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Friend or Faux?

banana republic_nine west_the fashion truckAlong the same vein as last week’s post, I dressed up a classic number, my work LBD, with a fitted peplum blazer. The peplum is quite a popular trend and one I admire but never really got into. Thinking about it now, I am somewhat surprised I didn’t give it a chance since I love fit and flare silhouettes. When I spotted this blazer on the rack of The Fashion Truck, I figured it was worth trying something knew. The bold blue hue and faux leather details were also factors that weighed in the blazer’s favor. I tried it on and immediately decided that it was a must-have for the Fall.

The blazer is the perfect partner to my LBD. The blue definitely pops against the black and the faux leather details give the overall look a bit of an edge. Leather might be considered a bit ‘wild’ for the office so infusing a small dose of it keeps it work appropriate. Well, I didn’t get sent home so that is a good sign! I decided to keep the rest of the outfit simple so I went light on the accessories and opted for a basic black pump. As I headed out the door for work, I was already thinking of how I can remix the blazer for play…

Outfit Details:

Peplum Blazer w/ Faux Leather Details: The Fashion Truck, $50. If you are ever in the Boston area, The Fashion Truck is definitely worth a visit. Everything on the truck is under $100; my kind of place to shop. Check out the schedule on Facebook. Until then, here are some close alternatives: (1) Forever 21 Faux Leather Trim Jacket, $24.80; (2) Tinley Road Vegan Leather Ponte Mix Blazer from Piperlime, $79; (3) Nordstrom Faux Leather & Boucle Jacket, $43.98 and (4) Forever21 Satin Open Front Jacket, $32.80–there are no leather details on this jacket but if you wanted a blue blazer, this is a great choice.

LBD: Banana Republic, $45. Pulled from the archives, as it was purchased last winter. Here are a few different options: (1) Solid Black Wrap Dress, Gap, $54.95; (2) Texture Ponte Dress, Piperlime, $29.97; (3) Collection Cap Sleeve Sheath Dress, The Limited, $98 and (4) Anne Klein Capped Sleeve Belted Dress from Lord and Taylor, $89.25. Use code FALL thru 9/15 for an extra 20% off ($71.40).

Black Pumps: Nine West (Rocha) from Macy’s, $79.

‘L’ Initial Necklace: Present from my mom when I was in my early teens. Check out Bauble Bar’s initial letter pendant ($28) for a similar idea.

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