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

 

 

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!!

 

 

 

Statement Pumps

It’s no secret that I love shoes.  And there is almost nothing in the whole wide world of fashion that I love more than a great pair of statement pumps!  So when I spotted these gorgeous Vince Camuto stunners when I was in San Francisco for meetings last week, I knew they would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe!  Not only will they look fantastic with jeans, but I am especially loving the way they amp up a simple long sleeved black dress.  A perfect (and super easy!) look for date night if you ask me!

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 Dress: Express (UNDER $30 and super comfy!!) | Bracelet: House of Harlow c/o Rocksbox | Sunnies: Prada | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Pumps: Vince Camuto (SUPER comfy!!!) 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

 

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!!!!

 

Wardrobe Staples!

I love it when you guys make requests for specific outfit or blog posts.  So when my cute SIL came to me recently and asked me to do a post about wardrobe staples, I was more than happy to oblige!  ESPECIALLY because this is the perfect time of year to clean out the clutter, get rid of the things you don’t need or wear, and make sure you have a few key items in your closet (that you LOVE) that will give you a ton of outfit options.  Trust me, less can definitely be more when it comes to your wardrobe.  You just need to own the right pieces!

Wardrobe Staples

1. JACKETS: Light jackets are the quintessential layering piece for every gal’s wardrobe and can be worn year round-so you will be sure to get your money’s worth out of them.  And while I am a proponent of jackets in general, there are three styles that every gal should definitely have in her closet, with an honorable mention going out to a great faux leather jacket (you can shop my favorite one HERE):

*The Surplus: Great for dressing up or down, perfect weekend or date night wear, great with t-shirts or dressier tanks, also looks great with boots or heels, and always perfect with denim (SHOP MY FAVORITES: HERE, HERE and HERE)

*Denim Jacket: Surprisingly, I wear my denim jacket all year round.  This is truly an item that can be worn with anything.  BUT if you wear it with denim bottoms, please, please, please make sure there is enough contrast between the colors (ALSO LOVE THIS AND THIS)

*Black Blazer: There is a lot of talk about transitioning looks from day to night, and a black blazer is the key item to do just that!  And not only will it help you transition your look from day to night, but you can wear it to an interview, throw it on as a jacket for date night, wear it over a dress at a wedding, or pair it with sky high pumps and a silky tee for drinks with the girls-it really is a must have item for every wardrobe! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

2.  BOOTS: If you are like me (or any other girl in the world for that matter), then you LOVE boots!  But even though I love boots, I notice that I tend to wear the same boots over and over: go-to cognac boots, black heeled boots for work (or a slightly dressier look), and tan booties to fill in for all of the occasions in between! You can always add to these, but if you are trying to be more minimal this year, then these are the only three pairs of boots you’ll need! And if yours are worn out (like mine were this year), then find yourself a good cobbler!

3.  LBD: If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, you definitely need to invest in one.  If you have a wedding, a date, anything that pops up, an LBD is the perfect piece to have in your closet so do you don’t have to buy something new.  PLUS with fun accessories and shoes, it’s an item that you can style countless ways without breaking the bank! (PICTURED, ALSO LOVE THIS, THIS, and especially THIS)

4.  LIPS: For the longest time I thought I couldn’t wear a bold lip.  But I can, and SO CAN YOU!  Trust me when I tell you that you not only need a go-to nude lip color in your life, but you also need a go-to bold! Lipstick was one of the hottest accessories of 2014 and it will be again in 2015! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE: MAC Rebel, Stila Beso, Urban Decay F-Bomb, Nars Heat Wave, Nars Striptease)

5.  PUMPS: If you follow this blog, then you know I LOVE pumps!  And I have them in a plethora of colors, shapes, and sizes (I used to be a footwear buyer).  But when it comes down to it, all you really need are 3 pairs: a pair of classic nude (also love these and these), black (also love these), and a pair of leopard for when you are feeling a little feisty (also love these).  Trust me when I tell you, leopard is a neutral and you will be surprised at just how many things you can wear them with!

6.  BOTTOMS: I selected all skinny bottoms for this post, because that is what I primarily wear (and think you should too!), but if skinny jeans aren’t for you, the same premise from below applies to whatever style you prefer, whether it’s flare, bootcut, or something else:

*A pair of clean, dark wash denim: Minimal is definitely key here-no bling, no heavy stitching or whiskering, no flap pockets (on your skinny jeans specifically)-just a simple pair of dark, clean denim.  Some of the best brands out there are 7FAM (what I wear), JBrand, Rag & Bone, and Current Elliott.  And while these brands are a little pricey, they are definitely worth the investment.  I also think American Eagle Makes great denim and I love their new premium line (which is still under $50/pair)!

*Blank Ponte Pants: Granted I have to wear black to work, but I’m pretty sure I wear my JCrew GiGi pants more than anything else in my closet!  They are heavy enough that they aren’t a legging (and hold everything in place!) and the twill/ponte fabric make them work appropriate.  They also look great with pumps or boots. (also love these)

*Light Wash Destroyed Boyfriend Jean: Again, a great piece year round and the perfect way to change up your wardrobe and your look.  They are absolutely one of my favorite things to wear with pumps for a night out, or with sandals to the farmer’s market.

7.  VESTS: Oh how I love me some vests!  And I constantly find myself rotating between a UTILITY VEST and my favorite PUFFY VEST (which I change out with a denim vest during the warmer months).  They are almost like my safety blanket-if an outfit feels boring or incomplete to me, you can bet I am almost always going to throw on a vest.  And boom!  The outfit is fixed!  Amazing what a difference a little old vest can make for an outfit! And get ready, because you are going to be seeing a lot of them this season-so why not get ahead of the trend?

8.  TOPS: I seem to always have too many tops in my closet.  In fact, it’s an area that I am working on paring down in the new year.  And because I feel like I have too many tops (yet still have nothing to wear-ha!), I have been focusing on the kind of tops that I DO wear, and I’ve found there are three very specific styles on constant rotation in my wardrobe:

*Plaid button down or flannel: I don’t think this one needs much of an explanation, but if you don’t have a great plaid shirt in your closet, then you need to get one.  You can wear it with any of the above vests or jackets, and they always look great back to a red lip! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

*Lightweight Layering Sweater:  There is a reason JCrew always carries the Charlie sweater every season in both the Factory store and the regular store in a rainbow of colors-it’s the perfect staple.  Wear it alone or layered under or over something-you are bound to get your money’s worth out of this one, and then some!

*Silky V-Neck Tee (my fave):  I discovered the silk v-neck tee from Express last year and I am obsessed.  They look amazing layered under a jacket, a sweater, or alone.  And when you’re looking to make smart decisions with your money and wardrobe, this is an ideal piece to have because it will help you create endless outfits for all sorts of different types of occasions! (Also love this reversible tank!)

Alright my sweet friends.  Thanks for bearing with me through this long post!  I hope it was helpful.  And if there is anything specific you would like to see on the blog this year, or if you have any questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to let me know!!!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Back To Black

Sometimes there is nothing better than a LBD.  Especially this time of year when paired back to a black leather jacket and a pop of leopard.  There is just something so chic, yet so effortless about it. Talk about an easy way to look like you dressed up without even trying!  And in my book, fashion shortcuts and pieces you can style all year long are the best.

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Dress: BarIII (on sale for under $25-such a fantastic staple piece!) | Jacket: BlankNYC (best faux leather jacket ever and it’s under $100!) | Necklace: Merle Norman Draper, similar, similar | Cuff: Fair Trade, LOVE this one (also fair trade) | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Karen Walker Number One | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Pumps: Joan and David, similar, similar

I should also note that I am wearing two of items from the Ultimate Fall Shopping Guide that I posted last night (clutch and jacket).  They are both things that I’ve had a for quite a while, but classic pieces that will be important items in my wardrobe for seasons to come!

Happy hump day!

 

 

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!