If you’re going for more of a casual look, this is for you! One of the best things ways to save money when building your wardrobe is to have some go-tos that you can add statement pieces to, to make it different every time you wear it.
The big statement piece here is the pink coat! Mine (technically it’s my mom’s!) is from Old Navy and while they don’t have the same exact one right now, they still have a very nice pink one!
So what else, you can’t go really go out without anything underneath!
I’m going to skip over the jeans, I’m sure you all have jeans at home (dark wash isn’t necessary!). I’m going to skip over the sweater as well because I’m sure you can find this in your closet as well! I would suggest going with a neutral like gray, black, or cream!
You’re also going to need a statement necklace! I’m wearing my favorite one from J. Crew Factory.
The last must have is a simple black purse. I worked at DSW the summer before I went away to college and it’s such a great place to get purses! Kelly & Katie is one of my favorite brands for shoes and purses!
And the last thing: just break out your favorite boots! Whether their higher or ankle booties, they tie this look together!
Alright ladies it’s time to break out the LBDs. In true “ballin’ on a budget” style, we’re using your go-to black dress for a night on the town.
If you didn’t know, I work at Banana Republic Factory Store and I love my job! The people I work with are great and the discounts are so helpful! I was working one of the markdown shifts last summer and as soon as I finished all my work I put this on hold.
One of the ways to get clothes on a budget is take advantage of factory stores! They often have the same quality clothes for much cheaper!
The best part of this outfit is that everything I’m wearing I already had (or borrowed from my mom’s closet!) But, while my grandmother taught me everyone should have a LBD I have linked some below incase you need to invest!
Here is the link for the first dress: cute off-the-shoulder This one is much similar to the one I chose to wear and it is $49 at Lulu’s.
Here is the link for the second dress: little black dress- scalloped dress I love the scalloped details on this one, it’s os fun! This one also comes from Lulu’s and is $46. Neither of these photos are mine they come from Lulu’s website!
While both of these are on the more expensive side, I like to look at thing in how many hours at Banana it’s worth and both of these dresses come in at about 4 hours, but they are dresses you can wear again and again. They’re also more expense because they’re made in the U.S.! I’m working on a post really soon about the importance of being mindful while shopping and paying attention to who made your clothes!
To all my high school/college girls: you get an extra 20% off at Lulu’s. Another huge way to save money: flash that student ID! So many retailers will give you a discount for being in school. Always be on the search for discounts, one I just learned about the other day- all restraints at the mall I work at give 10% to employees who work at the plaza. There’s a discount out there for everything you just have to find it!
Accessorizing is always a must! I went with my classic pearls and two pearl bracelets I got from Claire’s forever ago!
And if you’re from New England you’re going to need a coat!
This is the same coat I wrote about in my dressed down Valentine’s Day post. While Old Navy doesn’t have the same exact coat they have a very similar one you can find here on their website and it’s on sale for $45!
Last but not least: the shoes.
Now shoes are definitely my weakness, my first part time job was at DSW and I bought so many shoes while I was there. These shoes are anything but cheap, they’re from Lilly Pulitzer and I’m so lucky my Nana, my mom, and a $25 off coupon helped fund them. Graduation here we come!
If you haven’t seen this dress yet do you even follow my Instagram?? This dress has made its fair share of appearances this summer because it’s so cute!
So this is the Courtney shift in Multi Sea Salt and Sun! I am so obsessed with the pattern, it’s so fun and summery!
I got the dress during the After Party Sale last August and so as soon as the weather was warm this year I brought it out and I haven’t stopped wearing it!
Here’s the best part of the Courtney though…
I love the back! This dress is perfect for a day on the Cape! Even though it was cloudy when I went to the beach this dress brighter up my day!
While this dress is no longer on Lilly’s website, I found it on Zappos!
Sorry for such a short post today, you’ve all heard about my sandals and sunglasses a million times by now! If you haven’t heard about them and want the details check out this post… or this one or maybe this one. What can I say, if I like it I like it!
Today’s Weekly Style is a look I took to the Vineyard!
I went for last summer’s sailor shorts from Banana Republic Factory. You can’t see them in this photo but they have the cutest buttons on the front for the ultimate nautical look. While they didn’t have navy this summer if you’re looking for something on the nauti side, check out these striped ones! They also come in red (which I also have, oops). If you’re looking to add these to your closet act fast, they’re selling out!
The shirt is a Banana Malibu tee. These are my favorite shirts from Banana, they’re lightweight and perfect for hot summer days.
My bag is the classic Vineyard Vines Tote. It’s bug enough to carry my wallet, my S’well bottle, and whatever books I pick up while I’m on the Vineyard… it’s usually more than one!
My shoes are my go to Kelly&Katie Sandals. While this style is not available anymore here are the Poppie sandals from DSW which are very similar!
My sunglasses are also a summer staple and they come from Old Navy!
I fell in love with tie sleeves when I first started seeing them last fall and I am so happy they are here to stay! I also love the chambray and I think it’s perfect for the transition from winter to spring.
Here are some cute earrings from BaubleBar that would look great with this dress! I love the lavender for spring but I think the gold would also look great!
This shirt comes in navy and light blue and it another great transition piece. You can wear it with a cardigan on those colder days and then once it gets a little warmer you can leave the sweater at home! This look wouldn’t be complete without pearl earrings and big sunglasses!
I didn’t know I needed this in my life but now I can’t live without it! The sidewalk skirt is my favorite J. Crew piece and now there are scallops! I need this green color and it also comes in black, red, and blue. This skirt would also look so cute with these wedges from DSW:
Sticking with the scallop theme how cute is this top?! I love the simple detail on the top and think it’s perfect for that put together look. This top comes in so many colors: lavender, white, mint, pink, and blue, but the pink and blue are almost gone so act fast! If you’re looking for shoes to wear with this cami those wedges above also come in black!
This shirt takes me back to the ballet days! It also comes in gray and black but I definitely prefer the pink! If you’re looking for shoes to go with this top definitely pick out some flats that tie at the ankle. This is a pair from Vince Camuto that I really love!
Today’s Weekly Style is one of my favorite preppy brands: Lauren James!
I got my first dress from there during their sale last summer and it ended up being the inspiration behind my logo! Unfortunately the Stratton is all sold out but the Livingston dress is a similar idea and now they have it in solid seersucker!
They just released some new spring clothes so I figured I would do a quick roundup of their new dresses.
How cute is this dress! I think the 3/4 length sleeves make this the perfect spring dress! This was my favorite color combo but they also have pink stripes with a blue collar and blue stripes with a pink collar.
I am obsessed with the back of this dress. If you are graduating this year I think this is such a perfect graduation dress. It would be such a cute photo op to have someone take a picture of you with your gown over your shoulder. This dress also comes in red, pink, and blue but I love how clean the white looks.
What preppy girl doesn’t love scallops? And when they’re combined with seersucker it’s a match made in heaven! This dress comes in every seersucker color under the sun and it also has pockets! Could it get any better?
This dress is also a classic LJ look that is now available in solid seersucker! The front is a sweetheart neckline and the back is to die for! I am absolutely obsessed with the backs of the LJ dresses there’s such an attention to detail.
That’s it for today’s post! Stay stylish!
With the exception of the first photo collage, all photos are from the Lauren James website. I do not take credit for owning them!