Silk Wrap Blouse + Velvet Culottes

Fashion Rule: If you’re 5’4″ and under, NEVER wear Culottes, A-line Skirts or anything that stops right above your ankles.  Rules are meant to be broken.

There’s this huge misconception in the fashion world that people under 5’4″ should avoid clothing that stops at our ankles because it will make us look short or as if the “outfit is wearing us.” While, this is true. If done right, you CAN wear such pieces if you’re 5’4″ and under; you just need to know how to do it. I’m no expert, believe me. However, speaking as someone that happens to be 5’4″, I know all too well about what works and what doesn’t. Whenever I do wear pieces that sit just above my ankles, I usually do the following:

  1. I make sure the skirt/pants sit right above my waist and tuck the blouse in.
  2. Since I’m small chested, I can get away with blouses that have ruffles etc. but I make sure that the design doesn’t swallow my waist as this is the area that I want to accentuate.  However, I usually stick to a top that’s fitted and that I can easily tuck in.
  3. I usually wear pumps/stilettos and avoid shoes that wrap around my ankles. I never wear boots because it really does shrink me. However, I have seen short women pull this off effortlessly; it just doesn’t work for me.
  4. Avoid things that will make me look frumpy and shorter than what I really am.

However, I will say this: YOU have to know your body – what works and what doesn’t. In the end, wear whatever the hell makes you happy! 

“Fashion is about dressing according to what is fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” – Oscar De La Renta


Outfit Details

Now that we’re done breaking rules, let’s talk about today’s outfit. That top was actually a steal because I bought it at Goodwill for $3.49 BRAND NEW WITH TAGS. (My gut feeling tells me that this was purchased from The Limited’s liquidation sale from last year and since items were final sale and you could not return them, the buyer donated it to Goodwill. Why do I think that? There were a ton of The Limited items at Goodwill that day, lol.) Anyway, back to the outfit.  Originally when I purchased it, I thought I was going to wear it with jeans but when I saw my velvet culottes, mind changed. I love playing with different textures and patterns and mixing these two together really made the outfit stand out. This top is the perfect cocktail dress replacement. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort because you can still be a standout with this piece.

I’m a huge fan of navy and black combination and this was the perfect outfit to mix those two colors with. I accessorized with a black and pink clutch; I just loved the pop of color. The shoes were another steal: $1.39 at the Goodwill Outlet O_O BRAND NEW! These were the perfect evening shoes for the perfect evening and I didn’t have to sacrifice comfort.


 

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The Gap Velvet Culottes, similar here STEAL!

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The Limited Blouse, similar here steal!

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JR Kitten Heels, similar here and similar evening clutch here

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The Limited Blouse, similar here SPLURGE

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SPARKLES + EMBELLISHED TOP

This is one of those “love at first sight” moments. I found this top at the thrift store last fall and I am now coming around to posting about it. The beading, the structure and the detailing of the top is reminiscent to Balmain (to me anyway). This is definitely one of those show stopping and outfit popping pieces. The “skirt” or bottom piece that paired this top with is actually a dress with a chiffon top piece. Since the top of the dress is “layer-able” I decided to wear the top with the dress. Next time though, I think I am going to rock this top with jeans and a bra underneath.

This entire outfit was purchased at a thrift store, so needless to say, this is one of those Cheap + Chic closet moments of mine.

Thrifted Details:

  • Top: $3.00
  • Dress (“leather skirt”): $4.50
  • Shoes: $20.00

Total: $27.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: Vintage

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Shoes: Dolce Vita

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Dress or “Skirt”: Zara

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FRINGE VEST + BELL BOTTOMS = THAT’S SO 70’S

Today I am bringing back the 70’s. The seventies have been all the rave this season and I must say I am happy it is because I L-O-V-E bellbottoms. I am bell swinging, fringe rocking and curl waving myself around town with this fabulous look. This entire look was purchased at my local Goodwill for $28 and I must say, there is nothing cheap-looking about my outfit.

Thrifted Details:

  • Top: $3.00
  • Jeans: $2.50
  • Shoes: $20.00
  • Vest: $2.00
  • Total: $27.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: JCrew

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Jeans: Gap

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Purse: Coach // Shoes: Steve Madden

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Fringe Vest: J&A Leathers

THIS IS FALL IN MIAMI

Fall in Miami, means Spring. It rains a lot. I can’t wear the boots or coats or scarves because it is still hot and humid. This is my version of fall. Darker coolers but with cooler articles of clothing.

This outfit is one of my favorite so far because I only paid,drum roll please….. $18.00 for this ENTIRE outfit! I bought this entire outfit at my local thrift store (Goodwill) and boy was it good to me. The shoes and clutch were brand new. The dress looks brand new but for the cost, it was certainly well worth the money I paid.

Outfit Total: $18.00

  • Dress: $2.50
  • Shoes: $10.00
  • Clutch: $6.00

Happy Fashion,

Karla

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Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA

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SHOES: DOLLHOUSE

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BAG: ORANGE CARAMEL

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CUTE AS A BOW

This has got to be the perfect summer top. It’s a wrap around top that when around around my waist, it creates the cutest bow on the back. It’s also cotton, gingham, and it reminds me of romantic picnics. I bought this top at a thrift store (Goodwill) a fews months back and it was only $3.00. Talk about money well spent.

Happy Fashion,

Karla

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Top: DKNY

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Skirt: American Apparel 

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Shoes: Shoedazzle

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Clutch: Gap

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Cute as a Bow

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Linen – Summer’s Best Friend #OOTD

Summers favorite fabric?! Linen of course!

I have a special kind of love for linen because it can make you feel naked and cool even in the most treacherous weather conditions. This is a lovely linen dress I scored at  Goodwill for like $3.00 (totally winning) and it is completely vintage but oh-so cool ( in every meaning of the word).

I actually “styled” my hair – more like twist it to the side and called it an up-do –  but to my defense it actually does look style. I wanted to wear my leopard heels with this so bad because I just love leopard and burgundy. I added burgundy lips to match and of course my super sleek sunglasses to match.

Hope ya’ll digs.

Outfit Total ( shoes not included) : $6.00

  • Dress: $3.00
  • Clutch: $3.00
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Dress, purchased at Goodwill

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Details, belt included with the dress

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Shoes: Steve Madden // Clutch: Rodo  – purchased at Goodwill

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

Bonnaroo Outfits

Hey there loves!

Following with my Bonnaroo recap post, here are the outfits I wore all 4 days; although, I should say 3 because I was unable to capture a photo of my last outfit. Oh well, here they are! I wasn’t able to get detailed pictures of all the outfits since I was too busy partying.

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

D A Y # 1

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Purchased the dress a few years ago – brand, Tramp.

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My older sister and I

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Fringe vest, purchased at Goodwill.

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Arm Candy

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Hat & Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

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Shoes: Vince Camuto

D A Y # 2

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Top: Charlotte Russe

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Shorts: BDG // Urban Outfitters

D A Y # 3

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Shirt: Purchased on Ebay // Skirt: Urban Outfitters

 D A Y #4

As mentioned before, I did wear actual clothing this day but I did not get a chance to take photos of that outfit. However, here’s a photo of my bathing suit.

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Top: Purchased at Marshalls // Bottom: American Apparel // Shoes: Teva // Floral Headband: Festy Besty

Mini Skirts

The days of short shorts, tank tops and mini skirts is fast approaching. Since it has been pretty hot in my area, I have already been sporting plenty or shorts and mini’s. I bought this mini skirt at a thrift store last year and I have worn it a few times. I like the fact that this skirt is linen(ish) so it is the perfect skirt for summer. I hope I can wear it at least one last time since the skirt is starting to fit me large at the waist.

Outfit Details

The shirt that I wore with this skirt is chiffon like/sheer like material so it was the perfect shirt for this skirt. I added the shoes for color contrast and a black clutch just to keep it simple. The one thing I love about this outfit? The skirt, shirt and clutch were both lucky Goodwill finds :).

Outfit Total (Thrifted items): $10.50

  • Skirt: $2.50
  • Shirt: $3.00
  • Clutch: $5.00

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Top: Unbranded

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Bag: Bally // Shoes: Candies

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Skirt: Forever 21

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Sweet Pastels + Metallics #ootd

Pastels must be the long word for pastries! ( no, its not, but it should). Being a spring baby I can’t help but love pastels. The sweetness of the colors is as tasteful as cupcakes, and like cupcakes, should be worn sparingly. I only say this because lets be honest, as pretty as the colors are ( like white) they get dirty easily and are normally associated with spring. Although, this “rule” this fall season, when pastels were seen all over the runway.

Outfit Details

I revolved this outfit around my pants – I really like how flattering they are. I knew I wanted to do pastels, so I paired it with these very pretty blue shirt and my bedazzled Steve Madden Heels. The outcome? I nice mixture of pastels and metallics.  Hope you all like!

Happy Fashion,

Karla

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Trousers: Forever 21 

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Shoes: Steve Madden

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T H R E E M I X – GINGHAM PANTS

These pants are definitely a big hit in my closet. I love how completely flattering they are on my shape and comfortable they are. Which is probably why I have wore these three times but I remixed every piece. My favorite of the three is the long sleeve polka-dot look. There is something so chic and vintage-y about this particular look. Happy Fashion, Karla. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC