Weekly Shopping Update

1 Shirt 4 Outfits

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Hundreds of items added to sale; extra 40% off with code TREAT.
Picks: Trench Dress, Scallop Crepe Dress, Paneled Flare Dress, Track Pant in Cove Floral, Eyelet Shirtdress, Gladiator Ballet Flats, Panama Hat with Contrast Ribbon, Grid Dot Underwire Tank, Kami Dress in Seersucker, Tipped Wool Blazer, Puff-sleeve Blazer, Collection Lace Shift Dress, Surf Skirt in Cove Floral, Seersucker Banded Underwire Tank, and Silk Maxidress.
Recently ordered: Puff-Sleeve Blazer in Seersucker, Eaton Boy Short in Cove Floral, Ceramic Jewelry Tray, Oui Mon Cheri Sweatshirt, Sailor-stripe Lace-up Bandeau Top, and Sailor-stripe Lace-up Brief.

Cutout Abstract Maxi Dress

Retailer: Forever 21
Picks: Diamond Print Cami Dress, Twist-Back Chiffon Top, Botanical Printed Blouse, Crepe Woven Wrap Skirt, Striped Knit Top, Charlie Brown Sweatshirt, Lace-Trimmed Cami Romper, Frayed Woven Scarf ($5 now), Collared Heart-Print Sweater, Lace-Trimmed Open-Knit Sweater, and Pleated Crepe Shorts.

Pleated Stripe Dress
Minimalist Surplice Top

Retailer: Brooks Brothers 
Discount: Up to 50% off select items, no code needed.
Picks: Gingham Dress Shirt, Silk Vine Print Blouse, Eyelet A-Line Skirt, Fitted Three-Quarter Sleeve Seersucker Dress Shirt, Seersucker A-Line Skirt, Stripe Polo Shirt, and Fitted Sleeveless Gingham Dress Shirt.

Boucle Shift Dress | Cotton and Silk Floral Dress | Halter Geo Print Dress
Calfskin Large Tote: White | Navy
Carnation Silk Square | Carnation Silk Square

Parrots Oblong | Parrots Oblong

Stretch Cotton Floral A-Line Skirt: Blue / Pink

Retailer: LOFT 
Discount: 50% off sale items, no code needed. Please note that certain items are final sale.
Picks: Chambray Trim Button Down Shirt, Floral Bud Utility Blouse, Autumn Bloom Cotton Cardigan, Fern Print Racerback Cami Dress, Zip Front Field Jacket, Jeweled 3/4 Sleeve Sweater, Underwire Tankini Top, Underwire Bandeau Tankini Top, and Twill Moto Jacket.

Autumn Bloom Pencil Skirt
 Butterfly Print Racerback Cami Dress

Retailer: Club Monaco
Discount: Extra 40% off won sale and clearance styles with code WEEKEND.
Picks: Saskia Skirt, April Soft Scallop Short, Prue Strapless Dress, Selina Double Face Wool Coat, Jami Seersucker Moto Jacket, Nolicia Striped Moto Jacket, Sylvie Collarless Coat, and Amber Scallop Dot Short.

Myra Dress
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Retailer: ASOS
Discount: Up to 70% off in the summer. 10% off everything with code HOT10.
Picks: Closet Tie Front Dress, French Connection Lara Stretch Jacket, Closet Stripe Skater Dress, French Connection Glitter Bug Fitted Dress, and Closet Pencil Dress with Faux Pockets.

Shift Dress with Big Pockets

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Picks: Trench Dress, Faux Leather Sleeve Dress, Crepe Flounce Skirt, Billie Cutout Leather Peeptoe Shooties, Edgy Trench, Amaya Exotic Embossed Leather Peeptoe Shooties, Pebbled Signature Tote, Faux Leather Trim Trench Skirt, Faux Leather Paneled Skirt, Modern Classic Sculpted Cuff, and Faux Leather Trim Trench Jacket.

Happy shopping!

Weekly Shopping Update

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Retailer: Tory Burch
Discount: Up to 30% off with code SUMMER14.
Picks: Debra Skirt, Lexi Skirt, Trixy Dress, Elisa Jacket, Henrietta Skirt, Kaylin Dress, Kinsley Dress, Eloisa Jacket, Lina Dress, Miriam Skirt, Marlene Skort, Isabella Jacket, Kenzie Dress, Jade Coat, Shannon Coat, and Tavia Jacket.

Kimberly Dress

Retailer: Diane von Furstenberg
Discount: Take an additional 40% off with code JULY40.
Picks: Hippolyte Sleeveless Crochet Lace Dress, Amira Lace Strapless Dress, Chios Crochet Dress, New Della Ruched Sheath Dress, Samara Structured Knit Flared Skirt, Ani Printed Silk Jersey Jumpsuit, Danielle Silk Safari Blouse, and Carpreena Mini Ceramic A-Line Dress.

New Julian Two Mini Jersey Wrap Dress | Carpreena Mini A-Line Ceramic Dress | Perry Knit Flared Dress

Retailer: Forever 21
Picks: Watercolor Floral Pencil Skirt, Iconic Faux Leather Messenger Bag, Tribal Patterned Peplum Top, and Scalloped Lace Mini Skirt.

Collarless Ruched Sleeve Blazer
Rhinestoned T-Strap Sandals | Chain Trim T-Strap Sandals

Retailer: H&M
Picks: Peplum Top, Patterned Jersey Dress, Jersey Dress, Satin Jumpsuit, Circle Dress, Short Necklace, Lace Skirt, and Short Peplum Top.

Beaded Sweatshirt & Beaded Sweatskirt

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Extra 40% off final sale styles with code SHOPMORE.
Picks: Crinkle Gauze Boy Shirt, Trench Dress, Stripe Basket-weave Dress, Ceramic Jewelry Tray, Jacquard Back-Zip Sweatshirt, Puff-sleeve Blazer in Stretchy Cotton, Schoolboy Blazer in Linen, Floral Medallion Scarf, Paillette Crepe Tunic, Paneled Flare Dress, Belted Short in Italian Satin, and Printed Espadrilles.

Twist-Back Silk Dress

Retailer: Anthropologie
Discount: 20% off with code BUZZ20.
Picks: Travelogue Jacket, Kukka Tea Dress, Ikat Chambray Shirtdress, Cottonwood Peasant Top, Gingham Pumps, Aures Sheath, and Stitched Blossom Dress.

Top: Laceview Tank
Bottom: Bronzed Swing Tee

Retailer: Rebecca Taylor
Discount: Take 40% off sale items with code RT14JULY40.
Picks: Tweed Top With Zip Waist, A-Line Tweed Skirt, Lace & Tweed Top, Enchanted Garden Blouse, Double Breasted Jacket, and Short Sleeve Enchanted Garden Voile Tee.

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Happy shopping!

30 Outfits in a Bag: Crochet Dress + No-Sew Dress Shortening

Ann Taylor Bateau Lace Dress | Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Burberry Westland Sateen Trench | YSL Large Cabas Chyc | Zara Court Shoes (similar)

The simplest way to quickly shorten the length of a dress (in order to lend it versatility) is to belt the dress at your high waist, pull a section of fabric below the belt upward, and fold down the excess fabric to conceal the belt (visual aid below).

This handy trick will, however, not work well on dresses with a defined waist. I find that it works best with dresses made from double-knitted jersey fabrics or those constructed out of heavier materials.

Here are two crochet dress options to consider:

Tory Burch (also here, here, and here) | Jolie Moi

Ho to wear a crochet dress

Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview
Part II: Crossover Dress
Part III: Bow Top
Part IV: Navy Blazer

Weekly Shopping Update

Azure Lace Dress

Retailer: Anthropologie
Picks: Azalea Stitched Dress (LOVE!), Ivoire Dress, Carissima Sheath, Tiered Lace Romper, Meeting Point Dress, Morgana Pullover, Vered Lace Shift, Fluttered Silk Cami, Sunpane Dress, Libby Dress, Lana Dress, Giedi Dress, Ikat Chambray Shirtdress, and Meadowlight Dress.

Scrollwork Maxi Dress

Retailer: Zara
Picks: Mini City Bag, Top with Gathered Back, Guipure Lace Top, Long Dress, Long Shift Dress, Printed Shirt, and Fabric Blazer.

Zara Pointed Ballerinas With Bow

Retailer: Net-a-Porter
Discount: Up to 70% off select styles
Picks: Collette Dinnigan Daisy Dress, Moschino Lace and Knit Sweater, Vivienne Westwood Tartan Mini, ISSA Wrap Top, Collette Dinnigan Lace Maxi-Dress, Valentino Lace Skirt, and Narcisco Rodriguez Wrap-effect Skirt-shorts.

J. Crew Collection Etta Glitter-embellished Satin Pumps

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: 25% off ASOS’s namesake label

 ASOS Vintage Floral Midi Bardot Dress
 ASOS Cami Dress With Wiggle Hem

Retailer: Shopbop
Discount: New sale arrivals
Picks: Tory Burch Trixy Dress, Band of Outsiders Coated Sleeveless Trench, Marc by Marc Jacobs Zeta Twill Coat, Moschino Flower Lace Dress, Cambridge Satchel 13″ Classic Satchel, Juicy Couture Neon Corded Lace Dress, Giambattista Valli Flocked Peplum Dress, Alice + Olivia Gale Laser Cut Lace Up Booties, Tory Burch Pippa Jacket, and Herve Leger Ebony Dress.

 d.Ra Jory Maxi Dress

Retailer: Saks Fifth Avenue
Discount: Designer Sale: Up to 60% off select styles
Picks: Diane von Furstenberg Delyse Bow Sheath Dress, Tory Burch Trudy Flats, Tory Burch Tory Mini Dress, Cole Haan Manhattan Patent Leather Ballet Flats, Tory Burch Silk Paris Dress, Kate Spade New York Gabe Two-Tone Pointed Bow Flats, Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather Ballet Flats, Alice + Olivia Trina Cutout-Back Printed Dress, and Tory Burch Carlyle Woven Metallic Leather Ballet Flats.

Alice + Olivia Knife-Pleated Chiffon Halter Maxi Dress
Notte by Marchesa Embroidered Lace Cocktail Dress

Retailer: Nordstrom
Picks: Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress, Wayf Crepe Shift Dress, Topshop Eyelet Panel Short Sleeve Romper, and Topshop Palm Print Notched Neck Romper.

Cutout Back Jacquard Dress

Retailer: LOFT
Discount: All dresses now 40% off
Picks: Striped Linen Cotton Sheath Dress, Textured Cutout Back Dress, Strappy Maxi Dress, Crossover Cutout Back Dress, Striped Pleated Skirt Dress, and Seersucker Bustier Dress.

Scallop Cotton Eyelet Dress

At Ann Taylor, take 40% off everything, no code needed. Or 50% off sale dresses, skirts, pants, denim, and shoes. Both offers can be stacked with the June birthday code BDAY30, for $30 off orders of $60+, with free shipping.
Full-price picks: Striped Organza Skirt, Navy Pique Jacket, Rope Stripe Pencil Skirt, Mini Umbrella Print Camp Shirt, Chain Link Sheath, Marina Shift Dress, Nautical Rope Shell, Criss-cross Back Top, Eyelet Drop Waist Dress, Striped Jacquard Sheath, Embellished Perfect Button Down Shirt, Peacock Cluster Necklace, Pique Ponte Shoulder Top, Shore Charm Necklace, Sadie Leather Stacked Heel Sandals.and Ribbon Stripe Shift Dress.

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Sale picks: Eyelet Polo Shirt, Crosshatch Print Ponte Flounce Dress, Tech Wristlet, Variegated Stripe Scarf, Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt, Dot Bow Straw Hat, Gingham Cross Front Dress, Jeweled Shift Dress, Floral Embroidered Dress, Doubleweave Button Back Dress, Notched Tweed Jacket, Town Clutch, Lemon Print City Shorts, Iris Ankle Wrap Sandals, and All-Season Stretch Flounce Dress.

 Lemon Drop Sundress

My order: Lemon Drop Sundress, Dot Structured SkirtTown Crossbody BagBaroque Lace Pencil Skirt, and Bijou Stripe Pencil Skirt

Jersey Dress

Retailer: H&M
Picks: Long Ruffle Skirt, Short Jacket, Ruffle Skirt, Asymmetrical Tank Top, Chiffon Blouse, Crêpe Top, Denim Skirt, Beaded Skirt,and Biker Skirt.

Happy shopping!

30 Outfits in a Bag: Crossover Dress

At the risk of boring all you to tears, this series on my business travel packing list will comprise about ten posts. I originally planned to devote only three posts to this topic but couldn’t organize the content effectively in that space without employing jerky transitions.

On to today’s subject: I normally pack at least one dressier dress (is this a pleonasm?) that
can be worn to a nice dinner but isn’t too flashy for business

The “Crossover Sheath Dress” (which comes in black and bisque) is still available for purchase at Ann Taylor. The neckline on me is a bit too low-cut (and also gapes) for most office settings so I normally safety-pin the front for a less revealing look.

It could be that I just don’t have the goods to fill the dress (likely) so safety pins are optional.

Burberry Westland Trench | Ann Taylor Crossover Sheath Dress | Hermes Reversible Belt | Ann Taylor Estate Shimmer Necklace | Prada Saffiano Lux Tote | Miu Miu Taupe Pumps (similar)

Other dresses that I could pack which serve a similar purpose:

Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress | Black Halo Jackie Belted Gabardine Sheath Dress

For those of you who find wearing a dress under a skirt or
a top uncomfortable, opt instead for matching separates with a twist
(like this two-piece lace top and skirt set; here’s another top and skirt set). 

Here are a few looks with the dress that incorporate pieces itemized here.

Previously on 30 Outfits in a Bag:
Part I: Overview

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