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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Look for Wayy Less: White shirt dress edition

 Spring has sprung and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to don a "classic white shirt" dress.

I couldn't be more excited about this classic piece being one of Spring's go to styles. It's a nice break from the brights and neons, to a more clean, crisp finish. It screams Audrey Hepburn and Diane Keaton. Don't you just love them?

If you've been in the market like I have, I'm sure you noticed most of the white "Shirt dresses" of quality have some pretty steep price points; one of my favorites retails for around $245. 

Now I'm a woman who loves her clothing, but not enough to spend $245 on a dress that I'd have to purchase in a size that wouldn't fit my post baby body in two and a half months. 

So what's a girl to do?

Well, I decided to make it my mission to create the look for "Wayy Less."

The challenge:
Instyle Magazine Spring 2012
I think this might be my cheapest recreate ever because all the pieces were things I already had in my closet. Most of them for five years plus. See why it's important to have all the necessary staple pieces? (If you missed that style article you can find it here).

Here's what I used:

1. White t-shirt tunic (New York & Company $8 on clearance)
2. White sheath dress w/ full skirting (Target $15 on clearance)
3. White tank top (Forever21 $3.80)
4. Pearl necklace (gift)
5. White floppy hat (NYC street vendor $10)
6. Waist belt (Francesca's Collections $18)
7. Wine pumps (Jessica Simpson $19)

Similar pieces:

1. White button-up (Kohl's $24.99)

White button down (Target $22.99)

2. White skirt (Old Navy $29.94)
 5. White floppy $10.50
 6. Floral Waist belt $18

7. Wine Pumps $40

I know it's very tempting to simply buy a shirt dress, but how many more uses can you get out of two separate pieces paired with different items from your wardrobe? 
A lot! 
Believe me, no one will know it's not a dress except for you.

Happy Shopping!