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Ways to Wear: Black and White and Read All Over

give me something I can dance to

give me something I can dance to

If you’ve never heard of IFB, you definitely need to check it out! They have amazing tips for any style blogger that are fun and easy-to-read. One of my favorites is the IFB Project, a weekly style challenge for IFB members. I love reading all the different posts and ways people spin the topic. This week’s project is Black and White Ball!

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When I thought of ball, I thought of dress codes. Is it a white tie? Black tie? I decided to style four different black & white outfits to attend any of these possible balls.

Look #1: Casual

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For me, there’s something great about a crisp white shirt. It’s so easy to pair and I love the sharp look when it’s paired with black jeans. I paired it with a black necklace, a white bracelet, and a clear clutch. Keeping with the black and white trend, I paired my DIY googly eye gladiators to finish the look. I feel like this outfit looks clear, but I don’t really think that can really describe an outfit :).

Shirt: Thrifted

Pants: Cotton On

Shoes: DIY

Clutch: DIY

Necklace: Thrifted

Bracelet: Gifted

Look #2: Beach Formal

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I think a beach formal dress code is the hardest thing to follow. I paired a white men’s dress shirt with my LBD. I wore my neutral sandals with this thrifted brown bag. My favorite thing about this bag is that it has a cell phone size a la Zack Morris pocket. My hair is down with a braid crown. This shirt is perfect because it can be tied for a more beachy look or untied for a looser look.

Shirt: Thrifted

Dress: New York and Company

Necklace: Gifted

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Look #3: Cocktail

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This top was made my great grandmother. I love the sequins (if only sewing talent was genetic). I usually wear the skirt as a business skirt for interviews and events, so this outfit is super easy to throw on after work. Even though those shoes are a little high, they’re perfect for dancing as you can see.

Shirt: Gifted

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: White House|Black Market

Look #4: Formal

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I love this dress. It’s fun and flirty, but also is really classic. To play up the formal aspect of the outfit, I wrapped a bow tie around my wrist several times as a bracelet. I paired with my green wedges with the black and white detailing and a sequin-y purse. I admit it – I love sequins. Maybe a little too much. Nah.

Dress: Macy’s

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Charlotte Russe

Bow tie: Dad’s

Purse: Thrifted

What’s your favorite look? How do you navigate difficult dress codes?

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Also, I’ve been loving taking street art photos this week and I thought they’d be a cool way to combine the many photos I take when doing my outfit posts. Please let me know what you think 🙂

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Ways to Wear: Overalls/Dungarees, Part 2

I’m back with more ways to wear overalls. I loved finding different ways to pair these pieces. If you haven’t seen part one, click here!

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1. Add a scarf.

Adding a scarf adds some interest to the neckline. This scarf is actually the bottom of a housedress that I’m refashioning. I love the print.

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Shirt: Thrifted

Overalls: Thrifted

Scarf: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

2. Wear a shirt with an interesting neckline.

Since the overalls length is adjustable, I decided to play with the top. Turtlenecks or the high 90s-esque necklines that are in season add a different twist to overalls.

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Shirt: Espirit

Overalls: Thrifted

Belt: White House|Black Market

Shoes: Payless

3. Wear a button-down shirt.

Buttoned to the top or with a few open on the top, adding a button-down shirt adds some glam. Watch out to not wear anything too striped or you might look like a farmer.

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Shirt: Thrifted

Overalls: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

4. Make it really girly.

By adding this girly pussy bow blouse, it breaks up the boyish shape of overalls. I love the look with one strap off the shoulder.

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Shirt: Forever 21

Overalls: Thrifted

Belt: Forever 21

5. Edge it up.

With a pair of combat boots and a hat, this outfit changes up the youthful look of overalls.

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Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: New York and Company

Hat: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

6. Add a skirt.

I know this is a little weird, but I think with a blazer and flouncy skirt, the overall top peaking out is very interesting. I would love to know your thoughts!
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surprise there are overalls underneath

surprise there are overalls underneath

Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: New York and Company

Skirt: Express

Blazer: New York and Company

 

I think the best advice for styling overalls is to have fun with it! They’re not a super serious clothing item – so enjoy the days you wear them!

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Outfit of the Day: An Ode to Sombreros

My brother found this sombrero and tried to give it away. I was in shock of his blatant disregard of the fashion appeal of a sombrero. A sombrero can be worn on your head or down for an ultra awesome look. It shades your head from the sun and makes you the life of the party! 🙂

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and it's great badminton wear

and it’s great badminton wear

Dress: Thrifted

Hat: Brother

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Fred Flare

Do you have a favorite type of hat? 


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Ways to Wear: Overalls/Dungarees, Part 1

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this might be your original response to overalls

I’ve been seeing overalls a lot lately. I really like them – they’re comfy, have tons of pockets (unlike most women’s fashion), and provide many styling options. I’m going to share a few ways that I like to wear them. Let me know what your favorite way is in the comments!

1. Belt it with a ribbon. 

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not sure what the face is for

Adding a belt ages the look and gives definition to the piece. A ribbon is a great belt (especially for more girly overalls like these). I tried to go with a monochrome look for the shirt and ribbon.

Overalls: Thrifted

Ribbon: Present

Shoes: Zara

Shirt: Express

2. Belt it (outside the belt loops)

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Wearing overalls with heels makes the look more polished. With a belt outside the loops, it adds an unexpected twist, allows you to pair it with different sized and shaped belts, and prevents the overalls from swallowing you. I think uncuffing the overalls gives it an edgier look.

Overalls: Thrifted

Shoes: Bakers

Shirt: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

3. Embrace your inner child. 

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photo 1 (58)In this outfit, I took a tie dye shirt and tied it in the back to make it a crop top. By not belting it, it’s playful, but with a crop top, you don’t look too much like a very tall child. 🙂 I think this would be perfect for going to an amusement park or festival because overalls are super comfy and you don’t even need a bag because of all the pockets!

Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: DIY Tie Dye

Shoes: Zara

4. Add a blazer. 

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this is what you feel about overalls now, eh?

this is what you feel about overalls now, eh?

Adding a blazer makes the overalls less of a focal point in the outfit. I especially like the way that the one unfastened hook changes the overall look. I love the way overalls look by adding heels, blazers, and clutches- I’ve seen a lot of style bloggers do this.

Overalls: Thrifted

Shirt: Forever 21

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress 

Blazer: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Belt: Thrifted

Do you like overalls? How do you wear them? Do you prefer overall shorts or the pants version? 

 


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 2

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In Part 1, I talked about four ways to wear a dress that I cut into a bandeau and dress. Here’s part 2!

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Look #1 – Bandeau 

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Shirt: Forever 21

Skirt: Gap

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau and Skirt as Separates 

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Hairclip: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21

Bandeau&Skirt: Pac Sun

Sweater: H&M

Shoes: Payless

Look #3: Skirt 

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i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

Sunglasses: Tourist Shop

Shirt: H&M dress

Belt: Thrifted

Skirt: Pac Sun Dress

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Pretending It’s A Dress

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Hat: DKNY Outlet

Boyfriend Jacket: New York & Company

Bandeau & Skirt: Pac Sun

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

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Which outfit do you like the most?


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 1

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awkward photos from freshman year of me wearing the dress

I’ve had this Pac Sun dress for about three years now. When I first got it, it was really cute, but it ended up shrinking in the wash and being an awkward too long to be a shirt/too short to be a dress thing. It cinched at my ribs instead of my waist and I avoided wearing it.

3I absolutely love the pattern, so I decided to refurbish it and make it a bandeau and a skirt. All I did was cut it above between the two elastics. This made it so the skirt part would stay up (and be a skirt).

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I tried to make a lot of different outfits wearing the pieces and here is part 1. Hope you enjoy!

Look #1: Skirt 

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Shirt: Espirit

Skirt: Pac Sun

Shoes: Payless

Belt: Thrifted

Bag: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau

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Shorts: DKNY

Shoes: Payless

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sunglasses: Free from my college

Bag: Gift from Thailand

Look #3: Bandeau as Fake Shirt 

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Hairband: H&M

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sweater: Forever 21

Skirt: Thrifted

Purse: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Skirt as Shirt 

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Someone is having way too much fun

Someone is having way too much fun

 

Necklace: Forever 21

Shirt: Pac Sun Dress

Belt: Thrifted

Shorts: DKNY, cut by me

Shoes: Googly Eye Sandals 

Which outfit was your favorite? Stay tuned for part 2 on Friday…

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Location Inspiration: No Way Jose Cafe

There’s a bar in Federal Hill, Baltimore called No Way Jose Cafe. I’ve always been inspired by its colors and its amazing name. Since I loved the combination of colors near one of the entrances, I decided to create an outfit inspired by it!

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I don’t add a lot of red, so I decided to focus on the mint and the golden yellow parts of this entrance. I started with the mint green jeans and tried to make it the main focus by adding mint green nails and dark green shoes. To play off the silver accent nail, I added a silver necklace, a red watch with silver accents, and a purple shirt with some silver parts. I added a golden yellow jacket and a brown bag to finish it off.

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dancing with myself

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don’t try this at home, kids

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close up on nails

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even closer up

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Shirt: Espirit

Jacket: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21

Pants: Target

Bracelet/Watch: Thrifted

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless

Nails: Mint- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mint Sorbet”, Silver- Spoiled “Daddy’s Credit Card”