Summer Dresses Under $100

Everyone knows I love a good deal.  I’m talking any sort of discount whatsoever… $1 off, throw in a free gift, some sort of upgrade… it makes me giddy inside.  There’s a constant battle of splurging vs. saving in my head and I probably think about my purchases (both past and future) every 5 minutes.  I knew I had it bad when I once saw a sign while passing Old Navy at age 13 for .34 cent shirts.  I swear to you I remember nothing – like a total black out.  I came to, hours later, in my closet sifting through about 15 of the same exact shirt in every color they had.  I mean, I cleared out the racks.  Upside?  I still only spent about $6.  Low?  The shirt was horrible… like, really, really ugly.

There’s something about a deal that condones the purchase.  It’s a trap.  But, I’ve realized at the time it was so I’d have something to back up my argument when my Dad would get my Visa Buxx card statement (a pre-set limit debit card made for teenagers to teach them how to manage money which I BEGGED my parents for).  Being able to say, “YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.  This was a once and a lifetime opportunity!  It would have been stupid NOT to have bought it!!” was just so much easier than flat out breaking the ‘no more clothes’ rule.  It got so bad that I used to buy things, hide the bags at my friends houses and then smuggle them into my house days later when my parents weren’t home… but that’s another story for another day.

In all reality, I’m still using the sale signs as a crutch for my chronic buyer’s remorse and the proof is that I wanted a really expensive pair of jeans last year so I flagged the website to let me know if any discounts/savings were happening.  A week later I got an email from them saying, “Free Shipping Until Midnight”.  Deal was done.  I saved $5.  Problem.

Summer Dresses Under $100 (Better Than The Alternative!):

           

Motel Rosie Dress $63

              

ASOS Midi Slip Dress in Floral Print $40.60

                         

Funktional Tunnel Midi Dress $98

                      

DV by Dolce Vita Cullen Shirt Dress $68

                        

Zara Linear Dress $79.90

                          

Joie A La Plage Mayan Printed Collie Dress $98

                          

Velvet Keenan Dress $68.60

                   

MM Couture by Miss Me Printed Strapless Dress with Tie Waist $94

          

Sam & Lavi Dextra Shift Dress $98

                  

MINKPINK Wishful Thinking Sundress $83

              

Zara Lace Print Dress $89.90

               

ASOS Skater Dress in Heart Print $24.86

              

Backstage Nikki Dress $70

           

Zara Silk Tunic with Lace at the Sides $89.90

            

River Island Chelsea Girl Spot Lace Dress $41.43

          

Indah Yang Cold Shoulder Tunic $54

       

Hive & Honey Floral Blousant Dress $39.99

            

C&C California Smock Tank Dress $98

          

ASOS Animal Print Swing Dress $46.40

       

Forever 21 Sheer Floral Dress $17.80

             

ASOS Bandeau Dress with Strawberry Print $40.60

                  

TopShop Fluro Dip Hem Dress $96

               

Michael Stars Belted V Neck Cami Dress $59.99

           

Forever 21 Vibrant Tribal Dress $19.80

                        

River Island Denim Shirt Dress $49.71

                 

Zara Printed Dress $79.90

                    

Asos Knitted Shift Dress $52.20

                         

TopShop Crochet Shirtdress $80

              

Forever 21 Dotted Peter Pan Dress $19.80

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Top It Off

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was –  If I’m going to buy something, make it totally different than anything I have in my closet.  It’s so easy to know you look good in something and continually buy similar styles.  Then, you become bored with wearing the same thing everyday and although your bank statement proves otherwise, you feel like you have nothing to wear.

I’ve been watching a lot of VH1’s House of ConsignmentCorri McFadden, the owner and founder of eDrop-Off (luxury consignment business) makes a really good point when she tells her clients to never buy something in two or more colors.  Although I have certainly broken this rule and still think for layering basics like T’s and tanks it’s ok, she makes a good point.  You want to create versatility in your wardrobe and bring in things that will completely shake up your outfits.

Next time you try something on or are ready to go to the register, think about whether you have a similar style in shape or color before you buy.  Instead, bring in something new that will allow you to accomplish more looks.  Maximize what you have!  People will notice.

Because I have so many jeans and wear them all the time, I like to buy tops as an easy way to get different looks.

Here are tops in colors and prints that would really shake up what I already own…

Sleeveless Tops:

MINKPINK Faux Suede Tank $68, BB Dakota Leopard Printed Tank $70, Equipment Sleeveless Blouse $178

ZARA Linen Leopard Print T-Shirt $29.90, ZARA Lace Flower T-Shirt $35.90, Rebecca Taylor Floral Top $225

Short Sleeved Tops:

Madewell Bright Striped Tee $40, ZARA Garment Dyed T-shirt $35.90, Madewell Stripeblock Tee $48

Raoul Short Sleeve Tie Neck Blouse $200, Rebecca Taylor Macrame Blouse $295, Forever 21 Neon Mickey Mouse Tee $15.80

Long Sleeved Tops:

C&C California Checkered Button Down $118, ZARA Long Sleeve Printed Blouse $59.90, ZARA Silk Long Sleeve Shirt $79.90

Maison Scotch Woven Shirt $99, Amanda Uprichard Silk Shirt $65.97, Diane von Furstenberg Francesca Top $285

Sweaters:

Wildfox Bicoastal Sweatshirt $108 (Pic shows front/back), ZARA Open Knit Sweater $79.90, ZARA Open Back Sweater $59.90

Vince Lightweight Sweater $145, J Crew Cashmere Colorblock Sweater $268, Rebecca Taylor Sweater $350

*all photos taken from websites they are linked to

What to Wear When Nothing Else is Working

Living in California, I’m lucky to experience great weather throughout the year, but because I live by the beach, the ocean breeze usually causes a bit of a chill.  There have been many mornings where I wake up freezing and find myself elsewhere in Los Angeles, hours later, completely regretting my long sleeved wardrobe choices.  I’m also out for the whole day a lot and when the sun sets, the temperature drops significantly.

My solution to this is very commonly one of my favorite staples in my closet – maxi dresses.  They are pretty effortless when you find the right shapes and easily layered with jewelry, a jean jacket or a sweater.  You can also throw a tunic or crop top over a basic maxi to get a different look.  It’s a great way to look put together while on the go and a safe bet for a variety of occasions due to their combination of style and comfort.  I’m tall, so length is not usually a problem for me, but if you find them too long, know that many knit styles can be cut to your desired length or you can obviously consult with a tailor.

A while ago, I purchased a dress from Michelle Jonas (great travel/beach collection).  Never in my life have I had something that makes me feel good every time I wear it.   The best part about this dress is that it is incredibly flattering to almost anyone’s body.  I’m serious.  I call it the Sisterhood of the Traveling Dress because any of my friends can borrow it and look fantastic.  The straps are adjustable and can be tied tight, making it more supportive than you’d think.  It’s called the Keyhole Dress $235 (I got it in black, but you can get a variety of colors and tie dye options).  You should definitely own this.

  

Other Maxi Dresses I’d love for Spring/Summer:

Monrow T Back Racer Dress from Shopbop $76 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Printed Silk Maxi Dress from Asos $572.64

Volcom Printed Dress from Bloomingdales $59.50 photo taken from website

Sunahara Red Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $150 photo taken from website

Blu Moon Rose Maxi Dress from The Trend Boutique $209 photo taken from website

Pencey Standard Tee Dress from Piperlime $110 photo taken from website

A.L.C. Printed Maxi Dress from Les Nouvelles $795 photo taken from website

C & C California Colorblock Dress from Shopbop $98 photo taken from website

Oonagh by Nanette Lepore Dress from Bloomingdales $348 photo taken from website

Eternal Sunshine Creation Aztec Dress from Planet Blue $264 photo taken from website

Wildfox Indian Brave Dress from The Trend Boutique $149.99 photo taken from website

C&C California Multi-Stripe Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Madison Marcus Button Down Dress from Shopbop $258 photo taken from website

Blu Moon U Back Leopard Dress from The Trend Boutique $199 photo taken from website

   

Free People Sweet Caroline Maxi Dress from Piperlime $98 photo taken from website

Diane von Furstenberg Naira Dress from Shopbop $598 photo taken from website

Winter Kate Floral Dress from The Trend Boutique $239 photo taken from website

Velvet by Graham & Spencer Racerback Maxi Dress from Bloomingdales $108 photo taken from website

Sass & Bide Hi-Low Dress from Shopbop $450 photo taken from website

Backstage Short Sleeve Maxi Dress from Planet Blue $132 photo taken from website

Blue Life Hipster Dress from The Trend Boutique $120 photo taken from website

  

For Love & Lemons Bewitched Dress from The Trend Boutique $169 photo taken from website