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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Lightweight Sweaters

Living by the beach is great.  There’s nothing like being able to ride your bike to meet friends along the boardwalk on a hot Summer day, which more times than not turns into an all day/evening adventure.  I’ve learned to always be prepared for the breeze that takes over once the Sun goes down by being sure to never leave the house without a lightweight sweater that’s easy to layer over a swimsuit, printed shorts and a basic tank (my Summer uniform).

Lightweight Sweaters For Summer Layering:

Soft Joie Nia Mesh Sweater $118

Full Tilt Pullover Sweater $14.97

Forever 21 Hooded Open Knit Sweater $17.80

Topshop Knitted Tie Dye Sweater $68

Free People Neon Deatils Hoodie $98

BCBGeneration Boxy Crochet Sweater $54

BB Dakota Jenina Marled Acrylic Sweater $27

Vintage Havana Anchor Sweater $62

Forever 21 Burnout French Terry Pullover $17.80

Betsey Johnson Boxy Stripe Lightweight Sweater $88

Rebel Yell Have A Nice Day BF Pullover $90

Calypso St. Barth Priscilla Hand Stitch Sweater $395

Forever 21 Electric Southwest Pullover $19.80

Lulu’s Trapeze-y Going Striped Sweater Top $37

Insight Light Trouble Knit $82

Topin Hamptons Sweater $64

Ami Dans La Rue Double V Sweater $125

Forever 21 Relaxed Striped Sweater $14.50

Madewell Stripecast Pullover $72

Free People Laguna Coast Pullover $88

Lulu’s Instru-mint-al Beats Mint Sweater $49

J. Crew Chunky Cable Sweater $158

MINKPINK Domino Effect Sweater $69.99

Jen’s Pirate Booty Braided Beach Hoodie $168

Zara Loose-Fit Open-Work Jumper $79.90

BCBG Adalyn Slashed-Back Sweater $168

Zara Jumper with Front Cable Ribbon $49.90

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

Trends for Every Body

So much of pulling off a trend (or any article of clothing for that matter) is being real about your proportions.  How something fits or drapes on your body is the main factor in how it will appear.  Because clothes aren’t custom made for you, don’t be too discouraged if you’re having trouble fitting into one particular size – and don’t assume just because you are a certain size in one brand, you are the same in all others.

I still believe that any (ok I guess most) looks can be achieved by everyone, but you might have to get creative and adapt the season’s trends to your body.  For instance, if you are loving the nautical bold stripes that are still everywhere, but are concerned about them not be flattering, implement the idea into your beauty regime and paint a bold stripe on your nails or maybe integrate it into an accessory.

Tailoring can be your best friend here.  But, you can also make smart purchases that are geared towards maximizing your assets.  Knowing how to create illusions with your clothing will greatly benefit how you look.  Adapting any trend to your body is universally the same regardless of what piece you are trying to pull off.  Rules are made to be broken, but here are some guidelines to keep in mind…

Accomplish…

Do’s

Don’ts

Looking Taller/Thinner -Light weight clothing-Smaller prints-Vertical stripes

-V-neck tops

-Leave jackets open

-Long accessories like necklaces and scarves

-Heels

-POSTURE

-Low rise pants-Big belts-Cropped/Short pants

-Long jackets

-Tuck in your shirt

-Very oversized clothing

-Too many layers

-Finding the right undergarments

Looking Shorter/Curvier -Bold prints-Create lines/Define waistline-Fitted, tailored pieces

-Add layers/accessories to create shape

-Overly tight clothing-Baggy clothing-Find the right undergarments

Below, I broke down some of my favorite trends that are everywhere right now.  Because I can’t go over every shape/size combination (there’s a million of them!), try to combine the above methods to make them work or email me at taylorbraun@mac.com for specific direction on how to make a certain trend work for you.  Remember, this is supposed to be fun, not frustrating!  🙂

Pastels:

ASOS Pastel Pink Dress with Crochet Top $72.72, Brandy Melville Pastel Blue Tank $30, ASOS Pastel Yellow Leggings $29.09

ASOS Pastel Purple Button Up Shirt $45.45, Tibi Mint Green Pleated Skirt $225, 3.1 Phillip Lim Orange Sherbet Dress $624

Bold Prints:

Rebecca Taylor Garden Flower Dress $276.50, Current/Elliott Plaid Jeans $188, Tinley Road Sleeveless Button Down $39

Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Shorts $242, Tucker Backless Silk Romper $217.99, TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Printed Jeans $225

Dip Dye/Ombre/Color Blocking:

Bec & Bridge Ombre Skinny Jeans $197.40, Equipment Color Block Button Down $258, Sass & Bide Dip Dye Striped Skirt $255.50

ASOS Dip Dye Stripe Top $39.99, Diane von Furstenberg Color Block Dress $345, Velvet by Graham & Spencer Color Block Knit/Sheer Top $70.99

Neons:

Naven Petal Skirt $187, Diane von Furstenberg Lime Green Lace Dress $398, Current/Elliott Neon Orange Boyfriend Shorts $152

Forever 21 Crazy Love Neon Tank Top $11.80, Velvet Neon Pink Skirt $58, Rachel Pally Neon Yellow Dress $180

Cut Outs:

LNA Cut Out Dress $88, Forever 21 Cold Shoulder Chambray Shirt $27.80, Jeremy Scott Cut Out Dress/Tunic $134

Brian Lichtenberg Open Back Button Up $297, Mara Hoffman Keyhole Dress $330, Charlotte Russe Open Back Tee $14.99

Blast From The Past:

Free People Striped Short Overalls $148, MINKPINK Crop Tee $40, MiH Marrekesh High Waisted Flares $102.50

Marc by Marc Jacobs High Waisted Flares $228, Charlotte Russe Lace Crochet Crop Top $19.99, Kettle Black Short Overalls $149

*make crop tops modern by wearing over a maxi dress, tank or with a high waisted skirt so you are only showing a little bit of skin

*all photos taken from websites descriptions are linked to