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I cannot stress this enough, and I’ve said it before: if I could only wear one style for the rest of my life, striped cotton dresses would be it. And they would likely all be from Old Navy. I’ve honestly been wearing Old Navy striped dresses for the past two days. Not only are they easy AF and hold up forever, but I can consistently slip into one and Kendall will be like, “you look beautiful!” No fuss, but much reward.

And I’ve always been a dress girl. I think it would confuse people when I was younger because while most girls opted for jeans or shorts on out-of-uniform days, I reached for a sun dress. After swim team practice- same thing. I’ve just always felt the most myself in a dress. I may not always know how to properly girl, complaining about heels most female would laugh at, but a good dress will win over jeans every time. Pair with a sweet pair of flats or a cute sneaker- I’m set. It’s my uniform, and I’m sticking with it.

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Denim jacket: Target||Sunglasses: Betsey Johnson||Sari necklace c/o Pearl & Clasp||Faith bag c/o Urban Expressions||Sneakers: Steve Madden||Heavy-Knit Shift Dress for Women: Old Navy

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Whether you’re buying your wedding dress, or just trying to find the perfect office outfit, working with your figure, instead of against it, is the key to dressing to impress. It can be difficult to face up to imperfections, but dressing like they don’t exist is only going to be doing yourself a disservice. Plus, in doing so, you could be seriously underplaying your best assets, and making yourself look far frumpier than you need. Working with your body when you dress is all about understanding what suits your figure, and how to use color and patterns to emphasize or diminish the right bits.

Duly Delighted Midi Dress in Lemons

Emphasize your best assets

First things first, you’re going to want your best assets on show. If you have beautiful shoulders and a long, elegant neck, choosing tops which allow this to be demonstrated as a beautiful feature is the key to feeling confident. If you’ve got a lovely narrow waist, a belt around your middle can really bring your outfit together. Avoid shortening long, beautiful legs with trousers which cut off at the widest part of your calves, and choose items which flow over problem areas, but cling on the bits you love.

Bliss by Bit Wrap Dress

Consider your proportions

You may have heard the terms apple, pear, hourglass, and athletic bandied around, but they do have a basis in truth, and the advice really works. Using the information about your proportions allows you to make informed decisions about what sorts of styles suit you. For example, if you have a boyish figure, with a small chest and narrow hips, a wrap dress designed to emphasize a more hourglass figure won’t be entirely flattering unless you’re willing to undergo breast augmentation surgery. Similarly, somebody with wide shoulders would usually be advised to steer clear of halter-neck tops or spaghetti straps. Of course, there are exceptions to the rules, so be sure to try on things that you love, and not just stick to them hard and fast.

Homage to Mod Mini Dress

Don’t overlook color

Color is an amazing tool for emphasizing your best features, and helping to hide the bits you don’t love so much. For example, if you’re a more apple-shaped figure, and carry weight around your middle, using color on the lower sections of your body in pants or skirts, and using darker shades on the top half and really help to balance the look out. Play around with how color works for your body, but be sure not to shy away. Colors and patterns can do wonders for your figure.

Valued Vlogger T-Shirt Dress

Choose styles you love

When you find a style you love it can feel like you’ve won the lottery, especially if you’ve got a slightly trickier figure to dress. When you find this style, it can become your holy grail and go-to outfit. And why not? If you know that you look amazing in a dress, buy that dress in every print, color, and fabric available. If it makes you feel good, keep that theme going. I love a good t shirt dress, so that’s what I usually fall back on.

The key to dressing to impress is experimentation. Read and understand how different styles work for different figures, but don’t be afraid to break the mold and try something new from the safety of the fitting room catwalk. That’s how all the best outfits are discovered.

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When I was little, I lived in denim dresses + overalls the way I live in striped t shirt dresses + AEO jeggings now. When I got a little older, honestly, after September 11th, I wore only patriotic themed clothes from Limited Too and Tommy Hilfiger. This was around the time I really started going to concerts and my concert uniform was this great pair of TH jeans that were inappropriate for a 7th grader low cut with the American flag spray painted down one leg and bedazzled with a peace sign. I liked to wear them with a white longsleeved t that said THTHTHTHTH all over it in red, white, and blue sparkles. I was stylin‘. I’m sure Aaron Carter, Jump 5, and Dream Street appreciated my fashion sense every time I finagled my way on or backstage.

I adore that fun denim is making a comeback. I think the most fun thing about fashion right now is it’s kind of anything goes. We can all admit the the 90s/ 2000s were not the best places on the fashion timeline, but crazy pieces that we remember with disdain are coming back retooled and restyled to fit better and look more chic,  although it is a little crazy to me that the same look I got from Limited Too is going for upwards of $300.

Between patches, frays, flairs, and overalls- I can’t decide what my favorite flashback style is! I might just need to try them all. Heaven knows that my short frame combined with my booty makes denim difficult, so likely they won’t all work for me. One of my best friends has been telling me for years that overalls aren’t flattering on anyone, but I’m going to politely disagree until I can try on a pair for myself. I’m also making myself a new patch jacket since the one I’d had for.ev.er. literally disintegrated on me last spring. Can’t wait to debut it!

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1.Velvet Heart Toni Cotton Patched Trucker Jacket||2.Afternoon Denim Jacket||3.NY Collection Cotton Patched Denim Jacket

4.Ripped Blue Denim Overalls||5.Blank NYC – Denim Short Overalls||6.Denim Overalls With Inside Bandana Print

7.Women’s Topshop Denim Pinafore Dress||8.Women’s Mavi Jeans Supersoft Denim Dress

9.WILLIAM RAST Patch Big Spring Wash Straight-Leg Jeans||10.Blue Distressed Ripped Embroidered Patch Jeans||11.The Billie High-Rise Cotton Patched Rolled Boyfriend Jean

12.Women’s Sun & Shadow Fringe Cuff Crop Jeans||13.Juniors Denim Skirt With Patches||14.Blank Denim App Happy Straight Jeans

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When you’re planning a wedding, it’s often essential to try and find a balance between scrimping and splurging. There are certain things you’re probably not bothered about spending a fortune on, but you won’t want to compromise on others. Budgeting is all about identifying priorities and planning a day that is perfect for your taste, style, and budget.

Guipere Lace Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dress with corset

When not to scrimp

There are certain things every bride has on her list that take preference over others. When you’re planning your budget, make sure you have enough money available for the perfect dress and a fantastic photographer.

The dress

You may think that it seems absurd to spend thousands of dollars on a dress you’re going to wear for approximately 12 hours. However, this is your wedding day, and the only time in your life you’ll get to wear a dress as important and symbolic as this gown. Set a budget for your dress, and try and be flexible. If you find the dress of your dreams and it’s a couple of hundred dollars over the budget, don’t say no. There are bound to be other areas you can make small savings. Of course, for many brides, money is an issue, so don’t go into a salon and start pulling dresses that are far too expensive off the rails. Tell the assistant the figure you’d like to stick to, and then you can make sure that you’re trying gowns that you can afford.

The photographer

Blurry phone shots won’t suffice on the most important day of your life, so set a realistic budget for an experienced photographer. There’s no other day in your life where photographs will bear such significance. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on on your wedding day when you’re caught up in the moment, and you have guests to greet and cakes to cut. Photographs are a way of commemorating and celebrating the day long after you’ve retired to bed on your wedding day.

When not to splurge

Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’re bound to find yourself in a situation where you have to add and subtract funds from certain items on your list. If you’re looking to save money, here are some cost-cutting tips to bear in mind.

Dressing your bridal party

If you have a large bridal party, costs can soar. You want your bridesmaids to look incredible, but you also don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on dresses they’ll probably wear once. Try and avoid buying dresses from bridal salons, and opt for formal dresses from normal high street stores or online retailers. When you put the prefix ‘bridesmaid’ in front of a dress, it will boost the cost significantly.

Choosing the date

Unless you’re desperate to get married on a Saturday in the summer, being flexible with the date can save you a huge amount of money. If you’re all about having the day of your dreams without making too many sacrifices to bring it in on budget, consider getting married in the spring or fall and choosing a weekday or a Sunday.

Budgeting is one of the most stressful aspects of planning a wedding. When you’re drawing up plans, think about your priorities, and don’t scrimp on them. If you need to make savings, always take them from areas that come low down on the list. This way, you’ll get everything you want without breaking the bank.

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If you saw my TGIF post yesterday, you saw that I gave up shopping for Lent. This is actually kind of a big deal for me because Lent happens to fall around my birthday, and I’m a big fan of the treat yo’self mentality- especially while being the March Birthday Princess. But I’m sticking to it- the point of Lent is NAHT to do something easy, but to sacrifice something (or add something- volunteer, daily devotions, go to church more) in order to get closer to Jesus. I also truly do not need a thing.

This also makes for fun online window shopping though- no pressure because I can’t buy anything anyway. Enter the Shopbop stock up sale. Now, I have to agree with Rox that stock up sales aren’t usually my jam. To me, a stock up sale is when Loft is 60% off everything and a I buy a bunch of staples. I usually hit the point of free shipping then stop- half the stuff goes back anyway because I generally find that my body is hard to put clothes on, but I digress.

Even though I’m not super crazy about the idea of spending more to save more, Shopbop is on point for spring. My wallet would take a hit for sure. I do like that it includes full + sale price items. Today is the last day of the sale, so if you are looking to stock up, 15% off of $200 of spring looks isn’t such a bad deal, and tbh you can probably hit that with just one or two items.the carolove shopbop sale

1.Viva Aviva French Cuff Ballerina Top||2.Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress||3.Citizens of Humanity Audrey Slim Cropped Overalls

4.Loeffler Randall Clo Tassel Mules||5.Steven Razzi Velvet Mules||6.Melissa Aranha Shoes

7.endless rose Ruffle Shirt||8.Father’s Daughter Molly Dress

9.Serpui Marie Schnauzer Clutch||10.Clare V. Supreme Patchwork V Flat Clutch||11.LeSportsac Rectangular Cosmetic Case

12.Gift Boutique Assorted Set of 4 Champagne Flutes||13.Venessa Arizaga Queen Bee Bracelet||14.Gift Boutique Gigantic Pizza Beach Blanket

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