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”
Way 2: the normal way
Do you like this look? How do you layer your dresses?
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
#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.
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.
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.
#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.
What do you think? Do you have any regrettable purchases from the last year? Tell us about them in the comments?
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.
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!
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.
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?
Annnnnd of course I gave myself a little early holiday gift of *yet another* leather purse, this time a beautiful brown leather tote.
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