Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Express Floral Top & Pink Skirt & Confident Twosday Linkup

Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit
Top-Express  (savesplurge) | Skirt-thredUP (savesplurge) | Bag-Kate Spade (savesplurge) | Heels-Payless (savesplurge

I got this top for a steal last month from Express. I was really drawn to the dark fall floral and tie neck. Part of what I love about finding a great floral is the versatility. A versatile floral has many different colors in the print. That allows options when mixing and matching. I've already paired this top with blush jeans and this pink skirt. I can imagine it with navy, turquoise/teal, purple, and several neutrals. 




Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit

When you want to build a versatile closet, thinking about the ability to mix and match with clothing you already have is crucial. With a top, I ask myself:
  1. Can you tuck it in? Can you leave it untucked?
  2. Does it go with at least 3 of your bottoms?
  3. Can it be dressed up or down?
  4. Where would you wear it? Work? Out? On a day off?
  5. What colors match or compliment it? What accessories or other clothing you pair with it?
  6. Would it still fit if you were to gain or loose 5-10 pounds?
  7. How does it layer? Can you layer it over something? Can you wear a cardigan or blazer over top?
  8. Do you even like it?
If a top doesn't meet at least 4 of these requirements I don't get it. Asking myself these questions has helped me to completely change my closet around! 
Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit
Top-Express  (savesplurge) | Skirt-thredUP (savesplurge) | Bag-Kate Spade (savesplurge) | Heels-Payless (savesplurge

Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit

Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit

Express navy floral bow tie top, pink pencil skirt, nude heels, mint green Kate Spade bag, fall work outfit
Top-Express  (savesplurge) | Skirt-thredUP (save, splurge) | Bag-Kate Spade (save, splurge) | Heels-Payless (save, splurge

What questions do you ask yourself before buying clothing?






47 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful floral blouse and so cute with the pink skirt and green bag.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom
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  2. Beautiful colours ! You look stunning! Thank you for hosting x
    www.vanityandmestyle.com

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  3. Beautiful outfit, such great colours :) Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Beautiful dark floral! I bet you'll be wearing that in the spring too. So pretty!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

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  5. Your dark floral top is gorgeous! Love it styled with the bright pink and teal!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  6. This floral top was such a great find and it's perfect paired with this pink skirt! I always ask myself if I can wear a piece more than one season. Thanks for the link up!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  7. Great tips Laura and what a gorgeous top on you, definitely a great find.
    Rachel xo
    www.garaytreasures.com

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  8. That is a beautiful print on your top, and I agree it will pair nicely with so many colours! Your questions are good too- I need to ask myself more before I buy things! Right now I just think of 2 ways to wear it that month and that's helping :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you're having an awesome start to the week :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  9. So pretty! Great advise on tops and similar to my own shopping approach. Those colors are so nice together and worked with the neutral hill. Payless you said? I'm pretty sure I have that same shoe and there is no shame in buying from there ;-)

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  10. I had to laugh when I read the one about do you even like it. I've been guilty of buying something only because it was a great deal instead of because I loved it.
    But I have to admit, sometimes I like something more after I bring it home and figure out how much I can wear it!
    You look fabulous Laura!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  11. Such a pretty blouse! I love fall florals. All the colors in your outfit are beautiful together!

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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  12. Lovely Fall color combo Laura!

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    Happy Tuesday!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  13. Such a pretty combo! Love that skirt!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

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  14. I love a pretty floral blouse like this for fall! You are so right, it would be very versatile. Looks great on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  15. Suuuuch a pretty blouse, lady- and so many ways to wear! Great score!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  16. That pop of color is so perfect, it's such a pretty finishing touch!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  17. Gorgeous top. I need to hit up Express more often.

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  18. Pretty floral top and it looks so great with your pink skirt! Great list of questions to ask before purchasing a new item.

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  19. These are such great style rules to live by. Love the colors of this look! Gorgeous!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  20. This is a gorgeous top and great questions to ask when trying to decide on an item.

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  21. Love the floral top with the skirt. I also love all your questions you ask. I should go around doing that in my closet.

    Life is just Rosie
    Instagram

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  22. Love your outfit laura!!! That shirt is gorgeous on you! Thank you too by the way for your kind comments on my blog! :)

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  23. Such a pretty outfit. I love that burning bush behind you too! Wow!

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  24. I would have probably bought it too, great blouse.
    You've got me thinking as the questions you ask yourself before making a purchase are smart, very thought provoking and create consciousness in the shopping process. I should adhere to these :) Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Laura, I love the dark florals out now too. Pretty blue color and love your colorful outfit.
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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  26. Love this checklist, definitely something I need to keep around!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  27. This floral top is so pretty & versatile!!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  28. The pink skirt looks great.
    http://tresfly.blogspot.com

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  29. I'm one of those silent buyers, you know, the one who doesn't ask herself any questions and purchases on impulse. Sigh. Yeah, that's me GRIN

    On the blog today, I'm tackling something literally "borrowed from the boys", i.e., an item of clothing I took from my husband's wardrobe. Come on over and see how I (and four other women of all ages) styled pieces we, ahem, borrowed from the men in our lives.

    https://sheelagoh.com/2016/11/14/boy-oh-boy/

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  30. All of those questions you ask yourself are good ones. I agree that it is nice is a shirt has a little wiggle room and I usually don't purchase a shirt that is too fitting in the mid-section. I also love shirts that can be worn as a tunic or tucked in... this floral top is so darn pretty with the bright skirt and that beautiful bag!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  31. This is such a beautiful floral blouse, and I love how you paired it with the pink skirt. Also those are great questions to ask yourself before purchasing a top, I should start doing this!!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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  32. I love asking those questions before buying a top! It's always great to think about what you're purchasing and how you can wear it!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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  33. I love this breakdown of how you choose whether or not to buy a top! So true, and such a great way to build a wardrobe you love and that really works for your lifestyle:)

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  34. I do the same thing when I buy a new piece for my closet.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home/

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  35. Loving that floral print and that gorgeous skirt! Great outfit! Also, love the questions you ask before you buy something...so practical!

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

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  36. What a cute outfit combo, Laura! Love the floral top with the bright skirt!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  37. This top and skirt look awesome together!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  38. All the colour is awesome...and then those neutral heels...I love how you balanced this outfit!

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  39. You look beautiful with this pink skirt!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: VELVET MAXI SKIRT... IN PARIS
    DON'T MISS: WHILE IN MADRID...

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  40. Such pretty colors in this blouse - love it on you! I agree, unless I can create several outfits with a piece, I don't usually buy it!

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  41. Ohh! I love the idea of this top with blush jeans! And I definitely go through a similar thought process when buying something. It's really helpful to see it layed out this way.

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  42. Nice strategy Laura. I think it's a very lovely outfit. I adore your skirt and especially your beautiful shirt! Have a nice day, kisses (and thank you for your visit),
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

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  43. Very cute outfit! Love the top... so feminine! :)

    And cute heels too.. I like that! :)

    YouTube | Blog: Geekette in High Heels | Instagram

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  44. You look wonderful in that top! I love the pink as well!!

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