Lately, I’ve had my head in the clouds, day dreaming. Day dreaming always makes me think of Alice, the perpetual storybook dreamer, falling down the rabbit hole into a world of dreams. This outfit was perfectly captured on a windy day; I suspect that if Alice were around today, and a working woman dressing herself on a budget, she would have felt right at home reaching for the clouds in this dreamy ensemble. I call this my windy wonderland homage to Alice outfit.
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?
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