Lighten Up

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Hey guys! We finally hit 70 degrees over the weekend, and it had been so long, I'd forgotten what the heat feels like. Obviously, it was GREAT, but it only took one trip on the subway to remind me just how hot and sticky things can get in the city, even on a temperate day like last Saturday. So when things start warming up, I pull out my lightest, most comfortable pieces to stay nice and cool--including this white top c/o Dorothy Perkins (last worn here!).

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I paired the top with another comfy staple--a pair of printed JCrew joggers I scored for free at last year's Ethical Writers' clothing swap. (Get tix for the group's next clothing swap in Brooklyn here!) Finally, I kept the whole thing minimal with a pair of borrowed sunnies from blogger buddy Sunita V., and a pair of white mules, also c/o Dorothy Perkins. (The white pair appear to be sold out, but you can grab identical gray, black and brown versions for just $35. They're super comfy to walk in!) Pretty much the perfect look for what was definitely perfect weather. :) 

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All Navy Everything

Sometimes, instead of going "all black everything," I opt to mix things up with black's cool cousin, navy. I've been working to get more neutrals like navy in my closet, so I was super pumped when I scored these super comfy navy Zara pants for exactly $0 at the Ethical Writers Co.'s clothing swap last year. (As a heads up for all my NY-based thrifters, the group is having ANOTHER swap in Brooklyn next month--you can grab tickets here! This swap is seriously the best one I've ever been to--I highly recommend!)

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I paired the navy pants with a navy-and-white vintage top, which was also $0, from a friend's clothing swap (Seriously people, organize some swaps!!), and kept with the navy theme with a wool hat (also worn here and here), which I got from Amazon for $10.80. I finished off the look with a gifted white bag and some black ankle boots from Dorothy Perkins ($45), bringing the whole head-to-toe look to just under $56.

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The Stripe Type

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Who doesn't love a classic black-and-white striped top? I've had this one from NY&Co in my closet FOREVER (and so have no idea what I paid for it), and it's as crisp and perfect as the day the bought it, making it one of my fave go-to basics.

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It's still that awkward time of spring where the shady side of the street feels like 30 degrees, and the sunny side feels like 70, which makes it tough to dress. So I did my best to stay simultaneously cool AND warm with some strategic layering, opting to wear the striped top (cost unknown) with a black sweater ($0, from a friend's clothing swap) tied around the waist JUST IN CASE.

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Since I was headed out for a waterside stroll in LIC, I also added my vintage camel coat ($20, from the Salvation Army Coat Sale) to keep those river breezes at bay, and then kept things casual with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans ($7, from Unique Thrift Store). I finished off the look with my Dorothy Perkins ankle boots ($45), a pair of $6 street vendor sunnies, and a gifted white bag, bringing the head-to-toe outfit to around $78.

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