Things I’ve Worn Lately & Where To Find Them

I mentioned shortly after the Summer Survey that many of you wanted to see more style related posts. One of the repetitive requests was “HEY-O where do you buy your clothes?” Ok, maybe I am paraphrasing, but you get the idea. After last year’s 30 Days of Denim, the on-going joke was that all of my clothes basically come from Target or The Gap, and while those are certainly favorites, I have branched out a tiiiiiiiiiiiiny bit. Baby steps, you guys. I’m trying to keep you on your toes! :)

I post an outfit of the day on Instagram (@follow_holly) just about every morning on my way to work, but I don’t necessarily share all the details there because it’s 7am and I am usually running late. This is real talk, friends. So I thought it might be helpful to pop in here every once in a while to break down what I’ve been wearing and where it came from for a couple of reasons:

1 – I am not a supermodel (shocker, I know) but in fact a regular gal rocking a size 14/16. I always find it more interesting to hear about where the average person buys their clothes. (Wait, you mean stores at the mall? SWEET!)

2 – I reeeeeeeeeeally enjoy fashion and style related things, but my current clothing budget is pretty small. Just about everything I wear is either SUPER affordable, On Clearance, or (in my opinion) worth paying full price for. That’s my shopping philosophy summed up — especially since I’m still losing weight.

So, with that said — here are a few recent Outfits of the Day (complete with dorky mirror pics!):

Today's garage photo shoot f/ a dress by Daisy Fuentes #ootd might be al little short Fo work but it's gianna be hot today so I don't care!

Dress: Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s (bought with $20 of Kohl’s Cash so it was only $12!)
Belt: Target
Earrings: Target
Bracelet: Target
Wedges: Target

Look I said I was branching out a little bit. Not a lot, okay? While I love this dress it’s a little bit too short for sitting at work. And I wore it out last night too and paired with a cross-body bag that kept making it static-y and stick to my slip. I will definitely wear it again, but without the purse and probably not to work.
*****

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Skirt: DownEast Basics (On Sale now for $25)
Shirt: Banana Republic Outlet
Necklace: Premiere Designs
Shoes: Payless Shoe Source

Speaking of last night, I went to a Blogger Event at DownEast Basics at the Roseville Galleria, and along with being super impressed with all their cute and well fitting stuff, I picked up this skirt which I’m wearing today.

The silhouette is different for me, and the little ruffle on the side is out of my comfort zone. But that’s what’s fun about style, right? Trying new things? I like the colors and the swooshiness (technical term) of this skirt, but also the fact that it is still pretty body conscious, which for me is necessary in a skirt. I’m always attracted to floofy, but it is NOT AT ALL flattering to my mid-section.
*****

Officially a marketing person's dream- I watched The Hills on Saturday & bought this Lauren Conrad Collection blouse Sunday #ootd #kohls

Shirt: Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s (I am totally on the Kohl’s Train lately)
Skirt: Ellen Tracy purchased at Costco for $12 — GET ONE. It is the yoga pants of black pencil skirts)
Necklace: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Missoni for Target

I purchased this shirt after watching a marathon of The Hills recently. I am a marketing person’s dream clearly. Lauren Conrad is kind of annoying, but her affordable collection for Kohl’s? REALLY cute. I’m impressed that it was versatile, reasonably priced, and came in a variety of sizes.
*****

Friday errands #ootd

Shirt: Gap
Skirt: Denim Pencil from The Gap Outlet last summer
Belt: Target
Flip Flops: Old Navy
Sunglasses: Target
Bag: H&M

I wasn’t kidding when I said I was obsessed with Kelly Green! This striped shirt is super comfy, but now that I’ve washed it a few times it has stretched out and gotten kind of shapeless and yucky. I’m surprised at how baggy it is considering it’s a Large, from the Gap. It’s good for running errands though, and this was TOTALLY a day when I just threw on that Garnier BB Cream with some lip gloss and hit the road!
*****

Conservative + curly hair. #ootd

Shirt: Apt 9 for Kohl’s (curiously unavailable on website, despite being a recent purchase)
Pants: New York & Company (I have to buy them in Long. Grr)
Shoes: Payless Shoe Source
Earrings: Silver Hoops. Let’s be real, probably from Claire’s.

Lately I’m not that into wearing pants to work, but this felt office appropriate, conservative enough, but also still a little fun. Maybe it was the polka dots? I need to get inspired before fall/winter because pants just aren’t doing it for me.
*****

Red Gold + Green. This #ootd basically requires I sing Karma Chameleon all day long

Dress: Gap — currently on clearance — GET ONE!
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target, last summer
Bracelet: Target

It made me happy to pair red and green and not feel like A Christmas Nightmare. I think it was the addition of gold. But of course when you wear Red, Gold + Green you then get Karma Chameleon stuck in your head all day, so just be warned.
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Casual dress week at work! Yessssss! #ootd #iliovedenim

Pants: Gap Sexy (ha!) Boyfriend Jeans
Shirt: INC at Macys
Shoes: Target Clearance
Bag: H&M

I love this shirt — it’s striped, obviously I love it! But also because it is flattering while feeling like softest cotton ever. It goes without saying, I think that I love Casual Friday, right?
*****

And that’s what I’ve been wearing, and well — mostly where to get it.

Any glaring omissions?

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16 comments to Things I’ve Worn Lately & Where To Find Them

  • Natasha Julian
    July 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for posting clothing options and stores I can relate to. So many times I look at a blog/magazine and see an adorable sweater only to find out it only comes in sizes 0-6 and costs $600. Who are all these women wearing $600 sweaters? The yellow Lauren Conrad shirt and the Gap sexy jeans are my favourite outfits. You look like a rockstar. Thanks for sharing!

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 10:37 am

      Oh man…I totally get it. I always feel rage when I see something only go up to a size 10 or 12 — like would it KILL YOU TO MAKE A SIZE OR TWO LARGER AT LEAST? And maybe one day if I can afford it, I will buy a $600 sweater, but honestly then I would have to skip lunch. I’m a chronic spiller :) And I like lunch. So wash and wear from Target are probably the life for me! haha

  • sizzle
    July 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’m not big into pants but that outfit of you in the black slacks is a bangin’ look. I also really love the dress in the first photo. I’ve never shopped at Kohl’s…maybe I should?? đŸ˜‰

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I had never shopped at Kohl’s either until the Lauren Conrad prompt. I’m so lame. :) But I was pretty impressed with their brands (celebrity and otherwise) and the sizing in their regular department was generous and their plus size department was full of stylish pieces. It doesn’t feel as glamorous as say Nordsromt, but I could really care less about my “shopping experience” and really just like the affordable options. Plus, the Kohl’s cash kind of rules. I think they give you $5 for every $20 you spend or something.

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    July 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Very cute Holls, I loved seeing these pictures!

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thanks lady! I just bought a pleated skirt recently too. Not sure if I’m going to keep it, it’s a little outta my zone…but I have to say your love for pleats inspired it!

  • needanightlight
    July 25, 2012 at 10:53 am

    your dresses always look so flattering. maybe it’s the belt? (not that YOU aren’t beautiful, because you are. but when i put dresses on.. they just look… frumpy.)

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

      I have a (ahem) lumpy mid section and a disproportionately large rack. If I don’t belt them, I look like I’m wearing a muu muu usually. TAKE THE BELT PLUNGE! Put a belt on it! :)

  • needanightlight
    July 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    i have the same mid section. i will try belting. once i clean my closet and find my dresses. enter UFYH.

  • Home Sweet Sarah
    July 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    So I think next time we need to go shopping at Costco together, because you always find the BEST clothes there.

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Lately Costco has been upping their game, I think. Plus I just really enjoy an impulse buy so clothing is most often where I find them. I mean, I find them in booze too but clothing is a cheaper impulse buy at Costco!!!

  • San
    July 25, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    That was a fun post! I always like to find out where other people find their cute clothes!

    LOVE the yellow Lauren Konrad shirt. I need to get my butt over to Kohl’s! :) BTW, I have been shopping mostly at Kohl’s lately… their quality is much better than, let’s say, Old Navy, esp. when it comes to T-shirts.

    • Holly
      July 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Totally. The quality has been top notch so far. And a really wide range of styles/sizes/products.

  • Hannah
    July 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Love all of these outfits Holly! I have been trying to put outfits together in advance to avoid the 6 a.m. wardrobe dive that results in looking *less* than coordinated, but you’ve inspired me to try harder! If we could just lose the ‘Autumn in July’ weather we’re having in Austria right now, it would help.

  • Karen B.
    July 29, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Red shirt and black pants look amazing on you. The entire look rocks, or rather, you rock that look. I like the first dress too, put some dark tights, a little sweater and it would be fine for work, IMO. Not a fan of the skirt with the ruffle.

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