Today's Everyday Fashion: Military Ruffles

 
Blue ruffle top, military skirt
Blue ruffle top, military skirt
Blue ruffle top, military skirt, cognac purse
Blue ruffle top, military skirt
 
 
Inspiration: SHopbop

Inspiration: SHopbop

 

Today's post is the perfect example of why I use inspiration photos to come up with outfit ideas! This is just not a concept I would've come up with on my own. I had this blue ruffle shirt in a different style category in my head, but it turns out that getting outside that safe zone is where the magic really happens. (This is my 4th look with this top and quite possibly my favorite so far!) The feminine ruffle paired with more masculine cargo pockets creates a great balance, and I'm really digging the color combo. Have you ever re-created an outfit you liked from Pinterest or a catalog? 

Top: H&M, $34 (similar below)
Skirt: LOFT, $14 (similar below)
Belt: Limited, $15 (similar below)
Shoes: Dolce Vita, $50 (same, similar, similar)
Purse: My Stella & Dot
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Sunglasses: Jessica Simpson c/o Ross, $10 (similar, similar)
Bracelets and rings: My Stella & Dot One, Two, Three
Approx. dates: Shoes are 3 years ago. Skirt, belt and purse are 1 year ago. Top is a few months ago. 

Blue ruffle tops + military skirts

Shopbop  /  Gap  /  LOFT  /  Bloomingdale's
Old Navy  /  Target  /  Brooks Brothers  /  Macy's
Brooks Brothers  /  H&M  /  H&M  /  LOFT

Today's Everyday Fashion: Mannequin Inspired

 
Stripe top, cobalt jewelry, white shorts, denim jacket
Sneakers outfit: stripe top, cobalt jewelry, white shorts, denim jacket
Stripe top, cobalt jewelry, white shorts, denim jacket
Sneakers outfit: stripe top, cobalt jewelry, white shorts, denim jacket
Sneakers outfit: stripe top, cobalt jewelry, white shorts, denim jacket
 
 
Inspiration: J.Crew Factory  TOP  /  NECKLACE

Inspiration: J.Crew Factory  TOP  /  NECKLACE

 

As you're leaving the store you spot it: an adorable outfit on the mannequin! Do you run back and grab the items and take them to the register? Yes! Or you could snap photo and re-create the look with what you already have at home! After thinking about it for a few seconds, I realized that I have similar blue jewelry, and thought I'd try my chances with whatever stripes were in my closet. The end result is so fun, and similar to the mannequin version, that I'm definitely glad I gave it a shot!

Top: Limited, $25 (similar below)
Shorts: Levi's c/o, $27 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Jacket: J.Crew Factory, $51 (similarsimilar
Sneakers: Adidas c/o, $52 (same)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Stein Mart, $149 (samesame)
Earrings: Kendra Scott c/o, $55
Necklace: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Top is 4 years ago. Purse, shorts, necklace and earrings are 1 year ago. Sneakers are recent.

Outfit idea on a budget

Today's Everyday Fashion: Remixing The Old

 
White ruffle button up, Banana Republic stripe pants
White ruffle button up, Banana Republic stripe pants, straw purse
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White ruffle button up, Banana Republic stripe pants
 
 
Inspiration: Whit via Hautelook

Inspiration: Whit via Hautelook

 

I recently spent a rainy afternoon brainstorming new combinations from my closet with things I already own. It turned out to be really fun, and productive! I don't know about you guys but I often feel pressure as a blogger to have head to toe "new" outfits everyday, but it's just not my ideal closet situation. I love that remixing is more sustainable and cheaper (not to mention basically, like, the norm for 99% of people) compared to always shopping new, and I see it as an exciting puzzle figuring out ways things can potentially fit together. The catalog photo was my guide for today's outfit, and it wound up being a mix of two past favorites (here and here). Can't wait to share more results with you over the next 3 days!

Top: H&M, $40 (similar below)
Pants: Banana Republic, $58 (similar below)
Shoes: Saks Fifth Avenue c/o, $70 (similar below)
Hat: Mud Pie c/o, $19 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Sunglasses: Express, $25 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Stella & Dot (similarsimilarsimilarsimilar)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Approx. dates: Pants, top, shoes and purse are 1 year ago. Hat and earrings are recent.

Ruffle white top, stripe pants, black block sandals