Lately, I’ve been re-visiting a few of the stores I used to regularly shop at. And I have to say, I’ve been pretty impressed! My girlfriends and I got into a conversation at breakfast the other day about where to shop for things and it kind of got me thinking. Ever since online shopping has become the norm, and the world has become our oyster for being able to track down pretty much anything, the retailer options are almost endless! And that can be really, really overwhelming. When I’m shopping for something specific, I usually head to Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Revolve to look through their options. But when I feel like I can’t find what I’m looking for or don’t feeling like spending a million dollars, I get a little bit stuck. J.Crew is always a favorite. I usually have pretty good luck at Old Navy, Tuckernuck, and Express, too. But lately I’ve been re-discovering old favorites and switching it up a little bit! I pulled together a few of my favorite things from each store.
Hope this helps as you’re shopping for spring and summer! xo
I used to have a Gap right by my first office in NYC so I’d always pop in when I actually left the office for lunch. I don’t think I’ve shopped there since I moved to New York though! They currently have a lot of on-trend dresses and tops (off-the-shoulder, embroidery, etc), but a lot of great classics, too.
I picked up a few pieces from Banana Republic last spring (see this post, this post, and this post!), but it wasn’t until I was in the Water Tower Mall the other day and saw a stunning dress in the window that pulled me in! I used to think of BR as primarily work wear, but they’ve got a lot of beautifully made pieces that look like they should cost 3x the price. Gorgeous draping, tailoring, and well-placed details. My wish list is a mile long!
Ann Taylor was another one of my go-to’s for work wear when I lived in New York. Last spring, I purchased this dress and this dress and I wore them both COUNTLESS times. If your 9-5 is a more conservative office and your work wardrobe needs some updating, Ann Taylor has you covered right now. Lots of great foundational pieces!
Hear me out on this one… I hadn’t shopped at AE since college! It was one of the few stores the mall in my college town had, but I was always a fan of the way their jeans fit and would usually find a top or two that aligned with my aesthetic, too. Fast forward six years… I was searching for Coachella clothing (more on that to come!) and found myself at American Eagle and I was actually really surprised. Mind you, I was the only person over the age of 20 in the store (other than parents), but whatever! I got this gingham romper, this pair of jean shorts, and this pair of jean shorts. I was too overwhelmed by the store (it was a Saturday on Michigan Ave 😳), but now that I know my sizing, there are a few other things I’m thinking about ordering online! (For reference… I got a small in the romper, the medium was way too big. And I went with a 6 in the shorts since I didn’t want them to be too short or too tight.) Nothing you’d be able to wear to work, but if you’ve got outdoor concerts, street festivals, or backyard BBQs coming up this summer, there are some really fun pieces for great prices.
I used to shop at Madewell pretty often, but they kind of fell off my radar for a while. Last summer, I picked up this dress before Italy and absolutely loved it. Madewell tends to be hit or miss for me… Sometimes it’s too boho or too androgynous for me (admittedly, I’m more of a J.Crew girl), but sometimes I can find some great pieces that feel totally my style. (My trick for this… Don’t pay attention to how they have the piece styled on the models. That’s where I think people go wrong! Picture how you could wear it in your wardrobe and make it work for your own personal taste. And for whatever reason, sometimes seeing the pieces on Nordstrom helps me get a better feel for them.)
Any other stores you’ve rediscovered lately that I should check out?! Would love to hear where you’ve been finding great pieces for work or just for spring and summer weekends!