The Best Occasion Dresses In The End-Of-Summer Sales

End-of-summer sales are in full swing as stores try to make space for fall arrivals. That’s great news for us because we can find style gems on mega sale. I have a few fancy-ish events to attend still this summer, so I’ve been scouting the sales for occasion dresses. Today’s featured is one of those finds. Scroll to the end of the post for more selections.

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What I’m wearing:

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My dress is the . I’ve been eying at Anthropologie all summer long because of its stunning blue hue and sophisticated silhouette. My local store never carried the style, though, so I wasn’t able to try it on. When I had the opportunity to partner with Larke, then, I jumped at the chance and knew exactly what I wanted.

I was advised to size up in this style, and that was great advice. The dress runs a size small. I typically wear a size 4 in styles like this one, but I needed a size 6. By the way, this dress has crisscross straps in the back, but I experimented by wearing the straps crossed in the front. The resulting look was a striking ruffled halter. Click to see the actual neckline of the dress.

Dresses like this one are perfect for special occasions. It has interesting details and a flattering silhouette. Since the dress is doing all the work, I kept my accessories minimal. My are by Alucik, a brand that specializes in collection pieces of jewelry. Alucik converts hand-drawn digital designs into detailed stainless steel plated patterns. This pair is plated in 24K gold, and the earrings remain in perfect condition after 3 years of wearing them (see them first worn here).

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How To Feel Cool In Your Jeans This Fall

I must admit it. I’m already looking forward to fall. There’s something exciting about seasonal changes, especially as it relates to style. Booties, loafers, blazers, sweaters, fall fashion gives us many more fun items to work with. I’m so ready that I’ve been busy imagining cool outfits to welcome the season. As a denim lover, many of those looks are anchored by my  (seen here and here). I used a few things currently occupying my fall wish list to create today’s featured fall denim style.

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This Tee Is Everything But Basic And Under $20

You probably already know that I have a thing for statement sleeves. Today’s featured puff sleeve tee is the perfect example of why I do. A standout sleeve can take the most basic item, like a red t-shirt, and make it look so sophisticated. By the way, the tee I’m wearing today is under $20 and also available in stripes (shop it ).

What I’m wearing:

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For reference, I’m wearing the tee in an extra small. It is very stretchy, so if you’re between sizes, you can size down.

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See more statement sleeves here and here.

The Perfect Oxfords For Modern Menswear-Inspired Style

Oxfords, loafers, brogues, Fall 2018 is shaping up to be the season of menswear-inspired shoes. These styles can add such a sharp touch to a variety of looks. And, of course, they have the added bonus of being flat and comfortable.

I already have my eyes on a pair (see them ) from Anthropologie. They combine a standout patent leather with a suede houndstooth to create a very edgy take on the classic shoe style. I thought I’d start envisioning the many ways I could wear them. Here’s one of those.

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Want more styling inspiration? See how I wear the menswear-inspired shoe here, here, and here.

The Super Flattering Pants Your Fall Wardrobe Needs

Move over, skinnies. Wide-leg trousers are back, and they are shaping up to be fall’s favorite silhouette. And, the best news? I’ve found the most flattering pair in the coolest hue for the season. There’s more. I also have a special discount code (grab it ) for the black woman-owned boutique where I found them.

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What I’m wearing:

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I rock skinnies so much that I sometimes forget how leg-elongating wide leg trousers can be. This pair from Enin makes my short legs appear to go on and on forever. The pants also have the perfect amount of stretch to contour to your curves while keeping everything snatched. When I first tried them on, I felt transformed. Seriously.

If you’re taller, these pants are perfect for you. They’re quite long. At my height (5’4″), I have to wear them with 4 inch heels for the perfect fit. For reference, I’m wearing a size M.

Talking about fall trends, the statement sleeve trend is holding strong. And, the balloon sleeves on this peplum top had my attention at first sight. What can I say? I can’t resist a fabulous blouse with a statement sleeve. Besides, how perfect is this top with the wide-leg trousers?

To cinch the look together, I reached for my new (see how to mix prints with it here). The stripes and pop of gold added a beautiful touch.

If you also find pieces that you like at Enin boutique, be sure to grab for 10% off.

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