fantastically faux


With the heat wave continuing here in Chicago, I decided to continue embracing summer looks…seeing as how the weather is giving us little choice! As I did with my outfit yesterday, I added long sleeves to make this look a bit more transitional looking versus strictly a summer look.

Since it’s not really fall, I’ve decided it’s faux fall/faux summer. In honor of the weather, I decided to make my theme today “faux.” I wore my faux pearls and faux “I’m a ballerina” skirt. I classify that skirt as “faux” because I don’t have great hand-eye coordination and could never be a ballerina. True story. Seriously, ask anyone that’s seen me try to throw a ball.


Along with my pearls, I added pointy toed kitten heels that have a bow on the front.


My faux look was complete!


Top: Ann Taylor Loft (approx $10 marked down from approx $30)

Skirt: Ann Taylor ($12 marked down from $60)

Necklace: Forever 21 (I can’t remember, but I’m guessing around $5-$7)

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


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) When I’m clearly wearing costume jewelry, I tend to go all out costume.  The pearl necklace I found at Forever 21 is definitely costume jewelry, and with the rosette on the side, I think even more so. Personally, I love costume jewelry for the right time and place.  There are so many great places to get big statement/costume pieces for great prices. I love Forever 21 and H&M for these types of necklaces, and jewelry in general.  While I don’t wear this particular necklace a ton, I have had it for a number of years now, and it’s still in great shape.  I do keep all my jewelry laying flat/hanging on a cork board, if possible, as I think that tends to prolong its life, shape, and quality.

2) Transitioning clothes this time of year can be tricky when the weather does not cooperate! I like to keep my looks half summer/half fall during “fall months” when it is still exceptionally warm.  I think the easiest way to do this is to add long sleeves to outfits with skirts or short sleeves to outfits with pants.  Not showing a lot of skin is a must in most conservative work settings, so this is a good rule of thumb in general. Also, when wearing your sheer summer pieces, always wear a slip. Slips are perfect for summer, tights and leggings are perfect for fall and winter.  Forgetting one is a mistake that you hopefully only make once. Yikes. We’ve all been there!

Anywho, what do people think of costume jewelry at work? Go? No-go? What about ballerina looks?

Thanks for reading, readers! As always, thanks for visiting and commenting!!

49 replies to “fantastically faux

  1. I love gray and pink, your outfit is adorable! I love the black rose on your string of pearls. I felt that way too, I was trying to think of what to call this heat wave, I posted about my favorite fall looks instead since it’s still too warm to wear fall clothes. Great transition look!

    1. I agree, it’s not even an option to wear the fall clothes now in this heat! I finally gave up and am back to pulling out my summer clothes. Oh well! And thank you! I definitely got the necklace because I loved the black rose!

  2. Love that skirt! And i’m feeling you in the “faux” summer, “faux” fall looks. I really wish mother nature would make up her mind!

    1. Thank you! Yes, I think it’s a completely personal decision. Some people wear only that, others not at all. I like to do a mix of both, especially in instances where a ‘real’ version is out of my financial reach 😉

  3. Haha we must be on the same wavelength, love! I’m totally channeling the gray top in this crazy weather (as reflected in my post today!) and I love your sweet look here! xo

  4. I am a big fan of anything ballet (faux or not), and I love that skirt! It is so crazy trying to dress for this weather! Two days ago I was dripping in sweat, and today it’s cool enough to wear jeans and long sleeves. Faux fall is a mysterious one!

    1. Seriously, it’s the same way here. Although lately, it seems to be dipping in temperature and staying there. I don’t mind being a little hot, but I really don’t like being cold! So I end up carrying a ton of layers this time of year!!

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