Shopping for Fancy Tops

Confession: Shopping is easiest for me when I’m in bed or at the very least sitting on my couch in my sweatpants. When I actually get out of my house to shop (not very often if it’s not Target, if I’m being honest), I get frustrated very easily when I can’t find what I’m looking for and feel immediate guilt for taking that much time for myself when I don’t come home with much.

I’m not saying it’s right. It’s just how I often feel after an unsuccessful shopping trip. But when I recently destashed my closet, I noticed that I had next to no blouses/fancy tops in it. Since I have worn so much LuLaRoe over the last two years, it didn’t surprise me. And with my break from LuLaRoe comes a new need to realign my wardrobe to the occasions I dress for. One of my favorite date night looks is to wear a feminine top with jeans and heels, and I didn’t have much in my closet to recreate that momiform (definition of momiform: easy, foolproof uniform for any occasion a mom might need to dress for; designed to greatly reduce stress).

But thankfully, last weekend’s shopping trip was really fruitful!

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One of my tops I bought and linked below, styled for a church look!

WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR: Like I said before, I wanted to add some fancier tops/blouses to my closet, but I have a very edgy/classic style. I do not care for feminine prints like florals (makes it REALLY tough to shop for fancy tops/blouses when you don’t like florals), and I gravitate toward anything that will look good with black or that is black. (P.S. I asked on Instagram if you called them fancy tops or blouses, and you were split…hence the slash).

TJ MAXX

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Snag yellow blouse HERE

I tried on four tops at TJ Maxx but only picked this one up. I think it will be really versatile, something I could wear to school with a jacket, on a date night with jeans and heels, or paired with a pencil skirt for a dressier occasion.

OLD NAVY

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Snag cardigan HERE

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Snag tank HERE

I usually go to Old Navy for basics, so even though I wasn’t on the hunt for basics, I just can’t quit Old Navy. When I wandered in here, I found this cute cardi that I could wear with a tank, shorts, and a low heel in the summer and then obviously a million other ways when the weather gets cooler. I just love stripes and cardigans, so there you have it.

And this luxe tank was a pleasant surprise…it has a more expensive feel to it, and I loved how the print wasn’t super feminine. I usually go with solids or stripes, so I was proud of myself for going with a print. And black and white! WOOT!

DRY GOODS 

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So Dry Goods…it’s a relatively new store I’ve added to my shopping rotation. I’ve had a few friends tell me about it, and it’s where I snagged my TOMS heels a few months back. I also had a few students of mine tell me that I look like I shop there, so DUH! Of course I had to check it out.

I can’t provide you links with these tops because their website is apparently down until the fall, but I loved adding a little bit of soft color in the two blush tops I snagged. I also loved the white off-the-shoulder top because of the sleeve construction. I thought the shoulder cut-out flattered my arms. I even sized up to a large in it because they were out of mediums.

AMERICAN EAGLE

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Looks like this tank is sold out online, but check in store.

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I snagged THIS TANK in black and white.

I really don’t have a ton of tanks other than graphic tanks, so I really liked how these three tanks from American Eagle would be great layering options but also pretty by themselves.

As I mentioned on my Instastories this weekend…this is a pretty big shopping haul for me. I want to be completely transparent with you and tell you that I sold A TON of my old clothes to pay for my new additions. Do I shop outside of what I make selling my clothes? Yes, but not as much in one haul. Why am I telling you this? Overall, I think the style blogging world doesn’t do a great job of being transparent with its readership, women who shop on a budget. So there you go. Be the change you want to see in the blogging world.

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