wear a wrap dress 2 ways {workwear wednesday}

I had a fashion epiphany last week when I wanted to wear my newly thrifted DVF wrap dress but it felt it was a bit too formal for my office. Instead, I wore it with a sweater/sweatshirt on top to make it look more like a skirt! I’m sure people out there (and bloggers) have been doing this for ages but I just discovered this trick and I really like it, especially during the cooler months.

So I guess you can say you can wear this dress 2 ways.

Way 1: “faux skirt”
Diane von Furstenberg leopard wrap dress - Athleta Sweatshirt - Scarf - Frye boots
Way 2: the normal way
Diane von Furstenberg leopard wrap dress - HUE tights - Frye boots Diane von Furstenberg leopard wrap dress - HUE tights - Frye boots

Do you like this look? How do you layer your dresses?

Don’t forget to check out what Justine is wearing today for Workwear Wednesday!

Outfit deets:
Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg modern leopard wrap mini dress, thrifted for $25
Undershirt: Nordstrom, from my mom
Necklace: Melinda Maria
Tights: Hue
Boots: Frye, Amazon on sale
Sweater/Sweatshirt: Athleta, thrifted
Scarf: gift from mom

my worst purchases of 2016

#1:  Brooks Brothers Supima cotton five-pocket jeans, $62 on sale (plus $15 for tailoring) – no longer avail.

I was really excited about these made in the USA jeans. When they arrived I tried them on immediately and they fit well. After wearing once, they got so loose, they almost fell off. Additionally, the indigo dye got over everything. It was super annoying (even though we expect at least a little bit of this). I took them into Brooks Brothers for tailoring, figuring out that they know their products best so they’d tailor them nicely. Well, they did a bad job tailoring (the tailor never even took measurements or made markings on the fabric and the actual sewing is SO messy, as if done my a small child), even though taking in the waist isn’t that difficult. So much so that when I picked up the jeans, the waist was sooo small.

Verdict: I’ve lost a few pounds so the waist fits well and I’m keeping them but I still regret spending $77 on the jeans. I will not be buying Brooks Brothers jeans or using their tailoring services again.

vintage Doncaster blazer, Halogen polka dot shirt, Brooks Brothers jeans, Frye Jackie Rivet short boots

#2: GAP denim jeggings, $13.57 from ThredUp

These pants were a hot mess from the get-go. They were loose and sloppy-looking even though they were new. I washed them over and over again but couldn’t stop the dye from getting all over EVERYTHING, including my hands, shoes, and tops. After wearing them for an hour or two, they became baggy and loose. I’m glad I only paid $13ish for these jeggings because if I had paid the full GAP price, I would have been mad. These pants made me really rethink buying GAP jeans because the quality was so bad.

Verdict: I ended up donating them.

GAP jeggings / image from ThredUp
Photo courtesy of ThredUp

#3: LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse, $46 – no longer avail.

I loved the print and look of this shirt but it never really fit me well. I was clearly between two sizes. Because of my slightly chubby arms, I had to size up even though my waist is a bit on the slimmer side. So that means it was super loose in the waist area and the sleeves were too long – it just looked not great. I can’t really believe I spent $46 on this shirt. It’s okay but it’s definitely not worth that much.

Verdict: Now that I’ve lost weight the shirt actually looks comically large on me. I plan on consigning it, because I only wore it maybe twice and it’s a nice shirt.

LOFT Dotted Plaid Utility Blouse
Photo courtesy of LOFT

#4: NYDJ Briella Roll-Cuff Jean Short, $28 (on sale at Amazon)

I had such high hopes for these shorts. When I first put them on, they felt really good and looked really good. However, after a few hours on, they got so loose. Then after wearing them once, the stitching on the pockets began to unravel. Everything about these shorts screams “meh” and the quality is not at all what I would expect from NYDJ. I needed them for a trip this summer so I just kept them and wore them all summer (saggy butt and all) but I doubt they still fit now. Also I was disappointed that they’re made in China and not in the US like many of NYDJ’s other products. Thumbs down.

Verdict: I’ll try them again in the spring and see if they’re worth fixing up (I still really like how high-waisted they are). Maybe for $15 I can get them hemmed and get the waist taken in. If not then they will be donated and I won’t be buying any more of the NYDJ not made in the USA stuff.

nydj-briella-roll-cuff-jean-short
photo courtesy of Amazon

 

What do you think? Do you have any regrettable purchases from the last year? Tell us about them in the comments?

6 favorite workwear wednesday outfits of 2016

Today, Justine and I are sharing our favorite Workwear Wednesday outfits of 2016. We really enjoy blogging about versatile, affordable, and chic office wear and we hope to continue the trend in 2017. I’d love to hear your opinions in these posts.

#6: 80s Inspired Outfit

vintage Doncaster blazer, Halogen polka dot shirt, Brooks Brothers jeans, Frye Jackie Rivet short boots

#5: Chambray Outfit

Gap chambray button-down sleeveless top, Misook pleated skirt, Melissa gold shoes

#4: Layering a dress

jennifer lopez fit-and-flare dress, f21 peter pan collar blouse, hue tights, cole haan boots

#3: Dressed Up Denim

workwear wednesday - 6 workwear rules - dressed up denim

#2: Tweed Jacket

Classiques Entier Tweed jacket, Gap jeans, J Crew flats, eileen fisher top

🎇🎇#1: Favorite Skirt 🎇🎇

workwear-wednesday---favorite-work-skirt

Well, I hope you liked my favorite 6 Workwear Wednesday looks of 2016! I would love to hear about which one’s your favorite. And don’t forget to hop on over to Justine’s blog, The Thrifty Girl’s Guide, to see what she’s featuring as her favorite Workwear Wednesday looks of 2016!

december 2016 budget

happy new year || december 2016 budet

Happy near year, friends! I know it’s super cliche by now, but can.you.believe.it’s.2017.already? Yep, this is goodbye to you, 2016, and good riddance. I hope y’all had a great holiday and new year! Here’s to hoping that 2017 brings happiness, peace, togetherness, and super amazing thrifted goodies.

December was a fun month. There was a lot of thrifting and a lot of shopping, both Christmas/holiday and otherwise.

december 2016 budget

 

 

Here’s what I got this month (the board above has most of what I got but there are a few items that are not exact) – 

Thrifted:

  • Banana Republic pink skirt, $10 from ThredUp {sign up and get $10 to shop}
  • Dansko clogs, $28 from ThredUp
  • Express Portofino shirt red & white anchors, $10 from ThredUp
  • J. Crew light blue cardigan, $2 from Salvation Army Store
  • Purple bolero cardigan, $2.50 from Salvation Army Store
  • Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress, $25 Pennies for Change thrift store
  • Cat tote, $5 Pennies for Change thrift store
  • Brown belt, $4 Pennies for Change thrift store
  • Black belt, $5 Pennies for Change thrift store
  • Cole Haan bow peep toe pumps, $11 Pennies for Change thrift store
  • Banana Republic black fit flare dress, $4.59 GCF store
  • Levi’s denim sleeveless shirt, $3.59 GCF store
  • Catherine Malandrino knit black dress, $4.59 GCF store
  • J. Crew downtown field jacket, $4.59 GCF store
  • ModCloth Fashionably Elate Top in burgundy, $3.59 GCF store
  • Talbots geometric print blouse, $3.59 GCF store
  • Athleta long-sleeve shirt, $3.59 GCF store {probably going to consign this one}
  • Express portofino shirt striped, $10 from Swap.com
  • Express portofino shirt polka dot, $7 from Swap.com
  • Banana Republic green skirt, $8 from Swap.com
  • Deletta Caledonia dress, $18 from ebay

New:

bixi awotan brown leather tote

  • Bixi Awotan Merida tote bag (made in Mexico), shown above! $125 from local craft market {find the black leather version on Etsy}
  • Brown & grey Hue brand tights, $7 each from Nordstrom Rack

Drumroll, please….the total amount spent was…$312.63 (HOLY CRAP! EEEEK)

But…

  • I returned that North Face rain jacket to REI for $80
  • I sold $125 worth of my personal stash of purses
  • My regular quarterly budget breaks down to $125 per month

So, after all that, I’ve got $18 left for the month. Not bad? I guess. Not great, honestly. 

Now it’s your turn to spill the beans…how did you do in December?

As always, I’m linking up with Franish!

bright red pants & a new leather tote {workwear wednesday}

Sometimes, bright red is scary. Sometimes bright pants are scary. Put them together and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster  fun. Until recently, I was a little apprehensive of putting the brightest color in my outfit anywhere near my bottom.

Fast forward a couple of years, and seeing other bloggers pull them off (Justine has a great pair of red pants) plus gaining a bit more self-confidence, and I’m able to rock my bright red skinny cords with aplomb.

Here, I pair them with a feminine blouse and cardigan in more mellow blue hues. What do you think of bright red pants? Yes or no thanks?

GAP red corduroy skinny leggings, frye boots, brooks brothers top, j. crew cardigan GAP red corduroy skinny leggings, frye boots, brooks brothers top, j. crew cardigan

Annnnnd of course I gave myself a little early holiday gift of *yet another* leather purse, this time a beautiful brown leather tote.
bixi awotan tote, GAP red corduroy skinny leggings, frye boots, brooks brothers top, j. crew cardigan bixi awotan brown leather tote

Don’t forget to check out what Justine’s wearing this week for Workwear wednesday! I promise you, it is awesome.

Outfit details:
Red pants: GAP red corduroy leggings, thrifted
Top: Brooks Brother tie neck blouse, thrifted
Cardigan: J. Crew, thrifted
Pin: Weiss, vintage
Boots: Frye Jackie Rivet, Amazon on sale
Tote: Bixi Awotan