The Shift Dress + Leather Coat

I have a traditional office job where business casual is required. I’m actually happy that this is the case because at my previous job, it was business professional (suits or at least blazers on most days). This is actually the ideal dress code for me because it allows me to play around with clothes that I can wear. Modest for work and a rebel on the weekends. However, it is because of my traditional office job that I have a lot of dresses. As a child, I HATED wearing dress, skirts anything that required showing my legs. As an adult, I can’t get enough of dresses. The dress is THE easiest item of clothing to throw on in the morning when you only have 5 minutes to spare. It’s also the easiest item to transition to from day to night without even trying too much. It’s no secret, I choose dresses over any item of clothing.

Outfit Details 

This is one of those outfits that took me 5 minutes to put together. I love burgundy and animal print together, especially anything leopard pint. I wanted to wear my hair down for this outfit but I wanted that extra “wow” factor so I accessorized with a wool hat. It was the perfect replacement to sunglasses. Weird Fact: My eyes are SUPER sensitive to sunlight so that is why 99% of my outfit posts feature me wearing sunnies. It was a bit cold this day so I wore this beautiful black leather coat and carried on with my black brooks brothers bag.

Dress: Ann Taylor, Goodwill: $5.00 // Bag: Brooks Brothers, thrift store: $5.00 // Hat: Wool, No Brand listed, Goodwill: $2.00 // Leather Coat: The Limited, gifted. // Total thrift: $12.00


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The Limited Leather Coat, similar here

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Ann Taylor Shoulder Shift Dress, similar here 

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Wool Floppy Hat, similar here

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Ann Taylor Shoulder Shift Dress, similar here

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Steve Madden Leopard Ankle Strap Heels, similar here and Brooks Brother Leather Satchel, similar here

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Velvet Leggings + Sequin Tops

In continuance of my “Holiday Mini-Series”, this is look number four. For this look, I am featuring velvet and sequins.

Outfit Details

Velvet is like the champagne of the holiday season; it’s luxurious, elegant, timeless and always expected during the season. I’ve purchased a few velvet pieces here and there and I am currently in search for the perfect pair of velvet trousers. The ones that I’m wearing on this blog post are actually leggings and that is why they look great with this sequins top. I purchased the top at Goodwill and I absolutely love the detailing of the top. I was drawn to this top because it’s very chic and very well made. I like that I can wear this top with pretty much anything; trousers, jeans, skirts etc. I wanted an all-black look so I wore my Steve Madden Stilettos, a black glitter clutch and my faux-fur coat to finish this look.

Top: Vintage, Leo Narducci Ambiance, purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Pants: Hue $5.00 / Shoes: Steve Madden: $35.00 / Faux-Fur Coat: Alfani, purchased at Goodwill: $15.00 / Clutch: Vintage Glitter Clutch, purchased at Goodwill: $2.00 /  Outfit total: $62.00


 

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Leo Narducci Ambiance, similar here

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Alfani Faux-Fur Coat, similar here

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Vintage Glitter Clutch, similar here

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Hue Velvet Leggings, similar here

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Belted Oversized Duster Coat

Is it really fall without houndstooth? I feel like during this season you must wear houndstooth at least once. Once fall arrives we all pull the flannel shirts, plaid plants and wool. However, houndstooth along with tweed are those classic pieces that we old off for those holiday parties and holiday portraits. Personally, I love tweed and houndstooth alike but I love to reserve those prints for more formal or special occasions.

Outfit Details

I sometimes walk into my closet and I know exactly what I am going to wear. But then there are times when I just stand in the middle of my closet with a blank stare. Those are my “stylist block” moments because I know that I have more than enough clothes it’s just that I don’t know WHAT I want to wear. I noticed this pretty little top glimmering in my dark closet at a time when I had “stylist block.” As soon as I pulled it out of the hanger, I knew exactly what I was going to wear it with. Despite the fact that this is a vintage shirt, I love that it is still wearable and the pointed collar pays homage to its age. I wore my faux-leather trim pencil skirt, black stilettos and my current favorite, black oversized duster coat. I am in absolute love with this YEOHLEE duster coat that I purchased at a local thrift store for $5.00 (half off sale!) I sometimes amaze myself at my luck! I finished off my duster coat with an oversized bow belt from H&M that I also purchased at a thrift store. I kept accessories at a minimum by wearing bold red lips, my go to Furla handbag and a pair of pearl earrings.

Top: Vintage Notations Silk Houndstooth Blouse, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Skirt: Jones New York, purchased at Goodwill: $4.00 / Coat: Yeohlee Duster Coat, Purchased at Goodwill: $5.00 / Belt: H&M Bow Belt, purchased at Goodwill: $1.00 / Outfit total: $14.00


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Furla Handbag and Steve Madden Shoes

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H&M Oversized Bow Belt, similar here

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Yeohlee New York Oversized Duster Coat, similar here

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Jones New York Black Faux-trim Pencil Skirt, similar here

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Vintage Notations Silk Blouse, similar here

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Frill Hem Pants + Bubble Sleeve Top

I’m super excited it’s Friday because that means I’ll be home next week and I’m hosting Friendsgiving at my place this Saturday night!

Outfit Details

It’s obvious that I have a major crush on all things frill hem pants (see previous post). I love the movement and flare of these pants! I decided to wear my thrifted Malene Birger blouse, that I purchased for $3.50 at my local thrift store. Yes, I am very proud of this purchase, lol. Since the pants can shrink my small frame, I wore them with my Steve Madden stilettos and my vintage lambskin gold link bag. I added a bold red lip and cat eye sunnies to finish my look.

Pants: BLANKNYC, $20.00 / Top: Malene Birger, Purchased at Value Village: $3.50 / Shoes: Steve Madden, Clearance Sale:$35.00 / Bag: Vintage Lambskin Gold Link, purchased at Value Village: $4.00 / Outfit total: $62.50


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Vintage Black Lambskin Purse, similar here

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Steve Madden Black Stilettos, available here

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Malene Birger Blouse, similar here and here

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BLANKNYC Frill Hem Pants, similar here

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SCALLOPED SKIRT

There is something about this outfit that reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw. I think it might be the coat or perhaps its because I have been watching reruns of Sex And The City. I bought this pretty little skirt at Ann Taylor back in spring and I never got around to it. It’s  a pretty little skirt with the cutest little scallops on the bottom. It reminds me of the Christian Dior 2016 Ready-to-wear collection (here) white scalloped shorts. Of course, my version is much more affordable. Since the skirt fits me right on my waist, I decided to pair with a crop top and this cute spring coat. The shoes were my little pop of (preppy) color.

Thrifted Details:

  • Coat: $5.00
  • Clutch: $2.50

Total: $7.50

Happy Fashion,

Karla.

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Coat: Thrifted

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Shirt: Forever 21

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Clutch: Thrifted

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Shoes: Steve Madden

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Skirt: Ann Taylor