five things to snag from madewell for the holiday season

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the latest batch of new arrivals has just landed at madewell this week and let me tell you, they’re really good. plaid and velvet and shimmer, oh my! since gift-giving season is officially upon us, i rounded up some of my favorite pieces that belong any any fashionista’s wish list (including my own):


metallic striped cami top || if there’s one thing that i love about the holidays it’s the abundance of shimmer and sparkle. like the wise poet, rhianna once said, “shine bright like a di-a-mond” and there’s no better time to adopt that as one’s mantra than during the month of december. what immediately stuck out to me with this cami is that it has so many elements that i love –stripes, metallic, and bows. as you can see from the photo above –it looks so effortlessly cool when paired with all black, but i also love the idea of softening it up a bit by wearing it with white denim or even my tulle skirt.


zip-front dress in tartan red || we’ve long since established that plaid ain’t just for the lumberjacks anymore. if there’s a pattern that seems all but synonimous with the holiday season it’s tartan. what i love about this dress in particular is how drapey it is while still being sexy. it’s a combination that’s not always easy to pull-off. pair it with leather booties and a felt hat for a mall run with girlfriends or take it right into party mode with tights, pumps, and a gold necklace.

unfortunately this version is currently on backorder until late november, but the style is available now in the black buffalo check (which is currently in my own shopping cart).


rivington sweater coat || living in southern california, the weather never really warrants owning a heavy coat. case in point, i’ve lived here my whole life and don’t have anything heavier than a light puffer coat to my name. so when madewell released this pretty little number (available in three neutral shades), it was as if they had our region in mind. it’s cozy without being bulky and can be styled a zillion different ways -paired with a simple tee and jeans for a minimalistic look, or layered over a chambray, sleeveless sweater, and scarf. you could even throw it over your NYE dress for extra coverage to and from the car. at nearly $200, it is on the pricier side, but it’s definitely an investment piece that you’d have for seasons to come.


madewell et sezane sailor pants || i subscribe to two kinds of pants -lululemon leggings and denim. other than that, i can confess to you right now that i don’t own anything else. trousers and i have always had a cantakerous relationship so i made the decision a long time ago that i would simply wear dresses and skirts to work -paired with tights, of course, when the temperatures dipped in the fall/winter. but then the wide-leg trend came back around and i started to get the inkling that maybe there was finally a pant style that would accomodate my bodytype. and then madewell partnered with the chic french brand, sezane and these adorable sailor pants were born. after seeing them on liz of sequins and stripes and noticing how long and lean they made her look, i immeidately added them to my wishlist. i kind of feel like they’re the pants for the no-pants kind of gal. i just ordered them this week so fingers crossed they’re just as lovely in real life as they appear online. i can already imagine them with this top and this sweater and pretty much every other ruffley top in my closet (and you know how many i have of those).


inez ankle-strap shoe in velvet || if you haven’t noticed, velvet is back in a very big way this season. personally i’ve had a hard time getting back on board after having a harrowing experience in the 7th grade, but i think done in doses, i could ease back into the tactile trend. one way to try out trends is through accessories -that way it doesn’t feel like a big commitment. snagging a pair of velvet heels might be a fun way to incorporate the trend into your holiday wardrobe in a subtle way -especially if you were to opt for a classic color like black or navy. i love the shorter heel (1.5″) on these ankle strap pumps since i’m over 30 now and am already considering a shoe’s orothpedic function. but if you want to throw caution to the wind (and step it up to 2.5″), the shoes are also available in a sandal version or better yet, a flat.


and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. there are plenty more fabulous and festive styles to be seen and fawned over, so check everything out here.


have a wondeful weekend and happy shopping! there are some fun posts coming next week so i’ll see you back here on monday.



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