Wear it 2 ways: Lush crossover drape dress

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Lush Kendal dress (item # for this specific print is 747572), H&M blazer + hat (both recent)
Ivanka Trump Carra suede pumps (7 colors), BP Trolley booties (4 colors)

As Instagram friends may know, Nick and I spent the past few days in Chicago visiting friends, eating our way around the city and admiring all the architecture. The food in general has been fantastic but I must mention Uncle Mike’s to brunch lovers – their hearty Filipino breakfast (garlic fried rice, eggs, meat plus some traditional sides) hit the spot with Nick lapping up nearly 2 plates, and is perfect for recovering after a night out. Wedding planning had fallen by the wayside for me so I was thrilled that my sweet friend booked my first bridal dress appointment during this vacation  - I can't wait to share more about various styles after trying a few more places, in case fellow brides-to-be might find it helpful. paisley dress
We had a variety of activities planned and limited luggage space, so I relied on a few comfy pieces that could be worn and reworn with small tweaks. For strolling and going out at night, I wore this flowy dress with low-heeled (very stable...I prefer these to many of my flat shoes) BP booties. For a setting with formal dress code I swapped the booties out for heels plus a light jacket.
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Fall casual street style

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Banana Republic trench (altered), Halogen pumps, friend's J.Crew necklace (similar)
Target chambray shirt (similar here or here), Gap dress (similar in reg or petite)

Temperatures have slowly but surely been dipping overnight around here…I’m in denial that summer is soon over, but on the plus side am excited to dust off my beloved outwear collection. Glamour asked me to share my fall street style as part of their Street Glam Instagram contest – you can participate by uploading a photo of your own fall style using the hashtags #streetglam #contestentry (prizes include 25 goodie-filled totes, and a $2,000 shopping spree & trip to NYC!).
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This outfit is a mix of old and new, starting with a comfy tee dress that's been a great foundation piece throughout the seasons. To transition into cooler weather, I'd throw on a casual chambray layer plus neutral trench if it's really chilly. Compared to the traditional longer trench with belted waistline which I love, this shorter style has a more playful, cape-like flare.

DIY Alterations Tutorial: Taking in an exposed elastic waist skirt

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NY & Co skirt (altered, see below), H&M top (old), necklace borrowed from friend (similar)
Old Navy hat, AT tote (current version), heels c/o Sole Society, BR sunglasses c/o

I've been reaching for this skirt all summer (first reviewed here) because you just can't beat the comfort of an elastic waistband. It's now on final sale for under $15, but please read all reviews as it's more of a crinkle texture than soft, pliable pleats. This top is an oldie from H&M, but it leads me to mention that this popular crossover drape blouse has been fully restocked in 2 colors! (see my review at the bottom of this post)
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For this skirt, I also wanted to share a belated step-by-step of how I took in the waist and sides to get a perfect fit. As always, I want to emphasize that I'm not an experienced sewer, so this is not necessarily the proper way to do it. I almost always pay for a professional job, but this looked too easy not to attempt! The elastic waistband here is completely exposed, so please note it would be more complicated for a concealed waistband.

Painted Poppies

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Anthropologie painted poppies dress, Nana sandals (old), J.Crew bag (old)
I've been on an Anthro kick this year ever since they expanded their petites selection and even offer some in stores now! I was thrilled that my last few purchases fit with no alterations needed, plus add a touch of whimsy to my usual styles. I'm partnering with them today to share special access to their September pre-shop (of next month's styles), which is normally exclusive for Anthro members. My picks from the pre-shop are this knotted maxi dress (avail. in petites) with flattering ruched details, and these chic taupe tall boots for ladies with longer calves that need a narrow fit (note shaft height of ~16" and circumference of ~13"). All of their regular-priced shoes are currently on promotion for 20% off, and sale items are extra 20% off as well for a limited time.
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The dress in my post today is from their current offering and actually just went on sale with the extra discount. I originally found it while searching online for "poppy print"...had wallpaper in mind, but got distracted by this little number.
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