OK ladies – If you haven’t yet experienced the shirtdress, now is the time! It’s been at the forefront of designer collections for quite sometime now and is by far the most comfortable wardrobe item you’ll ever own. In addition to its comfort factor, the shirtdress is also the most versatile piece in fashion right now. Just ask my husband, I wear mine everywhere…

Below is one of many hanging in my closet. I got this electric orange shirtdress from Forever21 at Tanger a few weeks ago (for only $23) and have already surpassed 5 wears. Keep reading for a few short tips on how to dress up or dress down this staple summer trend.

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Let’s Lay Low

My first wear was an easy one – My husband and I were spending the weekend house hunting and I needed something cute and casual. I knew we would be in and out of the car all day hopping from showing to showing and I needed a look that would last.

I took note from the way Forever21 styled the dress and paired it with the most comfortable pair of summer Sam Edelman booties that I own. I actually scored them from Saks OFF 5th during last year’s end of summer sales. To keep it easy, I tossed on my simple black crossbody and ta da… I was dressed to impress! You could easily add a cool moto jacket or summer sneakers to create a similar casual, but trendy look.

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Find similar items at Saks OFF 5th at Tanger Outlets.

Let’s Get Dressy

After our long day of house hunting, we were in desperate need of a cocktail. We decided to try out this new rooftop bar that had beautiful views of the city. It was just the scene we needed after such a stressful day.

Because the dress itself is such a bright and bold color, I thought a more neutral look would class it up a bit for a night out. Any guesses on the shoe of choice? Of course they were my go-to nude pumps that travel with me everywhere! If you don’t already own a similar pair, I would recommend adding them to your shopping list a.s.a.p. Because I wasn’t carrying much, I added this small clutch and simple gold jewelry to finish off the look. Matching the neutral tones adds visual symmetry and immediately makes you look more fashionable and chic. Needless to say, my husband was quite impressed by the transformation from day to night!

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Find similar items at Aldo at Tanger Outlets.

Fashion doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, in fact some of my best looks are those I have to toss together in a rush. My #TangerTip – Just keep it simple. Less is always more, especially when working with such trendy pieces like a shirtdress.

If you don’t own one already, I hope I’ve sold you on picking one up! OR simply styling the ones you have in your closet a little differently. I’m always here to help if you have any style questions! Comment below and let’s chat!

Happy Shopping!

So let me guess… When you think ruffles, you’re probably picturing yourself running around the house as a 5 year-old little girl playing dress up in your favorite princess dress. Lucky for you, this once childlike trend has gotten a high-fashion makeover in the recent years, becoming a huge part of wearable designer collections. Frill and froo froo are back and they’re more romantic than ever. Your fairy tale princess dreams have become reality. 🙂

If you’re already a pro at the ruffles game, please don’t be shy and show them off! Tag me in your instas using #TangerFashionista. Who knows, you could end up being featured in an upcoming blog or on Tanger’s social media!

Chances are you’ve never styled frills as an adult, so I thought I would provide a little 101 on how to wear the season’s most romantic trend. The trick to pulling off flounce and looking like an adult is to make the ruffle the focal point of the outfit, while also taking your body type into consideration.

Choose ruffles that are suited for your shape – Ruffles have the ability to make your figure look fuller, so you must be strategic about how they’re placed. If you’re looking for a slimming effect, don’t wear ruffles near that feature. Instead, think about the balancing act. If you have wider hips, perhaps you choose a nice ruffled top to make your shoulders look a bit wider or vice versa.

Here are some of my favorite fashioinstas rocking their fashionable frilled looks and tips on how to pull them off yourself.

Tops

Great for small chested women who wish to look fuller

Opt for vertical ruffles that run along a straight line for a lengthening effect

Ruffles on cap sleeves will balance out a fuller skirt

Find ruffle tops at Banana Republic Factory Store and The Limited*

Photo: Harper and Harley
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Photo: Fashion Gum

Bottoms

Always pair with a simple top

Great for adding curves

Opt for shorter styles to add height

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Photo: Le Fashion
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Photo: Natalie Joos

Accessories

Perfect way to ease into the trend

Keep the look simple and only rock one ruffled accessory at a time

 

If there’s one takeaway from this blog, I would say it’s to enjoy this feminine trend but not to overindulge. Do this and you’ll be well on your way to capturing the hearts of onlookers in your very own street style look.

Happy Ruffle-ing! 🙂

*Click here for 15% off purchase of $75 or more at The Limited Outlet (Exp. 7/20/2016)

All white is the definition of summer style – It’s cool, it’s fresh and it screams fashionista! I recently visited the Grand Opening of the brand new Tanger Outlets center in Columbus, Ohio and was honored to show off some of my favorite Tanger looks on Good Day Columbus! Below is one of my favorite outfits. My goal for Alexandria (one of my fabulous models) was to refresh her office look for summer in of course, all white. It can be difficult to dress for the office in the summer, with the fluctuating temperatures and busy after hours social schedules but I think I found the perfect solution.

First, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the gorgeous Alexandria. She was a beautiful girl, looking to up her work wardrobe! Now, we might not all have legs for days but lucky us, white pants give the illusion of length (insert happy dance)!

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The pants were my first find and inspiration for the entire look. They’re the Ann Cotton Blend Straight Leg Pants from Ann Taylor Factory Store and were only $89. I used my exclusive grand opening 25% OFF coupon and came in just under $70 after tax. They will last for years and can be styled with an endless combination of looks.

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I scored the next two pieces at LOFT Outlet. I was super excited about this white blouse. It’s a breezy chiffon fabric with subtle ruffles at the sleeves (stay tuned for this 2016 summer trend). This blouse works great on its own or can be worn underneath a nice tailored blazer for a more professional/conservative look. If your boss will go for it, I would try to go without the jacket – it’s so fresh! I also fell in love with this tassel necklace that tied in perfectly with the statement handbag (see below). It adds a great amount of summer color to the look, as well as a bit of texture. Ahh I wish I would have brought this one home!

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Last but not least was this STUNNING handbag from Coach. It’s blue and yellow embossed leather python perfection! It’s a convertible satchel so it can be worn on the arm like Alexandria is showing or with a longer strap over the shoulder. The print itself is busy, yes. BUT it works perfectly against an all-white backdrop. Summer love!

To finish off the look, I put Alexandria in a simple nude heal from Francesca’s. This could easily be replaced with a more conservative shoe for the office, like a closed toe pointy pump.

Are you inspired yet? Let me know how your all-white summer styling is going. Touch base via your favorite social media platform and I’ll help you out! I’m always looking out for my fellow fashionistas.

Happy Summer!

Hey guys! Last week was incredible! I was invited to attend the GRAND OPENING of the brand new Tanger Outlets in Columbus, Ohio. I knew going into it Tanger had planned a fun-filled week full of events, but I could have never imagined the crowds and the amount of excitement surrounding the 75+ retailers opening their doors.

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First things first, the center was STUNNING! We all know I love to shop, so I’ve frequented many  shopping centers. I’m telling you guys, you just can’t beat Tanger. Each one I’ve been to is laid out in a way that makes planning your trip effortless and the outdoor design is so refreshing. It’s not hard to spend all day there! They have amenities for everyone – stroller rentals, food vendors, clean bathrooms (very important) and more. I was blown away! You just can’t find these things at an ordinary shopping mall.

I arrived Wednesday to get a sneak peek at some of the INCREDIBLE retail collections and to pull looks for the Good Day Columbus morning show on Thursday. Side note – Thank you to the GDC crew for being so welcoming! I pulled multiple looks – one for work, one for a night out and a great casual summer look for men. Check out the segment below!

Friday morning started bright and early with stores opening their doors at 9AM! People were lined up throughout the center waiting to get into their favorite spots, it was crazy! The energy was great and I loved getting to speak with so many locals that had been planning their shopping trip for weeks.

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony held shortly after stores opened their doors. We heard from Steve Tanger himself and of course The Property Brothers from HGTV – Jonathan and Drew Scott. Man, do these guys attract a crowd! While I’m sure all the ladies in the crowd were there to shop, they sure did want to get selfies with the guys. It was a sight to see! They hosted a super informative design workshop also – I took lots of mental notes!

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After the ceremony, it was time to shop! Ann Taylor Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, American Eagle Outfitters, Banana Republic Factory Store, The LOFT Outlet, Gap Factory and more… There were more stores than my little heart (or feet) could make it to, so I’ll just have to visit again! I certainly shopped ‘til I dropped and found great summer pieces that I’ll share with you in the coming weeks.

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Bonus deal – Tanger was giving away these adorable Vera Bradley wristlets with same-day receipts totalling over $125 (which was not difficult to accomplish). I love fun giveaways like these! Also, if you look closely, they were promoting the Tanger App… A little birdie tells me that there is a BIG surprise coming to all app users on July 25th, so be sure and download it before then. I’m talking HUGE savings! Read all about the perks here.

And last but not least, my grand opening outfit! I went with this comfy off-the-shoulder denim dress from J.Crew Factory and a pair of neutral, lace-up heels from Coach (not pictured). No worries, they had a chunky heel and were super comfy, allowing me to be on my feet all day. I topped it off with the essentials, a classic gold bangle from the LOFT Outlet and my go-to sunnies from Old Navy Outlet

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I feel like I’m still recovering from all of the excitement! I can’t wait for the next Tanger event.

Fourth of July is right around the corner and you better believe the fashionistas will be out in full force! This is one of my favorite summer weekends to dress for because I get to combine summer styles in a relaxed way and my color palette is already set – red, white and blue! 

I was visiting H&M a few weeks ago and found the PERFECT look for my holiday weekend. We’ll be celebrating the 4th on the lake with friends and then will head back to clean up for a BBQ. And let me tell you, this isn’t your ordinary BBQ… everyone comes ready to impress (and of course to have a great time)! So, the pressure is on.

Luckily, I found the maxi dress below and the perfect accessories all in one stop. Check out how I styled this H&M look for under $100. I still have time to make a few adjustments, so let me know what you think!

This maxi ($25) is a cotton blend, so it gets a 10 on the comfort scale. It also has two slits up the sides, which serve two purposes in my book, 1. An added breeze on a hot summer day and 2. The perfect peek-a-boo to your summer sandals. I originally styled these with a simple t-strap sandal from Old Navy, but think I’ll rock my nude wedges to the BBQ.

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I LOVED the back detail on this dress. It has a dainty button at the top to secure the straps and the rest is left open! It adds such a nice touch. Again, here is that noteworthy accent I always tell you guys to look out for when buying “basic” pieces.

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Because it’s summer, I had to get the braided bamboo clutch ($13). I couldn’t go without one any longer. It’s the perfect size to fit my keys, a pack of gum and a few makeup (de-shine) essentials for the weekend. I’m sure I’ll rock it with a number of other summer looks to, so it was a great buy!

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I kept the accessories simple since the BBQ is outside. I have a strange thing about wearing big, bulky jewelry (especially metal pieces) in the summer when it’s hot out. Dainty is the name of my game! If you look closely on this layered necklace ($10), you’ll see two small blue gemstones that add just the right amount of shine.

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And last but not least, the complimentary gold/blue bracelets ($5). Again, simple but adds just the right touch. Oh and I almost forgot about the stunner shades. These were my bargain of the day you guys – $8 from Old Navy! I ruined my H&M from head-to-toe streak, but it’s totally worth it. They come with me everywhere.

Well, there you have it… There’s my 4th of July look. What do you think? Is there anything you would change? I’m looking forward to an eventful weekend and looking the part, of course. If you want to create this look for yourself, head to your nearest outlet center. It’s all still there and is calling your name!

Happy shopping everyone and have a safe holiday weekend. 🙂

Hey guys – It’s a super exciting week. I’m headed to Columbus, Ohio on Thursday for the much anticipated Tanger Outlets Grand Opening and will be staying through the end of the week for all of the fun! If you’re in the area, come stop by and shop with me. I would love to meet you!

Here’s a breakdown of all the exciting activities that will last all weekend long!

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Friday

Over 75 brand name stores will open their doors at 9AM Friday morning. I advise you to show up a little early to score the best parking spot and ensure you make it to the front of the lines. There’s nothing better than being one of the first to sift through brand new merchandise. I’ll be out scouting for new summer looks! Please do not hesitate to come up and say hello if you spot me. I’ll be free to answer any style questions you may have or just chat.

There is an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 10AM featuring Steven B. Tanger himself and all of the city and state officials that came together to make this awesome shopping destination a reality. You’ll also get the first sneak peak at Jonathan and Drew Scott from the Property Brothers.

Stick around the main stage after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Property Brothers design workshop at 12PM. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this! Jonathan and Drew are packed full of knowledge and inspiration for creating your dream home. There will be a meet and greet immediately following the workshop, but again, stay close as they tend to draw long lines!

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Saturday

Make it a family affair and bring the kids to Tanger on Saturday – Superhero Saturday. There will be two live shows at 10AM and 2PM featuring all of their favorite Marvel superheroes. Now, this will make anyone excited to come shop! If you’re able to stick around for the day, plan on grabbing a good spot for the 9PM Fireworks Spectacular! Tanger knows how to put on a show. 🙂

All Weekend Long

This entire weekend is about family and there is something fun planned everyday! Come ride the ferris wheel with me, play carnival games and take part in the many craft and entertainment stations that will be set up throughout the center. I’m telling you, there’s no better way to shop and you’re sure to have a great time!

#TangerTips

Hold onto your receipts as you shop! There will be a table set up outside of Shopper Services where you can pick up a FREE Vera Bradley wristlet with Columbus receipts totalling $125 or more! They’re super cute and make for the perfect change holder or ID case to carry in your purse.

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Also, CLICK HERE to download a grand opening savings pass for an additional 25% OFF a single item all weekend long (expires Sunday, June 26th).

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And lastly, share all of your grand opening pics with me on Facebook and Instagram using #TangerStyle! You never know… it could be featured on the website or by one of our great #TangerStyleTeam members.

Now, I’ve got to go pack! It’s going to be a busy week. Happy Shopping everyone! I’m looking forward to meeting some of my Columbus Fashionista’s.

I recently had the chance to visit my dad across the country and took advantage of the opportunity to give him his Father’s day gift a little early – much better than the FaceTime dates we’re used to. He was maxed out on his #1 Dad mugs and has enough ties to make it to the moon (and back), so I had to get creative. My dad has always been pretty put together fashion wise, but I wouldn’t tag him as a trendsetter quite yet. His problem – he never spends the time or money to shop for himself. In true dad fashion, family comes first! So, I had to step in.

I used this year’s daddy day as an opportunity to give him pieces that will help kick off his wardrobe update. Below are a few tips to shopping for the dads in your family, making sure they’re the coolest kids on the block. Whether you’re shopping for your own dad, a daddy-to-be or a dad in the trenches raising multiple little ones, these tips are for you/him!

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Jeans – Jean styles for men are constantly changing. Ditch the cargos. Go for a slimmer, more flattering bootcut. Dark washes are more versatile and light options should have texture. Gap Factory Store has a large variety of jeans to choose from. Use this coupon through 6/30 for an extra 10% OFF.

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T-Shirts – Trendy t-shirts will help increase dad’s cool factor. He doesn’t have to rock a polo every day of the week. Casual fashion is tough for most men. Look for t-shirts with buttons or a small pocket. I’m a big fan of heathered colors and have always had luck at Levi’s.

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Shoes – Encourage dad to ditch the trainers and try either a more breathable athletic shoe for comfort or a pair of Vans to wear during the summer months. You can find these at the Vans Outlet of course, or any Journey’s location. For a more professional approach, get him a nice pair of suede oxfords from Timberland.

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Accessories – Ballcaps give off a pretty cool dad vibe. I also think watches and bracelets can make a big statement for guys. It says a lot when a man is patient enough to put a little extra time into making final touches to his look. Timberland has a pretty good selection of active watches right now for only $90!

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Sunglasses – The trendiest accessory of them all! I love cool sunnies for dad. On his head or folded over his collar, they’re just cool.

Honestly, the biggest thing that makes a dad fashionable is the love he has for his kids. Don’t get defeated if they go through a goofy phase trying to figure it all out. At the end of the day, they’ll love what you get them because they love that you care! Dads always want to impress their kids.

To score a few extra points with pops, let him know how much you saved on all his new finds from Tanger. Then you’re sure to get an approval. I already have my next care package for dad in the works. 😉 There are Tanger Outlet centers all across the country, so I might even toss in a gift card and let him take a stab at dad fashion himself (with direction, of course).

Happy Father’s Day shopping!

The off-the-shoulder styles are one of the biggest trends of the season, seen on runways around the globe. These breezy necklines are making blouses more breathable, dresses breezier and everything just a little sexier. Designers showcased a number of “cold shoulder” silhouettes for Spring/Summer 2016, including halters, cut-outs and off-the-shoulder styles. This is a great trend for those that love these airy fashions, but aren’t 100% comfortable with going sleeveless. It’s a flattering shape that is easy to wear and a trend you can safely invest in without having to worry about it going in and out of style.

Below are two of my favorite runway-inspired looks from Tanger Outlets.

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This classic black dress is sexy in a modest and chic way. It’s a great way to show off your summer glow without going overboard. With a bit of elastic at the neckline and a loose, flowy fit, this LBD has quickly become the most worn piece in my warm-weather wardrobe. The ties on the sleeves also add some fun and flare! For this look, I added a dynamite pair of lace-up heels – it takes the dress from a simple summer piece to a sizzling night-out ensemble.

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I also tried my favorite black off-the-shoulder dress with these showstopping (almost knee-high) gladiator heels, which made for a bold and comfortable, casual look. Gladiator heels are a must for everyone’s summer wardrobe. Check out BCBGMAXAZRIA at Tanger for similar styles!

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My second favorite off-the-shoulder look includes this royal blue blouse and my go-to white summer shorts. Not only is the blouse my favorite of this season’s Pantone colors, Snorkel Blue, it fits like a dream! If you’re looking for something similar, visit Bebe before Wednesday 6/8 for their Top Sale with blouses starting at only $19!

This is undoubtedly the most comfortable outfit I’ve worn this year. The blouse falls just below the waist, flowing right into the pleated shorts of a similar look and feel, fabric wise. To add structure and dress it up, I paired the outfit with my classic black strappy sandals from Saks OFF 5th. I’m sure I could manage to make these beauties work with just about any look in my closet.

So join me in welcoming summer in style with off-the-shoulder fashions! Don’t hesitate to reach out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns about pulling off this fashionable trend. Be sure to use #TangerFashionista and I’ll help however I can.

Happy shopping and more importantly, happy summer! 🙂

The weather is heating up and fashionistas everywhere are tossing off their spring digs in favor of easy breezy summer styles. From sandals to jewels, summer 2016 found designers embracing an exciting mix of accessories. I’ve listed some of my favorite accessories from Tanger to freshen up your look without breaking the bank, understanding that not everyone has the funds to invest in an entirely new summer wardrobe each year. Let’s be real!

The best thing about accessorizing is that it gives you an opportunity to test the trend waters before diving in head first. It’s an easy way to minimize your fashion risk, but still be a little daring! So here you have it… the perfect complimentary pieces to your favorite summer looks!

Bright Heels

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You’ve all heard me preach “pop of color” and there’s no better way to add it than with a beautiful bright shoe. I found these heels at Papaya for way less than I would expect to pay for lovely lace-ups, and they’re oh-so perfect for summer. I have so many plans for them! I’m headed to an outdoor graduation party in a few weeks and am planning to pair them with a simple white, eyelet sundress. Still toying with the idea of tying in a monochrome purple clutch. I might just stick with a neutral – We’ll see… Either way, these heels will definitely be the conversation piece.

Bold Heels

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Can you tell what my favorite accessory is? 🙂 Shoes will always have my heart. This is another pair that I spotted at Papaya. They’re SUPER trendy, but safe enough to sport in black and white. The platform trend is sticking around this summer, which I do not mind. It’s the comfortable counterpart to the wedge. I keep trying to dream up a look for these, but the more I try to plan the more I realize this might become an everyday seasonal shoe. It could work with denim, skirts, dresses, you name it.

Boho Jewels

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Boho is still a go this summer! Tip for creating the perfect boho look – Accessorize in layers. You don’t have to purchase a number of different high priced pieces. Instead, simply layer the long beaded, fringed or mixed metal pieces that you can find for less.

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If you prefer bolder pieces, look for statement necklaces like the one above. It’s considered boho, but I think it’s more of an armored look. It also falls really nicely, just above the collarbone. It’s stunning! I found both of these necklaces at Rue21, among a ton of other options. Definitely worth a visit!

Accessorizing is the fun part about styling. It’s the icing on the cake! Share some of your greatest summer accessory photos with me on Instagram using #TangerFashionista and you could be the next personal featured on the Tanger page. Be bold and take chances trying new trends – you’ll really be surprised at how your summer looks come together when you do!

Stripes, while most commonly associated with nautical fashions are one of the most versatile spring/summer trends. I have everything from striped pencil dresses to striped T’s hanging in my closet, but I was lacking in the work attire department. One quick trip to Tanger sent me over the top. Here’s my favorite look of the day!

I didn’t want stripes to be the driver of the outfit, but certainly play a big part in the story. This entire look came from J.Crew Factory. Lucky me, I got to use the 10% OFF coupon in the coupon book (you can pick these up at Shopper Services). A little bit goes a long way, you guys. The more I save, the more I have to spend on extra goodies.

The first item I spotted when I walked in was this striped, boatneck top. It keeps me on trend and can be worn a zillion different ways – dark/light denim, black cigarette pants or a fancy pencil skirt, you name it.

Next up was this bright yellow/mint skirt. This is the perfect way to bring a little sunshine into the office! It’s also a great spring staple. You could wear it for years with a few versatile styling tips, like my advice for mixed-prints. Dress it up or dress it down – You’ll be the talk of the town.

Because the office can be a little chilly, I needed a jacket to toss over my striped top. I was originally thinking of keeping it classic with a black blazer, but I found this structured denim jacket and couldn’t resist. I’ve been stocking up on pretty high end pieces lately, so it was about time I purchased a few casual looks. Really, every piece of this outfit could be reworked. That’s my favorite part about it!

And lastly, accessories! In keeping with my head-to-toe J.Crew look, I couldn’t help but gravitate to their iconic bauble necklaces. Bright and bold – Just what I needed to make the skirt pop!

Ta da! There you have it… The PERFECT casual office look, incorporating a number of different spring trends and seasonless staples. If you’re interested in recreating a similar look, head to J.Crew Factory at Tanger today.

Tag me on social using #TangerFinds or #TangerFashionista to show me what you come away with. You never know – you could be my next #TangerShare!