double take (purple plaid party)

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So there I was the other night, enjoying my dinner, when I came across a strange thing.  I was paging through a J Crew catalog and saw…my outfit. …that I didn’t get at J Crew…puzzling. Purple pants, purple plaid top and metallic shoes…hmm… The only reasonable conclusion is that someone from J Crew was following me when I shopped and decided to showcase my purple ensemble in their catalog. Yes. That must be it. It’s the only logical explanation.

Exhibit A (I took photos of the catalog, so forgive the image quality):

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Exhibit B:
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Can I have a moment with this uncanny matching outfit situation? Okay, thanks.

Their lovely outfit can be bought for $515. My outfit would have been $205…had I paid full price. But, this is a budget fashion blog, so you can reasonably assume I didn’t pay full price for anything. I ended up huntressing my whole outfit for, yep, $39. As my mom would say, “Hot dog.” As a result of this odd coincidence, I call this outfit my double take purple plaid party ensemble. (Side note: I was inexplicably watching a Full House  rerun and eating Jimmy Johns during this moment, so it was a party on a lot of levels) (should I not have admitted that?) (thanks for not judging).

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Top: Gap ($16 marked down from $45)

Pants: Gap ($11 marked down from $50)

Shoes: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from $110)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I cannot stress enough (maybe I can) that I feel very strongly that good prices do not have to mean sacrificing any quality! These days, there are sales just about everywhere. There are even sales at high end shops such as Burberry (though the prices aren’t quite as low as featured on my blog). Most items do eventually go on sale, so keep a lookout for pieces that you’ve admired at full price.  I also recently created an email address just to give out to all the places (in stores and online) that ask for an email address. As a result, all of the store coupons go to one place so that I can easily retrieve them.  I get nearly weekly emailed coupons from some stores including Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy.  Some of the coupons can even be used on sale items. The separate email address is an easy way to organize coupons and not clutter your personal inbox.

2) The other day in one of my posts I mentioned wearing cropped pants in fall and winter. At this point, I’m fully embracing cropped pants for fall! By wearing plaid/flannel on top, these pants look completely fall (and work) appropriate. I added a shirt underneath the plaid top for extra warmth, and you really could not see it at all. However, the extra layer kept me warm given that my ankles and feet were bare. My official stance on cropped pants in fall and winter is: it’s a go.

Anyone else embracing cropped pants in cooler weather? Have you too found your own outfit in a catalog while watching Full House?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so much!

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