This post is sponsored by Lane Bryant. All thoughts and opinions my own, as always! My day to day NYC style can err on the side of over the top (which is not really a problem in my opinion!), but when I am packing for my yearly summer trip to northern Vermont, I always reach for pieces that are fun and comfortable. The yearly pilgrimage to the lake my Grandpa grew up swimming in is a family affair, so I know I’ll be playing tag with little kids and board games with the big ones, and chatting with relatives all week. On the day we finalized the dates for our trip, I was looking at the late summer collection from Lane Bryant and immediately saw a bunch of pieces that would work perfectly for the trip.
If you’ve never been to Vermont, it is a stark counterpoint to the endless bustle of New York. The air is clean, fresh, and smells like flowers in the summer. I always envision fields studded with yellow blooms when I picture Vermont summer in my mind, so as soon as I saw this sunny marigold tank in store, I was drawn to it.
I fit right in with all the flowers
I really love the flowy cut and the high low hemline on this top. The soft jersey material feels like a t-shirt, but the smocked yoke adds interest and keeps it from looking overly casual (tucked in, this top could actually work well under a blazer for a workwear pop of color). The A-line silhouette looks amazing paired with an ultra-fitted skinny jean, and the deep blue wash on the new Ultimate Stretch Skinny Jean complemented the rich yellow hue beautifully.
The fit on these jeans is straight up HOT – a true skinny leg, fitted all the way down. I ordered the standard length, which I like, but as I am 5’4″ and a half, the 28″ inseam did bunch a little bit on my ankle. I’d probably order these in petite for more of an ankle length (which I generally prefer). I do love that this style is available in Long, Standard, and Petite cuts, so you can choose the perfect length for you. They also fit true to size in my opinion. I am typically a 16/18 in pants, and the 16 looked and felt great on, even when I happily ate a LOT of pancakes at breakfast. The attention to fit is clear.
Post pancake bliss
I’ve watched LB continually work to improve their denim over the almost seven years I’ve been blogging, and the quality is so good now. Even better, the price point is actually much less than most straight size denim of a similar quality (a welcome change from the usual plus markup).
Even in the middle of a heat wave in NYC, it was much cooler in the mountains of Vermont, especially in the mornings, so I wanted to bring a cool layering piece with me too.
I am all for tone-on-tone dressing, and the monochrome trend is going to be really big for fall. I always trust Lane Bryant for color consistency (fun fact: the pants and sweater I was pictured in in the monochrome trend story in InStyle were both Lane Bryant and coordinated perfectly!), so I was confident this lace duster would look great with the swing top. When I got my order and put them on together, I was not disappointed!
Warning: This duster may cause spontaneous twirling
I completed my look with a comfortable pair of leopard print flats that held up through a day filled with walking, even in some off the beaten path locations (they even looked great after I climbed through a wet field for pictures). Altogether, I loved my look for a stylish and easy to wear casual look. It is a perfect way to ease into bold colors and monochrome dressing if you want to try it out. I got compliments all day, and still felt like myself without being too OTT for the Northern Kingdom 🙂
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