Going Tribal

ann taylor_arturo chiangI am always on the hunt for a good skirt; they are hard to come by! On my recent pilgrimage to the Wrentham Premium Outlets with my shopping partners Jenna (@1jmack) and Kate, we made a pit stop at Ann Taylor. I occasionally stop in to check out their stock of work clothes and find that it's a bit of a hit or miss. I did my usual lap around the store and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a colorful printed piece. I quickly grabbed the multi-colored tribal print skirt and scurried off to the fitting room. To my excitement, it was a perfectly fitted pencil skirt. The best part was the savings I got!

Outfit Details:

The great thing about this skirt is that it works perfectly for the office and play. I love items that serve a dual purpose; justifies the purchase even more! The color and print make it fun yet the length and fit make it work appropriate. This skirt can be styled for a casual look with a light chambray or loose fitting T and a pair of flat sandals or summer espadrilles. For its debut, I decided to style it for the office. I balanced the colorfulness of the skirt and busyness of the print with a solid white button down and a pair of nude pumps (a must in every girl's closet). I  picked up the pink in the skirt with my hot pink Kate Spade pouch. Keeping in tune with the tribal theme, I accessorized with my open triad cuff and metallic studded wrap bracelet.

My overall work look was fun and colorful, while keeping within the lines of the dress code!

Aviator Sunglasses: Prada, Sunglass Hut Outlet, $129.99.  Check out these Juicy Couture platinum aviator sunglasses at Lord and Taylor, $98.

Dress Shirt: Custom made in Hong Kong. When I traveled to HK last fall, getting a few custom made shirts was on my list of to-do's. I have a hard time finding dress shirts that fit well so this is one of my faves. You can't see it in these pics, but I also sprung for the monogramed cuff. For a similar look, I recommend the Banana Republic tailored non-iron sateen shirt, $69.50. Thru 6/26, use code SAVE30BR to save an additional 30% off ($48.65).

Tribal Print Skirt: Ann Taylor Outlet, $35.99. The skirt was tagged $89.99 and everything in the store was 50% off. To save an additional 20% off, we pooled our purchases together. Anything to save more money! Here are a few alternatives: 1) BCBG MaxAzria Carmel Patchwork Skirt from Lord & Taylor, $79.20. Use code JULY and save an additional 20% ($63.36); 2) BCBG MaxAzria Simone Ikat Power Skirt (black or neon yellow) from Lord & Taylor, $71.20. Use same code (JULY) for additional savings ($56.96); and 3) Loft Zig Zag Stripe Skirt, $39.99.

Nude Pumps: Arturo Chiang from Vince Camuto Outlet, $30-ish. A few alternatives: (1) Nude Pump, Piperlime, $29.99; (2) Ivanka Trump Pinkish Pumps from Lord & Taylor, $87.50. Use code SUMMER and save 30% thru 6/27, which brings the cost down to $61.25; and (3) for something a little bit different, try these Anne Klein Metallic Capped Pink Pumps from Lord&Taylor, $52.49. Use the same code and the shoes will go for $36.74.

Rings: Gold plated open pyramid ring by Gorjana-Griffin via Rue La La, $26.  Check out Piperlime for this solid pyramid gold ring by Hive & Honey for $20. Gold band was my dad's wedding band. For a similar ring, the Gorjana-Griffin delaney wave ring is a gold band that is on sale for $38.50.

Bracelets: 1) Metallic silver band with gold hardware, The Fashion Truck, $28. There are limited items online available for sale. For a similar look, Bauble Bar carries a tan geo stud wrap bracelet for $36; 2) Rose gold open triad cuff, Bauble Bar, $38.

Pouch: Kate Spade Outlet, $28. Once again, major savings at the store. The purse was tagged $50, followed by a 40% store promotion and an additional 10% off coupon. Love the brightness and size of this pouch. To add a pop of bright color to your outfit, try Gap's two tone zip clutches in neon coral and neon yellow, on sale for $26.99.

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