Urban Outfitters top, ASOS skirt (similar here), Cole Haan shoes, Madewell bag, J.Crew headband (somewhere hidden in my hair)
I’m not one to religiously follow trends each season (I don’t have the money to spend on everything currently in style!), but I’ll purchase a few pieces I love when they make repeat appearances on my favorite shopping websites. Case in point: this purple smocked top that’s just one of many smocked pieces in my closet. I wore a mint green floral dress in a similar style back in July (I wrote about it here), and I said, “Smocked tops and dresses are categorized by the embroidery process used to gather fabric so the final product can be stretched. The fabrics are folded in an accordion pattern-like pleat and stitched into place. After the entire piece is sewed together, the pleats can be pulled and stretched before snapping back into place.” This long sleeve purple top has ruching across the chest and along the wrists, which is both comfortable and complimentary for all body types! I now have six or seven smocked tops and/or dresses in my wardrobe and I can’t stop rotating through them. For this outfit, I picked this top in an eggplant shade as I’m trying to wean myself off of the usual pinks and blues and because purple is an easy color to transition from summer to fall. I wore it with my favorite dark blue denim skirt from ASOS (this one matches any top!), but it would look equally as pretty with jeans. Of course I’m using my favorite Madewell tote that goes with every outfit (and carries everything) and for an extra pop of interest, I finished the look with my Cole Haan leopard print mules and threw on a skinny leopard headband, but my big ass hair concealed it! Prepare yourself for more smocked pieces in the near future.