Getting More Use Out of Your Summer Dresses

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Printed cami dress: J.crew factory (old) similar (here)|Striped cardigan: J.Crew (old) similar (here)|Wedges: Thrifted

I know how tempting it is to buy new clothes with each change of season. I also know that a lot of us have a strict budget. In today’s post, I wanted to share some ways to get more use out of your summer dresses. Lets look at different ways to transition summer dresses into fall!

In the first picture, I decided to mix prints by pairing an old J.Crew cardigan with a really old J.Crew factory summer dress. The cardigan is about 2 years old and the dress is more than 4 years-old, so I linked similar options below the image.

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Sleeveless sweater: Ann Taylor (old) similar (here)|Printed cami dress: J.crew factory (old) similar (here)|Sandals: Madewell

In the second image, you’re creating the illusion of wearing two separate pieces. By layering a knitwear over the summer dress, it looks like the bottom portion of the dress has become a skirt. You could even layer a longer skirt over the dress so that it looks like you’re wearing a printed camisole and a skirt. When the weather gets colder, you can layer a thicker sweater over the dress and tights underneath with ankle boots or knee-high boots.

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Dress: Loft (old) similar (here)|Button up shirt: Thrifted|Loafers: Steve Madden from Marshalls

Today, I layered an oversized button up shirt underneath this old Loft dress. I rolled up the sleeves and completed the look with a pair of preppy loafers. I could have worn sandals, but I like the somewhat androgynous look of this outfit. By layering the button up shirt underneath my dress, I was able to survive the freezing cold in my office and the brisk weather today.

So I’m curious – what are some of the ways you like to get more use out of your dresses?

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Surviving the Freezing Cold Office this Summer

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Cropped cardigan: LOFT (old) similar (here)| Sheath dress: LOFT (old) similar (here) | Nude wedges: Marshalls

I don’t know about you, but my office is always so cold! On some days, it is just absurd how cold it is. I don’t understand how they just can’t get the office temperature right. So if your office is similar to mine, one of my tips is to bring a cardigan. I have a thick cardigan hanging at my cubicle in the office, and sometimes, I incorporate a cardigan into my outfit – like today!

With the cardigan buttoned up like this, it looks like I’m wearing two separate pieces (master of deception, haha :P)

Both my dress and cardigan are really old, but I linked similar options. This post is also sort of a celebratory one as I am finally able to fit into this dress after two years.

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Here is the dress without the cardigan. If you were going out for drinks or dinner after work, you could just take off the cardigan and switch out the wedges for stilettos.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sales Haul & Review – Part 1

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Top: Pleione (thrifted) | Pants: Halogen| Shoes: Steve Madden

I picked up these pants and sandals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I wore them for the first time today for work. The pants are of very high quality and run true to size. I am wearing a size 4 for reference (I typically wear size 4 or 6 in pants). I ordered the regular, and it is a tad bit long. I would have ordered Petite 4, but they didn’t have size 4 in petite available. I do want to point out one thing – they’re listed as slim fit pants. I find them to be more straight leg than slim fit. The ankles are not tapered enough for the fit to be considered slim.

The sandals are very comfortable. I like the fact that they are block heels and that the heels aren’t too high. I can see myself wearing them during the week for work and during the weekend with casual wear.  I do plan on getting rubber soles put on the bottom after several wears. They were recommended by Mary Orton via Instagram. Check out her blog for more Nordstrom anniversary sale recommendations!

Where to find affordable work clothes

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Top: Ann Taylor Similar (Extra 40% off now!) | Pants: Anne Klein (old from Nordstrom Rack) | Shoes: Nine West (old from Marshalls)

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Dress: Loft (very old) | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Blazer: Ann Taylor (SimilarSimilar)

When I first started working, I wanted to buy all the high-end luxury pieces and look just like the professional women in magazines, movies, TV shows, etc. What an awakening I had when I found myself with a strict budget for my clothing purchases! With rent and other more important expenses (bills, bills, bills, bills), I allowed myself to spend $100 every 2 months.

My favorite stores for work clothes included – and still do – Nordstrom Rack, Loft, and Ann Taylor. While there are more options, I wanted to touch on those three in this post. Ann Taylor and Loft regularly have  amazing sales (40% off, extra 50% off sales, etc.) and you can score some amazing staples for a great price. I avoid buying anything full price from Ann Taylor and Loft unless it is something I love and absolutely must have. I wait for those sales! The navy blue sheath dress that I’m wearing was purchased 5 years ago at Loft, and I wear it all year. The Ann Taylor collarless jacket is a recent purchase of $49.99 (scored at 50% off).

Another favorite place of mine is Nordstrom Rack. The floral pants you see above were purchased in a set of 3 pieces – shell, pants, and blazer. I still have the blazer and the pants. I had to return the shell because it didn’t fit. I recall the three pieces cost me approximately $80. THREE pieces of clothing for $80. Anne Klein offers very nice quality pieces. Also from Nordstrom Rack, I’ve also purchased a beautiful Tahari dress that I can’t seem to stop wearing.

Definitely take a look at those three places. You can be chic and frugal at the same time 😉 ❤

Basics Ensemble + LOFT Extra 50% off Sales Styles

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LOFT sweater (similar), LOFT short-sleeve button-up blouse, pants from Marshalls, Steven Madden loafers from Marshalls,

So excited to publish my very first post!

For today’s outfit, I layered the sweater over a LOFT button-up blouse that is also almost two years old. My office environment is on the more casual side of business-casual, so blazers are not necessary at all times (only when we have meetings).  My pants are by Larry Levine from Marshalls. They were also an awesome find that I can wear all year long since they’re not too thick, which would be problematic for the summer heat.

I’ve had this sweater for almost two years now, and I have to say I’m still in love with it as much as I was when I first purchased it. It’s not too form fitting, and I love the slits on the side. It’s easy to layer over button-up shirts like I did for this outfit.

LOFT always has amazing sales. Currently, they’re having a buy one, get one 50% off sale on tops and sweaters in addition to an extra 50% off promotion on all sales styles!

I can’t wait to share more amazing finds with you all in future posts! I want to share that you don’t have to spend a lot to have polished looks.