Wear it Now and Later with Christopher and Banks

Wear it Now and Later with Christopher and Banks

Happy Thursday ladies. I love garments that can be worn during multiple seasons. Year-round clothes save us time and money plus make travel easier because it means fewer clothes to pack. When Christopher and Banks asked me to choose some garments to style for now and later, I zeroed in on these pants. I knew they’d be great in the cool weather at home and perfect for my trip to Mexico.

There’s nothing more versatile than black pull-on pants for my wardrobe and these Easy Wear Slim Pull-On Pants are perfect. I can dress them up and down in multiple combinations which will make them the perfect chameleon for my wardrobe. Before we left to Mexico, I wore them on a blustery day of house hunting.

Jennifer of A Well Styled Life wearing C&B pink jacket, black pantsIt was overcast and cold so I wore them with booties, this classic long-sleeved cotton tee and this Utility Jacket in peony pink. I’m loving pink with black these days because the pink brightens the feel of black, and black tones down the sweetness of pink.

The classic long sleeve tee and pants create a column of black for a slimming look under the jacket. My black booties continue the line which helps me look taller. This Utility Jacket will be great all spring and the color will make it perfect for summer evenings.

The snaps on the jacket are silver toned so I wore simple hoop earrings and this Long Beaded Charm Necklace. This long necklace draws the eye down from the crew neckline and puts the focus midway down my silhouette, which I prefer.

Here in Mexico, I switched the pants up by wearing sandals, this Satin Trim Essential Tank, topped it with this gauzy, Iconic Print Floral Ruanna. Talk about a change of scenery!

Colors are vibrant here so this bright coral Ruana fits right in. I even match the Bougainvillea flowers planted everywhere! Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing floral ruana and black pants from Christopher and Banks

The Ruana fabric has touches of black and white so coordinates nicely over this satin trim tank and my slim black pull-on pant. It has a tropical, festive feel which fits right into the Mexico vibe. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Charm necklace and ruana from Christopher and Banks

Who wants to worry about losing expensive jewelry while on vacation? Not me. I only bring costume pieces which are hassle-free and make a fun statement. This Long Beaded Charm Necklace is as perfect with the white tank and Ruana as it is with the black tee and jacket.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing Christopher and Banks coral ruana over white tank and black pants

This lightweight Ruana gives just the right amount of arm coverage for these warm temps and gentle breezes and will be perfect all summer at home. This classic white tank is an invaluable layering piece for me because it fits loosly and doesn’t cling to my tummy. Mandatory for me on holidays when I eat more than I should.

Do you have clothes you will wear now and later?

Thanks to Christopher and Banks for partnering on this post. I was provided product and compensated. All opinions are my own.



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  1. March 14, 2019 / 4:17 am

    You look great with your new versatile black pant and colorful Ruana! Great!
    Have fun and Happy Anniversary too…

  2. Monica
    March 14, 2019 / 4:32 am

    I love your looks. The jacket is so cute. I never ordered fro Christopher and Banks before and went I went on their website the prices seemed reasonable. I have been looking for a white jacket and I ordered it. Have a great vacation.

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:39 pm

      Their quality and prices are terrific. This would be lovely in white!

  3. Lori Stewart
    March 14, 2019 / 5:10 am

    I love the ruana! It is so colorful and fun. And, happily,it is on sale for 50% off!

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:40 pm

      That’s a win/win! I’m wearimg it a lot here.

  4. Connie
    March 14, 2019 / 5:10 am

    Christopher and Banks is a favorite store. Their tops are generous in fit and thick enough to not need a camisole underneath. Thank you for your styling tips, it is much appreciated!

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      I do love the thickness of their Tees. I really appreciate not needing to wear a cami!

  5. Barbara Montalbano
    March 14, 2019 / 5:35 am

    So glad you are enjoying Christopher and Banks. I was a long time shopper of both C&B and Talbots at our local mall. They closed the store in the mall and lost me at the same time. I like to try on clothes and feel the material before I buy. Talbots is very happy because now I just shop there.

  6. Beth M.
    March 14, 2019 / 5:36 am

    You look so pretty and pulled together in these pics! The ruana looks perfect for warm weather!

  7. Johanna
    March 14, 2019 / 6:29 am

    So happy to see the spotlight on Christopher & Banks. I can find so many pieces for my wardrobe there. And the best part is that they are very affordable. In addition the company has a great rewards system.

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      They are a terrific value. I’m happy to find them.

  8. Suzi
    March 14, 2019 / 8:09 am

    Jennifer, what is the sizing of pants you are wearing?

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 8:47 am

      I am wearing a small in the pants. They fit perfectly.

  9. Johanna G.
    March 14, 2019 / 8:23 am

    I am so pleased that you have spotlighted Christopher & Banks. I can always find pieces to add to my wardrobe there and the best part is that they are affordable .

  10. Angela
    March 14, 2019 / 8:49 am

    Like Suzi, I too was wondering what size you wear in the pants?

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      I’m wearing a small in the pants.

  11. Lily
    March 14, 2019 / 9:22 am

    Christopher and Banks is one of the few clothing stores in my small city. There clothing used to remind me of a kindergarten teacher with the cutesy appliques. Don’t see that in the store anymore, thank goodness. I have a few of the satin trim tanks. They run short and I am 5’2″. Cut to be worn out which their clientele prefers I assume. Also the neckline is cut higher. Speaking of the reward Johanna mentioned, I got a sweater, on clearance, plus my rewards for $0!

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      That’s amazing! $0 is quite a deal.

  12. March 14, 2019 / 9:44 am

    Loved everything you had on so I immediately ordered. Never ordered from here before so I’m hoping I like everything once I have it here at home to try on.
    Prices were very affordable. Can’t wait to get my order!

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:45 pm

      This is my first time trying C&B but it will not be my last:). Terrific prices and the quality is lovely.

  13. March 14, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    These are great items… well done with your selections and look perfect for travel. I love the kimono and jacket!

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks Pam. We’re having cool temps here so I wish I’d brought the jacket too.

  14. Kay
    March 14, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    I love Loreto. Been there only once. Is it very warm now? I always find myself too hot in Mexico, regardless of the time of year. That chiffon topper is perfect for that.

    • Jennifer
      March 14, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      The weather is the coolest it’s ever been during our visits. But the sun and sand are perfect.

  15. Marcia Buczek
    March 14, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    Ok…so I just ordered the ruana and the jacket and the pants and white sleeveless tee! All on sale…..thank you for showing cute clothes that don’t cost a fortune!

    • Jennifer
      March 16, 2019 / 9:44 am

      My pleasure. I do show all price points because we all have different budgets. I hope you love these.

  16. beth byrd
    March 14, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    Love the post today, Jennifer. Your outfits are great!

    Christopher & Banks is one of my favorite places to shop. Their clothing is high quality and priced well. I love their ponte knit pants.

  17. Susan Gowan
    March 15, 2019 / 6:14 am

    Thanks for sharing the C& B site. I especially like the versatility of the Ruana and the soft pink jacket.

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