Outfits

3 Tricks For Busy Women To Get Dressed Fast

October 16, 2017

Sometimes you just don’t know what to wear.

Some days you have to get out the door in a hurry. Those are the mornings when I reach for one of my grab and go outfits. Grab and go (also called fast fall back) outfits are those outfits that I’ve put together in advance. I typically plan at least a few outfits when I set up my capsule wardrobe at the start of each season. But what if I don’t want to wear any of my re-planned outfits and I’m getting dressed in a hurry?

Here are 3 ways I get ready fast, without reaching for one of my grab and go looks.

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Easy Halloween Costumes For The Lazy Gal

October 12, 2017

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Halloween costumes can be cheap and easy.

You can be sweet, scary, or sexy this Halloween without spending a lot of money or driving yourself crazy researching DIY costume ideas. In fact, the trick to putting together a simple, yet effective Halloween costume is to do the exact opposite of my advice in my last post — The Secret To Dressing Western, Without Looking Like You’re Wearing A Costume.

What is the secret for Halloween?

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September Recap And Favorite Outfits

September 28, 2017

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Favorite outfits for September

Welcome to my monthly recap of what happened on Shopping Brake, as well as my favorite outfits from Instagram this past month.

I adore wardrobe challenges and I have not done one in a while, which made the start of the fall season the perfect time for the Wardrobe Basics Challenge — The White T-Shirt. This challenge puts the theory that a basic white t-shirt is a versatile wardrobe item to the test. From this challenge I demonstrated 7 Stylish Ways To Wear A Plain White T-Shirt. For my personal wardrobe, a white t-shirt is a wise choice.

Remixing wardrobe basics, such as a white t-shirt, is one of 5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Women to make sure that you’re getting the most out of the money you spend on your clothes. When to spend or save, learning how to sport quality, shopping everywhere, and taking care of your clothes with a steamer are 4 more suggestions. You can also take the 5 Budget Friendly Style Tips For Men, a guest post from Peter Minkoff, a men’s fashion writer at Gentleman Zone magazine from UK and Australia and apply it to your own wardrobe. 

With the fall season in full swing, it was time for me to do a Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In. My fall wardrobe started out a little too large, with a whopping 58 pieces! I culled it down to a more manageable 42 items to use for my 2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe.

Finally, falls cooler days had me wanting to update my fall jacket. When shopping for a new jacket, I had to make an important decision, whether to Spend Or Save — Fall Jacket. The fit of the jacket lead me to pick the save option.

Now on to the outfits from my fall capsule wardrobe!

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2017 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

September 21, 2017

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In my last post I began my Fall Capsule Wardrobe Check-In and discussed what was and wasn’t working over the past month. My fall wardrobe was all ready to go after I culled it down to a manageable 42 items. Until I walked into Target to buy stuff for my home, and walked out with stuff for my closet.

Does this ever happen to anyone else?

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7 Stylish Ways To Wear A Plain White T-Shirt

September 11, 2017

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It’s been 1 week since I started the Wardrobe Basics Challenge — The White T-Shirt and now it’s time to find out what happened during this wardrobe challenge!

Overall this challenge went really well. It was a great reminder of just how versatile a wardrobe basic can be, especially something as simple as a plain white t-shirt. But before I review the outfits, a few of observations first.

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How To Transition To Fall Without Spending A Single Penny

August 24, 2017

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With the weather starting to cool down (it was 61F this morning) and the stores filled with gorgeous fall colors, the only thing on my mind right now is dressing for fall.  But what if my budget hasn’t caught up yet and I don’t have any money to spend on new clothes for fall?  No worries, because I can transition my wardrobe for fall without spending a single penny.  In fact, I don’t even have to cross over into my fall capsule wardrobe to start wearing outfits for fall.

The 3 outfits at the top of this post contain pieces from only my summer capsule wardrobe and they all have a nod to the fall season.

What did I do to transition these summer clothes for fall?

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Spend Or Save — Fall Florals and Loafer Mules

August 21, 2017

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Would you spend or save on this outfit?

Last week I demonstrated how I can take 3 of my favorite summer outfits and transition them for fall. But what if you’re tired of your summer clothes and you want an entirely new outfit instead? Then it’s a great opportunity to refresh your style with a couple of trendy pieces.

Two of my picks for the 5 hot trends for fall 2017 for women were floral prints and raw hem jeans. No longer just for spring, this year designers have extended the life of flowers right into their fall collections by placing gorgeous blooms against dark backgrounds. Shaking up the classic skinny jean this season is their cousin, the raw hem jean. And while you could pair floral prints and raw hem jeans with ankle booties, I’m going to add in a different footwear option instead—loafer mules. Loafer mules first popped up in high fashion spring collections and their popularity is still going strong today. If you have a mild fall season, or you’re simply not ready to commit to boots yet, a loafer mule is a fun option.

But before you can shop first you have to decide which option you will pick—spend or save.

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Transitioning Summer To Fall

August 17, 2017

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Outfit #1 // Navy sweater and boyfriend jeans from summer to fall.

With a few simple styling tips I can easily transition some of my favorite summer pieces into fall.  Mixing my summer and fall clothes allows me use 2 capsules at the same time, a win win!  It also stretches my creative juices so that I don’t grow bored as the seasons change.  When it’s time to start using my fall capsule I don’t have to pack up my summer capsule right away, I can use transitional dressing to get a little more use out of my summer clothes before they are put aside until summer rolls around again.

Here are 3 summer outfits that I plan to transition for fall:

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Prep (Part 5) — Review And Final Decisions

August 7, 2017

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I’ve made it to the final step to prepare my fall capsule wardrobe.  In my last post I reviewed everything I bought from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I picked up lots of goodies during the sale, but alas, one store was not enough to complete my fall capsule wardrobe.  Today I’m going to:

  • Review the additional pieces that I bought for my fall capsule wardrobe
  • Explain what I do with hold items (as well as how many I keep on hold and for how long)
  • Crunch the numbers to see how many items I’m going to start with when I begin using this capsule

Now onto the fun!

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