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I bought this pretty, gauzy dress on clearance with an added discount code for about $12 late in 2012. It is definitely the best $12 I ever spent, because I just love this dress. It's very lightweight and loose so it is super cool and comfortable even on hot summer days, but the tie waist and the ruffles gives it enough detail and structure to be figure-flattering. The floral pattern includes some of my favorite hues, too--ivory, yellow, and aqua. This was my go-to dress all summer long in 2013.
In my 2013 in Review post I mentioned that winter fashion has been problematic for me in the past, but the ballet-inspired look I went for this year has been working out well so far. I don't typically shop at Target but when I was looking for some new ideas for winter wear I wound up on their site and eventually purchased all of my winter skirts and dresses from them. This babydoll dress in a deep purple print quickly became my favorite of the bunch--I had never worn the high-low hem that's been trendy for the past year or so, but I loved the look of this dress and thought that the hem and the babydoll cut were both very flattering. I wear it with black leggings and a purple wrap sweater to keep warm.
Old Navy Lightweight Tank Top (no longer available)
These tanks were another step outside of my fashion comfort zone, and another step that paid off. I usually go for more structured tanks because looser cuts can be unflattering to the figure, but these Old Navy tanks surprised me with how nicely they drape. The curved hem and the patterns add just enough detail to keep them from being too boring, and I love the look of them peeking from underneath a cardigan (see below).
Lands' End Canvas Skinny Cardigan (no longer available)
I bought this cardigan in a bright gold color in early winter 2013, and went back for two more in bright coral and soft pink in late summer. Cardigans are a year-round wardrobe staple for me, and the cut of these is just perfect--slightly cropped, three-quarter-length sleeves, and a little roomy without being at all boxy. I love the bright pop of color they can add to a relatively plain outfit, and the silky-smooth texture of the yarn that never pills.
I love the look of ballet flats, but I have trouble finding ones that stay on and don't give me blisters. These flats from Wanted stay on well since they're elasticized all around and very flexible, and they don't give me blisters on the heel even when I wear them without socks as I prefer. I do get slight irritation on my little toes when I do a lot of walking in them, but I can go quite a long time in them without this happening.