Chambray Overlay

Ray-Ban_Loft_Simply Vera_Banana RepublicLast Sunday, the weather gods smiled down on us and blessed us with sunshine and warm temps.  Cue in the bare legs that desperately need a tan! This lacey number was given to me by my bestie on my birthday back in October, at which point I tucked it away in my closet, waiting for the warmer weather to arrive. Months passed and I totally forgot I even had it. Until this past Sunday. Humming and hawing over what I was going to wear, I noticed a patch of lace and pastel that quickly reminded me of the dress; perfect for Easter. As I pulled it from the hanger, I was overcome by that feeling of excitement as if I had purchaseed something new. Love shopping from my own closet! But then I had to address another dilemma. What do I wear with it? A white/cream cardi was too obvious, so I decided shake things a bit. Instead of covering up the dress, I slipped a light chambray underneath. A make-under, if you will. It was the perfect way to give the dress an edge, without compromising the femininity of the dress. I removed the fabric belt and replaced it with a gold braided one. With a quick pull, the belt created a nice waistline, cinching in at the right place. The best part was, as I got full stuffing myself silly with mom's home cooking, all I had to do was loosen the belt a few notches. Now that is fashion with function! I pulled these rose gold strappy sandals from the archives, which were the perfect pair to usher in the Spring.

Hope you all had a great Easter/Passover. And if you didn't celebrate either, I hope you at least got Friday off!

Outfit Details

Mirrored Aviators: Ray-Ban from Piperlime, $160 (paid $93). I took advantage of a promotion and saved 20%. Thank goodness for the rewards I earn from my BR card, since it reduced the price even further. If you are looking for something at a lower price point, you may like the mirrored aviator sunglasses from Nordstrom, $12.

Gold Cross Necklace: gorjana-griffin from Rue La La, $29.90. For something similar, I am recommending the Dogeared cross necklace, $58.

Faded Chambray: Loft, $54.50 (paid $32.70). I happened to be in the store when there was a 40% off promotion. Right now, save 40% off everything in-stores and online (code: MUSTSHOP).

Lace Dress: Simply Vera by Vera Wang. As previously mentioned, this was a bday gift from my friend. I checked Kohl's online and there is a very similar dress also a Simply Vera, but a darker version, $40.80. A few lacey options: (1) The Limited: Lace Fit & Flare, $53.97 (sale). Purchase one full-priced item at The Limited and get the 2nd at 50% off; and (2) J.Crew Factory: Swirling Lace Dress, $84.50.Use code SALE25 thru 4/27 and save 25%.

Gold Braided Belt: H&M. I've owned this belt for awhile now, so not sure exactly how much I paid. An option to consider is the braided leather skinny belt in gold from Banana Republic, $45.

Watch with Quilted Leather Band: Kate Spade (Cooper Grand Strap), $195 (paid $146). I attended a Sip, Shop & Save event at the Kate Spade store on Newbury Street during the holidays and saved 25% off. Attending in-store events like these are a great way to get those extra savings!

Pave Stone Link Bracelet: Target, $19.99.

Rose Gold Strappy Sandals: Banana Republic, under $100. I purchased these a few years ago when they were on super sale. A current style available at Banana Republic is the Miah Wedge in white pewter, $120. Use code BRTODAY and save 35% OR use your store card and save 40% thru 4/26.

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