Easter Dresses under $100

Whether you are heading to Easter brunch, church, or a family party, I guarantee you will be turning heads in these vibrant spring dresses. The best part…..all of our selects are well within your budget, so feel free to splurge a little more on the Easter gift baskets this year.

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High-Neck Waist-Defined Maxi Dress for Women, Old Navy ~ $36.99

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London Floral Print Ruffle Cold Shoulder Maxi Dress, Nordstrom ~ $98

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Ruffle Sleeve Floral Wrap Dress, Nordstrom ~ $94
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Back Cutout Ruffle Hem Dress, Loft ~ $89.50
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Paisley Floral Sleeveless Swing Dress, Loft ~ $69.50

Look Effortlessly Elegant All The Time

Could it be true? Are some people just born with style? Or is it all just an a facade? Elegance and style are more of a mindset, and I truly believe that it is a work in progress. If you want to portray yourself as an elegant and confident person, you can! I love the statement, “fake it until you make it”, because it is so true!! Here are some tips on how you can look effortlessly elegant all the time.

GOOD POSTURE ~ Standing tall and with confidence is probably the easiest way to covey elegance to everyone you meet. A good posture is standing straight, shoulders back, and head held straightforward. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it gets easier with practice. You may not know it, but faking confidence is the best way to GET CONFIDENCE. Seriously, it is the secret that all those who have confidence know and still rely on. Confidence is elegance – always.

GET GROOMED ~ Elegance essentially radiates from within but can be shown on the outside as well. The more well put together you look the more people will take note of your appearance. Take a trip to the salon and trim those split ends, get yourself a flattering haircut, and take care of your hair. For nails, make sure you keep them short or mid-length. Use any nail polish color you want. But for a more elegant look use neutrals such as beige, pink, or keep them clear. Remember, you want to put together a cohesive overall look.

ACCESSORIZE ~ The key to looking elegant at all times is wearing simple accessories and wearing them as a statement everyday. Have a favorite pair of earrings? Wear them all the time. Have a simple pearl necklace? Wear that. Rings? Wear one.

TAILORED WARDROBE ~ Invest in classic wardrobe pieces that resonate with your style or desired style. If you want to go for a specially elegant look: get pieces in black, white, pink, and grey. Stick to a neutral palette and get those pieces tailored. A great fitting wardrobe shows style and elegance. And to be honest, once you get pieces that fit, you will not have to keep buying the same pieces over and over. Well tailored pieces can be kept for years. Your wardrobe and wallet will be happy.

MAKEUP ~ If you want an elegant makeup look, opt for red lips or neutral shades. Keep makeup simple and minimal. White or skin colored eyeshadow, black or brown eyeliner, and minimal contouring and blush. That overdone contoured look does slim your face and bring out your cheekbones, but being too hallowed out can make you look malnourished.

COMMUNICATION ~ Elegance is also how you make others feel and the secret to making others think “elegance” when they think of you is to be kind and helpful. I never approach others with an attitude. I smile, even if my day is not going too well. I open doors for others, because it is a kindness.
You can never be too kind or have too many manners. Communicate your elegance and people will notice. Always be kind!

Mixing Prints ~

I know it is probably one of the scariest trends to attempt, but once you get a handle on mixing prints, it can change your life! You can start creating combinations you would have never even considered before. So break out of your wardrobe rut and start mixing patterns. It is easier than you think. Keep the following three tips in mind when mixing prints. Make sure that one color repeats in each piece of the outfit. Combine loose prints with structured prints, such as swirls with stripes. Blend small designs with larger ones. Mixing a floral skirt with a soft striped top looks comfortable and cozy, yet still put together.
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A plaid button down shirt with a structured blazer with the sleeves rolled up so the plaid shows is super chic. Throw on a leopard print scarf and boom! Pair this with a dark wash jean for a casual yet sophisticated look. If you pair the same button down checked top with a polka dot skirt, you are ready for the office.

Here is another example of mixing a floral with stripes. The tweed jacket and dark wash jean add the neutrality this outfit needs to work.
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The possibilities are endless. Try some of these looks below for yourself.


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Inspiration from Pinterest

Ways to Wear a Plain White T-shirt

Ranking right up there with your trusty LBD and that perfect fitting pair of jeans is the white t-shirt. The closet staple has endless styling possibilities, whether it is tucked into high waist vintage denim or layered under a slipdress for a ’90s cool girl vibe. You might want to stock up on your favorite version, because you will want to wear a white tee all day, everyday once you see these inspiring outfit ideas.

 

 

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The Jumpsuit ~

Jumpsuits are, without a doubt, a statement style. The head-to-toe, all-in-one garment creates a striking look that moves beyond a simple dress or pants and top combo, and into more fashionable territories. So why then, do so many women still avoid this trend-worthy style? Well, it is not always the easiest piece of clothing to pull off.  Choose the wrong fit or add the wrong accessories and your jumpsuit can go from a fashion hero to a fashion zero. Like dresses, jumpsuits come in many styles, so part of pulling off this look is all about finding the right jumpsuit for you. When shopping for a jumpsuit consider your needs. Are you after a casual jumpsuit to wear during the day or something more formal for an evening look? Do you need long sleeves to combat cold weather or will a strapless style help you beat the heat? Once you know your requirements, you can start focusing on the details. In general, styles that are fitted at the waist and then looser on the legs tend to be the most flattering. If you are tall, wide-leg jumpsuits that finish just above the ground will be highly complementary. If you are vertically challenged, you may want to opt for a slim, cropped style instead to avoid looking swamped in the fabric.

When attending formal occasions, women often fall into the mindset of thinking that a dress is their only option.  While a dress may be the “safe” choice for dressing appropriately, it will rarely have the same impact as a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits can be just as beautiful and polished as a dress while offering an out-of-the-box wow factor that will earn you some serious style points. Choose a sleek and well-tailored style that flatters your figure, add some simple yet chic accessories, and you are ready to go.

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If you are looking to add some serious style to your weekend wardrobe, you cannot overlook a casual jumpsuit. Relaxed, super comfortable and oh-so-chic, the casual jumpsuit is the perfect item to get you out of your jeans and t-shirt rut. Choose from cotton and denim varieties in a range of silhouettes to find the one that suits your style. In particular, loose fit jumpsuits that feature an elasticated or drawstring waist tend to be universally flattering and perfect for jumpsuit virgins. If you plan to wear flats with your jumpsuit, remember to make sure you pick a cropped style boot or lace-up sandal that finishes at or slightly above the ankles. This will help create balance and keep the look lengthened and slim.

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While wearing a jumpsuit may make coordinating an outfit a much simpler task than most other garments, it still requires a bit of thought. Yes, you can just wear one item of clothing, but you still need to think about how you will accessorize it. Choose the wrong accessories, and the whole look can become sloppy and unstylish. To keep things chic, plan out your outfit, paying particular attention to your shoes, jewelery and a belt. After all, this statement style demands accessories that help it shine, so choose ones that match well. The goal is to find accessories with the dual ability to highlight your jumpsuit while breaking up its monotony at the same time.

A belt is a vital accessory to pulling off a jumpsuit, particularly if you are still unsure about the style. By adding a belt to your jumpsuit, you will help define your waist in a highly flattering way. Even if the style is already fitted at the waist, a belt will help you appear slimmer and turn a column silhouette into an hourglass. For those who are still new to jumpsuits, we recommend trying a belt in a contrasting color to that of your jumpsuit. Doing so will add a new dimension to the outfit and break up the straight line of your jumpsuit, which can otherwise seem overwhelming. Try matching the color of your belt with your shoes for a well put-together outfit.

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Jumpsuits, while being a statement style, can sometimes look a little plain without bold accessories. Block color varieties, in particular, tend to lose their wow-factor without the added outfit dimension that accessories, such as jewelry, give. Jewelry creates a secondary focus point on your outfit, making your style go beyond that of just the jumpsuit. It creates an interesting detail that will draw the eyes of those around you. Choose pieces that will stand out, such as a chunky necklace or large pendant earrings.

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While jumpsuits can be flattering, they also have a knack for pulling the eye downwards as you look at them, making you appear shorter than what you are. Wide leg and low-waisted jumpsuits, in particular, are notorious for turning average height women into mini versions of themselves. One of the best ways to combat this problem is by adding a pair of high heels to your look. The additional height that you will receive from the heels will help lengthen your legs and make you appear taller. Just make sure that you choose slim heels instead of chunky ones to keep the look slick and long.

Accessories are not the only styling tool to help you nail the jumpsuit. Layering can also be used to help you feel comfortable while looking great. The easiest way to layer a jumpsuit is with a jacket on top. Try a blazer for formal settings or a leather jacket for casual outings. You can even tie a jacket around your waist during the day in place of a belt, to add shape definition. The other option is to layer a shirt or top underneath your jumpsuit.

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Inspiration from Pinterest.

What Gretchen Wore

Channeling spring time!  This week’s weather is offering spring like temperatures, so I decided to wear this floral print dress.  Shopping for summery clothes in winter offers amazing sales.  This dress was originally $24.99, but I only paid $12 at Steinmart.  With this dress, I can add a jacket and boots for winter or sandals in summer.

How to Always Look Stylish

It is disappointing to me when I hear young professionals say “I can’t be bothered to dress up nicely for work. It’s just too much effort”.   Every time I hear this, I think, what about your first impression?  What about your professional appearance?  Don’t you want to seem classy, elegant and confident?  Don’t you want to increase your chances of getting a raise or promoted? You don’t want to appear lazy, do you?  Unfortunately, a lot of young professionals nowadays seem to think that dressing casual is alright in almost every setting.  When in fact, that is not the case……especially in an office setting.  Appearance is more important than you think.  Whether we like it or not, we are judged on our appearance.  Here are some simple tips to help you dress the part:

~ Switch from a solid blouse to a patterned one.  It can transform the entire look and elevates your outfit to the next level.

~ Wear a pop of color.  If you are wearing a black and grey outfit, you can add a red scarf to brighten up the look.  Who does like a  pop of color? It is not only fashionable, but it can make for a great conversation starter.

~ Make the effort to wear a heel.  I know, but hear me out on this one. A high heel for the office does not necessarily imply that you are obligated to wear a pump. I suggest you wear is a kitten heel or heeled ankle boot.  It just gives you a more polished look.

~ Add a sash or belt to cinch your waist.  Sometimes, we women can feel insecure about our bodies. I totally get that. However, when you are feeling self conscious, you end up buying clothing that is very baggy and that do not flatter your figure the right way. For all of those loose dresses and long baggy blouses, I want you to add a sash or a belt.  Remember, the waist is the smallest part of a woman’s body!! By adding a belt to your baggy clothes, you are accentuating your small waist and doing yourself a huge favor.   Not to mention, adding a belt to a look provides versatility in your wardrobe and teaches you a new way of styling your clothing.

~ Replace your cardigan with a blazer. Although I do love a cardigan, cardigans in general do not tend to have their place at the office.  They are normally overly slouchy and too relaxed for the corporate environment.  Not to mention, certain cardigans can look outdated and unflattering.  Stick to what works best: blazers.  If you are into trendy pieces, then you could wear a long, fitted blazer.  Just make sure your blazer is tailored properly at the waist, that the shoulders are not too large and that the sleeves are not too long.

~ Refresh your wardrobe. This is SO important!! Too often I see people wearing old, stretched out, faded clothing at the office. It is extremely unprofessional and does not show your coworkers that you take care of your appearance.  I get that it is easy to let ourselves go when we get comfortable, but that does not mean it gives you leverage for wearing anything sloppy at the office.  You never know who your boss could be or who you can end up wanting to work for.  Be sure to always be dressed appropriately, as first impressions mean everything.

~ Get your clothing tailored.  I say this all the time!! Wearing baggy clothing to work that does not fit you properly is not professional.  If you lose weight and your pants are too loose, get them tailored.  It is important to wear clothing that flatters your body seamlessly.  Trust me, the extra tailoring cost is worth your while, as you will feel more comfortable wearing clothing that fits you right, than clothing that does not.

~ Wear one neutral item as your base.  This is the simplest way to always look fashionable at the office.   You should start with a neutral base that will act as your blank canvas for the rest of your outfit.  For example, you can choose a neutral pair of navy blue trousers as your base.  From there, you can build upon the look by adding a patterned blouse, a neutral blazer and a matching pair of heels.  Finish off the look with a simple necklace, watch and bracelet.  Lastly, do not forget to grab your structured bag before you rush out the door.  Evidently, each outfit will be different.