Fashion · Money Saving Tips

Shopping Ahead of the Season + Tips and Tricks for Buying on a Budget

Welcome back! In today’s post, I will be discussing how I shop for clothes ahead of an upcoming season. It sounds a little strange, however just hear me out. Lately, I have been on the lookout for fall clothes, especially sweaters, skirts, and OTK boots. I already have enough jeans and tote bags (practical for carrying around my Mac to school), thus will not be diving into those categories as much. With the Fall2017/Winter2018 season officially coming to an end, there are still a lot fall/winter inventory left over. Since they are out of season, most of them are on sale or clearance. Here a some items I have found thus far.

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Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in orange

Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Oversized Sweater with Seam Details in light gray

Sale price: $25.99

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Zara Diagonal Knit Sweater in black

Sale price: $19.99

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Zara Sweater with Puff Sleeves in green

Sale price: $25.99

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Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in black

Sale price: $39.99

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Le Château Rib Cotton Blend Foldover Sweater in pink

Sale price: $39.99

V-neck Sweater - Orange - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M V-Neck Sweater in orange

Sale price: $17.99

Double-knit Sweater - Red - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Double-Knit Sweater in red

Sale price: $19.99

Knit Wool-blend Sweater - Cerise - Ladies | H&M CA 1

H&M Knit Woll-blend Sweater in cerise

Sale price: $22.99

Knit Sweater - White - Ladies | H&M CA 2

H&M Knit Sweater in white

Sale price: $24.99

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Zara Check Mini Skirt in gray/tan

Sale price: $19.99

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Zara Faux Suede Mini Skirt in pale pink

Sale price: $17.99

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Zara Suede Mini Skirt in mustard

Sale price: $19.99

Michael Kors Harland Boot in black

Sale price: $269.98

Artica boots in black

Sale price: $249.98

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Rapisardi Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Velda Platform Boots in black

Sale price: $197.50

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Ron White Rapisardi by Ron White Long Tammy Boots in black

Sale price: $222.50

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Kenneth Cole New York Angelica Over the Knee Boot in black faux patent

Sale price: $138.76

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Stuart Weitzman Keenland Knee High Stretch Suede Boots in topsue

Sale price: $429.97

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Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97
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Stuart Weitzman Highland Over-the-Knee Boot in walnut suede

Sale price: $429.97

When shopping for clothes every year, most styles and cuts remain the same for that brand. The only major changes are the colours and patterns of that season. Also, buying good quality, classic pieces also help reduce the amount of spending, since they can be reused in numerous outfit combinations. The catch here is buying from a good quality retailer and looking for good quality materials, so that it will last longer. I try not to buy cheaper-made clothing as I know I will end up having to buy another of the exact same in little time due to deterioration of the original item. This results in extra spending for repeated purchases of the same item. Buying it once and it being of good quality saves money and time, two very precious commodities, in the long run.

In addition to out of season stock being discounted, another trick is the time of purchase. Their are multiple times during the year that almost all stores are on sale (depending on which part of the world you inhabit). These annual sales usually take place during a civic holiday, such as labour day, thanksgiving, boxing day, new years eve, easter, Victoria day, memorial day, and Canada day. Sales also tend to occur during cultural holidays, such as Valentine’s day, St Patrick’s day, mother’s day (usually women’s clothing), father’s day (usually men’s clothing), Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Halloween. Another good sale time is the first couple of days of a new product/clothing line and the end of season sale. I try to plan my purchases around these times during the year. Their are a couple of ways I do so. I either go to the store, browse the entire selection, and try on my picks. Whatever items fit well and that I want to purchase, I take a picture of it and the tag with the price and my size. However, I do not purchase it if it is full priced. In my safari bookmarks, I have a folder specifically for these “fashion cravings” as I call it. I visit these pages ever week, looking out for sales. When that item does go on sale, I purchase it online.

The other method is kind of the opposite. When a store is on sale, I browse the sale section and purchase online whatever has caught my eye. I usually double-up on the item if I am unsure of my size. When my package is delivered, I try everything on and decide what to keep and what to return to the store. I usually buy enough to qualify for free shipping. The reason I buy an item in more than one size is because having to go to the store to exchange and try it on again is really a hassle. Also, when exchanging for a size, it is usually a final sale. Therefore, if that new size does not work, you are stuck with a non-refundable purchase.

Most of all the clothes you have seen on my Instagram and other blog posts have been purchase at a discount. As a university student paying my way through school, I cannot afford many wants and desires. I keep my money for tuition, books, parking, gas, and other necessities. Luckily, I do not pay rent or utilities since I still live at home with my parents and brothers. I could have gone away for school, but I would have graduated with students debts, which goes against my goal of graduating without any debts. Of course, once I start my Master’s degree, I will have no choice but to take out students loans, hence why I try to save most of my money earned.

Resisting the urge to buy anything of any quality at any time is ultimately the trick to being able to save most of my money and investing in good-quality, long lasting classic pieces. I hope this helps!

xox

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Huge Spring Roundup

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Chanel Bag

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Denim

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 Blouse (50% off!)

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Blouse (on sale now!) |  Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum

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Denim shorts (25% off!)

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Bag | Pearl earrings

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Jeans | Bag

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Kenneth Cole NY oversized blazer | Pearl earrings

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Bag

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Jeans | Bag | Booties (on sale now!!!)

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Denim | Sneakers (51% off)

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Jeans | Nail bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

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Bag | Booties (on sale!) | Nail bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

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ShoesLeaf bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

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Sneakers (51% off)

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Denim overalls (50% off!) | Sneakers (51% off)

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Blouse in black | Pearl studs

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Track jacket |  Jeans

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Hat (use code LILYBELF20 for 20% off!) | Sneakers (51% off) |  Sippy cup

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Blouse in taupe pinkDenim | Wedges (tan; black; fuschia options) | Nail bracelet | Leaf bracelet (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

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Denim | Bag | Watch (use code LILY20 for 20% off!)

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Denim | Infinity necklace (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

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OOTD: Hot Pink Western

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Shop this look: Gap blouse (oos; similar here) | RW&Co denim | Civion infinity necklace (use code LILYBELF25 for 25% off!)

I love this look for late Spring/ Summer! During the warmer season, I am all for bright colours that pop, especially pinks (my favourite colour if your have not already noticed)! Funny thing about this shirt, my mom purchased it about 20 years ago, and gave it to me about 6 years ago, but yet still looks brand new! I don’t quite understand how it has lasted so long, or better yet kept its colour so well, but I am not complaining lol!

For Spring/Summer, I prefer wearing white jeans as it makes for a brighter outfit and also brings out the saturation and colours of my tops. In this case, the white denim really makes the hot pink the focal point and enhances its original hues. Moreover, I have paired this look with silver accents, to coordinate with the silver and pearl buttons on the top. I am particular that way, I always try to match my metallics, almost like a colour OCD. The silver-toned bracelet is actually a gift my grandmother brought back from Greece, and so I cannot link where to purchase it. However, the silver infinity necklace is a rather new addition to my wardrobe through a collaboration with Civion. Part of this partnership is a discount for my followers, as seen above, so be sure to make use of it in your next purchase!

 

Xox

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Red & White for Canada Day

Canada Day is fast approaching! This holiday commemorates the enactment of the Constitutional Act since 1867. It is celebrated with numerous outdoor activities, such as barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Below I am sharing three outfit ideas for Canada Day. Enjoy!

Outfit 1

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This outfit is great for a day out in the sun! Whether you are watching a parade of floats go by, and enjoying a cold ice tea at a barbecue, this look and flirty yet comfortable. For additional ease, you can swap out the heels for flat sandals.

Outfit 2

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Perfect for a day at the beach! These cute sandals and ruffle bikini create a killer combination! Moreover, the Canada flag tote is a great way of showing patriotism!

Outfit 3

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This top is absolutely adorable! It can be so versatile, but my favourite combination is with white denim. Paired with nude sandals helps give the illusion of longer legs.

 

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OOTD: Blush

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Shop this look: Dynamite top (oos; similar here) | RW&Co denim | Ivanka Trump heels (oos; similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld bag | Riverdean watch

Happy Monday! I am starting off the week by sharing this outfit that I wore out to dinner a while back. I am absolutely loving the blush and rose gold tones of the look. Especially paired with the white denim, the colours really are more accentuated! I prefer wearing white denim more so than dark blue or black during the Spring/Summer since it makes the outfit light and airy and also makes a nice contrast to the brighter colours of my blouses and accessories. For this particular look, the focal point was definitely the blush accents, where as the rest of the outfit is monochromatic.

Moreover, I find accessories can really give a completed look to any outfit. It can be as simple as a silk scarf or stylish earrings. I especially love wearing a watch, as to create a sleek and smart look. They are so versatile and the different combinations of wristbands, dials, colours, and materials are endless! Recently, Riverdean reached out to me to partner with them, and I had not heard of them prior, but was excited to try out some of their products. I could not agree more with their philosophy: innovation fuelled with hard work and passion. It quickly fell in love with their watches, and now incorporate them in my daily outfits. With this partnership, I was given a discount code for my followers. Use promo code LILY20 for 20% off your next Riverdean purchase!

 

Until next time, xox!

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OOTD: Coral Pink

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This is one of my favourite Spring-to-Summer transition outfits! I love being able to wear colourful and lightweight blouses, and combining them with white denim jeans when it is still a little chilly out. The white really accentuates the vibrant colours and make them pop. Paired with my gold metallic accents, this look is perfect for everyday errands and can be worn into the night for dinner.

Furthermore, I am teaming up with Civion, a small jewelry company based in NY. Their products are the perfect touch to complete my outfits and really bring them to life! I find their bracelets especially lovely! Use promo code LILYBELF25 for 25% off your next Civion purchase!

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June Shopping Cart

Dynamite Off-The-Shoulder Peplum Top

Dynamite Lace Cami Bodysuit in jet black

Dynamite Lace Cami Bodysuit in snow white

Dynamite Smocked Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress in white floral

Dynamite Off-The-Shoulder Maxi Dress in leafy floral

Off-the-shoulder challis blouse

RW&Co Off-The-Shoulder Challis Blouse in cayenne

Solid Silky Crepe Cami Blouse

RW&Co Solid Silky Crepe Cami Blouse in snow white

Flowy pant with drawstring

RW&Co Flowy Pants with Drawstring in mushroom

Pleated Ankle-length Pant

RW&Co Pleated Ankle-Length Pant in medieval blue (on sale now!)

Danier Penelope Sleek Modern Jacket in black

Guess Reversible Quattro G Logo Belt

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OOTD: Monochrome x Pink

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Shop this look: US Polo Association white shirt |  Head leggings (oos; similar here) | Halifornia hat | Converse sneakers (white & silver version here) | Danier bag (oos; find similar here) | H&M sippy cup

I have been sporting this look quite a lot recently. I love how comfortable a basic t-shirt and leggings are, and everyone loves the athletic style. I like to coordinate the colours, usually keeping everything neutral with an accent colour or statement piece. In this case, everything is monochrome, with an added touch of pink from my nails and the sippy cup. Moreover, I have been wearing a lot more baseball caps for day-to-day outfits. I think that they are fun to style and help protect my face and eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. I am really loving this particular hat, as it can be worn with so many different combinations of outfits and is super comfy! If interest in buying one, use promo code LILYBELF20 for 20% off your next Halifornia purchase!

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OOTD: Hot Pink Athleisure

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Shop this look: Adidas track jacket | RW&Co white jeans | Danier bag (oos; find similar here) | George aviators (find similar here)

This look is the ultimate chic-meets-athletic-meets-comfy. It can be dressed up or down with different accessories and shoes. I styled this outfit with my black leather bag and white sneakers, therefore is stylish yet casual enough for everyday activities. I paired this hot pink track jacket with white denim to really make the pigment pop, rather than with blue or black jeans.

Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Tropical Goddess

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I found this dress while doing some online shopping for new summer dresses and instantly fell in love! The colour is so vibrant and emanates a hot and breezy tropical summer night. Paired with the gold accessories really brings the pink tones to life and creates a goddess-like aura. This is definitely one jaw-dropping dining out outfit!

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OOTD: Zipper Collar

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Shop this look: Calvin Klein zipper blouse (oos; I can only find black)  | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Danier bag (oos; find similar here) | Ivanka Trump nude heels (oos; find similar here) | pearl studs

This outfit is one that I wear quite frequently. The white blouse paired with jeans is a classic combination and is fitting for almost all environments. I wear this from grocery shopping, to school, to social callings. It could be dressed down with white sneakers, or dressed up with heels, as seen in the above picture. Furthermore, I like this unique take on a typical white blouse. The gold zipper neckline is the accent of the blouse and adds a glamorous and edgy vibe to it. As for the sleeves, they can be worn down for a long-sleeve blouse or rolled up. In this case, I simply button up the sleeve tie and let them fall, as to create a loose and flowy look.

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Instagram Recap: May 2018

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Inspiration Tuesday- Minty

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Shop this look: Zara blouse (oos; find similar here) | Melanie Lyne pants (oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here)

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Inspiration Tuesday- Daffodil

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My Trip in Old Québec

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Inspiration Tuesday- Teal Trimmings

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Shop this look: American Eagle denim overalls | Aldo sunglasses (oos; find similar here) | Karl Lagerfeld bag ( oos; find similar here) | Converse sneakers (oos; find similar here)

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OOTD: Striped

Inspiration Tuesday: Black x Gold

Inspiration Tuesday: Black x Gold

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OOTD: Basic

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Fashion Finds: Swimsuits

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Forever 21 Strappy One-Piece Swimsuit in white

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Aerie Super Scoop One Piece Swimsuit in harvest

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Aerie Tie Back One Piece Swimsuit in red (on sale!)

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Body Glove Nineteen 89 One-Piece Swimsuit in pink (on sale!)

BikiniMas Island Vibes One Piece in black

BikiniMas Boracay One Piece in yellow

BikiniMas Sally Ruffles One Piece in pink

Juicy Couture Slogan Swimsuit in black/gold

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Boohoo High Leg Swimsuit in red

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Whistles Vacation Swimsuit in navy

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Forever 21 Gingham Print One-Piece Swimsuit in black/white

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Forever 21 Striped Plunging One-Piece Swimsuit in cream/yellow

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Forever 21 Sunkissed One-Piece Swimsuit in mint

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Forever 21 Ruffle-Trim One-Piece Swimsuit in red

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Forever 21 Ruffled V-Neck One-Piece Swimsuit in yellow

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Forever 21 Coca-Cola One-Piece Swimsuit in white/red

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Billabong Flora Beat One-Piece Swimsuit in seashell

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Trina Turk Off the Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit in black

George U-Neck Swimsuit

 

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OOTD: Leopard Pumps

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Shop this look: RW&Co blouse (oos; find similar here) | Kensie jeans (oos; find similar here) | Sam Edelman leopard heels | Polo Ralph Lauren belt (oos; find similar here) | Danier bag (oos; find similar here) | Melanie Lyne nail bracelet | Melanie Lyne screw and crystal bracelet | Civion leaf bracelet

I have worn various combinations of this outfit and love them all! This blouse is one of my favourites and is definitely a piece I wear often. I like to marry  different shoes and bags, which helps create new outfits ideas with a limited wardrobe. However, I still try to coordinate the colour of my bag, belt, and shoes, as to create cohesion throughout the entire look. In this case, my black leather bag is paired with my black belt, which pulls the black from the leopard print shoes. Speaking of, these Sam Edelman heels are the comfiest heels I have ever worn! I could last all day in these babies! The shoe model is called Hazel, and comes in numerous colours and print, some of which are on sale right now!

As for accessories, I coordinate my metallics, as I have previously mentioned in other outfit posts. For this particulate look, my metallic of choice was gold; from the bracelets, to earrings, to belt buckle, to the bag chain. I am that person that likes everything to match in order to create a sense of uniformity. I am especially loving my leaf bracelet, purchased from Civion, a jewelry company based in New York. Their products are really lovely and are so easy to pair with any outfit! Use promo code LILYBELF25 for 25% off your next Civion purchase!

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Fashion · Inspiration Tuesday

Inspiration Tuesday: Louboutin

Inspiration tuesday: lace elegance

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This outfit oozes femininity and elegance! I love the lace overlay on the pencil skirt and the bow and ruffle details on the blouse! This look can be worn to the office, to a cocktail party, or for an fancy night out. The nude colour for accessories helps bring out the navy and white contrast. Furthermore, the use of nude shoes helps to give the illusion on longer legs, thus is overall slimming.