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Sporty spice

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Dress: French Connection (similar) | Shoes: TargetBag: Garage sale (similar) | Hat: TargetNecklaces: Unknown (similar) | Sunnies: Franco Sarto via Marshalls (similar)

When the baseball cap trend reared its ugly head, I refused to take part in it. I was going to stand strong. And then Target came along and manufactured these raffia hats that from far away look very leather-esque. So … needless to say, I need to learn to never say never. I surprisingly like the sporty spice look, especially when paired with a dress and one of two non-heel/flat/sandal shoes I own.

Comfort is key

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Dress: French Connection | Vest: Old Navy | Sandals: TJ Maxx | Bag: Maurizio Taiuti | Bracelets: Forever 21/Lauren Conrad | Nails: Essie’s Sunday Funday

For me, an everyday dress has to be comfortable for me even to consider buying it. Comfort, however, does not mean you have to sacrifice style. Take this dress, for instance; the cotton jersey is stretchy and breathable (even for a hot, summer day), and the stripes are classic (therefore always in style). Dresses don’t have to be fussy to be stylish, nor do they have to be sacrificed for other items (shorts, jeans, etc.) in the name of comfort.

Do you find dresses comfortable, or would you rather be in shorts, jeans or trousers?

Vintage top handle bag

Things are getting weird around here. On Facebook, everyone is talking about heading back to school or college, and for the first time in my life, I won’t be one of those people. It’s a weird feeling being a grown-up now! Who’d have thought it’d take until the middle of August for me to feel like a college graduate finally? Here’s the breakdown:

Jacket: Aeropostale (super old)
Dress: French Connection via Garage sale (similar)
Heels: Talbots via Goodwill
Bag: Vintage (love this modern color-blocked version here)
Necklaces: Garage sale
Sunnies: Franco Sarto via Marshalls

Loafers heels are still in this fall, so this pair I found at Goodwill for $6 fit the bill perfectly. I love the little pop of leopard (which obviously needs to be paired with stripes). I’d been struggling with how to carry this top handle bag without looking too retro, and I think the modern mix of leopard and stripes is a great background for the vintage bag.

No more suitcases!

I’m back to real life again (even though these pictures were taken in Utah). This is the last of my Utah outfits I have to show you. Between my Chicago and Utah trips the past two weeks, I am ready to live out of my closet again. No more suitcases! Here’s the breakdown:

Dress: French Connection via Garage sale (cute and similar versions here, here and here)
Jacket: LOFT
Flats: Enzo Angiolini via Garage sale
Bag: Maurizio Taiuti via Garage sale 

Don’t be surprised if you see this outfit again once the weather begins to cool off. I was accessory-less due to rushing out the door, and I only got to wear it for the morning. You know you’re a style blogger when you feel an outfit deserves a second chance purely based on the length of time you wore it. Also, be sure to check out the other similar French Connection dresses (listed above). They’re relatively inexpensive, and really, who can resist a good striped dress?