monochromatic pattern mash-up

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I put this outfit together over the weekend, but did not have a chance to wear it until today.  Finally, it warmed up here and we got some sun!  

A few weeks ago, I found this skirt when I went consignment shopping.  Interestingly, I saw it was still selling online at other retailers for $158. Consignment price? $7.  As my mother would say, you cannot beat that price with a stick.

The skirt is by BCBG Max Azria and has beautiful embroidery along the top. I paired it with a striped summer sweater from Ann Taylor, blue polka dot shoes from Gap, and a yellow necklace from Charming Charlie’s. 

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Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($7 marked down from $158)

Top: Ann Taylor ($17 marked down from $44)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on clearance)

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)

It’s a monochromatic pattern mash-up! And really, who doesn’t love a good mash-up?

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Monochromatic is very popular right now. If you like the look, try it for yourself! I added patterns, but kept the skirt, top and shoes blue to keep everything coherent. The pop of color in the necklace was a nice detail and kept the outfit interesting. 

2) I kept the look more conservative for work with the summer sweater and flats. With heels and a tank top, this skirt could easily make for a great weekend look. And, pairing consignment with a new sweater kept everything fresh.

A side note, my nautical nails ended up matching with the monochromatic theme!

mid-week mod

Maybe it’s the romantic in me, but I love the idea of a dress pattern or fabric living on well beyond its years.

The first time I ventured into the world of vintage clothing, I went to an upscale place that had tags on every piece with a date of origin. There weren’t a ton of dresses, but they were well organized. The whole place smelled like flowers and had a dressing room that looked like a fancy tent. Misnomer? Eh. It was,though! That shop was, I think, the best way to ease into vintage shopping.

This was my first vintage dress:

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Nowadays, I’ll go just about anywhere for a good, quality find. When I went consignment shopping I found another vintage dress…and for a great price. I did some research on the tag/brand (brand = Wayne Maid) and found out that this particular brand started making dresses in the 1920s! The dresses were made, from what I can tell, until the 1960s.

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This dress is not for everyone; I can acknowledge that. But, I loved wearing it and fell in love with the pattern, shape and fabric.  There’s just something about wearing a dress that’s been around for over 50 years that makes me feel like I’m honoring all of the smart and fashionable women that came before me. Amazingly, what they were wearing 50 years ago is still relevant today.

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Dress: Wayne Maid ($15, sold online for $100+)

Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)

Tights: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20)

Shoes: Aubrey Brooke from DSW ($12 marked down from $99)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you haven’t tried vintage shops, consider starting with well-researched (yelp or other modalities) stores and ease into it! Some vintage can still be quite pricey, so also consider looking for pieces that seem like a good price for good quality.

2) Fashion is all about expressing yourself! I was a little on the fence about this dress because I thought maybe it was too retro for work.  However, once I put it on, it felt like a perfect fit! Sometimes, you just have to try things on and see if it works for you personally.  No matter how good the price is, it’s not a steal if you’re never going to wear it!

nautical nails

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I’m sure that fancy $20 nail polish brings a lot to the table in terms of nail polish qualities. I, however, enjoy a trip to my local Walgreens for nail polish.

I generally do not match my polish to every outfit, or I would be painting my nails multiple times a week! I usually just pick whatever color I like and keep it all week!

When I was putting together outfits to match my blue striped sweater (posted yesterday), I was inspired to go for a summery nautical look!

Polish pictured:
Orange color is “Sunny Side Up” from Wet and Wild ($1). The blue color is “Sail La Vie” from Sinful Colors ($1.99). Both can be found at local Walgreens. As a side note, I think it would be really fun to be the person that picks the polish names.

Fashion Huntress tips
1) I like a lot of variety in my nail polish colors. Thus, I opt for polishes that are lower in cost so I can rotate and mix and match.

2) When using a cheaper polish, I use a good quality top coat to make it last. I like Seche Vite, which is available at most mass market stores like Walgreens and Target. I’m really not a nail expert, but this strategy seems to work!

stripes everywhere!

I am always talking about mixing and matching pieces, so today I decided to challenge myself and create four outfits with one top.

I found this summer sweater at Ann Taylor, regularly $44 marked down to $17.

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Ready? Here we go!

I wrote about these pants last month, when I posted about spring pastel pants. I added the summer sweater here:

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Next, I tried the sweater with an emerald green skirt that I also found at Ann Taylor. It was regularly approx. $88 marked down to $17. This skirt needs ironing, but I was too busy building outfits! Sorry, you guys; I will iron it before I wear it to work, I swear!

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Then, I created a new look by keeping it monochromatic and swapped the green skirt for a blue skirt that I found during my consignment adventure. This is a BCBG Max Azria blue skirt that was $7 marked down from $158. Yep.

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Now, here is the exciting part. Okay, that sounds weird, but I think building outfits is exciting! So, I added some accessories to complete the whole look. The yellow necklace was in the clearance section at Charming Charlie’s and the polka dot shoes were my Gap find that I wore with patterned pants during my print-a-palooza.

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The last swap I made was my changing out the necklace to an Anthropologie necklace that my sister got me (awesome find). The necklace looks great with the green pants and green skirt because the beads are green and blue.

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Ta da! One sweater, so many different options!

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Each outfit is work appropriate, unique and makes good use of what I already had in my closet. This was a fun challenge; try it yourself and see what you find!

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When matching top pieces to bottom pieces, you can start by keeping the outfit monochromatic. The blue skirt and blue sweater was an easy match! When I swapped out the blue skirt for a green skirt or green pants, I just added the color next to blue on the color wheel. It’s all up to personal taste though, and I think the top would also look nice with a gray skirt or even a bold red skirt!

2) Accessories, as I always say, can easily change up an outfit. The simple switch of a necklace can change the look of each outfit. All of the pairings looked nice, but the accessories made each look complete and polished for work.

This sweater is going to get a ton of use this summer…and of course, add a cardigan and this summer sweater is ready for fall and winter! One sweater added a lot of variety to my closet. Go shopping in your own closet!

sunday funday

Happy Memorial Day weekend, readers! Sunday is much more of a funday when we have a long weekend! A long weekend means a relaxed Sunday dinner out! Still cold and rainy, my boots made their third appearance this week, though tonight I added my jean jacket and lace dress.

Out to dinner:

ImageI last wore this dress to work with a cardigan and heels. You can see the look here. Adding a belt, boots, and a jean jacket kept the outfit a bit funkier for a dinner out, while still being casual and comfortable.

Much like my boots, the black and brown belt has also been getting a lot of usage lately!

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And, I loved that I could add my Pour La Victorie purse that I found on super clearance at DSW. The color of the dress and purse went great together. ImageDress: H&M ($15 marked down from $40)

Tights: Blue ($4 marked down from approx $20). These are actually the zipper tights that I wore earlier this week

Jacket: DKNY (no price can be recalled, over 10 years old!)

Boots: DSW ($15 marked down from $50)

Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from approx $25)

Purse: Pour La Victorie at DSW ($33 marked down from $300)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I am always glad to mix and match pieces to get more wear out of them. In this outfit, I added boots, a belt, and a jean jacket to take this dress from work to dinner. I still have my fingers crossed that it will warm up enough so that I can wear this dress with sandals! Try adding a belt or different jewelry to change up a dress. I often try on a few belts or necklaces that I already own before I settle on something. You never know what pieces will look like together until you try them on!

2) I like to do high/low mixes of pieces. The purse is the highest end part of the outfit, and I think it takes the whole ensemble to a higher level. The mix of lace, denim, leather, and metal keeps this outfit visually interesting.