I’ve always loved the idea of the trend of layering a dress over pants, but worried that it would look awkward, or too hard to pull off. However, when it comes to fashion, trying new trends is a must! It’s the perfect way of having a little fun with fashion. Some trends you test out and you you hate, and some trends, you simply fall in love. For me, the dress over pants combo is amazing!
I have been on a shopping freeze lately, so all my outfits have consisted of items I already own in my closet. It goes without saying that when it comes to fashion, I believe that we don’t have to spend our entire paychecks to look great. Hence the reason I shop second hand, thrift, consignment, estate sales, yard sales and clearance racks of my favorite retail stores. This shopping practice allows me to save money without sacrificing the basic requirement of looking and feeling great in anything I wear.
However, don’t overlook shopping your own closet as one essential way of saving money but still being able to step out looking brand new each time. Shopping your closet allows you to revamp your look. One thing I try to teach my clients that I style that when they are looking at their clothes to style an outfit, always try to wear their items differently each time. This visual refresh keeps you from believing that you need new items each time you put an outfit together.
I purchased this beautiful mod green dress a year ago from Buffalo Exchange, a consignment store here in San Diego, for $13. It’s such a classic look, rich color, fits perfectly, and the price point was amazing for the quality of the piece. The tags were removed, so I have no clue who the designer was. However, if you follow me here on this blog, you know it’s not always about the labels, but rather the entire polished look in the end.
A year ago, I wore this green dress entirely differently. Check out the blog post here about the details of that outfit. As I shopped my closet, I found this green dress that hadn’t been worn in over six months and decided it was time for it be worn again.
This time, I leveraged my accessories for this outfit. You should know that scarves, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and other accessories are sometimes the key to turning ordinary clothing items into stunning outfits. I got this clutch from Unique Afrik a few months ago. Unique Afrik is an online store specializing in african print clothes and accessories, such as this beautiful bag. I love vibrant colors and patterns and this purse is giving me everything. Best of all, it can be worn with the straps as a handbag, tuck the straps in and wear it as a clutch, my personal favorite.
I wanted to give this outfit a little bit of an edge, especially since the last time I wore this green dress I went for the more “demure” look. Shopping my closet I pulled these lace up leather booties that I had previously purchased these Trouve booties from Nordstrom Rack on clearance for $21 during one of their huge clearance sale, last year. They originally retailed for $109, so the savings were huge to me. These booties are quite versatile, and have definitely made their appearance on the blog a couple of times, here and here.
If you are truly serious about saving money and maintaining a stylish look, then shopping your closet should be something that is part of your toolbox for savings. Reinventing pieces that are hidden in your closet is fun, economical and definitely forces you to take notice of everything in your closet. Have you shopped your closet lately?
I purchased this winter white vest from Bebe on a ridiculous clearance sale they had in the store. The vest originally retailed for $169. But, if you have been following me for a while, you simply know that I don’t pay full price for anything. I walked away with this piece for $32. Yes, that is not a typo, it’s a SCORE!
Keeping to the black and white theme, I went with these black textured skinny jeans. You have seen these jeans before here on the blog. They are Seven jeans that I thrifted these jeans from Buffalo Exchange for $10, which is a steal, as you may know that Seven jeans can cost over $150 a pair.
I think I might have said this before, but it’s worth repeating. The absolute best clearance sales for retail stores are right after Christmas. You also tend to find a lot of different things at the store that are not normally stocked because people do a lot of returns at their nearest stores. These beautiful leather booties by Marc Fisher normally retails at $129 at Macy’s. However, during my own returning of items, I saw this lonely booties sitting on the clearance rack. Only one pair, and in my size! These booties are incredibly comfortable, the leather is extremely soft, and the booties are beautiful! The price point is simply the perfect icing on the top!
Finally, I completed the outfit with some gold accessories and a statement necklace from Forever 21 that I received as a gift from my sister for Christmas. She definitely knows my style! This necklace has been worn so many times already. Not too big, not too small. It goes well with everything.
Have you styled a sleeveless jacket/vest/coat lately? How did you style yours?
I love that the floral pattern is not all over the entire pants but only climbs up on the sides. For some, floral prints, especially on pants may seem a tad risky, but these pants provides the perfect amount of compromise.
When it comes to styling your floral pants go for a solid colored blouse, letting your pretty prints do all the fashion work for you. Here, I paired these floral pants with this olive colored lace blouse that was also thrifted from a Goodwill in San Diego for a mere $2. The color is a perfect match to the olive colors in the floral pattern on the pants ensuring a beautifully blended look.
Topping off the look is always some killer shoes. Here, I capitalized on the beautiful blue color in the floral pattern and went with these awesome Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal cobalt blue suede pumps. These pumps retail at $68. As you may already know, I did not pay close to that amount. I bought them for $17 from Buffalo Exchange. You know that feeling that occurs when you slip on a pair of shoes that fit you like a glove, and then, you look at the price! Yes, that is the satisfaction of a great thrifting experience.
Last but not least in topping off this outfit is this awesome blue clutch. I got this clutch from It’s A Wrap in Los Angeles. It’s A Wrap offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets, for sale in 2 huge retail stores, on their website and in auction. I visited the store a few months back with some other awesome thrifting divas and I walked away with some cool pieces at great prices. One such piece, is this cute blue clutch for $8.
Yes, it’s late September and I can still rock this beautiful multi-colored jumpsuit in sunny (actually, more like really hot these days) San Diego. But, as a true Caribbean girl, this heat is heaven for me. Besides, it allows me to extend my summer wardrobe for months, which brings me to this perfect jumpsuit.
I know a lot of women have told me that they don’t believe they can pull off jumpsuits. To be honest, I do believe that not every jumpsuit fits every woman the same. My constant style rule when it comes to jumpsuits is to try it on before purchasing. But, you should definitely not throw out the idea of owning a couple because you have tried on a few that didn’t fit. I love jumpsuits, as you can see here, and here and I am always on the hunt for another perfect jumpsuit.
I picked up this jumpsuit from Buffalo Exchange here in San Dieg and paid $11 for it as it was on their 50% off clearance rack. Tip for you, which actually wasn’t so obvious to me when I first started shopping in resale stores. Consignment stores have sales as well! Yes, their items are already marked down from the retail prices, but always ask a sales associate for the current sales or to point you in the direction of their clearance racks.
Besides the price for this jumpsuit, which is a steal in my opinion, what caught my eye is the beautiful colorful print. I am a sucker for colors and this jumpsuit makes a point with the bright colors. As if I wasn’t already sold on the price, the print and the colors, throw in the fact that it has a sexy open back! Yes, this was probably the quickest decision to purchase this perfect jumpsuit – after I had tried it on.
As this was a rather long and wide legged jumpsuit, I paired it with these Fergie wedges that I got on sale from heels.com, for $39. I hate having my clothes drag on the floor, it’s just not my thing and these wedges provided the perfect height for this jumpsuit. It was also the perfect color to pair with the jumpsuit as the yellows in the jumpsuit are minimal, so the wedges was able to pop on its own.
Finally, I went with this awesome over-sized envelope clutch. This is not the first or second time this clutch has made an appearance on the blog. Check out how I used it here and here. I love the vibrant color and since I was about color in this outfit, why not add this perfect pink color to the mix.