Dressing Down

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Sometimes I'll have a piece of clothing that gets stuck in a rut. As in, I'll have a dress that I only wear out at night, or a top that I strictly save for work, even though a little styling could easily make them appropriate for other occasions. This black and white skirt ($5.50), which I purchased from Forever21 a long, long time ago, was a piece I had only ever worn out to drinks and/or dinner, typically paired with the same black chiffon button-up EVERY SINGLE TIME. 

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I decided to switch things up a bit on Sunday, and wear the skirt while running some errands, since with tights, it's actually pretty comfortable. But obviously, a black chiffon top and heels would be a bit much, so I dressed everything down by pairing it with a super-soft long sleeve top, purchased for $1.50 from Underground Thrift Store. I added a simple gold choker from BaubleBar (gifted), and with my black Dorothy Parker boots ($67), the whole look came out to $74.

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The Re-Wear

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I'm a huge fan of re-wearing things. I believe that if you have something you love, you should wear it often, with as many things as you can, until you either get sick of it (and donate it!) or it falls apart. But of course, finding pieces that are versatile enough to wear in different ways and across different seasons is easier said than done. How many times have you splurged on a trendy, tropical-print crop top or like item, only to realize you can wear for just a handful of weekends July through August? I definitely have, ugh. But over the past year, I've started making a conscious effort to get rid of the things I rarely wear, and bring in more practical and versatile pieces that I know I'll get more mileage out of.

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When I first purchased this Aztec-print vest from Forever21 on clearance for $11.99 a while ago, I kinda thought it'd be one of those trendy, one-off items I'd soon forget about. Instead, this vest has become one of my favorite items to layer with, and I've worn it season after season. (I wore the vest in the dead of winter here, and then again in this late summer/early fall look). 

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I pulled it out of the closet again last week, opting to pair it with some tights and thrifted denim cutoffs from Goodwill ($0.85, also worn here) and an old cream button-up (cost unknown). I finished off the look with my Dorothy Perkins boots ($67) and a borrowed vintage hat from blogger buddy Sunita V., who scored it for just $1 at a Housing Works Buy the Bag sale. (I know. I'm mad about it too!!) Head to toe, the whole ensemble came out to under $81.

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Tale Of The $20 Blanket Scarf

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2014 is clearly turning into the year of the blanket/oversized scarf. And I couldn't be happier, because regular-sized scarves just don't cut it, and I've forever been on the hunt for a scarf big and cozy enough to keep NYC's wind tunnel-like cold at bay.

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I'd been eyeing this one from Madewell, but obviously the tag was a little steep for my limited scarf budget. But luckily I stumbled across this similar scarf on Ebay for just $20. Now, Ebay can sometimes be a bit iffy (sometimes photos of items can be deceiving!), but this scarf totally exceeded my expectations--it's super soft, looked exactly as pictured and arrived faster than promised. Score!

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I took my new scarf out for a spin this weekend, pairing it with tights and some J. Crew shorts (a $20 outlet find), plus a gray H&M sweater (also $20). I finished off the look with my Dorothy Perkins ankle boots ($67, also worn here!), and my thrifted navy peacoat ($10). Head to toe, with a pair of $6 sunnies, the whole outfit came out to $143.

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