So Simple

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You know how Coco Chanel once said “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one [accessory] off”?

I feel like accessorizing is one area of dressing which I am absolutely terrible. Since I started blogging years ago,  I often find myself looking for accessories to put on before I leave. This dress is a perfect of example of when not to do just that. Sometimes you just need to wear a pretty floral dress and let it be the center of attention.
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Dress: Old Navy
Flats: H&M

BUSINESS CASUAL MUST-HAVE: The Chambray Button-Down

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Remember when chambray was just called denim?

I wore all sorts of denim when I was a kid. One of my favorite outfits was comprised of a light pink floral denim skirt with a light pink denim button-down top, complete with sheer sleeves and skirt-matching cuffs and collar. Let me tell you something about that outfit: it was the height of fashion. I planned to wear it to my 9th birthday party. Sadly, it had to be postponed thanks to a blizzard. Considering the weather, it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t out wearing a denim skirt.

This shirt makes me feel really cool. You probably think denim is kind of casual, but I love that I can pair it with just about anything in my closet and feel put-together. Paired with this pretty, frilly skirt and I am definitely ready for the office. Which is why I’m adding this to my list of business-casual must-haves.

Needless to say, I am thrilled that denim chambray is back in style.

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Shades: Marc by Marc Jacobs via Nordstrom Rack
Chambray Button-Down: Old Navy
Skirt: NY & Company
Heels: Payless

Working out the Kinks

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Remember when I did a post about being about to remix a piece of clothing with 3 different items already in your closet? Here’s that amazing skirt making yet another appearance with another piece from my current closet. Unfortunately, the focus on my camera was a little off and I didn’t catch it until after I uploaded these photos. Unfortunately these don’t look that great, but I’m hoping the fact that I’m wearing this outfit a 4th way will excuse me while I work out the kinks. Did I mention I got a new camera?

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Tank: Target
Skirt: Forever21
Flats: Spring

Plum-spiration for the Holidays

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I got these corduroys several years ago as a Christmas gift. I liked them at the time, but had no idea how to wear them and they sat in my dresser for a long while. This outfit was inspired by this pin. Can I just say: thank goodness for Pinterest. How on earth did I get dressed before it? Anyway, these really are the most beautiful burgundy/plum color and they’re perfect for fall. I wear them to work, especially as the weather gets cooler (corduroys really keep you cozy!) and I also like wearing them them to holiday dinners with the family!
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Wearing
 Sweater & Blouse: NY & Company
Bangles: Forever21
 Corduroys: Delia's
 Oxfords: Restricted via DSW

Neutrals for Autumn

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When I think of fall colors, I usually think of burgundy, burnt orange, forest green and navy, but there is something about wearing neutrals that feels appropriate for pretty much any season. I made this outfit even more autumn-inspired with my leopard print flats, which should probably be replaced here pretty soon! Gotta love leopard print, especially for cooler weather!

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Wearing
 Cardigan: NY & Co.
 Blouse: Forever21
 Belt: Target
 Crops: Gap
 Flats: Steve Madden via DSW

Long and Flowy Maxi

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This was the first maxi dress I ever purchased. Before this one, I always struggled with maxi-anything because I could never find them in long enough lengths. Fortunately, Old Navy makes tall sizes and when I saw this baby online in my size (a couple years ago!) I scooped it up immediately. The length is perfect and so is the pretty, light fabric. We all know how I feel about ruffles and as far as I’m concerned, they’re an added bonus on this dress!

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Wearing
Cardigan: Abound via Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Old Navy
Sandals: GoJane

Flowy Fabrics

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There is nothing more comfortable better than flowy fabrics in the summer. I made this skirt years ago (using this tutorial) out of this stretchy, floral fabric I found at Jo-Ann’s. I made a similar one of my sister, too, though I’m not sure she has it anymore. And if you’re wondering, yes it has pockets. ootd-08142014-2

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Wearing
Blouse: NY & Company
Belt: Forever21
Skirt: DIY
Wedges: Nine West via 6pm.com

Sweet

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I have always felt that I dressed pretty simply, but when I actually catalog (i.e. blog) and look back at outfits, I have realized tend to wear a lot of bright colors or graphic prints, particularly to work. I guess something about the monotony of cubicleville makes me bust out my pops of color. My casual outfits lean more towards a jeans and a tee approach. This outfit doesn’t have a lot going on color-wise and it feels very subdued, but despite the neutral color pallet it’s anything but boring. Just look at those ruffles!

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Wearing
Necklace: c/o Born Pretty
Top: swapped from a friend
Belt: Heritage1981
Skirt: avital (gift via Overstock.com)
Wedges: Steve Madden via DSW

RufflesXCore

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Remember the last time I wore this skirt? The outfit made me feel like a housewife. I don’t generally think looking like a housewife is a good thing, but I’ve gotta give a nod to this skirt’s versatility. I love that without one particular necklace with the addition of some darker/jewel-toned pieces, this skirt transforms into something really rocker-esque. Soft rocker, obviously. I mean, it’s ruffly. But still more hardXcore than housewife, amirite?

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Wearing
 Cardigan: H&M
 Top: Target
 Belt: Forever21
 Skirt: NY & Company
 Heels: Rocketdog via DSW

Flowers and Ruffles

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You know those days when you get up in the morning and stand in your closet for 10 minutes AKA 1/3 of your allotted “get ready for work” time and still have no idea what to wear? This outfit is pretty much my go-to fashion recipe for those mornings.

Fitted bottom + ruffly/sheer/flowy top = almost always a winner in my book

The belt and locket are just bonus snazziness. Do you have a default outfit when you’re out of inspiration and need to get your butt moving? I’d love to hear it!

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Wearing
Locket: Forever21
Blouse: Swapped from a friend
Belt: TJMaxx
Pants: Old Navy