Three Dots Sweater, Styling Option 2

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Three Dots sweater, Francesca’s skirt (so old), Sam Edelman sandals, Vintage Yigal Azrouel belt

I love this sweater so much I had to share a second way i’ve been styling it. The way it drapes over an already flowy skirt creates additional volume and dimension to the outfit. Paired with neutral sandals and my absolute favorite belt, this tunic has proved its worth again.

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Also, don’t hate us for this warm weather we have been having! San Francisco has been in the 70s and i’m loving it.

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Other waistbelts i’m loving as mine is vintage:

Macy’s Jumpsuit and Layered Tibi Peplum

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Tibi blouse (reviewed here), Macy’s jumpsuit – under $35!, Vintage Gucci belt, Prada sunglasses, Sole Society boots – over 50% off c/o

My mom would LOVE this outfit. After reviewing these pictures I immediately thought of her and had visions of her wearing this exact outfit in the 70’s or 80’s. She is much more of a pants and top lady than one for dresses and the wide leg of these trousers just scream her name.

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When I first reviewed this Tibi top, I had visions of belting it. I wanted to restyle this jumpsuit with a bit more coverage for Winter and love that this blouse looks just as amazing belted as it does free-flowing. I’m having a peplum moment lately and this black on black just kicks it up a notch in style points.

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This picture above? Probably my favorite picture of myself. Yeah, i’m gonna say I look good.

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Also, this picture above reminds me of Rachel Zoe. All that’s missing is a floppy hat and maybe even rounder sunnies.

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Ugh. Gold jewels, Gucci, black on black and a peplum, absolute win. You NEED these pieces in your wardrobe.

Outfit Under $150

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J.Crew Factory shell ($39 + extra 40% off with code SALE40 = $24), Sole Society necklace c/o ($39 + 20% off = around $32), BDG jeans (currently $58, though I purchased on sale for $30), Skechers Boots ($43 on sale) = $129

While I often purchase more expensive pieces in the hopes they last, I can rarely say no to a good bargain. There are quite a few bargain pieces in my wardrobe that have not only become my favorites, but have been worn more than their more expensive counterparts. I wanted to highlight here all of my favorite items in one outfit, proving that great style doesn’t always have to come with a hefty price tag. Minus my sunglasses, this entire outfit comes in well under $150!

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This J.Crew Factory shell has been a closet staple. I wore it on my last birthday and have paired it with cardigans in the Winter and over bathing suits in the Summer. It even made the cut and came with me in my tiny carry-on in China. It comes in a zillion colors and is just a great workhorse of an item. One note: if you’re a larger busted lady, size up.

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These BDG jeans have been worn countless times on this blog. They are the perfect high-rise, sitting just above my belly button and always make me feel so slim and put together. They are skinny enough to be tucked into boots yet wide enough to be folded and pegged with sandals or flats. I’m such a fan of these and often reach for them in place of my designer jeans. An absolute wardrobe must.

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This Sole Society necklace was on my wish list for. ever. So when the team gifted it to me I was so appreciative. It is an inexpensive piece that makes a huge statement with any outfit. The longer length is flattering and narrows the eye inward as an added bonus.

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Finally, my Skechers boots were purchased almost 4 years ago and are still going. I walk to work in them (almost 2 miles!) every single day and adore them for their comfort and easy style.

I hope you enjoyed this budget roundup. Please let me know if this is something you enjoyed! It was such a fun project for me.

Belt and Dress Pairings 101

Dress and Belt Pairings 101

One of the most popular questions I get via email or on social media surrounds belts and dresses. People always ask how I choose the width and type of belt I pair with each style of dress. So I thought I would put together this simple roundup explaining my rationale for the belts I choose to wear with each dress silhouette. Please let me know if you enjoy these roundups as it was definitely fun to look back in time and put it together!

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James Perse Dress (similar) + Target Belt

Sheath/Bodycon: If we are being totally honest, I typically don’t like wearing belts with tighter dresses. In my mind my body has enough curves that simply pairing a statement necklace with a dress like this (to draw the eye upward) would be enough. However, in the event that I do want a bit more definition I always go for a thinner belt so as not to add bulk to the already slimming outfit. Furthermore, I like to tie a not in the belt to add a bit of interest so it doesn’t simply look like one stripe of color across a solid canvas.

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ASOS Dress (similar) + Gap Belt (similar)

Fit and Flare/Skater: This is, hands down, my go-to dress style. It is just so darn flattering on most body types and I love how it drapes over my hips and accentuates my waist. With these styles I typically like to choose a belt with a lot of interest right in the center. The width is of little importance (I would easily pair this dress with this belt), but having a bow or a wide buckle right in the center of the belt draws the eye inward even further.

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Club Monaco Maxi (similar) + Yigal Azrouel vintage belt (cheaper wide belt option)

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses, for me, scream for some definition. A body can easily get lost in all that fabric, especially if the neckline is higher and there is already little definition up top. To combat looking like i’m a big blob I always opt for big, thick belts when wearing a maxi. Regardless of the shape, flare or material, a big thick belt is always my go-to. It cinches the waist and makes you look tiny all around, showing the world that there is in fact a beautiful body hidden beneath!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup. Please let me know what you would like to see next! I love hearing your feedback and suggestions.

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