One thing I "need" is a blue and white striped blouse.
image via J.Crew catalog
True, this blouse from J.Crew is a worthwhile investment but I can't justify one blouse for $100+. So, of course, the search is on for a less expensive alternative. At this point, the front-running blouse is this more relaxed version from you guessed it, Forever21.
Striped Woven Button Up
$13.80 at Forever21 To Buy
I realize this blouse is not as structured as the J.Crew version, however, that is why I prefer the Forever21 blouse. I like the pintuck detail, 3/4 sleeve and adjustable tie-back. I have a similar version of this blouse in white which I have worn a ton because I can dress it up or down...even use as a swimsuit cover-up.
In general, I have always had good luck with my Forever21 blouses even with their extremely low cost. There seems to be no major sacrifice in quality despite their more sheer fabrics. Wear a cami. Who cares for $14?
Plus, it looks awesome with colored jeans and sandals.
I have been holding onto this J.Crew image not only because I am wish-listing the blouse but also because I love the outfit as a whole. The lace skirt is becoming somewhat of a wardrobe staple particularly around Spring when it gets updated in fun colors. I already own a red pencil skirt so I do not feel compelled to buy a second in lace. (For those of you looking, try this one or this one.) But in true CC fashion, I have identified a lace skirt in hot pink that also feels like a "need" in my Spring wardrobe.
Eyelet Mini Skirt
$59.50 at Loft Stores Only
Besides just thinking this is a cute and versatile skirt, it also reminds me of this pink eyelet J.Crew has been doing so much of this Spring. My only concern with this skirt is that I don't think it will go with the blue and white striped blouse I like from Forever21. So essentially I would be buying the J.Crew-inspired pieces but not be able to wear them together as pictured above.
I could be wrong and will give them a try together, but I may have to go to Plan B with the blouse despite the awesome price tag.