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I’m a Bib-liever

banana republic_arturo chiangHere’s an oldie, but goodie! This dress was purchased last year from Banana Republic on sale, of course. The simple silhouette and muted color combination of stripes has allowed this dress to weather trends and fads and will definitely have a long life span in my work wardrobe. The focus of today’s post isn’t really about the dress. As you may have seen in previous posts, the pieces I wear are not always new and may have been purchased in past seasons or even years. Let’s be honest, who can really afford to constantly buy new clothes?!

This is where accessories come into play. An outfit can instantly be revived with the right jewels. For me, switching out accessories is more wallet-friendly than switching out clothes to keep on trend. For this look, I decided to go for a mixed media bib necklace to add texture and an element of interest to a classic dress. And of course, I had to add a little sparkle to my wrist. To keep with the neutral tones in the dress, I opted for my go-to nude pumps to give the added illusion of a few inches. Hey, at 5’2″, I’ll take it!

Need ideas of where to go for the latest and greatest in accessories? Here are my current obsessions: Bauble Bar, Gorjana-Griffin, Alex and Ani and Piperlime. It’s also worth keeping an eye on Rue La La; they tend to have great accessories boutiques.

Outfit Details:

Striped Dress: Banana Republic, $80 (marked down from $150). As mentioned this was from last year, so here are some alternatives: (1) Kensie Sleeveless Striped Dress, $32.99, (2) Vince Camuto Striped Fit and Flare Dress, $59.49 and (3) Tahari Striped Cotton Sheath Dress, $95.99. All three dresses are from Lord and Taylor.

Mixed Media Bib Necklace: Adia Kibur from Rue La La, $25.90. Here are some statement-making necklaces to spruce up any outfit: (1) Spring Street Goddess Beaded Bib Necklace, Nordstrom $38, (2) Carly Knot Detail Necklace, boohoo.com $24, (3) Beaded Tonala Bib, Anthropologie $48 and (4) Pearl Points Necklace, Anthropologie $39.95.

Rhinestone String Bracelets: J.Crew, $10/each. Found these lovelies in the sale bin! I found this great Twinkle Lineation Cuff from Anthropologie that is on sale for $9.95. Check stores for availability in other colors.

Patent Nude Pumps: Arturo Chiang from Vince Camuto Outlet, $30-ish. For a few alternatives, Lord & Taylor has a great selection of nude colored pumps, many of which are on sale.

1 Comment on I’m a Bib-liever

  1. Alison
    August 1, 2013 at 8:57 am (4 years ago)

    Love the fit of that dress!