Happy Monday, everybody! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend with family and friends. I wasn’t ready for the weekend to end, but I’m ready to start a new week and start checking things off my new TO DO list! First up, go to the grocery store because we have nothing to eat. While there, I’m going to make sure to buy several cartons of my new favorite chocolate peanut butter ice cream. No judgement, it’s going to be my reward at the end of the day for checking things off my list. 😉
Last month JCPenney reached out to see if I wanted to partner with them to talk about some current trends. Since I don’t typically shop there, I took a poll on Instagram (on my instastories) to see if you guys were interested in me doing a JCPenney post. Over 3,000 votes were cast (52% YES, 48 % NO), but several of the people that voted “yes” were passionate about their “yes”. I got lots of direct messages saying things like “you might have to sift, but you will find some great things!” and “make sure you check out the shoes, they are great and so affordable!“.
After receiving several “YES, PLEASE!” messages, I excitedly agreed to the post!
I headed my nearest JCPenney store (at The Shops in Fairview) and spent about 3 full hours there milling around and trying TONS of things on. And I do mean TONS. Since I wasn’t familiar with the layout of the store or the sizing of the brands, it took me a bit, but I found some really great items! I walked away with two DARLING outfits from the earrings all the way down to the shoes. The outfits in this post are head to toe from JCPenney! I was very impressed with how affordable all the pieces were and the variety of trends they had to choose from.
For my first look, I was thrilled when I found this adorable smocked and embroidered top and this awesome pair of white cut off denim shorts! A great pair of white denim shorts are like a flippin’ unicorn, BUT I FOUND A GREAT PAIR! And I just about died when I saw they were just under $20! WHAT A DEAL!
And what about this precious top. It’s light weight, I loved the colors, and I thought the smocking and embroidery were just adorable. Embroidery is definitely a popular trend right now, but I’ve loved embroidery for years, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon (or ever really).
And do you see the shoes? They are Birkenstock dupes. I’ve never owned a pair of Birkenstocks, because every single time I’ve ever tried them on, I feel like they look ridiculously huge on my feet. Well, these dupes are more narrow, and I actually liked the way they looked (and I definitely liked the way they felt). And the price can’t be beat.
LOOK HOW CUTE THE TOP IS! I absolutely adore the colors, the fit, and the detail. The earrings are fun, colorful, and totally light weight…AND THE SHORTS. Y’all, THE SHORTS ARE JUST WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR. They say the inseam is 3 1/2″, but they fit more like a 4″ inseam for me. They are stretchy, comfy, and NOT SEE THRU! And I feel like the fit is incredibly flattering.
I’m wearing a small in the top (true to size) and a 4 in the shorts (true to size). Since the sandals don’t come in 1/2 sizes, I sized up a 1/2 and they are perfect.
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Here are some other great embroidered tops I found while surfing around online:
For my second outfit, I went simple on top with a classic black tee (with a little ruffle detail on the arm) and opted for some fun patterned shorts on the bottom! And check out these precious slide sandals. I picked up the black for myself, but they also come in a hot pink and a black and white polka dot option. Slide sandals are a huge trend right now, and these are awesome and UNDER $20! I might have also picked up these ruffle slide sandals (in taupe) for myself. #allegedly #okayidid #theywereonlyfourteendollarswheniboughtthem #sobasicallyfree
I’m wearing a small in the tee, but I would have gone with an x-small had they had it in store. The shoulder seams were a little big on me, so I think most people will want to size down. These exact shorts come in lots of solid colors and a handful of patterns. I’m wearing a 4 in the shorts, so they are true to size for me. And if you like patterned shorts, I’m guessing you will love this buffalo check pair too.
And look, this 2nd outfit is very different from the 1st outfit, BUT THE TOTE LOOKS GREAT WITH BOTH LOOKS!
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One last outfit for you today. Here I’m wearing the same shorts and sandals from my first outfit, but I changed out my smocked and embroidered top for this mixed media top! It looks like my exact color combo is sold out, but there are several remaining to choose from. I would suggest sizing up a size in this top. I’m wearing (and definitely needed) a medium. The small pulled across the chest.
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So like I said previously, after spending some time in JCPenney, I was very encouraged by some of the items that I found. What about you? Don’t you agree that the above outfits are outfits that you could see yourself in?!?! And there’s no denying that the prices are super affordable!
I was most impressed with the shoe options that I found. Now, I will say this, although all of the shoes I got were DARLING and COMFY (and very inexpensive), I obviously can’t comment on long term durability yet. I’ve only had them for about a week, so I can’t yet share experience on how they hold up. In the past, I’ve found that with shoes you often get what you pay for. But I’m hopeful that these will stand the test of time because they sure are cute!
AND GIRLS! I’M UPDATING THIS POST MONDAY MORNING WITH A SALE THEY LAUNCHED THIS MORNING! With the code SAVE60 you can get 55% OFF $100 or more on select regularly priced items (with some exclusions including Liz Claiborne, housewares, luggage, furniture and mattresses) and 40% OFF $40 or more (with some exclusions). This is a great way to stock up on affordable summer clothes!
Thank you to JCPenney for sponsoring this post, and thank you to the readers that encouraged me to give the retailer a shot! I’m very happy with the outfits I put together above. Lots of great affordable summer clothes. And I know I’m going to wear the heck out of the white denim shorts!