Wednesday, April 3, 2013

this vs. that: graphic sweater + skinny jeans

1. J. Crew Gold Bangles, Kate Spade Heart Earrings, J. Crew Cashmere Sweater, J. Crew Perfect Shirt, 7 For All Mankind Jeans, J. Crew Leather Ballet Flats  |  2. Forever 21 Bangles, Forever 21 Heart Earrings, Old Navy Graphic Sweater, H&M Shirt, Forever 21 Classic Skinnies, Target Merona Cap Toe Flats


Layering a sweater over a classic button up has always been a wardrobe staple for me. This is a combo I'll often wear with slacks, a pencil skirt, or skinny jeans and flats as shown above.

However, sometimes this combo can feel a little stale, or a bit too "preppy." This season I've seen a lot of "graphic" sweaters, and I don't know about you, but I couldn't justify paying almost $400 for the J. Crew version shown above and I wanted to find a reasonably priced version (since I don't think this trend will be around for long).

I've put together two similar outfits above, down to the smallest details. I own several of these H&M button-up shirts and they fit amazingly well! In addition, if you've never tried a paid of the Forever 21 skinny jeans I highly encourage you to try a pair the next time you're there. Seriously, they're only $10.80 and fit, look, and feel just like some of the more expensive brands I've owned.

Happy shopping!

xoxo,


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18 comments:

  1. I've had my eye on that sweater... I think i'll pick it up with my Old Navy Super Cash! Can you tell me how the rise is on Forever 21 jeans? I've gotten to where I only like to buy mid to high-rise jeans.

    -Meagan
    Gloss and Threads

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    1. The Forever 21 jeans are about mid-rise...you should be able to sit down comfortably and not show any whale tail :)

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  2. Beautiful look on you. You look amazing in your outfits. GREAT blog!

    If you get a sec, please check out my latest post - 'Paisley Pattern'. Thank you in advance.

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  3. I love sweaters over a button up. And I totally always go for the better deals that look just like the expensive thing! Makes me feel like I did a good thing. lol


    love,
    Sherry

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  4. I love your lower-priced outfit, and you're so right: I can't believe that anyone would pay that much for a trendy item! Money to burn, I suppose :P

    Brittney

    anotherbeautifulthing.blogspot.com

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  5. oh my goodness, amazing finds. I prefer the one on the right, regardless of the price. Adore this post, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Anna...I like [most] of the items on the right better too!

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  6. Such a great post!! Loveeeee budget friendly fashion! Amazing choices here!

    ox from NYC!
    davie+erica

    LPFashionPhilosophy

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    1. Thanks to you both!!! I'm all about budget friendly fashion :)

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  7. Love everything on the right even more I think! Except that darling sweater-- that is just too cute :) Great finds all around!
    xx, Emily
    http://soanthro.com

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  8. great finds! I love finding cheaper versions of my favorite outfits :)

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  9. $825 for jeans? Holy God, I thought I'd paid a lot for jeans. Wow.

    Great post.

    xoxo

    Cecile In L.A.

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    1. Thanks Cecile! It was $825 for the entire outfit on the left, vs. $104 for the similar outfit on the right :)

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