First up is Katie, she is an elementary school Principal who refuses to get caught in the decorative apple and holiday sweater rut that many school administrators fall prey to! And don't we just love her that much more for her stance!?!? I do! Here is a bit how Katie describes her style:
I'd say my style is pretty basic ... I buy lots of Ann Taylor Loft things, but I also love stores like Banana Republic, Anthropologie, J Crew, etc. I want to put together a look that is classic, but with a touch of trendy and fun. I love dresses, and wear them often.
I try very hard not to let myself slip into what I call "teacher dress" - you know, wooden apple accessories, holiday themed shirts, etc... However, as an administrator, I attend meetings and interact with parents and staff daily, so I have to find ways to mix trends and style with professional dress. I'm hoping you can help find things that will work for school, but that can be adapted easily to wear with jeans for evenings and weekends. (My evenings/weekend social life is just dinner out or drinks ... no crazy clubbing!). I also hope you'll help me find things that can work now and transition into the fall....layers are key with our Texas weather - blazing outside and over air-conditioned indoors.
Katie also clued me in on some great clothing items she had recently added to her closet. Very classic solid pieces! I was excited to integrate these into her new look and they made the budget go further!
Here's what her shopping list looked like, with her budget of $200 I was able to compile 13 new wardrobe pieces:
With that list and the items she had already purchased I was able to put together 8 (eight!) total looks! Here are a few of my favorites!
I love the simple elegance of this outfit. Perfect for hot Texas weather! The pops of color, red and turquoise add interest without a lot of frill.
Dresses are so simple chic. Just a black dress and bold accessories and, voila ~ instant outfit!
This outfit is perfect for dinner and drinks with friends. It casual and chic, yet very pulled together. If you swap out the jeans for black slacks it is instantly office friendly!
Same with this outfit... very relaxed, but with the addition of chic accessories it is perfect for the office or for lunch with friends!
Enjoy Katie! Have some great fun shopping... and stay-tuned tomorrow for Katie's friend Emily's good LOOK for less!
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