Tuesday, January 14, 2014

off-duty

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Remember the good old days of when I got to wear jeans every single day? I miss those days.

Getting dressed now a days is a mix of professional clothing for school with study clothing, but I feel this is neglecting a large portion of my closet. I want to put a bit more effort into my non-school outfits, even if it's just to go study at Starbucks and then go on a Target run, like I did when I wore this. It's just as easy as throwing a sweatshirt on, but it's a hell of a lot more fun :)

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Blazer: J. Crew [very similar on sale]
Tee: JC Penneys [similar]
Jeans: Madewell [same style]
Necklace: Ann Taylor Outlet
Shoes: Old Navy [similar]
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In shopping news, I ordered this dress the other night during a late night study break (the best kind of break, amiright?). Gap was having a 30% off promotion, plus I had some reward points saved up, which resulted in this dress costing me $5 out of pocket. The fabric is thicker than I expected, which I really like. I think the top half of the dress is super flattering, but the bottom is oddly puffy on me. After consulting some of you on instagram, I've decided to take it to the tailor to see what she can do - either remove some of the extra fabric or sew some of the pleats down. I'm willing to pay a little more in tailoring in this situation since I didn't pay a lot out of pocket for the dress itself, and because I can see myself wearing this dress a lot. Anyone out there have any similar alteration stories/tips?

48 comments:

  1. Love the stripes on dots action with the hint of red. So classic.

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  2. Well look at you, mixing polka dots and stripes. Love it!

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  3. The red shoes make the look! And I can see why you want to rescue that dress - it is too cute! I hope the tailoring works out.

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  4. Love the dots and stripes together - especially with the red!

    Tiffany
    www.StyleSidebar.com

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  5. Ooh I hope the dress works out, it is too cute! Love your polka dot blazer too!

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  6. That dress is amazing! I may need look into that myself...Maybe check-in with Jean @ extrapetite.com, she gets alterations done all the time for pleated things and other difficult pieces. Sometimes she does them herself.

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    1. It's so funny that you mention that because she did comment on instagram and said she ordered the dress too and is waiting for it to come in to give any tips!

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  7. I'm not usually a fan of pattern mixing but this I really like!

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  8. I just love that dress and the other fabrics that it comes in too. Today you can get it for 40% off!! I read the reviews and other people talk about the puffiness and strange things happening around the behind. I guess I'll pass even though I love it.

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  9. Love this put-together cas outfit - what a great combo on you!

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  10. That dress is so cute when the pleats are all down! Hope it works out for you!

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  11. I've been trying to do the same--looking somewhat polished on days I don't have to be at the hospital. It's working out OK, but sometimes I just have to succumb to the yoga pants.
    That polka dot blazer is crazy cute!

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  12. Fran this outfit is perfection! Now I need a dotted blazer...

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  13. Great classy look! I don't think I've paired this blazer with stripes - thanks for the idea!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlfie.com

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  14. you look great, awesome deal on the dress

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  15. I had a similar situation with a light jeans-dress from Topshop. It was ruffled all the way around the waist. First I thought it looked great, with a little 50's vibe, but when I wore for a whole day I just felt fat. So I took out all the ruffles, except for a few in the front, and now I wear it all the time!
    So even if you can't do it yourself, it's worth the money and effort. I would love to see what it looks like after the alteration!

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    1. That's so good to know, thank you!!! I hope it works out for me - I'll be sure to let you guys know!

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  16. Very sweet style you have , lovely pictures

    www.gloria-agostina.com

    www.facebook.com/GloriaAgostina

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  17. I like the poofy-ness to it!!!! Dresses like that are the cutest!!

    And I agree...these outfits really are so much fun!

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  18. It hit me once when I had a haircut after work instead of on a Saturday. My hairdresser commented how cute my outfit was, and I realized that I should look cute on Saturdays, too! Since then I've put a little more effort in.

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    1. Sometimes all it takes is that little push :)

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  19. Love the blazer! And the pattern mix and pop of fun red.

    And I am so with you - outfits like this are absolutely as easy as jeans & a sweatshirt, but so much better and more fun, especially because they make you FEEL so much better. Being stylish isn't THAT hard, and it's worth it!

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  20. What a cute outfit- the necklace and shoes in red are the perfect addition! And I see what you mean on that dress...sit in it the wrong way and you can have major junk in the trunk! I had a back pleated dress like that and ended up returning it because I wasn't sure how it could be altered...that seems tricky to do!
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  21. I actually think it lays much better in the photo on the right. It is so flattering! I say take it to the tailor. I'm sure that it would be easy to tack down the pleats so it's not so puffy.

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  22. What an adorable outfit! I love the polka dot blazer.... maybe need to look into this blazer :) Also I LOVE the dress, but agree there is too much fabric or something. The picture on the right with the way it lays is beautiful! Hope the tailor can do something for you :)

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  23. Coming from grad school, that look is like DRESSED UP for me! haha, but I love the pattern mixing with the pop of color. Looking GOOD girlie! And yes, that striped dress is worth a little extra to make it perfect… thank goodness for tailors.
    xx
    Here&Now
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  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE. A whole hell of a lot more fun than a sweatshirt indeed. I hope that dress works out for you!

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  25. I get so lazy about my outfits when I don't have to go to work! I'm going to be home with the kids for the next couple days, and I'm already excited about being in pajamas. I might have to force myself to put some semblance of an outfit on so I don't feel like a bum.

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  26. Happy New Year! You look great and I think Med School agrees with you.
    Have a wonderful semester and hope to pop by again soon.

    PS Love the dress!

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  27. Right now jeans are on repeat so much that I think my coworkers think I am on some type of a break with real-life clothes.

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  28. I actually like that dress as is! But maybe because I love puffy princess dresses :P

    And wow the stripes and polkadots together look so nice!

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  29. I have this blazer! I got it at J Crew in early December for 50% off the markdown price. I think that someone had returned it and it just happened to be in my size. I absolutely love it!

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  30. YAY for stripes and polka dots being back!! This is the Fran I know and love :-) And the dress is awesome, I hope the tailor can help you out. PS...any tips on how to find a good tailor?! I need one badly!!

    -AJ

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  31. Had no idea that stripes and polka would look good together but i totally dig it!

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  32. I actually really like this level of puffy & think it's particularly & oddly flattering. Also, I LOVE your polka dot & stripe mixing in the top outfit. It somehow feels very subtle, not alarming or in-your-face. Well done!

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  33. So so so obsessed with stripes. Definitely get a little tailoring though!

    Hope you had a good time 'off-duty'... We certainly have been!

    www.sydneysliced.blogspot.com.au

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  34. I bought a similar striped dress from Banana recently on clearance that is super cute on top and extra strangely poofy on bottom. I've had it hanging in my closet for two weeks now, but every time I try it on something bugs me about it. It was such a good deal and has such potential that I've been thinking about a trip to the tailor, too. Good call on sewing some of the pleats down. I'm excited to see how your dress comes out.

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  35. First of all, those jeans look amazing on you. Seriously. Second of all, I LOVE that dress! It is totally flattering on you, and I can just imagine all the ways that you will wear it, both for school and for casual occasions. And what a steal you got on it, too! :)

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  36. Okay I need this dress. But then I will also need to take care of the puff issue. Let me know if anything works!

    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  37. What points are you using towards gap purchases?

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    1. I have a Gap credit card that I used to pay for my school applications and moving costs, and paying that off results in reward points that I can use to make purchases from any of the Gap brands.

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  38. I'm glad to see the dress on someone else. I think it's so cute. Hope you get it altered to your satisfaction. FWIW, it looks great in the pic on the right.

    Love the stripes/dots combo :)

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  39. Love those jeans, but they are very pricey! were those one of your purchases made before you started your monthly budget? i'm looking for flattering dark denim ankle jeans that aren't going to break the bank- any suggestions?

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    1. I actually got really lucky, and found these on the sales rack - they ended up only costing me $30! I have no idea how they landed there, as they were the only pair in this style - I just got lucky that they were my size! While I really like them, I can't see myself paying full price for them (maybe during a site wide sale though!).

      I would either watch for sales from Madewell (they have them quite a bit, especially around holidays), but I also have jeans from Gap and American Eagle (of all places) that have similar styles that are cheaper and have lasted me just as long.

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