I’ve had this gorgeous royal blue pleated dress sit in my closet unworn for almost a year now because David would always make fun of me saying it’s too formal to wear out to anything we go to on a day to day basis. I’d literally put it on to go out to a casual dinner, and before I get a chance to make it out the house with it on, he’ll ask that I change because I look way too overdressed for the occasion (LOL). But sometimes, I just have days where I want to play dress up for no particular reason. Nothing better than walking out feeling classy, sassy, and a bit bad assy! Anyone else with me on this one?
When I saw this dress as part of Maison Jules’ collection last year, I knew I had to have it. I’ll get the bad news out of the way — since I waited so long to wear (and shoot) this dress, it’s now sold out but I’ll be linking to a few similar ones that I also love down below. This dress reminds me a lot of Oscar De La Renta’s designs, which I absolutely adore. The bright cobalt color is perfect for summer and all year round really, in California.
The pleats on the sides of this beauty complete it for me. It adds just enough sophistication and class without making the dress feel too busy. As far as accessories go, I like to complete the look with either a white pearl necklace or a white statement necklace, a gold watch, and maybe a ring or two. Here in the desert where you can never get away with ditching the sunnies, these Oliver Peoples aviators have quickly become an everyday staple for me.
I also wanted to share with you two amazing designer dupes I recently discovered. After splurging almost $5k on a small limited edition Chanel boy bag, I can’t help but find myself wanting more and more. I’ve hit my spending limit for a while now, so until my next big splurge, I’ve gotten my hands on a quality dupe of the Valentino rockstuds in nude, and a white quilted bag that closely resembles the Reissue bag by Chanel. I am extremely impressed with the quality of both dupes.
Considering the fact that I can be sort of clumsy when I walk sometimes (just busted my ankle this past weekend in fact), these heels have done me pretty well so far. I actually purchased these a few months back. I discovered Kaitlyn Pan on Amazon while doing my typical online shopping, and learned that her line carries many great dupes of popular styles and luxury brands. These shoes are very well-made and super comfortable to walk in. Pointy heels are normally a pain for me because I have wide feet and toes, but not these ones! The affordable price point has me tempted to purchase a few more in other colors I’m dying to own. While there’s a time and place for luxury items, I feel that you can still shop smart & find quality shoes that are equally stylish for a fraction of the price. Since the wear and tear on my shoes is a lot greater than my bags, I like the idea of being able to replace my shoes as often as needed without putting a dent to my bank account. Compared to the $1k price tag on the Valentino rockstuds, I would say that these $114 alternatives are just as chic!
So far, I’ve gotten the chance to cross the classic Chanel boy bag off my dream bag list, but not the classic quilted white Chanel bag yet. David and I agreed that he’d upgrade his computer and camera before my next big purchase… so for now, I decided to get this dupe from Amazon that looks basically identical to the real thing. I’ve even had people ask me if I got another Chanel bag! Honestly, it’s harder to tell unless you look really closely (doesn’t say Chanel on the clasp obviously) because the quality and stitching is amazingly done. This is a great bag to wear on an everyday basis rain or shine, and I love that I don’t have to obsessively worry about potentially ruining a Chanel bag. The best part is, I can still walk out in style for just $115 (compared to $2-3k). Again, at this price point, I can afford to replace it if I wanted to. Realistically speaking though, this bag is just buying me some time before I welcome home my next Chanel baby. My Christmas list is already quite full even though we’re still months away from the holiday. 😛
What are some of your favorite designer dupes? I’d love to check them out!
Photos by David Potter