New Year's Sleeve

We're wrapping up January and just kicked off the Year of the Rooster, but I'm also gonna go out on a limb and call 2017 the official Year of the Sleeve. Exaggerated, detailed and ruffled sleeves have been popping up all over the place lately, and I'm loving it. There's something so fun and festive about a bell sleeve or a bunch of ruffles, and I've been snapping up several budget-friendly, big-sleeved finds over the past few months. This ruffle-sleeved gingham top that Make Me Chic recently sent over fits right into the mix, and the fact that it's only $23 makes it an easy commitment. :)

I paired the top with my other fave recent score: this pair of perfect skinny jeans from Mango Outlet. Seriously people, jeans are like the toughest things ever to buy, especially if you tend of fall between regular sizes like I do. My hips and thighs require a size 6 or bigger, but then the jeans tend to end up loose around my waist, ugh. So while I have a tonnnn of different jeans purchased at all different price points, hardly any of them fit QUITE RIGHT. So when I do find a pair that fit, I definitely stock up. These skinnies are perfect for my body type, and they're just the right amount of high-waisted. Oh, and did I mention they're on sale for just $20?!? This specific cut (Super Slim Fit Andrea) is currently available on the site in four different washes, and I ended up buying them all--that's how obsessed I am!

I finished off the look with a cute cabbie hat, which I took a chance on after stumbling across it for under $7 on Amazon (such a deal!). I was a little skeptical of the quality and suspected it would take eons to ship, but I was pleasantly surprised by the faux-suede material and it ended up arriving way faster than estimated. I added my black Forever 21 oxfords (purchased on sale for $18 a while ago, but linking to a similar style below!), a pair of $10 sunnies and a burgundy bag ($15) scored while shopping in Thailand, the whole shebang came out to around $93.