“Work the Shirt” Challenge with Trends: Stripes, Cobalt, Floral and Metallics - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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“Work the Shirt” Challenge with Trends: Stripes, Cobalt, Floral and Metallics



Hello Ladies

I am here to tell you about a fun fashion challenge that I did over the week in connection with Concord Mills Mall, in NC. They contacted me to see if I was interested in a  Challenge called: Work the Shirt. Myself, along with other bloggers, were given this soft chambray top from the LOFT. The Mall has a sale called: Accessorize Your Spring from May 7-31st where shoppers could enjoy savings at the mall and find many accessories to update or create new spring looks. I decided to do the challenge as I thought it would be fun and I could add a few items that are trending right now to my wardrobe. With me, as you know, having EDS, I had to look at the map ahead of time to discern where I was going to go to maximize my time. I can not stand or walk long periods at the mall, but I was up for the challenge as I had planned out ahead of time what I wanted to achieve. I was able to shop for these items using the $100 Simon Mall Gift card that was supplied to me for the challenge.

I was given a card along with the shirt, in the mall, that would give me additional points if I added this particular trend to my look. My trend of focus was: metallics! I had planned on getting a pair of slip on rose gold sneakers as I saw myself wearing them with some of the pink in my wardrobe, as well as a neutral. I love the comfort, and the fact that not only metallics are on trend, but the slip ons are as well. I found my pair at Steve Madden. I also added a pair of pressed Gold dangling earrings for  mixed metallic look . For florals, I wore a  cropped jacket in floral, a white necklace with flowers, and paired the look with white jeans ( on trend) and my LOFT Chambray top as the dark blue stands out among with florals and white. Prior to going to the mall, in the mail I received the Loft chambray top. All of the bloggers received a size Medium. I know Loft and my size, and in tops I wear an  XSmall. I received the shirt, and realized it was very roomy in the medium, so I had to take the material and pin it  back in order to create a more streamlined look. My suggestion would be to have different sizes for the different bloggers in order to show women of all sizes, and the best fit in the shirt.

Next, I stuck to the shops I was most familiar with, THe LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory outlet, Steve Madden, and Banana Republic. I tried to be efficient and not spend as much time on my feet but get what I had in mind.

The 4 trends that are very popular right now, and are showcased at the Concord Mills Mall Event are:

  • Cobalt: Cobalt is a beautiful and striking blue that works on most skin tones. Add a cobalt off the shoulder top for an even more trendy look right now. Create an all white look with a “Pop” of cobalt in a pair of heels or a clutch. A favorite color combination that is very popular right now is blue and yellow. Cobalt and yellow are one of those eye-catching combinations.
  • Stripes: Stripes are very big right now as well. I am sure many of us have at least one striped shirt in our closet. Do some pattern mixing, ala Pattern Mix 101 with florals and stripes.. a floral bag worn with a black and white striped top. Striped ( pinstriped) blue and white off the shoulder tops are here and have some fun mixing it with some floral jewelry, or mixing your stripes in interesting ways. Wear a  striped top with a floral scarf, add some boyfriend jeans and slip ons and you have a pulled together casual look. Perhaps add the cobalt bag? With your jeans, why not carry a striped tote to the beach?
  • Florals: You all know I am a floral girl. Kind of a girly girl, who likes elegant looks. Floral accessories are big, from scarves, to flower statement necklaces, and one of my favorites, a pair of floral heels, wedges or embellished floral flats. Great to add to your look for more pattern interest and to add some spring in your step!
  • Metallics: Metallics are fun and can be a bit edgy as well. Add a pair of trendy rose gold or silver sneaker slip ons to your white jeans and make them your neutral.  Rose gold looks great with pinks and any other color like olive, browns etc, as they are a neutral and versatile. Mix your metallics! Yes, the fashion police won’t hunt you down. Rose gold, bronze, gold, all add to the summer look, Wear some metallic bronze cuffs and silver sandals along with your other trendy look- the shirt dress. Give your black jumpsuit some added shine and summer look with the addition of metallic bangles, earrings and slip on gold sandals.  Block heeled shoes are also on trend, treat yourself to a pair in silver.

As mentioned, I don’t typically shop as the mall, due to my condition. However, if I were to, Concord Mills is a nice mall with some great sales from their Factory or Outlet Stores. The Loft Outlet, Ann Taylor Factory, Banana Republic stores in which I shopped, had some great sales at 40-50% off shorts, dresses, off the shoulder tops and dresses, jumpsuits, jeans, tanks, and many items one would wear for spring. The values were there and I find it best to do any mall shopping during weekday afternoons. We did just that, shopped on a Monday afternoon, with less crowds and my “mission” in mind.

I enjoy keeping up with the trends as a fashion blogger and find that not all are meant for everyone. If you do find ones you would like to add to your wardrobe, think of the many ways the trend may be incorporated in order to make it go farther in your day-to-day looks.

My outfit: Floral Jacket, Loft Chambray shirt,c/o  Ann Taylor white skinny jeans c/o , Steve Madden rose gold slip ons c/o Concord Mills Mall, white necklace floral, Francescas c/o,  Gold earrings,

**$100 Visa Card and LOFT Chambray shirt was gifted to me by LOFT and Concord Mills in accordance with the Work the Shirt campaign challenge. Opinions are that of my own.***












Have a great weekend, and tell me which of these four trends are you more apt to wear,why?

Jess xo

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  • Candace
    Posted at 20:38h, 23 May Reply

    Sounds like you had a fun time! I personally like shopping from my laptop or phone as well. I don’t have the patience for malls lol. I love the outfit you put together. So trendy! 🙂


  • Jennie
    Posted at 14:43h, 19 May Reply

    This sounds like a fun challenge and the way you styled your shirt looks on trend and very you. Your rose gold slip-ons were a fab choice. As far as these trends, i definitely gravitate towards stripes and I also like to wear cobalt. Occasionally I will make the drive over to Concord Mills and they do have a nice variety of stores. Since an outlet mall is literally 5 minutes from our home, it doesn’t happen often. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:35h, 19 May Reply

      Thanks Jennie! It was a fun challenge,even though I prefer on line shopping. I went first for the rose gold slip ons. I like cobalt too, but most of my alloted card they gave me was spent on the shoes! I didnt know you lived close to Concord mills. I would do the same as you, if I have shops minutes away. xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 14:39h, 18 May Reply

    Love this look on you Jess! The cropped floral jacket is lovely and unexpected over the chambray shirt, and I love the white jeans and metallic shoes! Sounds like a great mall, that must have been a trying, but fun, day!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:30h, 19 May Reply

      Hi Elle, it was a fun challenge, the shirt though, was only given to all of us bloggers in one size, a medium and I had to pin back material… I wear an xs in Loft. I thought they should have desired the right fit for everyone..but despite that is was fun putting a look together. I just cant go to malls, they exhaust me, i enjoy the experience of shopping from bed with my laptop! Thanks for stopping by my friend. XX

  • Shelbee on the Edge
    Posted at 16:24h, 16 May Reply

    Jess, I love the outfit you put together. What a fun challenge, too. And those rose gold slip on sneakers! Gah! I think I must get a pair for myself. So stinking cute!

    BTW, I love all 4 of the trends discussed. And all together…cobalt, florals, stripes, and metallics…yes, please!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:35h, 16 May Reply

      Thank you Shelbee,I went straight for the rose gold sneakers first, kind of built the look on them. It was fun! Yes, go and treat yourself!! xx

  • cassidl
    Posted at 15:32h, 15 May Reply

    what a fun challenge and I love your choices. Those sneakers are perfect

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:10h, 15 May Reply

      Thanks so much Linda, it was a fun time, and I went straight for the sneakers ! xx

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 05:40h, 14 May Reply

    Hi Jess, you couldn’t do better with the shirt, great job! Interestingly enough, I’ just returned from our holidays in Greece and Portugal with a pair of golden metallic shoes that I bought in Athens. I also bough a pair of socks with some glitz in them for more fun. You can see my shoes on my Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lookingfabfifty/

    Have a good weekend


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Anna, ha! Great minds… Sounds like a great trip too! Will stop by to see your shoes as well. Glad you like the look! xx

  • Megan
    Posted at 18:34h, 13 May Reply

    This looks like such a fun day! I love your outfit and those shoes!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:11h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Megan, it was a fun day. Glad you like the look, and i went for the shoes first thing 🙂 x

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 18:04h, 13 May Reply

    The shoes are perfect. I love the rose gold color and think it can be worn with so many color options. I like how you styled the floral jacket over the shirt and let the shirt just hang. It is odd, that they gave everyone the same size shirt, but at least you have someone to pass it on to. Love your blog. Thanks for posting. – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you Amy! I do like rose gold and am in love with slip on shoes right now, comfy and stylish. Glad you enjoy the blog. Happy Sunday! xx

  • Sheela Goh
    Posted at 17:12h, 13 May Reply

    Jess!! I’m so in love with your blazer. And your clutch. And your shoes. Ahhh. You look amaze-balls GRIN xoxo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 15 May Reply

      Ha! YOu put a smile on my face, thank you Sheela . It was a fun challenge. xx

  • Lorena
    Posted at 13:12h, 13 May Reply

    I think you did an amazing job !
    You kept it simple yet stylish with some great basics.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:01h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you! I actually wish the shirt fit as it is a very nice top, glad you like how i styled it. Enjoy the weekend.

  • welovefur
    Posted at 12:58h, 13 May Reply

    I really like this look refined in every detail
    I love your style and your blog too.
    Visit mine if you want
    a lot of kisses

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 10:03h, 13 May Reply

    I think you rocked this!! The metallic shoes and floral jacket add enough feminine details for make it yours Jess!!
    So are you going to have the shirt altered? That’s such a bummer they only provided one size!
    ps…I have a question, have you ever tried getting around on a scooter? I know some malls have them, or is that too embarrassing? Not that you really need it, I suppose, since you do fabulous shopping from your computer—it was just a thought that crossed my mind.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:21h, 13 May Reply

      Hi Jodie! Thank you. I knew going in I wanted metallic shoes, so that was where we went first. They did eat up 3/4 of my visa card! ha. I think it would be too difficult as I didnt include the pictures of how my arms look in the shirt, like my arms were twice the size ( I am Arnold and I want to “Pump” you up!) hehe. No. There is too much to alter, but my mom would fit it, so I will probably? It was too bad, as I loved the shirt, very soft. THat was the one part of the challenge that didnt make sense to me. G;ad you liked the look 🙂
      No, I have not tried a scooter, I just really hardly ever go to the mall, primarily as I find it is much easier to shop at home. I understand, thanks for thinking of it.
      Enjoy the weekend Jodie!

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 09:53h, 13 May Reply

    I absolutely LOVE your outfit! It’s perfect on you and those shoes are divine… and comfortable too which is a huge plus! I’m a stripes girl myself, I just love stripes! Having said that, I love cobalt too, and metallics lol I’ve never really been into florals but I’d like to give them a go. Maybe this will be the year all that changes lol!
    Have a great weekend!
    Suzy x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 13 May Reply

      Hi Suzy, Thank you! I knew these were the trends I wanted to emphasize, I do love cobalt, but had to work with my closet too, as you know $100 at the mall only goes so far , right? 🙂 I knew I wanted metallic shoes and love rose gold, they are SUPER comfortable! Go for it! See, I dont wear stripes much, but just posted on a striped dress I bought. I think it is all about the cut or finding what interests you.
      Enjoy your weekend too!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 07:17h, 13 May Reply

    Great post!
    Fancy Friday linkup is on.

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