good buys | old navy cuffed-twill boyfriend shorts

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shorts are tricky things. they’re either too long or too short; they’re too tight in one place and/or too loose in another; they ride and bunch up. because of this, I only own 3 pairs, all of which only get used when all of my jeans are in the wash or the weather is just too hot not to wear them. but then I tried these from old navy and fell in love. made of comfy, stretchy cotton-twill, these shorts are adjustable in length from 3.5″ to 6″, have a wide waistband that doesn’t dig in or roll, and don’t ride or bunch up. what more could you want? they have the perfect slouchy “boyfriend” look, but if you want something more fitted, you can cuff them higher or go down a size. my initial “let’s give these a try” order had three pairs, and I’ve since ordered all the other colors. sometimes sizing differs between colors of the same item, but the sizing was consistent with the three I’ve received and tried on.

good buys is a feature on short&lovely that highlights purchases that are the opposite of buyer’s remorse. some of these purchases were made at a steal; some were purchased for a pretty penny but have definitely proved worthy of the cost through their functionality and quality. who doesn’t love a good buy? :)

good buys | old navy crossbody

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old navy crossbody

earlier today, I posted about how I had recently picked up this crossbody. I felt it deserved its own good buys post because I’ve been really pleased with it. as other reviewers have noted, what isn’t very obvious from the description on the old navy website is that there is a deep pocket in between the two zippered compartments that’s perfect for storing your phone or whatever you’d like to access really quickly. because the pocket is deep, it keeps my phone secure and in place. the two zippered compartments provide a lot of storage, and at least in my color (the lighter brown), the inside has a nice faux-suede lining that I thought was a nice touch. I was also pleased to find that the strap on this is long enough to wear across the body comfortably, and the tassel pulls on the zipper are a nice touch. the faux leather is nice and weighty and doesn’t look cheap or too much like vinyl.

it retails for $29.95, which I think is a great price for such a cute and incredibly functional bag, but old navy often has sales, so this can be picked up for an even better price. I really wanted to give it some love because it’s always nice when you find something that’s great at a more affordable price point. I had been searching high and low for a little tan crossbody that I could take for errands or pack on a trip, and I was just not finding any I liked enough at a reasonable price point. this bag fit the bill exactly and with a lovely price tag to boot.

good buys is a new feature on short&lovely that highlights purchases that are the opposite of buyer’s remorse. some of these purchases were made at a steal; some were purchased for a pretty penny but have definitely proved worthy of the cost through their functionality and quality. who doesn’t love a good buy? :)

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I’ve got three things for this installment of good buys.

first up is this slip-on pair of chucks. I’ve always liked the low profile of the original, but as someone with a wide foot, they weren’t always the most comfortable or the easiest to get on. these fit my feet better – I think they’re wider in the toe box – and the slip-on factor makes getting into these a breeze. they’re incredibly comfy, with minimal rubbing on my pinky toes during the first wear (which lasted half a day!), and none at all thereafter. I was worried the stretchy heel might keep slipping off, but I haven’t had that happen at all. I usually wear a 7.5 and that’s the size I got, so I’d say these run true to size. if you have narrower feet, you might want to size down 1/2 a size.

it’s still not really warm around these parts, but it has been raining frequently. at this point, I don’t even mind getting wet so long as it’s not freezing rain or snow. on rainy days, this longchamp bag has been a lifesaver. I usually just wear this on its own, but I know of friends who carry this around folded up inside a nicer bag and when it starts to pour, take it out and slip their nicer bags into it as a chic bag-poncho of sorts. I wore the red version of this bag all through college, and my sister now uses it to lug her books around at school, so I can attest to how durable they are, which is why I sprung for another one even though everyone and their mother is wearing it. sometimes, things are popular for a reason: they work, and they work well. this time around, I went for gunmetal, a dark, cool grey that has a life-friendly black inner liner (the light colors have white liners).

and lastly, these rain booties. can you believe that these are my first ever pair of rain boots? I have big calves, and I’ve never found a rain boot with a shaft to fit so I’ve never bought one. when I saw these online, I immediately ordered them, and I’m glad I did. not only have they been useful in keeping my feet dry on rainy days, they’re also sleek and comfy enough to be worn all day if, like me, you’re not too keen on lugging around an extra pair of shoes to change into. admittedly, they don’t have the best support so keep that in mind, but I wore them for a whole work day in which I was on my feet often, and my feet were fine. fyi: I think the leopard strap is a fun addition, but I also appreciate that they’re completely removable. I’ve removed mine as I tend to dress in monochrome, but I’ve kept them to have the option to change things up sometimes.

and you? any good buys lately?

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this is a fairly new purchase, but sometimes, you just know when something’s good. after suffering through the polar vortex with mediocre boots, I rectified the miserable situation as soon as I could and ordered the boot above. with the perfect balance of warmth, traction, waterproofing, and good looks, I traipsed through the snow today with not a care in the world.

sperry top-sider for j.crew shearwater boots

good buys is a series on short & lovely  that highlights purchases that are the opposite of buyer’s remorse. some of these purchases were made at a steal; some were purchased for a pretty penny but have definitely proved worthy of the cost through their functionality and quality. who doesn’t love a good buy?

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j.crew claremont tote

I didn’t get too carried away with all the good sales going on, but I did get two things that have become staples in my wardrobe in just the short time I’ve added them. one of those purchases was this bag from J.Crew. I like the sleek lines, minimal hardware, and its durable saffiano leather exterior. the color – ‘brigade blue’ – is beautiful. not quite navy, not quite teal. just a soft, medium blue that makes me think of old world fabrics. as you can see, the color changes depending on how much light there is (apologies for the greyness of everything – blame Chicago). the inside has a durable dark grey lining along with a grey suede/raw leather trim all around the interior top edge. there are button snaps at the corners so you can cinch in the bag (like in the 1st picture) for a more demure shape or open it up (bottom 2 pictures) when you have more stuff to carry.

I decided to monogram it sight unseen, because it seemed like a bag whose color and shape was perfect for monogramming. plus, I had been wanting to monogram a bag for awhile and never found the right one.

it’s become a daily workhorse for me. it holds just the right amount of stuff without being too big that I’m tempted to stuff it more. it holds its shape well, I’m not worried I’ll damage it beyond repair in the snow thanks to the saffiano leather, and I can throw it over my shoulder with my puffer coat on, which is definitely a selling point in my book. there have been so many bags I’ve considered and ultimately rejected because the handles weren’t long enough for shoulder wear in the winter. since I live in Chicago where it’s winter or winter-esque ~8 months of the year, this is a deal breaker. this bag, however, passes the coat test with flying colors.

if you’re looking for a stylish tote with some structure that you can use on the daily, this is a good one to consider. it’s currently 40% off the sale price of $159.99 at J.Crew, bringing this baby down to $96 + tax + $5 shipping + $6 monogramming (if you want it) = ~$115. for a good leather tote? a good buy.

good buys is a new feature on short&lovely that highlights purchases that are the opposite of buyer’s remorse. some of these purchases were made at a steal; some were purchased for a pretty penny but have definitely proved worthy of the cost through their functionality and quality. who doesn’t love a good buy? :)