Today's Everyday Fashion: High Tea & Hats

Polka dot dress with Derby hat
With my fellow hat judges

With my fellow hat judges

Yesterday I was honored to be a hat judge at High Tea & Hats annual event, benefitting Seniors First! In the first photo I'm showing last year's outfit next to this year's outfit. I had the hardest time finding a Derby-style hat this year for around $30, so I snapped up this black one the minute I spotted it at Saks outlet. From there I tried a bunch of dresses in my closet and landed on this old polka dot dress (polka dots, again!). I just love this event and it's so fun getting dressed up and wearing a hat!

Dress: Express, $60 (similar below)
Hat: Saks Off Fifth, $31
Shoes: Charles David c/o DNA Footwear, $99
Purse: Michael Kors/Macy's, $270 (same)
Necklaces: My Stella & Dot 1, 2
Approx. dates: Dress and purse are 2 years ago. Shoes and hat are recent. 

Polka dot dresses under $100

JCPenney  /  JCPenney  /  Nordstrom  /  JCPenney
Bloomies  /  Shoptiques  /  JCPenney  /  C. Russe
JCPenney  /  Shoptiques  /  Amazon  /  ASOS
 

Today's Everyday Fashion: Second Thoughts

Floral top, lace skirt, yellow purse

Have you ever been excited to buy something, but when you get home you start having second thoughts? That's how I feel about this top. I loved it in the store, but when I tried it in the outfits I was envisioning, I was disappointed. If I don't feel confident that I'll eventually come up with a combo I love, I'll usually return the item. Especially in this case - J.Crew Factory just released new arrivals and I immediately spotted a couple things that I like so much more (below). My inspiration is knocking it out of the park with her floral print/lace skirt combo, but a dark top is hard to tuck into a light skirt like this. Her crop top works but I feel like mine is showing through. I also tried this top with a yellow pencil skirt, neon shorts and an orange skirt. Have you ever bought something and had second thoughts?

Top: J.Crew Factory, $32
Skirt: Conversation Pieces c/o, $36 (similar, similar, longer)
Shoes: Nine West/DSW, $17 (similar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off Fifth, $51 (similar)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Shoes and skirt are 2 years ago. Purse is last season.

J.Crew Factory new arrivals

Top  /  Top  /  Top  /  Top
Tee  /  Sweater  /  Top  /  Top
Shorts  /  Top  /  Jacket  /  Dress
Sunglasses  /  Shorts  /  Hat  /  Cuff

Today's Everyday Fashion: Two Flashbacks

Today I'm flashing it back... all the way to 2012 and 2013! I thought it would be fun to show how I wore these outfits now, and show the original photos from the blog 2-3 years ago. This first one is a neon dress that I wore for a night out last weekend - see how I wore it in 2012 below. My shoes got much more dainty, I lost the belt and oversized watch, and the color of my purse and earrings changed, but still a fairly similar look.

Dress: Kohl's, $27 (similar below)
Shoes: MissGuided c/o (similar)
Purse: Gap, $16 (similar, similar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Dress and purse are 3 years ago. Shoes are 1 year ago.

Next up is a casual look I wore for errands last week. Even though I didn't look up the old photos until after wearing it, the two versions are pretty much identical! I just love this color combo, and it felt like the best kind of short cut when you can just throw on something old and love what you're wearing. What favorite outfits from 2-3 years ago would you wear again in 2015?

Top: Old Navy, $10 (similar, similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Gap, $32 (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Nine West/DSW, $17 (similar)
Purse: Karen Millen, gift (similarsimilar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Cuff: Banana Republic, $10 (similar)
Approx. dates: Cuff is 5 years ago. Top, jeans, purse are 3 years ago. Shoes are 2 years ago.

Original Post - 2012
Original Post - 2013

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