breaking button down barriers

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I don’t know about you guys, but lately I’ve been all about breaking fashion “rules.” I wore a button down shirt (wait for it) …OPEN! Stop it. I know. It’s too much! I haven’t been this excited about wearing a button down shirt open since the early 90s, when it was super cool to wear flannels open- a la DJ Tanner on Full House.  While I was breaking rules, I started tossing on layers, colors, a statement necklace, wearing my hair in a high ponytail. I’m a free woman! I do what I want!

…okay, maybe my reaction to wearing an open button down is a bit overzealous, but come on, breaking fashion rules is just so rewarding, right?

“Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers…” -Cecil Beaton

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Umbrella top: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $50)

Button down: Forever 21 via resale ($3, retails for approx $20)

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

Pants: Gap ($7 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Cole Haan ($70 marked down from $400)

Necklace: Banana Republic ($7 marked down from $80)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Gray is a great alternative to black for dress pants, and I think gray is a lot softer for spring and summer than black pants. Gap has a great selection of colored pants- especially lately. In the past few weeks, I continue to see their pants marked down to $5-$15, which is a great price range! One thing I have noticed about their pants is they don’t seem to have much stretch- probably because they are 100% cotton and have no spandex. As a result, I recommend considering a size smaller than your standard size so that they don’t lose too much shape throughout the day! 

2) Cole Haan has a surprisingly amazing sale section on their website. I’ve noticed in the stores that the prices really don’t go down nearly as much as they do online, which is a bit unusual! I recommend figuring out what size you wear there, and then shopping on the website. I found these amazing green shoes at a great price online- when there were additional reductions on their sale online. 

Anyone else have online shoe shopping tips? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!! Happy Monday!

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54 thoughts on “breaking button down barriers

  1. OMG love the colours. 😀 I have a penchant for green. The umbrella top is fantastic!

    Haha – I would consider myself nearly the queen of online shopping, I seem to do much better there than in store these days (although part of that has to do with my location, I think). That is surprising about the Cole Haan markdowns!

    Lately I’ve been using the big shopping engines like Shopstyle as I can’t quite find exactly what I want and that engine seems to bring up a lot of items. Though my other go tos are Asos and Amazon. And, as much as I hate to admit it, being on a million mailing lists is helpful as you can hold out for big sales from your fave sites. 😀

  2. You go girl! Break down those fashion barriers!! ❤ I love that you're so daring with your style. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. Apart from absolutely knocking the ball out of the park on this outfit, the high pony looks amazing on you!!! And those shoes???? Might I be tad bit green myself?? Amazing coordination lady!!! Love the colors together…

  4. Looks really beautiful, I guess it is valid to break the rules if the result is like this. And I never get tired of your pictures, always so original and beautiful.

  5. Loving it! That’s it…I’m gettin out my button down shirts and seeing what I can do to snazz them up a bit! These are such great ideas…love the layering and the shoes are beautiful! I love Colehaan’s..so comfy but so chic. I’ll have to check out that sale! xx..Cortneybre…
    http://cortneybre.com

  6. I love the way you layer your tops! I agree sometimes it is too much fun to break the rules! I usually wear my denim shirt open over a white tee. Xoxo

  7. You always look fab!!! Just perfect! I will have to steal your style with that button down look! Love it!!!!! The shoes are perfect! You always find great bargains! I really LOVE your style!😍😍😍😍😍😍

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