Seven Affordable and Casual Dresses for Spring

Seven Affordable and Casual Dresses for Spring

As some of you may know, one of my absolute favorite things to wear in the spring is dresses (probably like most people) because they are so easy to just throw on and go. Although I find it tough to make dresses look different every time I wear them, I prefer the convenience of not having to think too much about what I’m wearing. I also mentioned a few times that I intend to full revamp my spring wardrobe to make it more cohesive this year. For me, this meant getting rid of (re: donating) majority of the dresses in my closet. I have so many dresses that I never wear because they are poor quality or just not my style anymore. So I decided to start looking for some affordable, but stylish dresses that would also be good quality. When I think of affordable, good quality, and stylish, Target is actually one of the first stores that comes to mind for me. So this blog post is featuring only dresses that you can find at your local Target! I’ll link anything that is available online still, so keep on reading to see what I picked out!

Outfit #1

One of my favorite styles of dresses is actually a mini t-shirt dress, however I am a little bit picky about them! On my body, I prefer my mini dresses to be pretty short because I know it’s the most flattering (on my body) and makes my legs look longer. I find that t-shirt dresses are either super long and come down to my knees or they are too short and I can’t bend down. I found this one at target in this pretty orange (linked here) and was a little bit unsure, but when I tried it on, it turned out to be a great fit. I think the length is perfect and it’s thick enough that it’s not see through either. It also comes in a ton of colors! I decided to pair this denim jacket over top and some white lace up sneakers and thought it was a super cute, easy outfit.

Jacket: Random Boutique in Buffalo, NY / Dress & Shoes: Target

Outfit #2

I am telling you right now, RUN TO YOUR LOCAL TARGET TO BUY THIS DRESS! I had never worn a slip dress before this, and this one is so incredibly flattering and I immediately wanted to buy it in every color. I didn’t buy every color because I really only wanted a black or white one and they didn’t have either, but it does come in a ton of colors (linked here). It hugs your curves in all the right places, it’s sexy and can easily be dressed up or down. This dress makes me want to only buy slip dresses for the rest of my life, TBH. I paired it with a bright pink cardigan and some white heels for a more dressy look, but swap out the shoes for the same white sneakers and you could go run errands in this outfit!

Cardigan: Something Navy / Dress: Target / Shoes: Louise et Cie

Outfit #3

Another pink dress because you should know by now that I love pink more than anything. I find this dress incredibly flattering also and I promise you, it’s because it’s pretty short and the sleeves are cut high (linked here). The material is like a terry cloth/jersey knit but I think it will still be pretty light to wear in the summer also. I really like this dress styled a bit more grungey, so I decided to wear this old washed black denim jacket on top and some leopard ankle boots. I think this would be great to wear for a girls night in the spring or maybe a concert!

Jacket: Forever 21 / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #4

I want to be honest with you, after trying this dress on, I don’t really think it’s my style but I did want to share it because it is a cute dress for the right person. This little cami dress comes in a few colors (linked here), and it’s a really light weight material so it will be great for summer also, though it does wrinkle! I paired it with this cropped green jacket to give it a little bit more shape at the waist and my favorite brown loafers. I think this is so cute and very much a typical “blogger” outfit, but it’s not quite my style!

Everything is from Target!

Outfit #5

I actually have a very similar quilted pattern dress like this from Urban Outfitters that I got a few years ago and I think that dress is one of my favorite go-to’s when I’m not sure what to wear. Because of that, I knew that this one would definitely be a hit for me! The material is breathable, but it has a lining on the inside also because it’s a little bit more see-through. I also love the length because it’s more midi than maxi (linked here). I figured I’d pair it with this bright teal/green cropped cardigan for a bright pop of color, and then keep it really casual with the same white lace up sneakers!

Cardigan: Free People / Dress & Shoes: Target

Outfit #6

This is the same style of dress from outfit #4 (linked here), so again keep in mind that it’s not exactly my style! I do love the color and think it could be a great dress for Easter or Mother’s Day events that you might have coming up because it’s bright, fun, but not inappropriate if you wear a jacket. I added this yellow cardigan over top because I just love wearing monochromatic looks, especially in a bright color like this. Now, I was originally going to just wear tan boots with this outfit, but I figured I should just go full monochromatic and wear these pretty yellow sandals also! I love strappy sandals for this season, and I think these will work well with any style of spring dress you decide to buy!

Cardigan: Abercrombie / Dress: Target / Shoes: Steve Madden

Outfit #7

Last but not least, for those of you who aren’t into bright colors, I added a black dress because sometimes you need them. I really really like this dress in theory, but I realized that I might not be a puffy dress kind of girl after all. I think this dress is really pretty and moody, especially in black (linked here). But on me, it’s just a bit too long and a bit too puffy. I got my normal size (small), but I could have sized down one size (x-small) for a better fit. However, this is another piece that you can make really pretty and grungey if you wanted which I really like. I decided to wear my Sam Edelman boots with this and a black padded headband as an ode to Danielle Bernstein because she wears this outfit all the time. It’s so pretty, a good mix of feminine and grunge, but just not a good reflection of my style!

Headband: Amazon / Dress: Target / Boots: Sam Edelman

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How I Styled My Boyfriend For Spring

How I Styled My Boyfriend For Spring

A few weeks ago, someone DM’ed me and asked me about where to find some fashion inspiration for menswear. To be honest, I told him “I have no idea…” but followed up by saying that I’ll do some research. While researching, what I realized is that there’s tons of male bloggers out there, sharing their outfits, where they shop, and overall lifestyle. For some reason, the thought that men also need to look good and feel good, never really crossed my mind until that day. So two ideas came to mind. I decided to do another feature on how I would style my wonderful boyfriend, this time for the spring of course. I also decided to make an Instagram account featuring his outfits, because well, there’s tons of men who appreciate looking good and being well dressed! It’s probably my best idea in a while, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of that with you! Keep reading to see what I styled Andrew in for spring!

Outfit #1

Andrew has very similar style to me in that he likes to wear basic pieces, he usually likes to wear color, and he likes to layer. He also likes to be comfortable too! He got this green long sleeve t-shirt recently, and you know I love green and blue together so I decided to layer his blue bomber jacket over top. Paired with some dark wash jeans from American Eagle and some comfortable sneakers, and he has his first outfit! It’s comfortable, easy to wear, but still looks put together.

Jacket: RVCA / Shirt: Old Navy / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Adidas

Outfit #2

Andrew also got this light tan denim jacket that I absolutely LOVE. It’s such a great piece for him to have and he can take it all the way through fall honestly. I wanted to include at least one totally neutral look, so this one is it. I layered a plain white t-shirt underneath this jacket and paired the same dark wash jeans with it. To keep things light, I decided to pair these lighter brown boots with it. This is definitely my favorite look out of all of them because I love a nice, easy neutral outfit. It’s incredibly flattering no matter what you’re wearing.

Jacket: Old Navy / Shirt: 32 Degrees / Jeans: American Eagle / Shoes: Bass

Outfit #3

I’ve also mentioned several times that I love these half zip sweaters. I think they are super cozy, but still look like you tried to get dressed. Andrew got this one for Christmas, but it’s a good option to throw on as a jacket when it gets warmer in the spring, but you can’t quite go without a jacket. On the bottom, we did these khaki pants from Abercrombie, which I think look so good on him and the same brown boots. This is another neutral look, and it’s a little bit more put together if you needed to wear this to work one day (if you have a casual office of course).

Sweater: Land’s End / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Bass

Outfit #4

Last but not least, I wanted to add some color again! He found this yellow t-shirt a few weeks ago on sale at Old Navy and I love this color! It’s bright, without being too bright. It’s completely wearable. I thought it would be fun to throw a plaid blue button down over top for an extra layer because I also think blue and yellow look great together. Paired with the same khakis and boots and it’s a super casual, I’m-going-to-sit-at-a-coffee-shop outfit I think. It’s comfortable, casual but you still look like you woke up and put an outfit together.

Shirt: Urban Outfitters / T-Shirt: Old Navy / Pants: Abercrombie / Shoes: Bass

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