Today's Everyday Fashion: Celeb Style

Inspiration: AKM-GSI via Bazaar

Inspiration: AKM-GSI via Bazaar

Blue, burgundy and mustard outfit idea
Blue, burgundy and mustard outfits

I couldn't wait to re-create Olivia Wilde's outfit. There's a lot going on - the stripes, the belt, the floral skirt, but she pulls it off so well! The print on my top looks a lot like her skit so I started there and then added burgundy and mustard to mimic her overall color palette. Last night I realized I've done this color combo with this top already (no surprise) so I'm showing those past looks, as well. Which version is your favorite? What do you think of Olivia's look?

Top: TJ Maxx, $15
Skirt: Victoria's Secret c/o MJR Sales
Shoes: Bandolino/TJ Maxx, $22
Bag: Emma Fox c/o Ross, $60 (similar)
Approx. dates: Shoes are 4 years ago. Skirt is 3 years ago. Bag and top are 2 years ago.

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Kate Spade/Nordstrom, $238 (sold out - similar skirt)

Pros: Quite possibly the prettiest print I've ever seen.
Cons: Love it for photos but not sure I want to invest in this dress long-term.

Ann Taylor, $45 (sold out - similar, similar)

Pros: Classic silhouette that will never go out of style.
Cons: I may be fidgeting with the collar and buttons during photos.

Elie Tahari dress c/o ShopStyle

Pros: Love the bright colors, and my fiance loves it.
Cons: This one is a lot more trendy than classic.

Note: I won't be wearing sunglasses or a purse in the actual photos.

My tips for engagement photos: 

  • Take a "test photo" of what you plan to wear (just like I'm sharing today). You might be surprised at how different things look in a photo versus real life. Better to find out now than be surprised later.
  • The ultimate rule: wear whatever makes YOU feel fabulous. Don't wear anything you feel uncomfortable in - your feelings towards your outfit will show in the photos!
  • For the most part solid, bright colors and a more fitted silhouette looks best on camera. But only go that route if your outfit passes the two tests above.
  • Nothing is too casual or too fancy. A tuxedo and sequin dress = win. Both barefoot in t-shirts = win. It's totally up to you, and the vibe you are going for.
  • How closely you want to match your fiance is really up to you. More so than matching colors, however, I recommend matching occasion/theme. So if you are going for a country theme, cocktail attire or something really preppy, then make sure your fiance does the same.
  • Don't forget the manicure for the inevitable close-up shot of your engagement ring!
  • Don't feel the need to buy something new. A tried and true classic that you always feel great in just might be the best option out there. 

Today's Everyday Fashion: eBay's Designer Collective

Elie Tahari Holly Dress
Elie Tahari Holly Dress on J's Everyday Fashion
J's Everyday Fashion

Elie Tahari dress c/o ShopStyle

After almost a decade of shopping on a budget, I've learned that sometimes investing in a designer brand really pays off. The quality is impeccable, and you will always get more out of a clothing item that you truly love, versus something you buy just because it's inexpensive. Thanks to eBay's new Designer Collective - you can now shop all your favorite designers in one place. Sort by brand, by occasion, or by sale items. Discover new brands to love, and find 20-70% off savings (that sweet spot of both buying what you really love, and saving money!). Items ship directly from the brands, new in-season items are added daily, and there's always free shipping and guaranteed returns.

There are so many amazing choices within the Designer Collective, but I choose this Elie Tahari dress at 40% off, and I was giddy when it arrived. The color and fabric is even prettier in person, and this is the kind of dress that I can wear absolutely anywhere. It will take me day to night: to a TV appearance, to meetings, to a night out. I added bright accessories today, but a nude shoe and minimal jewelry would work just as well. I put together some more Designer Collective favorites below. Which designer brands are your favorite to shop?

eBay's Designer Collective

Nicole Miller  /  Raoul  /  Elie Tahari  /  Calvin Klein
Nicole Miller / Badgley Mischka / Calvin Klein  / Calvin Klein Nicole Miller
Cynthia Vincent / Cynthia VincentCynthia Vincent / Cynthia Vincent / Elie Tahari

This post is sponsored by ShopStyle and eBay's Designer Collective. All opinions and editorial decisions are my own. Thanks for reading!