Hoods and Random Rules + Shopbop Sale | On the Daily EXPRESS

4/11/18

Hoods and Random Rules + Shopbop Sale

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Before I get to my outfit details today, I want to mention that if you've had your eyes on anything from designers like Tory Burch and Rebecca Minkoff, Shopbop is running one of their best sales right now (no minimum purchase!) so now's the time to get the best deal on those splurge items. All details are here, and I'm sharing a few favorites below.

I used to have an arbitrary, self-imposed rule about not buying anything with a hood. I never actually use the hood, so what's the point of the surplus fabric? I stayed firm in that for several years, and finally I decided to break the rule last month for a the striped hooded t-shirt I shared here. I still don't need or use the hood part, but it helped me decide to relax a bit on the "rule" and if I like something that happens to have a hood and serves all of my other needs, the hood shouldn't stop me from getting it. And that's exactly the case with this hooded cardigan I'm sharing today.

I wore a similar outfit to this last winter (see it here), but it's too warm to wear that cardigan now so I was on the lookout for a more Spring-friendly version. This cardigan is from the same brand (Pattyboutik) as my heavier version and has a similar look, but the reviews mentioned that it was thinner so I decided give it a go. I'm glad I let go of the hood rule for this since it's exactly what I need for the current weather. Even if it's a little cooler where you are, you could easily layer it with long sleeves instead of a tank for a little more warmth. To be clear, it's not what I would call a thin cardigan. It's just thinner than most other sweaters and cardigans from Pattyboutik. I'm planning to wear this exact outfit for my travel style this week since it was really comfortable, which is just what I need for a day of airplane and car travel.

As far as sizing, Pattyboutik pieces usually run in sizes Small - XL. This is the first piece I have from this line that came in size XS, and that's what I ended up ordering/wearing here. I normally wear a Small in Pattyboutik, so I think this sweater runs more similar to Express sizing (I normally wear an XS in Express cardigans). The functional pockets are also a nice touch, especially since I wore this with leggings that don't have pockets and my hands always feel without pockets!

As far as everything else I'm wearing, my leggings are true to size and these boots ran a half size big i.e. I recommend ordering a half-size smaller than your usual size. I don't know about you, but I sometimes get a little confused by sizing "help," and I even get confused trying to write it out myself! When something "runs big"...it takes a minute to process that I need to order something smaller than usual and vice versa.

Shopbop Sale:
Going on now through Saturday, use Code EVENT18 at checkout to save 20% off any order under $500, or 25% on orders over $500. There are a few brands that I own and like to shop during these sales that have some really cute pieces. And you an definitely find any of the top trends for Spring like espadrilles and straw bags at great prices during the sale.




I mentioned on Monday that I've been wanting to try Tory Burch Miller sandals (#4 above) so I think this sale will be the time I finally try them now that the weather permits wearing them (some days!). Some reviews are confusing about the sizing, but a couple of my blog/Insta friends took their true size so that's the route I'm taking. I already own a couple of pairs of Soludos espadrilles (#6) from last summer and I'm very happy with that line, too. I don't think yellow would look great on my feet but those are so cute! I should also mention that they have just a few of my Tory Burch Half Moon Crossbody bags in stock at the time I'm writing this, so if you saw mine in this post and thought about getting one, now's the time!

Of course, there's plenty of clothing options on sale too. From wardrobe staples (an oatmeal cardigan like #1 is a must-have for me) to fun seasonal pieces, a lot of pieces will be under $100 with the sale promo.


That Rebecca Minkoff skirt is making me re-consider some of my other arbitrary rules about prints and skirts! Do you all have any self-imposed fashion rules? Or any that you've broken recently for better or worse? I always love hearing your thoughts and experiences in the comments so thanks for taking the time to share! And just reminder to my blog friends and readers that I'm off on Spring Break this week so I'll be bit behind in my regular engaging and responding habits. Thanks for your patience and support.


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25 comments:

  1. I really love some of the pieces you have picked out here - especially the frill skirt and woven handbag! x

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    1. Thank you! I thought they were both darling as well.

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  2. THat's such a cute cardigan! I agree, it can be so hard figuring out sizing, especially when reviews seem to contradict each other! I tend to buy from places with good return policies if I'm trying something new!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a great week so far! I'm feeling a bit under the weather and trying to have a quiet week.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  3. I have quite a few hoodies but mostly sporty ones. I don't think I have very firm fashion rules, there's just stuff I like and some I don't like. Can't wait to see what you end up getting from the sale.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Every time I break one of my own rules I wonder why I make them at all? LOL. I'm definitely trying to be more relaxed.

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  4. I feel the same way about hoodies but I do own a few. That cardigan is really nice on you, I love the fit.
    I can't wait to hear your take on the TB sandals. I will live vicariously through you as you get them I think they are so pretty. That ShopBop sale always catches my attention but I have never ordered from it, I guess I lose my nerve!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Ha, I can appreciate that. Even with the sales it's not really a discount store, so I can understand your caution.

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  5. I never wear the hoods either, but somehow they make me feel a little warmer, so i like them! That cardigan looks cute and so comfortable!

    Bethany | www.CuteCapsuleLife.com | Simply Share Friday Linkup

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    1. That's an interesting point about them making you feel warmer! Never thought about that!

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  6. I do love that cardigan and didn't even realize it had a hood! It's so funny though, because I realized after reading this that I have that same rule and I'd never even thought about it before! I guess I just associate hoods with sweatshirts I wear as lounge-wear, so I just don't think I like them on "real" clothes. But there certainly are plenty of cute, hooded things!

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    1. I really tried to get a side shot that showed the hood better, but argh. It's a struggle lately. Funny that you have the same "rule" without even knowing it!

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  7. Cute outfit doll.
    http://sheismelrose.net/

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  8. I might have to splurge on those Tory Burch sandals with the sale! I always wait to get Tory Burch items until Shopbop has a sale! That Kate Spade straw bag is the cutest!

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    1. Unfortunately not all of the colors are included in the sale. :/ I had to prep my post in advance of leaving town so I wasn't aware of that fact, but hopefully one of the colors you like will be included.

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  9. I've always felt the same way about hoods and I hated the way they would actually pull a top backwards from the added weight. The only exception I've made lately and not regretted is the Barefoot Dreams long cardi I got last summer. I love it. It actually reminds me a lot of the one you have on and is perfect for travel. I got it for my daughter in black and she's worn it to death. I finally bought the TB Millers last summer (even paid full price...WHAT?) I didn't read the sizing tips when I ordered and got my regular 7. They are fine, but I also think I could have gone with the 7 1/2. I'm always a little self conscious and wonder if they look too small. I probably just added to your confusionšŸ˜¬. Sorry. If you are a true 7 (or whatever size) I think you'll be fine with your normal size, but if you ever have to size up...I'd go up a 1/2 size. Have a great day Gina!!!!

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    1. LOL! That's okay - I appreciate hearing everyone's sizing experience. I think sandals are especially tricky for sizing since you have to be more mindful of the situation with the toes than with regular shoes.

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  10. I’ll take one of everything here! Seriously though! I want to take part in the sale but I think I need to skip this one! So hard to resist though

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    1. Thanks Noelle! Hope you are having a great week.

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  11. I don't have much with a hood either and kind of have the same rule. I guess it is a bit arbitrary, LOL. Love this look! I am all about cardigans like this. Looksl ike you all are having a great time on your trip from your stories!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy Ann! We did have a great time. :) And glad to know I'm not the only one with random, arbitrary rules!

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