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office attire basics.

Outfit details: Necklace – $4.50 @ Steeple People’s Surplus in Minneapolis; Express button-up – $3 @ Clothes Mentor in Minneapolis; Mossimo belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Vintage clutch – $5 @ Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul; Antique ring – $12 @ Treasure Chest Antiques in Waseca; Gap silk pants – $4.98 (on clearance, orig. 59.95) @ Gap; Isaac Mizrahi heels – $14 @ Encore Consignment in Mankato. *Nail polish – Essie in “Overboard”

When you want to dress up your usual office attire, simply resort to the basics of black and white; it’s the easiest way to exude a touch of class in the most simplistic of ways.  Add some bold accessories and some bright nail polish (and/or lipstick!) to keep it from being too “blah” and more along the lines of “ooh-la-la!” Happy Monday! :-)

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a word on winter wardrobe transition.



Outfit details: Merona cardigan – $4.98 (on 75% off clearance) @ Target; Necklace – $8.80 @ Forever21; Gap dress – $7.97 (orig. $69.95) @ Gap; Merona tights – $5.60 (on 30% off clearance) @ Target; Xhiliration boots – $15 (new) @ Clothes Mentor in Edina.

I mentioned in the latest SimplyChic post my urge to ditch my winter wardrobe and dive into the vivid colors that spring fashion naturally brings. Since there is still snow on the ground here in Minnesota, I can’t exactly pack away my over-sized sweaters and wool socks just yet…wah, wah, wahhh. I’ve made the compromise to continue to sport my warm-weather gear but slowly adding a hint of spring into the mix at the same time. Pops of color and bold patterns [in small doses] creates an ideal balance. Fun-colored tights, bright nail polish, and floral accessories is an easy way to make a smooth transition into next season’s trends. Now my only question is… can it be spring already?!

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purple poise.


Outfit details: Apt. 9 blazer – $4 @ Home to Home Thrift Store in Belle Plaine; Gap top – $2.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Burberry belt – $1 garage sale find; Jennifer Lopez shorts – $13 (on clearance, orig. $48) @ Kohl’s; Xhiliration tights – $5 @ Target; Xhiliration booties – $7.48 (on 75% off clearance) @ Target.

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cozy in cashmere.



Outfit details: Gap cardigan (100% cashmere!) – $5.99 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center; Banana Republic dress – $8 @ Encore Consignment in Mankato; Belt – $1.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Xhiliration tights – $5 @ Target; Vera Wang high-knee socks – $6 (on sale) @ Kohl’s; Mossimo boots – $15 (new) @ Clothes Mentor in Edina.

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gold shoes with a side of mom jeans.




Outfit details: Necklace – $6.80 @ Forever21; Mossimo boyfriend tee – $8 @ Target; Merona cardigan – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Caché jeans – $10 @ Elite Repeat Consignment in St. Paul; Gap flats – $12 (on clearance) @ Gap.

You know you’re wearing mom jeans when they just about surpass your belly button and have the word “spandex” on the tag. (Or can I just call them high-waisted jeggings and you can forget I ever said anything about owning mom jeans). Regardless, these jeans are by far one of the most comfortable pair I own so I will continue to sport them proudly! May I add that they also make for great holiday get-together pants as an excuse to eat copious amounts of food, not that I would ever do that…

On another note, I was smitten when I recently came across these metallic gold ballerina-inspired flats for a mere $12 (orig. $40) at the Gap! A bit of gold is a fun and easy way to glam up any ensemble this time of year.

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livin’ in layers.





Outfit details: BCBG sweater – $6.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in St. Paul; Dri-fit long sleeve – $1 garage sale find; ELLE jeggings – $13.30 (on 80% off clearance) @ Kohl’s; Mossimo faux fur wedge boots – $23 (with $5 off ad coupon) @ Target.

The key to surviving Minnesota winters? Layers! My latest closet staples – leggings, dri-fit long sleeves, wool socks, cable knits… the list goes on. What are your winter wardrobe must-haves?

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blushing blazer.

Outfit details: Vintage bow-tie blouse: $1 garage sale find; Banana Republic blazer – $3.49 @ Valu Thrift Store in St. Paul; Vintage clutch – $2.49 @ Valu Thrift Store in St. Paul;  Limited jeans– $2.49 @ Salvation Army in Columbia Heights; Mossimo pumps – $29.99 @ Target.

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winter revolt.


Outfit details: Apt. 9 blazer – $4 @ Home to Home Thrift Store in Belle Plaine; LOFT blouse – $3.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; Vintage clutch – $4 @ Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul; Antique cocktail ring – $12 @ Treasure Chest Antiques in Waseca; Express shorts – $2 @ Neighborhood Thrift Store in Mankato; Tights – $2.80 @ Forever21; Xhiliration booties – $7.48 (on 75% off clearance) @ Target.

Who says shorts are just for summer? If you have a pair of high-waisted or paperbag-style shorts, simply layer them over some tights or leggings for a fun look this winter! To elongate legs, wear the same colored heels as your tights. *See my original inspiration for this outfit here.

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the colors of fall.

Outfit details: Vintage sunnies – $1.60 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center; Earrings – $3.80 @ Forever21; Liz Claiborne blazer – $5 @ MRCI Thrift Store in Mankato; Forever21 top – $2.75 @ TurnStyle Consignment in Minneapolis; Forever21 skirt – $9.80 @ Forever21; Socks – $3.99 @ TJ Maxx; Etienne Aigner boots – $6.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul.

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chic for cheap in all its glory.

Outfit details: Vintage sunnies – $1.60 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center; knot earrings – $1 @ Sophie Joe’s Emporium in St. Paul; Ella Moss blouse – $5.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; LOFT blazer – $8 @ Clothes Mentor in Minneapolis; Vintage purse – $5.99 @ St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in St. Paul; Ring – $8 @ Nancy’s Nifty Thrifty New Brighton; Et Vous pants – $4.99 @ Goodwill in Coon Rapids; Mossimo pumps – $29.99 @ Target.

Hey everyone! TGIF right?! :)

This outfit showcases one of my new fave color combos – neutral tones consisting of nude, champagne, gray and gold. To me, these colors manage to exude a classy and chic vibe (see an interior design version here). And speaking of chic, keep in mind the title of my blog, “simply chic for cheap – a name that came from my love for creating ensembles that might appear as though they cost big bucks, when they’re actually fractions less than the average person could imagine… because as I always say, high style doesn’t have to come with a high price tag!

Keep it chic & have a fab weekend folks!

Until next time…

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