If you follow any fashion blogs or any fashion bloggers on Instagram, I am sure you have seen all the excitement about the #nsale, aka the huge Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! And boy, there is tons to be excited about! Some of the sales are nearly ridiculous (in a good way!) If you are a Nordstrom cardholder you get to start shopping tomorrow. OMGosh! Buuuutttt... I will not be taking advantage of this incredible sale myself. Not because it isn't going to be great, because it will be! And if you are a Nordstrom shoppper you should absolutely take advantage. But I am not going to be reviewing the sale, like most fashionistas will be. Why? Well first, as awesome as the sale items will be, one of the main reasons for writing this blog is to give you ideas to revamp your wardrobe, not necessarily to encourage you to buy more. But if you do want to purchase some pieces, Gold & Charm wasn't set up to advertise jeans that cost $100 or tops that are $40 or $50. If you have the assets to pay $100 for denim, by all means go for it! But I love my denim, it's great quality and feels good, and every pair I own is less than $20. It's deals like that I'm truly excited about and want to share with you.
So instead to sharing my favorite sale items, I am going to show you a fun restyled outfit. Something to give your wardrobe a makeover without spending a penny. ::insert thumbs up emoji::
So, this little brown dress was an unloved hand-me-down from my photographer. She had owned it forever, and it was never her thing. I don't blame her either, this little number was NOTHING to write home about. The color is dull, the top was extremely low-cut (I added a brown cami for pictures), and the fit wasn't all that great,. In fact, I believe the dress is a size larger than I wear normally. Really, the only thing it had going for it was the little pockets 'cause who doesn't love pockets?! Really! But just like so many other odd pieces, I knew there was a future with this one. So, with a few simple accessories, I was able to change the look of this dress into something I would actually wear out in public.
Note: Please pardon the dark roots. This was before my trip to Bama, and I haven't tried a stylist in Cali , yet.
So obviously, the first change I made was adding a cami underneath the dress. I am not one to show clevage, so this step was a must. I was excited when I saw that I already had a tank almost the exact shade of chocolate brown as the dress, so I could wear it underneath without the browns clashing.
Don't be afraid to layer. As long as you don't get any random bunches on your butt from the cami, it's totally okay. Now, I would never wear a black or white undershirt with this dress. Why? It makes the outfit look cheap. The major contrast wouldn't be fitting to the feel of this outfit. I was going for a more business casual look, which calls for put-together flow.
I added the colorful ($1.00) neckerchief to give the outfit dimension. When wearing a very solid, and uninteresting color, it is very important to add something to catch the eye. This little accessory has several different colors, making it lovely and pleasing to the eye. One of my favorite things about a neckerchief is that you can tie it several different ways, depending on what mood you're in. If neckerchiefs aren't your thing, a statement necklace or silk scarf may be a better option for you.
For me, the biggest statement I wanted to make was with the shoes. Because the dress is extremely simple, and we've already added the scarf, it was important to add shoes that would not tone the dress down, but actually dress it up. These Guess heels are some of my most "fun" shoes. They have several different textures which give them tons of personality (I mean, there is denim ON the shoe! What's not to love?) They aren't super comfortable for long-distance waking. But if I were sitting at a desk they would be perfectly fine!
I won't lie and tell you this is my new favorite outfit because it isn't. Don't get me wrong, the outfit is darling, but it's not like I currently need a business casual look as a stay-at-home mom; it's not exactly an errand- running look. But I didn't necessarily style this to wear it every day. I really wanted this outfit to serve as an example for what can happen to ugly pieces with a little bit of creativity. Adding a belt or some statement earrings would have been fabulous too!
So, I apologize if you're upset that I didn't walk you through the #nsale but maybe you can save a couple dollars and revamp some of the older pieces you've got in your closet. If you are really wanting to do a little bit of sale shopping, I've got a smaller list below of some major stores, and some boutiques with current sales. If you are still looking for adorable pieces for their lowest prices or the season, be sure to check them out!
Khols sales up to 80% off
H&M sales up to 70% off
Macys (take and extra 25%off with promo code JULY) Lots of great closet staples
If you are into boutiques:
The Mint Julip Boutique: their monogrammed sandals are adorbs!
The Red Dress Boutique
Hazel and Olive Boutique
Lime Lush: They have super cute maxis.
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