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April 25, 2017

4 Effortless Brunch Looks, Dressy & Casual

In Clothes & Conversation this week, “ It’s Brunch Season & We’ve Got What You’ll Wear” we broke down this essential Spring tradition into 2 categories: Upscale and Laidback. After all, brunch is usually one or the other. So now that you’re here, shop these 2 outfits for each type and be ready to accept compliments.
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https://www.jcrew.com/p/G3188
https://www.jcrew.com/p/G3188
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J. Crew - Pull-on Cargo Pant
Pull-on Cargo Pant
J. Crew
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Why is it a Find? There’s nothing like a drawstring pair of cargo pants when it comes to weekend ease. J. Crew’s cotton version have an elastic waist and cropped length that makes rolling out of bed and heading to brunch as easy as ever.
Wear it with: A wardrobe staple, olive cargo pants go with everything, especially in the warm weather. We love pairing them with a button down, as shown, for a casual look that still has a finished quality to it – great for an easy brunch. Make it even more casual with your favorite tee or tank, and any sandals, sneakers, slip-ons, or flip flops.
Fit Tip: These are cut in J. Crew’s typically modern fit, and come in their full size run – 00-16, Petites and Talls, so go with your normal size.
Alternatives: J.Crew offers a couple other warm weather ready colors through the ‘shop it’ button.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-groundwork-twist-print-sheath-dress/4539963?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=MULTI Nic+Zoe - Groundwork Twist Print Sheath Dress
Nic+Zoe - Groundwork Twist Print Sheath Dress
Upscale Outing Look #1
Why is it a Find? This silhouette from Nic+Zoe is a best seller for good reason – that waist knot detail is perfectly placed to conceal and flatter. And that is exactly what we want when we’re going out to a nice brunch. Sure, we want to look great – but we want to know we look just as great when we are full at the end of the meal.
Wear it with: The pretty color combination combines neutral navy and white with pops of pink for a cheery color combination that makes accessorizing a breeze. You’ll see we’re picking up that pink in a coordinating cardigan (right), and rose gold jewelry, and finishing this look with nude sandals (below). But metallic flat sandals or ballet flats look great, as does a blazer or cardigan in navy or white.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe has a modern fit in XS-XL, and Petites. This line has always been a favorite for its wonderful fit. Not cut too slim, go with your normal size.
Alternatives: Nic+Zoe knows how amazing this dress is on, so they made it in another pattern of varying blues.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-4-way-convertible-three-quarter-sleeve-cardigan-regular-and-petite/3684024?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=CLOVER Nic+Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
Nic+Zoe - 4-Way Convertible Three Quarter Sleeve Cardigan
Why is it a Find? There are lots of ways to style this ¾ sleeve cardigan from Nic+Zoe – click through the ‘shop it’ button to see what we mean. Since the dress in this outfit has a pretty waist detail, we like it open, but for other outfits, you can have some fun knotting it or wrapping it, using the subtle side buttons.
Wear it with: Since this cardigan is from Nic+Zoe’s collection, you can feel confident that the pink will match the pink in the featured dress (left) perfectly. And it’s such a flattering shade, with a blue undertone, you’ll want to wear it with all your basic layering tops and favorite pants, too.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe has a modern fit in XS-XL, and Petites that always makes it a favorite. Cut for a relaxed fit, go with your normal size.
Alternatives: This versatile cardigan comes in tons of colors through the ‘shop it’ button – both neutrals and seasonal colors. It’s a great staple.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/stuart-weitzman-nearlynude-ankle-strap-sandal-women/4260005?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BAMBINA%20NAPPA Stuart Weitzman - NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal
Stuart Weitzman - NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal
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Stuart Weitzman - NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal
NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal
Stuart Weitzman
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Why is it a Find? Stuart Weitzman is known for its wonderful quality and timeless style. And that heritage is on full display with these amazing block heeled sandals.
Wear it with: The soft nude nappa leather (called Bambina through the ‘shop it’ button) goes with simply everything. Enviously chic with the outfit here, the slim straps ensure a long, lean leg line that really shows off your legs. And, of course, they look just as good with pants of any shape. But it’s the block heel that really highlights the well thought out design. It is slightly cut out and tapered, so you get all the comfort and fashion of a thicker heel without a heavy or overly trendy look.
Fit Tip: They run true to size and come in varying widths in some colors – and boy, are there a lot of other colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button.
Alternatives: Via Spiga made a similar style with a bit of thicker strap and interesting ankle details.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/karine-sultan-open-cuff/4273500?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=ROSE%20GOLD Karine Sultan - Open Cuff
Karine Sultan - Open Cuff
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Karine Sultan - Open Cuff
Open Cuff
Karine Sultan
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Why is it a Find? The featured dress in this outfit (above, left) has a crew neckline and pretty pattern that doesn’t need much around the neck, so this statement cuff is the perfect accessory. The featured rose gold color picks up the pink in the dress, a pretty color against every skin tone.
Wear it with: Our sleeves get shorter in the warm weather, and this statement cuff is a pretty way to show that off. It dresses up with ease, and also add a fun finish to a basic tee with jeans or shorts.
Fit Tip: This cuff is open in the back, so it fits every size wrist.
Alternatives: We love the rose gold to bring out the pink in this outfit, but it also comes in yellow gold and silver through the ‘shop it’ button– they all look fantastic. For a little more bling, go with this sparkling version.
https://www.shopbop.com/luiza-tank-top-cooper-ella/vp/v=1/1516797317.htm Cooper & Ella - Luiza Tank Top
Cooper & Ella - Luiza Tank Top
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Cooper & Ella - Luiza Tank Top
Luiza Tank Top
Cooper & Ella
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Upscale Outing Look #2
Why is it a Find? The crisp dot pattern plays perfectly with the clean line of Cooper & Ella’s sleeveless crepe top. Lined, and with an interesting – and functional back detail – this top combines black, white, and a touch of royal blue for a polished top that is perfect for a lovely day outing. And don’t forget – at Shopbop (through the ‘shop it’ button) you get free shipping + free returns, and can use your Amazon Prime account so you’ll get it in a jiffy.
Wear it with: We’re showing this top with a cool pair of updated track pants (right) to show off its modern look. But timeless black or tan cotton pants, jeans, or a classic pencil skirt look equally good. You can even pair it with a pair of shorts and cute sandals.
Fit Tip: Cooper & Ella is a contemporary brand, and this top is lined and cut for an easy shape that will skim the body – not hug it- in your normal size, XS-L. It has a grosgrain band across the back (click through the ‘shop it’ button to check it out in the alternate image) that not only adds a pretty design detail, it adds function – ensuring the double v-neckline stays in place.
Alternatives: Nordstrom carries the dress version, in an easy shift silhouette and same great fabric. Also cut in a modern fit, like the shirt, it has a loose shape that’s comfortable and still polished.
https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-japanese-goweave-zip-track-pant-black Everlane - The Japanese GoWeave Zip Track Pant
Everlane - The Japanese GoWeave Zip Track Pant
Why is it a Find? If you haven’t tried out Everlane yet, these upscale track pants are a great place to start. Known for their pricing transparency and ability to keep costs down by only selling online – and passing that savings on to the customer through it’s amazing retail prices – you get great quality and design for the price. These pants, and the trench coat below, are perfect examples of that. Don’t let the comfy elastic waist and cool elastic and zip hem detail fool you. This Japanese fabric has lovely drape and saturated color, which creates a really stylish way to dress up a pair of black pants.
Wear it with: Since we’re dressing up these joggers in this outfit, wear them with pretty slide sandals – low heel, mid-heel, or high all look great. For more casual outings, cute sneakers work. And when you wear them to the office, go for simple loafers, ballet flats, or oxfords.
Fit Tip: Everlane has a modern fit, and these pants are cut for a relaxed and easy fit in your normal size – available in 00-12.
Alternatives: Theory did a similar style in a luxurious navy blue/black silk that is still relaxed, but in their contemporary cut that runs a bit trimmer than Everlane.
https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-modern-trench-coat-khaki Everlane - The Drape Trench Coat
Everlane - The Drape Trench Coat
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Everlane - The Drape Trench Coat
The Drape Trench Coat
Everlane
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Why is it a Find? We explained Everlane’s pricing structure in the pants above, and they deliver again with this quality trench coat at a wonderful price. Don’t let cooler weather – or some rain ruin your outfit. This water-resistant trench will protect you, and keep you looking so pulled together and polished.
Wear it with: Ideal over a polished Spring look, this trench is equally great over a dress, work look, or jeans. It’s quite simply your go-to transitional coat.
Fit Tip: One of our favorite things about this trench is the fit. Some can be pretty formfitting (especially that iconic Burberry one), but Everlane cut this one for drape and ease. They have a typically modern fit, but if you are between sizes, size down (XS-XL) and you’ll still have plenty of room to layer.
Alternatives: It comes in black and navy through the ‘shop it’ button, too – all amazing neutrals that work with everything.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/karine-sultan-ariane-coin-collar-necklace/4553979?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=SILVER Karine Sultan - Ariane Coin Collar Necklace
Karine Sultan - Ariane Coin Collar Necklace
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Karine Sultan - Ariane Coin Collar Necklace
Ariane Coin Collar Necklace
Karine Sultan
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Why is it a Find? Play up the art deco dot pattern of the featured top with Karine Sultan’s layered silver disc necklace. The hammered metal detail creates a beautiful texture that shines.
Wear it with: Just as chic with a crewneck tee as it is with a v-neck top like the one above, this mid-length necklace is truly versatile. The look isn’t too chunky, making just enough of a statement to work from desk to dinner and all weekend long.
Fit Tip: It has an extender at the clasp, so you can play with the length for a perfect fit with any neckline.
Alternatives: It comes in rose gold through the ‘thsop it’ button, too. Alternatively, a delicate, sparkly chain is a pretty finish – wear it doubled or as a long strand.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-maze-meadows-stripe-cardigan/4539966?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=MULTI Nic+Zoe - Maze Meadows Stripe Cardigan
Nic+Zoe - Maze Meadows Stripe Cardigan
Laidback Brunch Look #1
Why is it a Find? Lightweight, pretty colors, effortlessly comfortable, open silhouette…this Nic+Zoe cardigan was made for relaxing outings.
Wear it with: The body of this lovely, textured cardigan uses white, shades of grey, and black in a flattering broken-stripe pattern. But the trim around the neckline and cuffs adds in lovely Spring shades of pink and yellow, for a touch of just-right color. We are playing up the neutral tones with a coordinating pale grey silk tank (right) and easy black pants (below) in this outfit. And there are lots of different way to wear it – with jeans, your favorite white or black work pants, khakis…this sweater will get tons of use.
Fit Tip: In S-XL and Petites, Nic+Zoe’s typically modern fit runs true to size. The silhouette is loose and easy, with 3/4 sleeves and a length that easily covering the hips and behind.
Alternatives: Nic+Zoe did this pretty pieced stripe pattern in a silky tunic that works with the pants (below) in this outfit, too.
https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-silk-tank-greywhite Everlane - The Silk Tank
Everlane - The Silk Tank
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Everlane - The Silk Tank
The Silk Tank
Everlane
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Why is it a Find? Everlane continues to deliver on its amazingly priced quality (thanks to their transparent, direct-to-consumer pricing) with this silk tank top. Clean lines, interesting neutral color, and a lovely drape make it a perfect solution as a layer or on its own.
Wear it with: White silk can feel too precious, especially for brunch, so this pale white-grey color is the perfect alternative. It subtly plays up the white and grey colors of the featured cardigan, and can be worn under a pop of color or other neutrals, with equal ease.
Fit Tip: The armholes and neckline of Everlane’s modern-fitting tank ensures you can take off your cardigan or jacket with confidence. In sizes 00-12, go with your normal size
Alternatives: There are a couple other great neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Alternatively, Nic+Zoe’s cotton layering tank comes in a similar shade of pale grey – and tons of other colors – for a more casual option under the featured cardigan (left).
https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-hirise-wide-crop-pant-washedblack Everlane - The Wide Leg Crop Pant
Everlane - The Wide Leg Crop Pant
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Everlane - The Wide Leg Crop Pant
The Wide Leg Crop Pant
Everlane
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Why is it a Find? OK, we may be talking about Everlane a lot this week, but we can’t help it – there’s so much good stuff! And here’s another. These wide leg crop pants will have you coming back for more. At such a good price, you may want to pick up more than just the color we’re featuring here.
Wear it with: The stretch cotton is dyed to a perfect shade of black that has a washed finish, ideal for a casual look like the one we’re putting together here. And it also gives these pants a laid back feel that works with any casual top, from a simple grey tee to a gauzy tunic or denim button down. The wide leg is cropped to hit anywhere from a few inches above the ankle to just below, and looks just right with sneakers, flats, or sandals.
Fit Tip: Check out Everlane’s story here on why they call these “the most flattering pant you’ll ever try”. We can’t say they’re wrong – and neither can most of the over 300 reviewers. The higher rise sits at the natural waist beautifully offsets the wide cropped leg to create an elongated silhouette. The cotton twill has a touch of stretch that makes them really comfortable, and also helps them hold their shape. In a modern fit, available in 00-12, go with your normal size.
Alternatives: Nic+Zoe offers a couple of other pants options that work with the rest of the pieces in this outfit- a polished stretch-woven ankle length pair, that can also be worn to the office, as well as a wide leg linen option.
http://www.zappos.com/p/vionic-calypso-pewter-metallic/product/8810702/color/554 VIONIC - Calypso
VIONIC - Calypso
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VIONIC - Calypso
Calypso
VIONIC
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Why is it a Find? Ladies, love the look of espadrilles, but not the lack of support most of them provide? Vionic solves that problem. Not only is the upper made of leather, instead of the typical cotton fabric, it has a molded EVA footbed that provides arch support and molds to your foot. Yes, ladies, these are the espadrilles that you can actually walk around in all day without paying for it later!
Wear it with: Cropped or rolled up pants, like the ones in this outfit (left) show off the tie ankle detail of these espadrilles, and the featured pewter metallic leather simply goes with everything. The wedge heel is just a little over 2” high, so you can even wear them with shorts. They look great with sundresses and wide leg flowy pants, as well.
Fit Tip: They run true-to-size, in 5-11 (including half sizes).
Alternatives: The black suede and gold leather, also available through the ‘shop it’ button, offer other neutral options that you can wear all season long. If you prefer flats, Vionic makes an equally amazing flat slip-on espadrille style.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/madewell-lace-up-linen-blend-shorts/4603972 Madewell - Lace-Up Linen Blend Shorts
Madewell - Lace-Up Linen Blend Shorts
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Madewell - Lace-Up Linen Blend Shorts
Lace-Up Linen Blend Shorts
Madewell
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Laidback Brunch Look #2
Why is it a Find? Madewell’s lace-up feature and striped linen-cotton fabric make these shorts perfect for a relaxed morning brunch. The details elevate them from basic shorts, but with all the same comfort and ease.
Wear it with: Sure, a tee and sneakers look nice & easy with shorts, but for brunch, we’re showing you an equally laid back look that has a bit more style and finesse. Pair these shorts with the button down (right) and sweater (below), if it’s chilly. Finish the look with Vince’s upscale leather pool slides –in vivid color or easy neutrals.
Fit Tip: They have a 100% cotton lining, so the cotton/linen fabric doesn’t get overly wrinkled when you sit, giving them a more polished feel. The higher rise sits at the waist, which is ideal for the lace-up closure to highlight the smallest part of your torso. Madewell has a modern fit, similar to J. Crew (its sister company), so go with your normal size, in 00-14.
Alternatives: Striped pants, like this wide-leg cropped J. Crew pair or Nic+Zoe’s linen drawstring style creates the same laidback appeal.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sanctuary-the-steady-boyfriend-shirt/4537270?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=WASHED%20TIGER%20LILY Sanctuary - The Steady Boyfriend Shirt
Sanctuary - The Steady Boyfriend Shirt
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Sanctuary - The Steady Boyfriend Shirt
The Steady Boyfriend Shirt
Sanctuary
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Why is it a Find? While we love the way the textured cotton fabric of this Sanctuary shirt looks in white (also through the ‘shop it’ button and a timeless classic), this featured orange adds a fun pop of color that feels so right on a sunny day.
Wear it with: Of course, we love it with the denim-y blue and white colors of the featured shorts (left), and this is a shirt that works with so many things. The featured orange color offsets any neutral and has a rich, saturated color that looks wonderful with any pattern using a similar shade. The other neutral colors through the ‘shop it’ button are perfect options for all your colorful skirts, shorts, and pants – and they all look great with jeans.
Fit Tip: Sanctuary cut this top for a relaxed, looser fit so you don’t need to worry about the buttons pulling in your normal size of XS-XL. The chest pockets are placed just right, and are appropriately oversized so they look good on ladies of any chest size.
Alternatives: Nic+Zoe’s linen version offers softer shades of orange, pink, and blue – as well as a couple of neutrals – that look equally great with the featured shorts (left). Alternatively, this aqua lightweight poplin button down from Frank & Eileen (a brand dedicated to perfect button downs) is another pretty way to add softer color, with a relaxed fit in your normal size. This Equipment printed button down is a perfect way to combine 2 patterns in 1 outfit and has a somewhat slimmer silhouette than the other shirts here (though not fitted).
https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/sweaters/pullover/preorder-oversized-marled-sweater-in-cottonlinen/g5692?isFromSearch=true&color_name=marled-sea&N=0&Nloc=en&Ntrm=Oversized%20marled%20sweater%20in%20cotton-linen%20marled%20sea&Npge=1&Nrpp=60&Nsrt=0 J. Crew - Oversized Marled Sweater
J. Crew - Oversized Marled Sweater
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J. Crew - Oversized Marled Sweater
Oversized Marled Sweater
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Why is it a Find? J. Crew’s cotton and linen fabric combination creates a beautiful texture in this relaxed sweater that is really shown off in the navy and white color mix. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see how great it looks on.
Wear it with: If you're ready for shorts, but the weather isn’t quite there yet, layer this sweater over your shirt to complete the shorts and top look above. The neutral blue/white combination goes with everything, and the comfy style with split hem can be worn with most any silhouette – jeans, shorts, even leggings. It’s perfect to throw over any tank, tee, or bathing suit, and can also be worn on its own.
Fit Tip: In J. Crew’s typically modern fit, available in XXXS-XL, this is meant to have a loose and easy fit in your normal size. If you prefer a trimmer fit or are often between sizes, you may want to size down.
Alternatives: If you prefer a cardigan, Michael Stars' open cotton-linen version is a great alternative in navy or ivory.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/baggu-pebbled-leather-crossbody-bag/4468245?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=SADDLE BAGGU - Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag
BAGGU - Pebbled Leather Crossbody Bag
Why is it a Find? After a week of carrying a heavy work bag or tote filled with all the kids essentials (or both), a little bag that holds enough for just YOU is in order. This bag from BAGGU is made of pebbled leather that is soft, durable and just gets better with wear. And it’s the circular shape that gives it an amazingly updated look.
Wear it with: Just like the outfit we’re showing here (above), this bag is perfect for any weekend and going out look. The round shape is a stylish update that is big enough to hold all of your essentials.
Fit Tip: We love how it looks worn crossbody, but you can also wear it on your shoulder – click through the ‘shop it’ button to see it both ways. (Click the Black color to see it crossbody, while the featured Saddle is shown on shoulder.)
Alternatives: It comes in a couple other leather neutrals through the ‘shop it’ button, and some pretty suedes, too. (The saddle color is on Backorder at Nordstrom, through the ‘shop it’ button, but you can get it right away at Shopbop – also with free shipping + returns.) BAGGU also made a more traditionally shaped option with a slimmer, crossbody strap.
 

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