The Fashion Magpie What You're Shopping For

What You’re Shopping For, March 2022 Edition Vol III.

*Image above via CFDA.

Q: Pastel oxford with yellow sweater vest for a six year old boy at Easter.

A: I could not find a good yellow sweater vest (!) There were a few but none I would recommend in earnest. I do love the color and style of this solid blue sweater vest — would you consider layering over a yellow oxford? I also kind of like the idea of doing tone-on-tone and pairing it with blue and white seersucker. You could always introduce yellow with a bow tie instead. (I love this bow tie pattern, now only available on eBay. Cute! Especially with seersucker!)

Q: A fun top and pants for my baby shower next month. I’m 8 months pregnant!

A: I know this goes against the grain of what you’re asking, but I would actually recommend a crisp white top (alternately, this tunic top), white maternity jeans, and fabulous earrings and shoes. For a more neutral look, you might consider these shoes and these fun earrings (or these) with the white ensemble. If you’re really after a bold top, you might consider one of these ones from Mille. I own this exact style and it runs extremely generously. You could size up one size from your usual size just to ensure but I am honestly swimming in the smallest size so you might even get away with your true size. Fun with white denim and great earrings.

Q: A cool investment bracelet no one else has.

A: A Marla Aaron cuffling bracelet, an engraved Aurelia Demark, and anything by Brent Neale (she is a wizard and genius and her stuff is SO unique).

Q: Napa wedding in May.

A: So fun! I would be excited to wear this dress with these earrings. I feel like the dress could work with flat sandals or block heels if it’s outdoors/on grass but also would look great with heeled sandals. I also super love this Zimmermann, this Ciao Lucia (imagine with an updo and these earrings), this blue cutout style, and this saucy Reformation (look for less with this).

Q: Chanel flats online.

A: Fashionphile or TheRealReal. You can mainly find gently used ones on this site, but sometimes you can find brand new in box. I prefer to shop from these sites versus, say, eBay, because you can rest assured you are not going to get a counterfeit. All the products are vetted and assessed by a team.

Q: Gold sandals, two inch heel max, under $500.

A: I love these ones! Very on trend with the braiding. If you’re looking for something strappier, I adore these Loeffler Randalls. I feel like they’re timeless — will work now and in 20 years. Finally, these are technically 3″ but they are ankle-wrapped wedges and I think therefore much easier to walk in than a normal 3″ heel or sandal. They are also on sale!

Q: Birthday present for a two year old boy.

A: Happy birthday to this little boy! I would recommend duplos, sound puzzles, Little People, toy trucks, and, randomly a shovel? Little ones at that age love to dig in sand/dirt!

Q: Affordable frames for family photos.

A: I shared a bunch of pretty frames at different pricepoints here, though some have sold out. A few great frames under $40 apiece (several well under):

THIS BAMBOO STYLE

THIS ROPE STYLE

THESE RATTAN ONES

THIS WOVEN FRAME

THIS BEADED ONE IN THE DOUBLE 4X6 SIZE

THIS BONE-EFFECT STYLE

Q: Art for little girl’s room (almost 5).

A: I love these giclee prints of beautiful paintings by Clare Elsaesser, especially in the largest size you can afford. Tara Andris does some really pretty abstracts in colors that I think would be lovely in a little lady’s room. I also love chinoiserie panels — totally appropriate in a little girl’s room and she can grow into them as a teen and young adult! Above a reading nook, you could do a bunch of these framed book prints or a series of prints from Babar, Madeline, or any other book or book series she loves. I also love (!) the whimsical drawings here. Would be fun to frame these against a wide mat for a dramatic effect. Last but not least, it would be fun to dramatize a wall with these butterfly decals instead of art!

Q: Chic but comfortable flats (not boots) to walk around in Europe in March. Birdies?? Thank you!

A: I keep hearing the best things about Rothys — I really like this pair in the black bow style because I think you could wear them casually or with a dress to dinner. But these similar-looking Birdies are also a headturner — just have heard more effusive praise for Rothys (including from my mom)! Alternately, would you consider an unfussy sneaker? I LIVE in my Supergas and they are crazy comfortable. I think they look adorable with jeans, a dress, etc. If you want something with a bit more flair, these similar Vejas are super comfortable. I own and love them — I know a lot of people have beef with Veja because their leather styles are so stiff, but these are soft and pliable canvas. I’m also personally considering buying these Thakoon hi-tops — my best friend has them and they are SO cool. They might be too much of a statement but for sure trend-forward around those chic European women!

Q: Floral/printed formal midi for a bridesmaid dress — theme is garden party chic in April.

A: Reformation has some really pretty options, like this, though you can get the look for less here. This ASOS style also majorly turned my head — just so pretty! Such a distinctive and different print. And then Zimmermann and LSF are the long-standing masters of the romantic floral!

Q: Blue v-neck blouse with at least 3/4 sleeves for work headshots. Royal blue or navy, not button up.

A: Wow – this was really hard! I would go with something like this.

Q: Chic diaper bag — something not everyone has.

A: This Anya Hindmarch is cheeky and different. I also like this Naghedi, this Marni tote, this Plan de Ville tote, and this ultra-luxe Metier. For something ultra-simple, I like the utility-chic of this Dagne Dover. Really any tote can work so long as you have a pouch system! (I also used a ToteSavvy organizer when mini was really tiny because it had all the right compartments for formula, bottles, diapers, etc, etc.) I also heard that Neely and Chloe is doing a special collab with Dondolo and will include some really sweet totes — launching this week.

Q: Gifts for parents and bridesmaids on wedding day.

A: I gave my bridesmaids jewelry to wear with their dresses — Nicola Bathie makes some really pretty pieces perfect for such an occasion, or you could give them a special engraved necklace to wear any time. I also love the idea of a monogrammed jewelry round, travel pouch, or lingerie bag — classic, elegant, heirloom. For a mother, maybe a pretty Herend box or Hermes scarf, depending on budget? Alternately, arrange to have flowers delivered to your parents the day after the big day, or a big meal delivered to their doorstep.

No matter which way you go, a handwritten letter is a must, written on proper stationery. Take some time a few weeks before the big day to write how much it has meant to you to spend this time together. Thank your parents effusively.

Q: Easy dress for in-home casual bridal shower (I’m a guest). In two weeks, VA, less than $100.

A: Fun! I hope I’m not too late. I love this blue floral, this H&M steal, this smocked blue style, this J. Crew (I own — possibly best given this transitional weather we’re in?), or this English Factory, which reminds me of Horror Vacui!

Q: Spring mom tote bag — looking for green. Not MZ Wallace.

A: This Naghedi comes in a fabulous blue-green color; this Clare Vivier is more of an investment but would be just as chic when children are older; you can’t go wrong with LL Bean; adore this roomy striped canvas style; and this Gucci is loud and proud.

4 Comments

  1. Ooh adding on to the person looking for a unique investment bracelet – I tried on this brand while on a work trip this past weekend and thought the designs were SO cool.

    https://metalmarkfinejewelry.com/collections/nouvel-heritage

    I went with this one (!) – https://metalmarkfinejewelry.com/products/thin-pyramid-bracelet & love how it looks next to my daily leather-strap watch. So dainty but balanced by the tiny grommets for a little touch of toughness to juxtapose the size/subtle sparkle!

  2. I love this segment! Thank you for sharing your recommendations. I have one: Suggestions for a Catholic School Gala & Auction (AKA Mom Prom?)

    1. Hi Shannon! Thank you so much! Hm – Mom Prom! I’m not sure how dressy these are (black tie?), but here are a few beautiful dresses I intuitively imagined I would consider:

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      https://bit.ly/3tcg9Hw

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      Let me know if I’m in the ballpark. Happy to find more if you’re thinking of something more formal, less formal, etc!

      Welcome to the comments section! Happy you’re here!

      xx

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