Fall Ready

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I was looking at Pinterest last month for some fall outfits. It was wishful thinking, really, because the day I wore this outfit it was just about 90 degrees outside. Anyway, I came across this pin. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to own white pumps (I’d definitely wreck them the first time I wore them), but I loved the outfit and recreated my own version with a few items from my closet. That’s one of the things I really like about Pinterest: finding outfit inspiration and making it my own. How on earth did we get dressed before the internet?

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Necklace: Target
Blouse: via TJMaxx
Skirt: Old Navy
Heels: Naturalizer via DSW

Subtle Dots

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I, like many people, love polka-dots. I have a handful of polka-dotted items in my closet and this blouse is one of my favorites. This blouse is a great way to do polka-dots if you’re not firmly on board with them (yet!). The gray-on-white make them subtle enough to be polka-dots without being hellooo polka-dots.

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Blouse: Target
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: via Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Audrey Brook via DSW

Gray Area

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I would like to start out this post with a PSA: This dress looks better in person that it does in photographs. There. Now I feel better. Kind of.

I love the idea of this dress and the first time I put it on I really liked it, but the couple times I’ve actually worn it in public, I haven’t really been into it. So, what’s the rule? 3 strikes you’re out? For me it’ll probably be a 3 strikes and you’re relegated to teleworking days sort of arrangement. Do you have any pieces that you want to like, but just can’t seem to find the right way to wear them? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Wearing
 Blazer: Forever21
 Necklace: Amazon.com
 Dress: Old Navy
 Flats: Payless

Body-Con Steal

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I was in Nordstrom Rack hunting for the perfect dress to wear to my friends’ wedding and I came across this one. I loved the print and when I looked at the tag and saw that it was marked down to $3.74 I knew I was buying it. Seriously less than $4 for a dress originally priced at $70! Even if I didn’t fit I probably would have bought it on principle alone. Not really, but I’m really happy it does fit!
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Wearing
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: WAYF
Belt: Forever21
Heels: Payless

How to: Wear Floral Tops in Fall

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Floral print shirts in light fabrics and tees in bold hues are summer wardrobe staples. You can wear them during autumn by pairing them with more subtle colors and cool-weather textures. Layer your flowery shirts and bright tees under a brown, black or gray pullover, a buttoned-up cardigan or underneath a leather jacket.
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Wearing
 Cardigan, Necklace & Belt: Target
 Tank: Forever21
 Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
 Boots: Steve Madden via Amazon.com

How to: Wear Bright Pants in Fall

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As the the days get shorter, dark and earthy colors tend to dominate fall fashion, but you can pretty easily incorporate brightly colored clothes and accessories to keep your autumn wardrobe upbeat and eye-catching.

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Don’t throw all your colored pants and skirts to the back of your closet just because summer is over. Tone them down with a leather belt in brown and a neutral colored cardigan. Toss on a pair of opaque black tights to transform brightly colored skirts into fall-ready apparel. Pull on a pair of patterned flats or lace-up booties, and your boldly colored pants and skirts become perfect to wear for fall.

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Stay tuned for more ways to incorporate bright colors and summery staples into your fall wardrobe!

Wearing
 Sweater: Target
 Blouse: H&M
 Pants: NY & Company
 Flats: Payless

Extending your Current Wardrobe: Layering a Dress

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This is a really old dress. Liiiike 10 years old. At least. The top is a little risque at this point in my life, but I really love the lace pattern, so I found a new way to wear it–layered under a sweater. I love to layer dresses and I do it pretty regularly, particularly when the weather cools down. Just think: you can wear a dress alone, under a sweater or over a button-down. Three outfits from one piece of clothing. Holla!

Come to think of it, I might cut this dress in half and just make it into a skirt. o_O

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Wearing
 Sweater: Target
 Belt: Forever21
 Dress: Can't remember--old!
 Heels: Payless

BAMF

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I love that it’s finally cool enough to wear this jacket. I got it last year (or was it the year before?) on major sale and I am obsessed. Nothing makes me feel more bad-ass than wearing leather. Or, in this case faux-leather.

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Wearing
Necklace: Target
Jacket: NY & Co.
Sweater: Target
Crops: Gap
Pumps: Payless

Fun & Flirty

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I wore this outfit last month right as the season started to change. I’ve got to tell you: I was pretty excited to pull out this pretty tweed blazer again this year. This is also my first time wearing this new skirt. I saw it in TJ Maxx and though, “nope, I definitely don’t need another black skirt” but I tried it on and fell in love with it. I figured I could part with one of my others in favor of this more flattering circle skirt. And let’s be honest: who doesn’t need a new black skirt. They’re so versatile, amirite?

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Wearing
 Earrings: NY & Co.
 Blazer: Target
 Blouse: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Carmen via TJ Maxx
 Flats: Payless

Check and Mate: My Favorite Transitional Piece of Clothing

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I bought these crops at the end of last winter and I must say: cropped pants are probably one of my favorite transitional pieces.

Being a relatively tall girl, I never in a million years thought I’d think those words, let alone write them. You’d think the ongoing trauma of trying to find pants that are actually long enough would turn me off from anything cropped, but frankly I’m thankful they’re in style.

The great thing about cropped pants is that they look great for work and they keep you comfortable during chilly morning walks to the office. I have these awesomely versatile navy ones and another with a really fun print. If you’re in the market, I definitely suggest buying a pair (or two).

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Wearing
 Blazer: H&M
 Necklace: Amazon.com
 Button-Down & Crops: Old Navy
 Flats: Payless