Staples

Yesterday I talked a little bit about the importance of having balance between classic and fashion pieces in your wardrobe.  But another important closet category that I didn’t mention, is staple pieces.  If you have been following this blog for any amount of time, then you know staples are something I talk about a fair amount, i.e. denim jackets, surplus vests, nude pumps, black handbags, dark wash skinny jeans, etc.  And so today, I wanted to highlight one of my personal favorite closet staples, and that is a casual long-sleeved black dress.

This closet staple is the perfect blank canvas, is easy (and comfy!) to throw on and go, and can be styled in a plethora of different ways.  So if you don’t own a casual long-sleeved black dress, then you are in luck, because I’ve listed my favorites below!

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Dress: Loft (on sale!); also love: this, this, this, this, and this

Gingham Shirt: JCrew (obsessed with the yellow!)

Necklaces: Cabi (sold out), French Kande (enter All Dolled Up in the notes to get a FREE pair of earrings with purchase!)

Sunnies: Prada c/o Ditto

Bag: Tory Burch

Booties: Sole Society (obsessed with these-SOOOOOO comfy!)

Hope you guys are having a great week! Thank you SO much stopping by!  And don’t forget to stop by: @shopalldolledupblog over on Instagram. I just listed a bunch of great new items for sale!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

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The Bomb

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of a great surplus jacket.  And you know what else I love?  A good bomber jacket.  I really find that this time of year, jackets are just my jam.  Whether you wear one with a dress, or style it back to jeans, jackets are the quintessential layering piece for the always unpredictable Spring weather!DSC_5376 DSC_5375 DSC_5409 DSC_5437 DSC_5431 DSC_5403 DSC_5399 DSC_5424 DSC_5414 DSC_5469Jacket: Make Me Chic c/o (wearing a size small for reference)

Dress: Nordstrom (obsessed with these AND they are under $50! see how I styled it in pink here, and in red here)

Necklaces: Stella & Dot (old), LOVE this

Cuff: Stella & Dot

Bag: Marc Jacobs (old), OBSESSED with this

Sunnies: Prada

Booties: BCBG, LOVE these for Spring

Happy Hump Day friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

Favorites

Not all outfits are created equal.  There are always some that I love more than others, and this is definitely one of those.  Perhaps it’s because this dress reminds me of something that I wore when I auditioned for collegiate music programs back in the day, or perhaps it’s because it incorporates so many of my favorite things (surplus vest, yellow pumps, Panama hat, dress with pockets, etc.) into one look.  Whatever the reason, this is just one of those outfits that really feels like “me”, and one I can’t wait to wear again!
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Vest: Shein 

Hat: Macy’s , spring/summer version

Necklace: BaubleBar

Cuff: Stella & Dot

Sunnies:  Prada c/o Ditto (rent them for just $24/month and get your first month FREE with code: ALLDOLLEDUPBLOG at checkout!)

Bag: Tory Burch

Pumps: Banana Republic (on MAJOR sale!), also love these

HAPPY, HAPPY FRIDAY friends!  I am FINALLY starting to feel better, so hoping to be able to enjoy the weekend and not spend it in bed like I did last weekend.  Hope y’all have something fun planned!

xoxo,

Abby

 

 

 

 

Work It

I don’t often post many wear-to-work inspired ideas on the blog.  You guys always seem to respond really well to my more casual and laid back looks, so that is what I tend to stick with sharing.  But because dressing for work is such an important part of our wardrobes, I want to start infusing a few more of these posts into the mix.

That said, when I am looking for things to wear to work, I like to try and invest in classic and timeless pieces that I can style a lot of different ways.  I also travel a ton for my job, so I also tend to gravitate towards fabrics that pack well and wear well on an airplane or in a car.  And of course for me, even though I have to dress “business casual” the majority of the time, comfort still plays an important role in my workday wardrobe choices.

So if you are looking to improve or expand upon your current 9-5 wardrobe, but aren’t sure where to start, two staples that I recommend for every working girl?  A go-to black dress, and a classic camel coat.

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Camel Coat: cabi | Dress: cabi | Necklace: cabi | Cuff: cabi | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Sunnies: Prada c/o Ditto | Heels: Gilt | Lips: Trout Pout by Butter London

And don’t forget!  If you want to try my Prada Sunnies (or any of my favorite Karen Walker sunglasses for that matter!) you can rent them for ONE MONTH FREE!  After that it’s $19 a month for as many or as a few months as you would like!  So if you are like me and love designer sunnies, but hate the crazy price tag, this is definitely the way to go.  Stop by Ditto to browse their AH-mazing collection and use code: ALLDOLLEDUP at check out to retrieve your free month!!

 

 

 

Shifty

I love a good shift dress.  It’s a great way to look polished without really putting in much thought or effort.  Because let’s face it, sometimes getting dressed can be really HARD (no matter how many clothes you have in your closet!).  So I always try to have a couple of these on hand in basic colors-a wardrobe hack, if you will.  They are super flattering on just about any body type, and pair well with boots or pumps, blazers or denim jackets, and also happen to look great paired with faux fur vests!  So if you don’t have a basic shift dress in your wardrobe, you should.  Just another one of those items that will give you a ton of outfit options without breaking the bank!

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Ponte Shift Dress: H&M (old), similar, similar, similar, LOVE this and this | Fur Vest: Forever21 (old), similar, similar, similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot, JCrew (sold out), just got this one | Bracelets: Rocksbox, Stella & Dot, JCrew | Ring: Kendra Scott | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Boots: Aldo (old), love these

 Happy Thursday, friends!!!!

 

L’eggs Sweepstakes!

Do you guys remember L’eggs when they were sold in the iconic egg packaging?  I know I sure do. And because I always thought of them as an ’80’s staple, I was surprised (and excited!) when they contacted me and asked me to be a part of their 40th birthday celebration and re-launch of their limited edition egg packaging.  Now to be totally honest, I have always been on the fence when it comes to pantyhose and tights, and always have been.  But with the popularity of tights and pantyhose over the last year, I figured why not give them a try.  And I have to say-I am SO happy that I did.  Not only are L’eggs totally affordable (and easy to find-check your local drug store!), but they are super comfy with just the right amount of control around the tummy and thighs.  And with all of these in-between temperatures as we transition into warmer weather, they are the perfect accessory if you are anxious to start wearing all of your spring/summer dresses and skirts (like I am!).

In today’s post, I am wearing the sun-tan shade which gave my winter white legs just the right hint of color and smoothed out all of the unevenness caused by those long winter months of nothing but pants.  In fact, when we shot these photos, my hubby didn’t even realize that I was wearing pantyhose.  BUT he did tell me that my legs looked great!  So be sure to check out L’eggs at your local drug store and go here for your chance to win $1,000 cash and a fabulous trip to Las Vegas! GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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LBD: BCBG (sold out), similar (under $50), just ordered this (also under $50)

Vest: H&M (last season), similar

Tassel Necklace: Jeweliq

Monogram Necklace: LOVING this one

Ring: Stella & Dot (sold out), similar

Bracelet: Stella & Dot

Watch: Michael Kors

Sunnies: Karen Walker

Bag: Steve Madden (old), LOVE this

Pumps: Aldo (last season), similar, similar

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was full of rain and cold temperatures which made for lots of naps and catching up around the house.

Here’s to warmer temperatures this week!

 

Leopard

Leopard makes everything better. Well not really, but it does make just about every outfit better. So if you are looking for a quick and easy way to take an otherwise simple outfit up a notch, then try adding a leopard belt, purse, scarf, or even a pair of leopard shoes. And I promise you, it will do just the trick…

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Denim Jacket: Else, similar | Dress: TJMaxx, similar, similar | Necklace: Stella & Dot | Belt: Express | Sunnies: Gap | Clutch: Hobo International | Shoes: Calvin Klein

J and I are heading to Vegas today for a bike race and a mini-vacation.  And I have to say, I am so looking forward to getting out of town for a few days and enjoying some pool time, a little shopping, excellent food, and a couple of shows.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram to keep up with all of our adventures!

And if you’re new to All Dolled Up, please be sure to follow along on Facebook and Bloglovin’!

Hope are you all having a wonderful week!

Knots Landing

I am so happy that maxi dresses are back on the docket for spring this year. And perhaps what makes me even happier, is the new trend of tying the bottom of your maxi in a knot. It is the perfect (and oh-so-simple) way to change-up an old favorite, making it feel fresh and new for the season!

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Maxi: Old Navy (old), similar, similar | Denim Jacket: Macy’s | Necklace: Groop Dealz, similar | Bracelet Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: Stella & Dot, Aldo | Sunnies: Nordstrom, similar | Clutch: Coach | Wedges: Dolce Vita , new version

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was filled with lots of projects and yard work, but it felt great to be extra productive and get things done around the house.  And of course (despite the copious amount of manual labor), it went by way too fast, as weekends tend to do.  Good thing there is a nice, long holiday weekend ahead of us!

Happy Monday!

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