classy lady(bug)

It did not take me long to incorporate my ladybug dress at work! Though it’s “spring” here, it is still cool in the mornings. Thus, I paired my dress with a jean jacket from DKNY and a Gap infinity scarf.

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But back to the dress. It was, as anticipated, sack-like without a belt.

Exhibit A:

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With a belt, this dress was back in action.

Exhibit B:

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The belt and patent wedges make the look formal enough for work, while still having a casual print.

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Dress: Gap ($22 marked down from $60)

Scarf: Gap ($15 marked down from approx. $25)

Jacket: DKNY (no price can be recalled for this one. I bought this on sale approximately 10 years ago at Marshall Fields, when it was still open)

Tights: another oldie, but I think I got them at H&M at least five years ago

Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender ($100 marked down from $350)

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

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) With dresses that have a boxy shape, consider adding a belt to create a more flattering shape and interest.  Keep one belt around your house that is neutral to help ‘shape up’ dresses that need it.  The belt I used is brown and black, so it is easily paired with different colored dresses.  I wear this belt all the time and save on alterations! 

2) Make clothes work for you! This would be a great dress to “dress down” with sandals and bare legs-outside of work.  I like to buy pieces that can go from day to night and work to weekends; this allows you to save money and have your wardrobe do double duty for you. 

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Spring pants bandwagon!

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Let’s face it: finding work appropriate and properly fitting pants can be a real challenge. I normally have to tackle pants looking oddly baggy or too tight in the back. Sometimes I tackle the dreaded ‘fit through the leg, but weird gap in the back’ around the waist. Maybe it is just me, but I have a feeling other working women experience this too. Thus, when it comes to work pants, I do not find many opportunities to find a real steal in terms of price- I just want a pair that fit. That being said, there are a couple of stores where I have been able to find pants somewhat painlessly. Once I know the ‘fit/style’ and the size in a store, I can generally tell if the pant will fit before I try it on, because it is the same pant every time. In these stores, generally the only modifications are the color and fabric.

I wanted to get on the colored pants bandwagon this spring, so I hit up my local Ann Taylor. I found a pair that was on sale (same size and style as I always get), though not heavily discounted. The ‘vineyard green’ jeans were originally $88, marked down to $59. Eh.

While not appropriate for work, I did find the exact same jeans in a different color. That is right, readers, grey leopard print. These were the same pants as the green pants, except for the color. The salesperson told me that the prices vary based on when they came out in the season. Therefore, the leopard pants were marked down to $20 from $88. That is more like it.

Original price of the green pants = $88, paid = $59

Savings = $29

Original price of the grey leopard pants = $88, paid = $20

Savings = $68

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) It is easier to find work pants on sale if you look throughout the season in stores you know have pants that fit you well. Buying pants off-season is a good way to snag way better deals than what I did with the green pants. Buying spring pants in spring means that you are probably going to spend more.

2) The colored jeans ended up being work appropriate because they are completely solid and do not actually look like jeans. I was pleasantly surprised to find jeans that ended up looking appropriate for work.

3) Different colors in the same style of an item may be tagged at different price points, so check out all of the colors and look for price differences. The grey pants are not work appropriate, but for $20, they were a steal and cute for weekends.