Happy Fashion Friday!!
I’m mixing things up a bit this week for Fashion Friday, my friends. Rather than always having you see my ideas and opinions on the fashion front, I thought it might be fun to incorporate some of YOUR IDEAS as well!
**If you think you’ve got a great idea for a Fashion Friday guest post, shoot me an email at sweettoothcourtney[@]gmail[.]com!**
Our first Fashion Friday guest post comes from none other than my fellow fashionista, Shanna. She’s here to tell show us all some great tips for finding inexpensive, wedding-season dresses, and let me tell you…she has some adorable ones to share!
Take it away, Shanna!
Hi Fabulous Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life Readers!
My name is Shanna and I blog over at Shanna, like Banana. And in case you are wondering, I don’t have an abnormal love of bananas, but rather this is my surefire way to get people to say my name correctly. So now that that’s out of the way, nice to meet you ;)
I’m honored that Courtney asked me to post for Fashion Friday. She’s mastered the art of cupcake baking (putting Martha to shame), while still looking faboosh in everything she wears. And did you know that Courtney’s was one of the first blogs that I started reading???
Okay, back to the very serious matter at hand: Fashion. Based on my Shoes-Day Tuesday posts, you’d think I’d post about shoes, but nope, I’m taking a different approach. Originally I had planned to post about how to “Dress without Stress,” but then a more appropriate idea dawned on me:
“Where to go for inexpensive, sassy wedding-season dresses!“
Since turning 28 (a few years ago now — MEEP!), I’ve had multiple weddings to attend each year. And for the hubby and me, that often means mucho dinero is spent on the plane tickets to get to our destination. Since the best part of a wedding is dressing up (err, besides supporting the ones you love ), I’ve become quite adept at finding super cute, trendy dresses on the cheap. Let’s go shopping shall we?
www.Overstock.com: It’s not just for furniture or random crap! Overstock actually carries quite a bit of amazing stuff, including watches, shoes, and jewelry. They also carry a slew of namebrand dresses from Jessica Simpson to Michael Kors. Oh and shipping is only $2.95 — can’t beat that!
Purchased from: Overstock.com
Price: ~$75 (retail >$150)
Occasion: Bestie’s bachelorette party in Vegas
H&M: I love that stores like H&M and Forever 21 aren’t just for youngins’ because both carry a bevy of the latest styles at a fraction of the cost. Places like this are great if you want to try something super trendy, but are concerned it may not be in style next season.
Purchased from: H&M, San Francisco
Occasion: Friend’s wedding in Santa Monica, CA (also wore for my hubby’s work Christmas party)
www.LuLus.com: I owe finding this gem to Miss Courtney herself! Last summer she was soliciting inputs on some great online dress finds, and mentioned LuLu’s. I was hooked at first click ;) I’ve shopped here twice for dresses and both times went out of my comfort zone by choosing one-shoulder ideas. One word to the wise: these dresses run short! And I’m only a little over 5’4″.
Purchased from: Lulus.com
Brand: Lulu’s Deft Precision in Navy
Occasion: Friend’s wedding in Washington DC
Purchased from: Lulus.com
Brand: Lulu’s Bat Your Lashes, in blush
Occasion: Friend’s wedding in Kauai
Friend’s Closets: Never underestimate the power of doing some good ol’ closet shopping! Lucky for me, I have a few friends with pricier tastes that wear the same dress size as me. In my experience, I love to see clothes have another chance out on the town, particularly dresses. My friends were more than happy to open up their closets to me and I came out with two beauties that I didn’t have to break the bank for. Talk about a win-win situation ;)
Borrowed from: Ilyssa’s closet
Price: ~$300, but free for me!
Occasion: Wedding Professionals Gala
Borrowed from: Mojan’s closet
Price: >$170, but free for me!
Occasion: Friend’s wedding in Illinois
Other places I highly recommend for fun, flirty frocks are: Victoria’s Secret (Clearance / Sale items), Arden B, and Target (now carrying Zac Posen and Rodarte)
Now it’s your turn to share your closet secrets:
- Where do you buy your dresses? If you have a great go-to website or store, please share!
- Fashion Do or Don’t? Wearing white to a wedding (when you’re not the bride!). I say it’s more of a Don’t than a Do, unless of course you’ve cleared it with the Bride. As for wearing black, totally fine, especially for late afternoon / evening weddings.
Thanks so much, Shanna, for a great Fashion Friday post!!