Out Of My League (But That’s What Fashionable Friends Are For!)
When it comes to picking out home stuff, I’m all about it ’bout it, but when it comes to picking out fashion stuff- I’m out of my league. I only shop for new clothes a couple of times a year, and you could fit all of my jewelry into small, metal-lidded mason jar. (See- I told you. #HomeStuff)
My friend, Katy, on the other hand- she’s reeeeeally good at pulling together outfits….and on the cheap, too. I met her at TJ Maxx recently, and man it was fun to watch her in action! The goal that day: help me find a fun, dressy-casual outfit.
She ended up centering my outfit around a $35 (Nine West) blushy champagne-colored blazer. (It was originally priced at $119) It’s not something that I would have ever picked out myself, but I was open to trying on anything she handed me that day. I really just wanted to have fun with my friend, and I had no doubt she’d pick me a winner!
Once she had picked out the blazer, Katy went on the hunt for a top for me to wear underneath it. A few minutes later, she handed me a $10 striped tank that, again, I would have never picked up on my own, but once I tried it on with the blazer I was sold! (It was originally priced at $18)
We hit the shoe aisle next, in search of the perfect pretty shoes to go with my two new tops. I’m a tennie/sandal girl all the way, but once again, Katy handed me a $30 pair a high-ish heels (originally priced at $79.99) that went perfect with the blazer and tank top. And the best part, they were SUPER comfortable. (Which I never would have known because I wouldn’t have even tried them on- ha!)
Katy suggested pairing my new duds with a pair of my skinny jeans and a big ol’ strand of (faux) pearls, and here’s how it all ended up looking together:
Pretty fun, huh? When it comes to Fall clothing, I’m such a jeans and long-sleeve t-shirt or plaid button-up over a tank top kinda girl most of the time, but I needed something professional-meets-peppy, and I feel really smiley in the those pieces that I normally would have blasted past on my way to the home goods section- LOL!
Katy put together a blazer-inspired outfit for herself that day too, and would you believe the whole thing only cost $52!
Yep. $6 shoes, $8 jeans, $8 tank top, $20 blazer, $2 earrings and an $8 necklace. Every time I see her I make her give me the cost breakdown on what she’s wearing. It’s so intriguing to me! She really has a gift for finding great outfits at great bargains. Her favorite go-to shops are TJ Maxx, Plato’s Closet (a consignment store) and Cato, and I will definitely be tagging along with her the next time she feels like playing dress up!
Katy leads worship with her boyfriend Matt at our church’s Pike Road location, so one of these days I’m hoping to share a video featuring another one of her Gifts, too. She’s such an inspiring gal, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to e-introduce you to her here today! (She blogged about blazers today too, if you’d like to swing by her place for a visit! KatyBlogs.com)
As for me, I’m officially obsessed with purchasing a few more bargain-priced blazers now because I like how versatile and arm cover-uppy they are. This is the first one I’ve ever owned, but I’m thinking I “need” a gray one now. What about you? Are you a blazer girl? If so, what are some of your favorite colors to wear and pair?