Personal Style Monday – More (Plus Size) Fall Fashion for the Workplace

Hello and welcome to another week! Today, I want to talk more fall fashion for the workplace. When it comes to dressing for work, I’m a fan of sheath and tunic-style dresses. So when I found this Jessica London beauty, I was thrilled! I spotted the dress a few weeks ago while thrifting. The vibrant orange color caught my eye as I stood in line for the cashier. I told hubby to grab it so I could see what it really looked like. Once I viewed the entire masterpiece, I knew it was coming home with me! Although it’s a size smaller than I normally wear, I was so sure it’d fit I just went ahead and bought it. After saying a little prayer, I tried it on when I got home and what do you know? It was a perfect fit! ;-)

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Dress: Jessica London, Thrifted // Tote Bag: Ponte, Thrifted

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So, why is this a perfect option for fall fashion for the workplace?  I have 5 reasons.

1. The print is fun, yet not too overpowering for the 9-5.

2. The length is “workplace appropriate”.

3. The dress can easily be worn with tights and boots, once it gets a little cooler outside. 

4. It’s the perfect dress to style from day to night. Add  a pair of heels and you’re ready for an after work date! 

5. The material is functional and non-restrictive. 

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Drop Earrings: Gifted // Flats: Michael Kors, Nordstrom Rack // “Peace” Cuff: Lucky Brand, Macy’s

When shopping for fall workplace dresses, my #1 concern is comfort. I don’t mind being cute for work. I mean, who doesn’t? But I must be both cute and comfortable when wearing dresses to work. I’m not talking sweatpants and a t-shirt comfy. I mean purchasing dresses with movement and dresses made with certain material. Often times I’m out and about, running work related errands or traveling to different work related locations. A lightweight dress like this one that literally moves with me is perfect.

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Last week, I featured Jen of Fashionably Employed as my October Thrifty Friend. She also linked up to my style link up last Monday, and I immediately thought of her when I knew I’d be talking about fall fashion for the workplace. Her OOTD choices for work are not only stylish and cute, but their practical and functional!


 So tell me, what do you think about my latest fall fashion for the workplace OOTD? Are you a fan of sheath or tunic-style dresses? Let me know!

Don’t forget to show off your personal style by linking your recent OOTD pots(s) below. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post. Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. One more thing – this outfit is apart of the FabEllis #FabWerkWear challenge. Be sure to check out this October challenge/linkup as well. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!


 

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Thrifty Thursday | Sweater Season

Sweater season is upon us! Last night, hubby pulled out out fall clothes totes and I know I stayed up 1/2 the night luxuriating in my collection of thrifted sweaters, blazers, skirts and jackets. I even put on a fashion show for him – he sat there, shaking his head and chuckling the entire time. He too could feel my excitement about the fall season finally making an appearance. Now, I get to share my excitement with you by showing off one of my favorite thrifted sweaters. Ah, yes. It’s so soft and cozy. I rarely wear a jacket when I wear this (men’s) sweater; it’s perfect for cool fall days. I think last season I wore this baby at least once a week. LOL! You know how I feel about repeat fashion. I’m all for it…no shame in my game!

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Denim: Roz & Ali, Dress Barn (Other Options) // Men’s Sweater: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Flats: Tory Burch, Nordstrom Rack (Another Cute Option)

thrifted sweater - thrifty fashion When shopping/thrifting for sweater season apparel, I often browse the men’s section first. They usually have a nice collection of chunky knit sweaters. Sweaters that you probably think your grandfather would wear. I know my grandfather would’ve worn sweaters like this. I actually have several of his old sweaters and sweatshirts, all from the thrift store. :-) Although the sleeves on his sweaters, and most men’s sweaters in general, can be a bit long I don’t let that stop me from wearing or purchasing them. I simply fold or roll the sleeves up. It’s an easy fix!

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Ring & Tote Bag: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Earrings: Target

sweater season - plus size blogger If I’m looking for a fancier or more decorated sweater, I thrift in the women’s section. There you can find sweaters with sequins, beads, lace and much more! Of all the sweaters I pulled out last night, it’s safe to say that I have a 50/50 mix of men’s and women’s sweaters. That said, I cannot wait to style and show them off on the blog this season!


So tell me, are you a fan of sweater season? Do you thrift a lot of your fall sweaters? Let me know! 

That’s all for me today. I hope you’ve been inspired to thrift some of your fall sweaters this season. If you need any tips or have any questions, feel free to contact me. Don’t forget to head over to link up your recent OOTD to my style link up. While you’re there, you can also enter to win a $340 ASOS gift card. Until Monday, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Thrifty Thursday – Versace Inspired Thrift for $2

Versace inspired clothing immediately catches my eye whenever I’m at the thrift store. I have 2 or 3 blouses in my wardrobe that can easily be mistaken for a Versace original (ha!), but this vintage Versace inspired blouse is my favorite, hands down. Purchased for a whopping $2, this piece has hung in there with me for about 3 years or so. It’s one of those clothing items that feels like an old friend; it’s comforting, flattering, and speaks to my personal style. All the makings of the perfect wardrobe item. ;-)

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Blouse: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Another Option) // Ankle Length Denim: JCP (Another Option) // Sandals: Thrifted (Another Option)

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I love wearing outfits like this. Besides maxi skirts and leggings, I feel most comfortable in a pair of (the perfect) ankle length fitted jeans and a flowy top. I’ve probably mentioned that several times on the blog before, but it’s so true. Outfits that require minimal fuss is all I want.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m a sucker for some avant-garde pieces, as well as some trendy styles. And trust me, I can pull out a freakum dresses and stilettos when necessary. ;-)  I just prefer, in my day to day life, to wear clothing that’s practical to my lifestyle.

It’s funny…some people think because you’re style is simple and practical that you can’t like any other style. That’s ridiculous. Yes, I’m comfortable in clothing items that, to some, seem simple but I love and constantly draw inspiration from all styles. But when you get right down to it, I’m a simple girl who can practically live in leggings, maxi’s and outfits like this.

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So tell me, what do you think of my Versace inspired thrift find? Do you have a clothing item(s) in your closet that’s like an “old friend”? Let me know!

As always, thanks for reading and commenting. Don’t forget to check out my latest #summerwithnic style feature; show her some love! :) Until next time, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Personal Style Linkup – Remixing Your Wardrobe

Are you a fan of remixing your wardrobe?! I’ve found this skill to be very beneficial to my time, budget, and overall personal style. In this post, I talked about a few ways to style transitional wardrobe pieces – a huge part to remixing your wardrobe. Today, I want to show how I re-styled 2 of my favorite wardrobe pieces, as well as give you a few tips on how you too can re-style and remix your threads! :-)

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TOP: THRIFTED, 2ND AVENUE // MAXI SKIRT: NORDSTROM RACK (Similar) // SANDALS: MOSSIMO, GOODWILL (SIMILAR)

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I 1st wore this thrifted crop top with a pair of denim. This look was casual and trendy, and is also one of my favorite looks I’ve shared on WNJ to date. The lace maxi skirt, 1st debuted with another thrifted top, is also another OOTD fave. Now when it came to mixing these two items, I wanted to create an outfit perfect for a causal Spring or Summer weekend. I knew I had to include 3 items: (1) cute sandals, (2) cute jewelry, and (3) a pair of sunglasses. 

When remixing your wardrobe, it’s important to chose items that can easily be re-styled. Simple enough, right? So if you have an plain top, try re-styling it with a pair of “fun” pants that have some type of print. If you’re re-styling a solid color bottom, flip it and add a colorful or “fun” top. For this season, adding a pair of cute sandals and sunglasses is probably a no-brainer. Lastly a little edgy/or trendy jewelry never hurts. That’s the reason I chose to wear my oNeckalce name necklace and gold bamboo earrings with this look. Topping a look off like this with that kind of jewelry is what I call a perfect touch! ;-)

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Sunglasses: Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack (Similar) // Earrings: Thrifted (Similar) // Name Necklace: oNecklace // Purse: Thrifted

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Another expert at remixing your wardrobe is Glenda from So What to Twenty. I’ve mentioned Glenda here on WNJ before; I’m a huge fan of her feminine and classic style. In a recent post, she too showed how to re-style an outfit. Her take on fashion and personal style is refreshing, true and always inspiring. The look below is from last (last) Monday’s linkup. I mean who doesn’t love a classic pencil skirt and a good pair of sexy sandals?!

So tell me, how do you feel about remixing your wardrobe? Are you a fan? What tips do you have when it comes to remixing and re-styling your wardrobe? Let me know!

Now it’s your turn to link up your recent outfit below! I want to see your personal style and who knows, you just may be my favorite pick for next week. Just be sure to link your outfit back to this post.Also, visit the other bloggers who’ve linked up and say hey. Thanks for participating and as always, thanks for reading. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Wardrobe Wednesday – Styling a Crop Top Plus Size Style

Styling a crop top plus size style has been a trend for a while now. Like most trends I’m a little late in catching on but, better late then never! This “plus-size trend” has been on my fashion to-do list for a while and after seeing bloggers like Jay Miranda, Kim of The Natural Fashionista, Inez of Style Chic 360 and countless others successfully style their crop tops, I became inspired to do the same. I’ve had this leopard print crop top for a few years and aside from wearing it around the house, I haven’t been able to show if off the way I’ve wanted. That was until a few days ago when I decided to wear it out running errands. :-)

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Crop Top: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Jeans: JCP ($10) // Vintage Jacket: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Flats: Bakers (Old) // Earrings: Bakers (Old) // Bracelets: Straw Market in the Bahamas

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When styling a crop top plus size style, I think it’s important to have 2 things; confidence and the perfect pair of semi or high-waist pants/jeans. As a human being, it’s natural to have certain hang ups about our bodies or certain body parts. Showing my tummy isn’t something I’d say I get excited about, lol, but I do have the confidence to rock a crop top. The jeans I wore are my favorite pair  - I’ve worn them several times on the blog. The fit is perfect and the fact that I don’t have to wear a belt with them is a huge plus! 

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I also decided to add my vintage jacket, thrifted from 2nd Avenue a few years back. THIS jacket will be seen on the blog a lot this season, just warning you! ;-) I love the detailing, the material and the overall look of the jacket. It’s truly a gem and with an $8 price tag it was a no brainier – it had to come home with me. I thought including this jacket would really bring the entire look together. Plus a unique piece like this allowed me to show off my personal style.

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So tell me, have you styled a crop top lately? What do you think about this trend – love it or leave it? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and thanks to everyone who commented on my new site, as well as my 1st Thrift With Nic! event. I really appreciate you all. Until tomorrow, be blessed and stay safe…XO!

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Thrifty Thursday – How to Casually Style a Floral Duster for Springtime

Happy 1st day of spring! My sheer floral duster is the object of affection for today’s edition of Thrifty Thursday. Although there’s still snow on the ground and the weather has been less than desirable lately, this floral duster puts me in the mood for warm weather, cool breezes and…well, Spring!

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Floral Duster: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue (Similar) // Shirt: Lord & Taylor // Jeans: JCP Brand (Other Selections HERE) // Heels: Nine West (Similar) // Necklace: Gifted // Purse: Arcadia // Watch: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue // Triangle Ring: Oh to be a Muse Giveaway

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I’ve had this floral duster for years and it never seems to go out of style. I find classic and unique pieces like this all the time while thrifting. In the past, I’ve paired this duster with a sleeveless dress and the overall look was very ladylike and stylish. With this particular outfit, I decided to casually style the duster with a pair of JCP denim and kitten heels – perfect choice for an impromptu date night, don’t you agree? The elements of this outfit play to my personal style very well. I adore flowy and free tops and when wearing jeans, I prefer a fitted and straight pair. As I’ve said before, I can tolerate a low to moderate heel and these Nine West kitten heels are perfection.

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So tell me, do you like the way I styled my floral duster? What are some other ways would you style this classic piece? Let me know! 

Thanks for reading! I hope you’ve been inspired to start thinking about different ways to style your thrifted and non-thrifted spring pieces. Regardless of the weather, try to think warm and happy thoughts – spring has officially sprung! :-) Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

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*Linkups: 3rd Thursday Threads, Tre-Chic Thursday, & Style Sessions

Thrifty Thursday – Little Black Dress

Soooo, I was hoping to have a thrifted video for you today but, my camera had other plans. :-( Let’s hope I can crank out a video next week! In the meantime, today’s Thrifty Thursday is all about my little black dress. I’ve been looking for a dress like this for what seems to be ages. When I saw the $5 dress hanging up, I figured it wouldn’t be too flattering. But something told me to just grab it. I love tent dresses but they don’t always do much for my shape. Going against my initial thought, I went ahead and purchased the dress anyway. I didn’t even try it on – very unlike me, I know. When I got home and tried the dress on, it fit AND (thankfully) it didn’t look like a potato sack!!

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Dress: Thrifted, 2nd Avenue// Purse: Thrifted: Laurel Thrift// Shoes: Marshalls, Me Too// Jewelry: Thrifted

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Church and work popped in my mind first when thinking about where to wear this dress. I figured I’d style my church look with a modest heel, like the ones pictured. Of course, I accessorized with gold to bring out the buttons and shoe heels. When I style this dress for work, I’m thinking of wearing a dressy pair of flats. I can also picture this dress being worn for date-night with a pair of bad pumps. Hubby likes that idea best, lol. So it looks like me and my little black tent dress have some places to go!

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So tell me, are you a fan of tent dresses? How would you style this little black dress? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I appreciate you all! Until tomorrow, be blessed & stay safe…XO!

P.S. Don’t forget to linkup your recent outfit posts to my Personal Style Linkup, HERE

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Thrifty Thursday – Purple Swing Jacket

Today is Thrifty Thursday and I’m so excited about this purple swing jacket! Can we say, so 1980′s?! This jacket is a true throwback and a love it! I can’t believe I almost missed out on all it’s fabulousness! Yep, I almost passed it up. While thrifting at the 2nd Avenue in Laurel, MD awhile back, I came across the gorgeous jacket. I glanced at the tag and realized that it was a size Medium. I rolled my eyes and threw a brief tantrum, lol, and put it back. But the hubby kept telling me to go back and try it on. That was the best decision he made that day because…it fit! :-)

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Suede Swing Jacket: $10, 2nd Avenue// Blouse: Style & Co.//Jeans: Old Navy, Thrifted// Heels: Unisa, 2nd Avenue

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Thrifty Thursday TipIf you come across a vintage item while thrifting and you notice the item reads smaller than your normal size, try it on anyway. At times, vintage items can be cut smaller (or larger). While this happens in regular stores too, I find it more common while thrifting. I have countless vintage items in my closet ranging from sizes 12-20 and M-XXL so, this holds true for me more often than not.

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So tell me, are you feeling this purple sing jacket?! I think after wearing this outfit, purple quickly became one of my favorite colors to wear. What color(s) are your favorites to wear? Let me know! Until tomorrow, be blessed and be safe. XO!

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