The Colour I Didn’t Think I Could Wear

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Easy Like Sunday Morning

Carlson Textured Cardigan | Sole Society Aerin Bag | Lush Swing Cami | J Brand Low Rise Cropped Skinny Jean | Steve Madden Stecy Sandal | Ray-ban Aviators

A simple outfit I can toss on and go is what I look for 90% of the time. So, when I find an easy outfit pairing like this tank and cardigan combo I’m sold.

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Body-Con Beauty

Elisa J Off The Shoulder Sheath Dress | Poppy & Peonies Purse (similar)|  Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Melrose Watch | Call It Spring Lace-up Sandals (similar)

With another summer full of weddings, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect wedding guest dresses. I’ve usually steered clear of body-con dresses but fell head over heels for this beauty as soon as I put it on. This dress is oh so flattering and comes in a few colour options. I can’t wait to wear this to my friend’s wedding next month.

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The Skirt I Can’t Get Enough Of

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Zara Blush Faux Leather Skirt | J.Crew Button Down Blouse | White Keds | Ray-ban Aviators | Chloe Dupe Beige Cross-body Bag | Daniel Wellington Watch

Lately I can’t get enough of this skirt. I love what a classic piece this is and that it goes with just about everything!

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What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Ivanka Trump Embossed Bell-Sleeve Dress | Poppy & Peonies Darling Blush Bag | Sole Society Primrose Jewelled Pumps | Daniel Wellington Melrose Watch

At this age it feels like the wave of weddings and babies is at it’s peak. It’s such an exciting time in life to be able to celebrate these monumental occasions with our friends and families. With another year of a handful of weddings on our plate, I’m getting a jump on my wedding guest dress shopping. I stopped in at Hudson’s Bay this weekend during their Bay Days sale and picked up a couple dresses for these upcoming events. The first I picked out is this embossed blue bell-sleeve number. I love that it’s a slightly thicker fabric so I will be warm if it’s still cool later this spring, and that it makes it very flattering. I always love this soft blue colour on blondes, it’s just so flattering!

Below are my favourite wedding guest dresses under $150:

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Overall Obsessed

Madewell Denim Overalls | Splendid White Striped Turtleneck | Rebecca Minkoff LOVE Crossbody Bag | 424 Fifth Bow Flats | Ray-ban Aviators

When I noticed overalls were on trend, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about them. As a child I had a few pairs and, though I wore them all the time, looking back I didn’t think they were all that flattering on me. After seeing so many photos on Instagram of ladies rocking their overalls, I decided to pull the trigger on a pair of my own. It took a little convincing from my bestie before I decided to give them a try with a few different outfits, and now I am hooked! I’m pretty sure I am going to be rocking these many more times.

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Classics With A Twist

Zara Pearl Detail Turtleneck | Zara Blush Faux Leather Skirt | Madewell Black Booties | SheIn Black Quilted Purse | Missguided Blush Fedora | Le Specs Caliente Sunglasses

While I love a good floral print, or vibrant outfit, the classics will always hold strong in my wardrobe. So when I find classic pieces with a fun twist I’m sold! I recently took a trip to Zara and fell in love with this skirt and turtleneck. I love the pearl detailing on the turtleneck and the blush tone of the skirt! They’re such perfect pieces that take me from the office to date night and into the weekend.

Tips for Refreshing Your Wardrobe

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Closet clean-out

  • As each season comes around I like to go through and clear out pieces I haven’t worn in the last year. This year I took it one step further and cleared out anything that I didn’t love or feel excited about keeping. Clearing out those pieces that just take up space is always so freeing and helps you take stock of what you have, and what you need.

Sell Your Unwanted Pieces

  • Stores like Platos Closet and Style Encore are great options for selling your unwanted pieces. You won’t get a ton of money for your used items, but they will give you cash on the spot and it’s an easy way to get rid of those pieces that were taking up unwanted space. If you have more work-wear pieces, Style Encore is your best bet. Platos Closet is best for pieces from Forever 21, Abercrombie, H&M etc.
  • If you have higher end pieces, consignment shops are likely your best bet. My favourite shop is The Way We Were in Georgetown.
  • If you’re not into selling in person, there are many great online options. DePop, Instagram pages, or Facebook Buy and Sell Groups are some great options, aside from the classics like Kijiji and Ebay.

Use what you already have

  • Once you have cleaned out your closet, go back through and pull out some of your staple pieces, as well as a few favourites from last year. Use those pieces as the base to build your wardrobe.

Stick with a colour palette

  • To get more wear out of your wardrobe, or be able to pack for a week or more in a carry on, stick with a colour palette. Keeping with a consistent colour scheme will allow you to easily mix and match pieces, make more outfits, and stretch your wardrobe further. Mixing and matching pieces will give you the option to take a dozen pieces into a few dozen outfits.

Accessorize

  • A few simple accessories will easily spice up a simple outfit and can take any look from day to night with a quick change.

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Florals & Frills

Dressery Boutique Floral Bell Sleeve Top | Levis 721 Skinny High Waist Denim | Vionic Wedge Espadrilles | Rebecca Minkoff L.O.V.E. Cross-body bag | Ray-ban Aviators

When picking pieces for my wardrobe there are a handful of styles I keep going back to – stripes, florals, polka dots, gingham, and a whole lot of pastels. One of the shops that I love going to for pieces like these is The Dressery Boutique. I keep finding more perfect pieces for spring – I can’t wait to wear more once the weather warms up! For 10% off your order at The Dressery Boutique, use code THEEMALEXANDER10.