Gap Striped Top (this season's) :: J. Crew Atlee Cord Skirt in Navy (similar, similar) :: Gap Field Jacket (this year's, steal) :: Anthropologie Bowtied Beauty Boots (splurge) Abercrombie Scarf (similar, similar) :: HUE Tights :: Marc by Marc Jacobs Amy Watch in Rose Gold (similar) Kate Spade Bow Ring (similar, steal, total steal)
A few posts back, I wishlisted this dress since my all-navy one is so dang comfortable. The negative is that it's still full price online and $54 in-store, a bit steep considering it would be a dupe purchase. Luckily, Kimmie of Blue Paper Lanterns suggested that the look could be recreated with a top/skirt combo, so I took her advice and dusted off this navy skirt this morning. The Gap top was a fall purchase and does a decent job of mimicking the top of the dress:
While my faux dress isn't as comfortable as the knit dress itself, now I'm hesitant to spend money on this dress (unless one in my size goes on deep, deep clearance) since I know the same look can be achieved using existing separates in my closet. (Thank you, Kimmie!). What I do need is another utility jacket since this one is too large and bulks me up - I kind of feel like a Ninja Turtle in it. When I don't look eyeball-less from blinking during photo-taking. Argh.
This is another reason I love reading blogs and e-meeting other bloggers. Not that recreating outfits is something I didn't know about before, but thinking a little more creatively and gleaning new style perspectives other than your own are certainly two of the biggest benefits of reading and absorbing other personal style blogs. Now what to do with the 40% off Gap coupon I found in the mail today? It's like they know.