Corseted Crop + Budget Shopping

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A trendy silhouette in inexpensive basics can really create the illusion of a high-end look. Though I do agree with most fashion experts; buying high quality pieces that may be more expensive are much better long term investments that a bunch of cheaper, more trendy items, I’m not one to turn my nose up at a good deal. There are also a lot of great shops for budget shoppers that still have stuff that (though it may be made of cheaper synthetic fabric) will last you. This crop from Shop Tobi was still stitched immaculately, and has stood the test of muddy music festivals and long days in the city. My skirt was a $10 thrift find, and is easily the comfiest skirt that I own. By pairing it with accessories that are beautifully made (my bag) and provide some edge (my shoes), you can easily create stylish, attainable, and statement-making on a very restricted budget.

I’ve been trying to save after a summer spent traveling, so I am trying to get more mileage out of things I rummaged out of the back of my closet as well. After a seasonal cleanse (with a ton of my clothes soon to be posted to eBay) and some thoughtfully purchased fall staples, I really want to take my existing wardrobe the extra mile. (This is where investment pieces, unlike those featured in this outfit really make the difference!)

What about you guys, what are your big splurges for fall? Stay tuned for a wish list (from splurge to steal)!

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From Head to Toe:

Top: Shop Tobi, Skirt: Similar here and here, Bag: Anthropologie, Shoes: G by Guess

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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DIY Ideas and Appliqués

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Someone had thoughtlessly dropped this GORGEOUS gown in the “nay” mess of clothes on the Anthropologie fitting room rack. Originally priced at $249, it had been marked down to $149. Without bothering to try it on, I threw it on top of my (already growing) pile of items I planned to purchase. “I can just return it later,” I justified as the employee scanned its barcode. It was $70! Marked down even further–don’t you just love when that happens? It was in the only one I had seen in the store, exactly my size, and less than a third of its original price!

I can’t wait to have a wedding or somewhere special to wear this one, but in the meantime, playing dress up on the streets of the Upper East Side is satisfying enough for me. However, I think that this beautiful dress could be easily replicated with a plain A-line of your choosing. You may miss the mesh detail, but iron ons like the ones linked HERE can easily be added to any simple dress from H&M or XX1 for a similar effect!

Sorry for my lack of presence here lately guys! I have had a crazy bunch of work related projects, trips, and my mom is in town so I have been spending every bit of free time with her! I am convinced the days feel 100x shorter in NYC; and I like it that way, but constantly playing catch up is exhausting! I can’t believe Fashion Week and fall are literally just around the corner!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Anthropologie, Bracelet: Bleecker & Spring, Shoes: Zara (Similar)

Photos by Anabella V Photography

 

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Ocean of Ombre

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Ombre is such a great trend. From clothes to hair, the subtle color shift is a classy yet bohemian print that always seems to catch my eye. This dress was no exception; and the maxi cut made it particularly enchanting. The cool thing about ombre is that it elongates a silhouette, emphasizing length instead of width for a subtle slimming effect. It can also be dressed up (as I did here) or paired with leather sandals and a beach bag for a really played down look. I’ve linked some of my fave ombre options below so be sure to click through!

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I can’t believe it is already August! Summer always seems to feel shorter than winter to me. I wait all winter for the heat, and then it is over in the blink of an eye. As awesome as all the profile collections have been, I am just not ready to incorporate layering back into my wardrobe. I am such a Florida girl at heart. What are you guys looking forward to about the cooler months?

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From Head to Toe

Dress: Asos (Similar here, here, and here), Bag: FCUK, Sheos: Valentino

Photos by Anabella V Photography

 

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Gridlock

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Such a steal, this Zara jumpsuit is priced well below their already super reasonable prices. I like it because whether you have a more urban and trendy sense of style, or a classic and feminine one, this romper will swing both ways. Also, the cut is pretty universally flattering. A lot of my girlfriends struggle to find a romper to suit their body type, and this one fits more like a dress and can accommodate all kinds of curves (or lack thereof). I accessorized it simply, with a pop of glam thanks to my friends at Rocksbox (use code “Thestylephile” for a free month subscription)!

I love all the ireful stuff that is being released right now; it goes with just about everything and is so seasonally universal. I don’t want summer to end, but the promise of cute accessories helps….just a little.

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From Head to Toe:

Romper: Zara, Bag: c/o Gigi New York, Shoes: Loeffler Randall, Necklace: c/o Rocksbox

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Cranberry Culottes

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Jumpsuits and culottes are all the rage. Pairing them together could’ve been over doing it, but I saw this jumpsuit in the ASOS sale and knew I had to have it. I am just obsessed with the cut and color! Plus you can dress it up or down, and it is so comfortable! It is packed in my suitcase and headed to Lollapalooza with me tomorrow! Follow along on Snapchat (@thestylephile) and forgive this super short post, but I have a 6 a.m. flight to catch!

 

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From Head to Toe:

Sunnies: Vintage, Bag: FCUK, Jumpsuit: ASOS (similar), Shoes: Valentino

Photos: Anabella V Photography

 

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