pretty in primary palette

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Hello, readers! After my mismatching Monday outfit a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to again embrace my love of power clashing (clashion, if you will). This time, I went with red, green, blue, and yellow bold tones.

When I found a great nail polish on sale for 70 cents (what?!) at Walgreens this weekend, I was inspired to go classic red with my nails to match my red shoes. The nail polish is Wet n’ Wild “Red red” and is normally $1. Interestingly enough, this is one of Cosmo’s top award winners for red nail polish. Who knew?

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While I was having a nail polish party, I did my toes too! I love how the green skirt looks with the red heels and nails.

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I added my Charming Charlie clearance find yellow necklace to keep with the primary color theme.

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And ta da! Power clashing in the best way (at least, I think so!)!

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Skirt: Ann Taylor ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Top: Forever 21 ($20)

Shoes: Audrey Brooke at DSW ($30 marked down from $60)

Necklace: Charming Charlie’s (approx $10 on clearance)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Sometimes, I think, it is good to get back to the basics. This outfit was all about primary colors and basic color pairing. If you want to wear all different colors and not look like it was an accident, consider wearing colors that are similar tones. All of these colors are different, but the tones are the same and, as a result, the outfit looks coherent.

2) I do not know what it is about denim that I love so much! If you follow my blog, you have seen my many postings in ode to denim. Perhaps my love comes from the fact that denim is very versatile and easy to match. I got this particular denim top at Forever 21. Even though it was only $20 (not even on sale!), it is practically indestructible.

I also bought it one size up from my regular size so I could pair it with more fitted pants and skirts without looking as though I am wearing too much tight clothing for work. While the skirt is fitted, the top is a bit looser, which makes this look perfect for work!

Thank you for reading, all! I hope the end of the week goes well! Onward with your fashion huntress endeavors!

dolled up denim

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With a massive heat wave passing through Chicago, I have been pulling out my favorite summer dresses to wear to work. Readers, you know I love denim (a lot). Given that we cannot wear jeans to work (and who would want to in this heat??), I like to get creative with denim. I found this dress at Nordstrom Rack for $20. I love the full skirt, zipper, pockets, and shoulder details. In other words, I love every part of this dress!

To dress up my denim, I added my handmade necklace by Zegna Jewelry.

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I also added my “matches everything” polka dot shoes from Gap.

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The final product is a work outfit that is perfect for a summer heat wave!

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Dress: Love Ady at Nordstrom Rack ($20 marked down from approx $80)

Necklace: Zegna Jewelry

Shoes: Gap ($21 marked down from $50)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I like dresses that have a cap sleeves because they work for day and night, with or without a cardigan. It’s been so hot here that even with air conditioning, it is still pretty warm inside. As a result, it’s generally too warm for a cardigan. Thus, if I want to wear a dress, it needs to have cap sleeves (versus a tank top dress or ‘spaghetti straps’). When looking for dresses that work for day and night, keep a look-out for short sleeve or cap sleeve dresses. These are not the easiest to find, so I normally get them when I find them!

2) To transition this dress for cooler weather, I added a cardigan, tights, and/or leggings. I last wore it in slightly cooler weather.

Posted here: https://thefashionhuntress.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/denim-dress-day/

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Without the cardigan and different jewelry, I easily created a new look for this dress to keep it fresh and versatile. Readers, you know I love to switch-up accessories to create new looks! Getting creative with layers and jewelry really adds to your ability to wear clothes throughout different seasons.

Regarding my necklace by Zegna Jewelry:

Zegna’s Etsy store can be found here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZegnaJewelry

Zegna’s blog can be found here:

http://zegnajewelry.wordpress.com/

Speaking of accessories, I plan to post another ‘remix and rematch’ this weekend to further illustrate my affinity for rotating accessories and layering!

Happy mid-week! Thank you for stopping by today!

gone wild at work

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Despite the rainy day, I put on one of my favorite wrap dresses this morning!

Admittedly, I did wear my rain boots during my commute to work. My rain boots ended up matching my nails- always a bonus! I switched to my platform heels once I got to work. Savvy commuting is definitely fashionable!

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I added my pumps and Charming Charlie find to complete the look. This dress is definitely a few years old, but I keep it looking fresh by changing out my accessories.

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Dress: Banana Republic ($20 at the factory outlet, marked down from approx $50)

Tank top: Old Navy ($5)

Necklace: Charming Charlie ($3.50 marked down from $14)

Shoes: Jellypop at DSW ($12 marked down from $60)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Some styles are classics; I include wrap dresses in the “classics” category of my wardrobe. Even though this dress is a few years old, I added a trendy necklace to keep it looking brand new. You can rotate your classic pieces for as long as you want. Update the piece by changing out your shoes and accessories. I cannot say it enough: fashion on a budget is all about rotation!

2) Most wrap dresses, like chiffon or sheer pieces, require a slip underneath. Transition wrap dresses from day to night by ditching the tank top or camisole underneath, if you want. When at work, however, keep it classy and not low cut. Appropriate coverage is always in style!

Happy almost midweek, readers!