sweater (sold out, but try this instead), my Animal Traffic beanie and my thrifted rain boots. AND the most adorable little boy on the face of the earth, who happens to be super obsessed with that red shirt.
Logistics: I washed the shirt about every two days. The fabric is fairly light, so it air-dried overnight pretty fast. When my ES pants come (hopefully later this week), I look forward to putting them into an instant 7 days of styling. I found this exercise to be really, really fun. I was wondering what else I could do this with in my closet, and while I’d love to do it over and over again, I honestly think it takes a particular (read: versatile) type of item for this exercise.
Overall review of shirt: Tradlands has been on my radar since I first read about them on Reading My Tea Leaves maybe a year and a half (or more?) ago. But they were always a little pricey for me, plus I don’t traditionally wear a lot of button up shirts. However, since I’ve been embracing looser pant bottoms, I’ve been gravitating more toward my chambray and my white button ups. This had me browsing Tradlands again, and when this shirt popped up in their anniversary sale (for under $100!) I was ready. Is it worth the money? That’s a tough one. I always say you vote with your $$ when you buy clothes. I think supporting this company is an excellent vote. Their shirts are all made in the USA, which is rare for a shirt this detailed. It takes time to make, which costs $$. I noticed the other day that there are no raw seams on this shirt! Everything is all sewn up, even on the inside. It looks beautiful. It reminds me of one of my husband’s work shirts, but of course it’s made for my shape.
A few notes on fit: After consulting their size chart, I ordered a small. I used their measurements and compared them to the measurements of my favorite chambray top. I am very pleased with how it fits my body, it’s close, but not too snug, nor is it too baggy. I really like the button line up. There seems to be an extra one, which is awesome because there really is no boob gap. Furthermore, the multiple buttons allow me a few different configurations for how high or low I want my neckline. I love having options.
Any questions? Just let me know. And I promise, high-quality photography will be returning next week.