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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Skirting the Issue






Dress - J. Crew (on sale & extra 40% off with code TREAT) | T-shirt - Target (exact; similar) | Shoes - Jack Rogers (exact) | Necklace - c/o Mindy Mae's Market | Purse - Tory Burch (exact sold out.  love this one; similar option) | Watch - Burberry (exactsimilar | Sunnies - Tory Burch



I have been eyeing this J. Crew dress for what seems like an eternity.  From the neon color to the illusion lace neckline, I knew I had to have it.  But with a price tag of $148, I could never bring myself to pull the trigger.  After all, this isn't the kind of dress you can wear every day.  And if we're being honest, I never wear a cocktail dress for more than one occasion – so it’s hard for me to justify spending a lot of money on these kinds of purchases.  But when I saw that this J. Crew dress was on sale with an additional 40% off, I just about died.  I knew I didn’t have an event to wear it to, but since I'm impulsive (and have a shopping problem) I ordered the dress anyway and figured I could rationalize the purchase later. 

Enter rationalization.  Even with the dress on sale, I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money if I was only going to wear it once.  Plus, it’s just too damn cute to only wear once (#amIright?)  So as soon as I got this beauty in the mail I ran to my closet to figure out how I could make it work for everyday wear.  I’m no stranger to wearing dresses as skirts and usually do so by tying up a button down (and I'll definitely do that with this dress soon), but for this look, I went a little more bold and paired the neon yellow lace “skirt” with my neon striped top from the Target kids department.  They are the exact same perfect shade of neon and I couldn’t resist the pairing.  The wide brown belt around the waist serves two purposes.  #1 to help disguise the tucked up shirt and #2 to define the waist.  I'm really happy with how this look turned out and I'm so glad I purchased this dress!

Linking up with: Erin Tara Elle Jacqueline
 
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27 comments:

  1. Amazing! I would have never guessed that was a dress in the second version. I am always rationalizing things, and finding multiple ways to wear one thing always helps. ;) You look amazing.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. Thanks so much girly! I'm glad I'm not the only one who tries to rationalize purchases all the time ;) xoxo

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  2. I love both looks, the neon is so fun for summer!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  3. Very cute, way to make it work for you!!! Love the dressed down look as well!
    -Chelsey
    -http://chelseypatti.blogspot.com

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  4. What a fabulous idea!! And I mean this dress looks killer on you--both ways!! Totally worth every penny :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. Thanks girly! I can't wait to style it different ways and get even more bang for my buck! xoxox

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  5. What a great idea! I especially like the belt tip. It looks great both ways!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  6. This dress is just too cute girl! I love how you restyled it a few ways. Such a pretty color on you.

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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  7. Love all the ways you styled this dress! It looks great each way!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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  8. You're so clever! I have yet to try wearing a dress as a skirt, but you're making me think I should give it a go.

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    1. Definitely give it a go! It's such a great way to get more mileage out of your dresses! Let me know if you try it out!! xoxo

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  9. I love all of the rationalizing going on. I do the same thing! I'm glad you ended up with the dress. It looks amazing on you!

    xo. maggie
    Moda & the Mar

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    1. Thanks Maggie - I'm a pro at rationalizing all of my purchases, haha

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  10. Such a smart idea!! It totally looks like a skirt too! And great pairing with your tee. It's like the two were made for each other :)

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    1. Thanks Lauren!!! They totally were made for each other ;) xoxox

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  11. Gorgeous dress - I couldn't resist either. I also like the t-shirt. The dress looks great both as a dress and as a skirt. Many times, I have worn some of my dresses that very same way. =)

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    1. Thanks Ada!! Isn't wearing dresses as skirts such a fun little trick? It's one of my favorites! xoxo

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  12. Greatest Idea ever...I think I tried this before but it didn't really work out for me..but maybe I will use a bigger belt and thinner top!! Love the brightness of this outfit!

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  13. Neon is always a favorite love both styling and the lace detail so lovely.

    Aloha, Kathleen

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  14. I like the light green skirt,it looks great on you.

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