I decided to build an outfit around my bright blue GAP broken in straight khakis because I haven’t worn them for quite awhile.  I have them in probably a gazillion colors and I love them.  I have so many because they’re so freakin’ comfortable and they fit me perfectly.  To be honest, the first few pairs I bought had to be exchanged a few times before I landed on the right size. GAP’s sizing is all over the place!  Once I found the right size though I hoarded these bad boys like a squirrel with nuts.  I believe if you find a wardrobe staple that fits you well and you love it, you should stock up.
     I paired them with my metallic wedges and belt and my “Love is Love.” tribal heart tee.  This is one of my favorite tees because the graphic is so pretty, but primarily because of what it says.  I’m a huge supporter of gay rights and if that offends anyone, feel free to click elsewhere. I would one day very much like to be able to call my son’s boyfriend my son-in-law.  I love graphic tees, but my favorites are the ones that mean something.
     Today’s link ups are:  Trend Spin Link Up Week 10-Metallics with Laura, Erin, and Megan, Style Sessions:Fashion Link Up with Lauren, and the Real Girl Style Fashion Link Up with Amber.

Style Tip:  When deciding what to wear, it makes it easier if you start with one piece and then build the rest of your outfit around it.

         

                               

                                          

Pants: GAP;  T-shirt: Cafe Press;  Shoes: Steve Madden (old);  Necklace: Sassy Steals

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     I love pretty much everything about this dress…the colors, the cut, the fabric and most of all, the versatility.  At first glance it might seem to be a very spring/summer dress because of the bright floral print. But I can’t wait to style it with a blazer or cardigan and then a chunky cable knit pull over, tights, and boots when it’s colder.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a lunatic wishing for cold weather, but ya gotta admit, fall and winter clothes offer a lot more styling options than summer. Am I right?
     I paired it with black pumps and just threw on a couple of strands of faux pearls and then my denim vest and nude flats.  Because there is so much going on with the dress, I kept the accessories at the bare minimum.  I think the next time I’ll go with nude or pink pumps because I’m not sure I’m loving the black.
     I’m linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Claire at Clairejustineoxox for the Creative Monday Blog Hop.

Style Tip:  Try to add clothing to your wardrobe that offers a lot of versatility in regard to styling options and seasonal wear.

                  

           

Dress: sheinside;  Pumps:  Rampage (old) similar;  Flats: Target

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      I just found these fab camo flats at Target last week for $7.48.  Jackpot!  I had to wear them asap, so I built an outfit around them. I kept it simple with a white tank, ankle zip cropped jeans and a few layered necklaces.
      I’m pretty sure I’ve got the camo thing covered now…shoes, skirt, top, jacket, pants…oh, wait…camo jeans might be nice.  I really don’t know what my problem is, I’m not in the military nor do I hunt so my ongoing hoarding of camo has no explanation.  I’ve been reading a lot of post-apocalyptic novels this summer, maybe it’s my subconscious preparing me for survival after the fall of civilization as we know it. Ya, a camo pencil skirt will be really useful…
     Linking up with Two Thirty-Five Designs Casual Friday Link UpStyle Elixir Friday’s Fab FavoritesRachel and Lena’s Passion For Fashion Friday Link Up, the Three-fer Thursday Link Up and Clairejustineoxox.com Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

Style Tip:  Sometimes simple is better. Basics done right can be just as stylish as something trendy.

 

 

 
Flats: Target;  Top: Sears;  Jeans: JCPenney;  Necklace: Love Stylize

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     I’ve had this dress for probably eight years. How many times have I worn it? Maybe three, and once was as a skirt.  So when I saw that Jacqueline at Stylin in St. Louis and Elle from Living in Color were doing a link up featuring summer dresses I decided I would challenge myself to actually wear this one.
      I do giant closet purges twice a year, but somehow this dress dodged the bullet for years.  Why don’t I wear it? Hmmm…good question. I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the Victoria’s Secret catalog all those years ago, and when it got here I still loved it and yet it sat around gathering dust. Maybe it’s the ruffle…I’m not really a ruffle kind of girl.  Or maybe it’s because it’s strapless and I fear my girls might make a surprise appearance at some inopportune moment…I don’t know.
     I did like it once I saw the pictures. I think I like it better with the sandals, the booties almost look too “costumey” with it…hence the post title.  I have that song Donny and Marie Osmond used to sing stuck in my head like a brain worm…”I’m a little bit country, he’s a little bit rock ‘n roll…” Great. Now I have to live with that all day!
   Today’s link ups are:  Spotlight Weekly Link Up 2/Summer Dresses at Stylin in St. Louis and Living in Color and the Summer Style Link Up at Mix and Match Fashion.

Style Tip:  Try styling things you already have in your closet in different ways.  Try different shoes, accessories, or layers to mix things up.

                     

                                                                     

                                                                    

Dress: Victoria’s Secret (old) similar style;  Top: WalMart (available in-store) similar;  Booties: Target (old) similar;  Sandals: Just Fab  Necklace: Very Jane
                     

                               

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     This outfit is just something I threw together the other day to run some errands and hang around home.  Nothing too exciting until…Bang!…You get to my neck and see that chunk of awesome fabulousness hanging there!  Love this necklace! I just got it in the mail the other day and couldn’t wait to find something to throw it on with.  The baseball tee, denim shorts, and faux Converses were just screaming out for a bit of bling, and so of course, I obliged.
     Today I’m linking up with Alison at Get Your Pretty On for her I Feel Pretty Link Up and Rita at Suburbs Mama.

Style Tip:  Even a “I’m just running to WalMart” outfit can be made interesting with the right accessory.

                       

    

Top: Express;  Shorts: GAP;  Shoes: Payless (no longer available);  Necklace: Sassy Steals





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