I recently started following Chicago blogger and YouTuber Christina a.k.a @cuddlepill and been completely obsessed with her styling and love for vintage. She was on her Instagram stories the other day talking about a new idea for her and her followers called #StyleRx where people take on a styling challenge each week and she shares the looks on Sundays. I've been in an outfit rut lately since all I have the energy to put on are sweats. This challenge came at the right time and I decided to join in with this first challenge of styling an oversize button-down.
Top: ZARA (similar here, $39.90), Shorts: Aerie ($13.98), Shoes: ZARA (similar here, $69.90), Bag: Béis ($28), Sunglasses: ZARA (similar here, $25.90)
I had been actually looking at this ZARA button-down the other day and thinking that it had been a while since I last wore it. I found it during the big summer sale in 2017 and it's been in my closet rotation ever since. I wanted to pair it with items that were on-trend but still really comfortable since that's become my main priority. I knew bike shorts were going to be the move here along with my tried and true dad sneakers. To add some polish, I wore my Beis belt bag around my chest toward the back and grabbed my ZARA cat-eye sunglasses to cover my undereye bags.
When I first put this outfit on, I thought I really liked it... but then I saw the photos. I felt like the look wasn't working out how I initially envisioned. The pieces were all working, just not together the way I had them. So I tried something different.
Unbuttoning allowed more of the shorts to show through and made the look more casual which was what I was going for. But I still wasn't loving it.
Tucking half of the shirt was key for me in bringing together this look. It brought some shape to the shirt and really showed off the shorts which were the other main part of the look.
Not every look turns out right on the first try, and that's fine. You just have to be flexible and try some different things until you get the look right. What did you think of this styling process and the new style challenge @cuddlepill has created? Let me know in the comments!
As we all already know, I love to shop. But shopping requires money, something that's hard to come by when you are a stay-at-home mom. This has forced me to learn some tricks on how to shop the designers I love on a tight budget. And today I'm going to share those tricks with you.
My first go-to lately has been Poshmark. This app is basically like an online thrift store with people selling a lot of gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. While you can often find good deals on designer items, some people tend to keep the prices high since they make money off of their sales. I use this app to both buy and sell so it does double duty. All of my recent Song of Style pieces have been from Poshmark and the two dresses even came with tags still on. I did the math and got around a 60 percent discount off of the original price of the items from Revolve. Definitely a big steal for the coveted new designer.
For items that haven't popped up on Poshmark yet, there's a way to shop (some of) them on their original sites and not pay it all up front. Afterpay is my other way to navigate shopping with a small budget since you break up your total into four payments. Afterpay isn't available for all retailers, but I've been able to use it on sites like Revolve, Beis, MAC and Boohoo. This doesn't save you any money necessarily — they occasionally have coupon codes for using Afterpay — but it does break up the payments to occur every two weeks so you can at least space them out to when you're receiving paychecks.
My next two are hit or miss. T.J.Maxx and Nordstrom Rack are my last two places to try and find designer pieces for less. Most of the pieces aren't current season and some aren't that heavily discounted so it can be a toss up if you can find anything worth it. Both stores are very similar in that they carry a lot of the same brands and have everything from women's to kids to beauty to shoes. It can definitely be a one-stop shop for discount shopping. With Nordstrom Rack in particular, I'm able to find pieces I want more often because I watch them on Nordstrom as they get marked down and then sent to the Rack. If you see a price ending in .97, it's going to head to the Rack soon so just start scanning the site each week to see when your piece will pop up again.
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