Top 5 Old Navy Buys – For Less!

In order to be real and to be chic, you got to know where to shop. And lately I’ve been all about Old Navy. I know what you’re thinking… Old Navy, right? But yet, they’re reasonably priced and lately it seems always adorable. It’s a great go-to option for a variety of occasions. You can even find a tip from Reality Chic on a way to shop at Old Navy (see tip 9.) I’ve picked out my top 5 favorite, necessities from their store for your everyday life as a fashionista.

What makes me buy something? The answer is simple, if I feel great in it, I want it to be mine. That’s why I think this super cute, tie front blouse would be perfect. It’s silky fabric and popping colors make me crave it already. Plus, everyone needs a good going out top or weekender top that they feel great in.

I am in love with stripes on just about anything; especially on cute day dresses like this one. I’m always looking for an easy dress to just throw on for the day and be set to go. For winter, I love to wear a striped dress with boots and leggings and a cute headband to tie things up.

 

You can never have to many staples in your wardrobe, and a cardigan is a must have. Old Navy is a great place to get a reasonable cardigan for all occasions. I like having my basic black and peach cardigans in my closet and then a few colored ones, like a red and purple.

 

Classic pair of ballet flats are always useful, but it’s also important to have a fun pair around to dress up any pair of jeans or leggings. These polka dot ones are just too cute to miss. Grey and white is a perfect color combination to go with a variety of looks. I would love wear these flats with some colored jeans, possibly in pink or red, to spice it up.

I’m always looking for an alternative to my regular, blue denim jeans. Colored jeans are the perfect route, if you’re like me. They are easy to wear and easy to coordinate different outfits with. All out your neutral tops and shoes should pretty easily go with a bright and fun pair of colored jeans. Old Navy has a huge range of colored jeans, making it an easy destination for your denim alternative. Bonus tip, for some reason the grey ones have extra spandex in them making them uber comfortable to wear!

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Pretty in Pink For Less!

What woman can’t resist the color pink?! I know some people find it to be a little too girly or immature, but I think it’s the perfect way to show off your feminine side.

For those pink lovers out there try this deep pink top or these light pink jeans. The peplum top is perfect for a winter night out with a sweater worn over top. I also love pink jeans because they are a great alternative to regular jeans and can add some spice to your look.

If you’re not so keen on pink yet, try wearing it in your accessories. Maybe go for these pink heels from Lulu’s. They are a great height and would look extremely cute with a black and white polka dotted dress for a so-called girly look. Also try this pink clutch from Nasty Gal or these crystal drop earrings from Bauble Bar.

Finally, this adorable dress from ModCloth is a great mix of pink and neutral. The Color blocking is perfection and this dress could so easily be worn to multiple occasions.

Pink Heels: $28; ModCloth Peplum Top: $35; Pink Jeans: Macy’s: $50.00; ModCloth Dress: $70.00; Clutch from Nasty Gal: $20.00; Earrings: Bauble Bar: $24

 

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

5 Dresses to Get You Through the Holidays – For Less

As the holidays come to a close I know there are still a ton of holiday parties that you have yet to attend. If you’re like me and are a last minute shopper and/ or an indecisive person, you’re probably still shopping around for a perfect party dress. That’s why I’ve compiled a top 5 list of the best holiday dresses you can still get, for less!

I’m a huge fan of ModCloth, this coral dress with a silver belt would be great for the holiday and new years parties. Dress it up with some pumps and a sparkly clutch. Or dress it down with some silver flats and a cardigan over top. This dress could also work well in the spring for other events too!

ModCloth: $49.99

Lulu’s is another great site for dresses. I think that this long sleeve dress in burgundy with a peplum at the waist is perfect! You could even dress it up enough to wear it from work to a Christmas party. Plus the long sleeves with some tights underneath are great to face the winter cold in.

Lulu’s: $48.00

A sweater dress is also a great addition to your wardrobe for the winter season. Macy’s has a great collection including this cowl neck, ¾ length sleeve dress in pink. Sweater dresses can be hard to wear because they can sometimes be shapeless, but this one has a great belt to define your waist, and comes in a lighter material to help give shape.

Macy’s: $29.99

 

Another option from ModCloth is this long sleeve lace frock. With ¾ length sleeves that are sheer with a tie belt at the waist, this dress is great for family gatherings. I’d wear this dress with colorful flats to add a pop of color to the white and a gold or sparkle headband to add some glamour to the season.

 

ModCloth: $54.99

Lastly, this chiffon shirtdress from Old Navy is so adorable for so many occasions! Try it for a Christmas or New Years brunch with some riding boots or to wear out to a party with some heels and a sparkly belt. I love polka dots for 2013 so be sure to start the trend early!

Old Navy: $30.00

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

SkyFall Style Look for Less

Who doesn’t want to be like James Bond of a Bond girl?! They can do no wrong; every move the make is sleek and chic. Men and women alike all oogle over they’re incredible looks and sophisticated style. Well, even if we can’t be as cool as these icons, we can sure try. I’ve put together some looks with the glamour of SkyFall in mind so you can try your best to be a 007 girl.

First up, Bond Girl style. As the glamour icon of these movies, everything she wears is always red hot. So what could be more fitting than a red dress fitted to your curves? This red dress from ModCloth is perfectly sophisticated and sexy. It’s also a great addition to your wardrobe for the upcoming holidays. Wear this smoking hot red dress with some glamorous earrings from Bauble Bar and you’re good to go. These diamond drop earrings will be all the glimmer you need. Throw on a fantastic pair of black patent leather pumps for a sleek look. This pair from Macy’s, are classics for many occasions.

Dress from Modcloth: $79.99; Heels from Macy’s: $39.99; Earrings from Bauble Bar: $48.00

 

Or if you’re feeling a little tougher like James Bond, try this 007 inspired look for women. For a daring ensemble try wearing these leather skinnies from H&M. These will make the perfect rough and rearing to go look. Wear these pants with a tie front blouse from Forever 21. Just the right amount of a feminine touch to this tough look. Try these gold bangles with white coloring to add some golden girl glamour to this look. Finally, these high heel booties are a great mix between feminine and masculine for your feet.

Leather Pants from H&M: $34.95; Blouse from Forever 21: $17.80; Heels from DSW: $49.95; Bangles from Target: $14.99

 

So take the (sky) fall look for less. You’ll be sure to make a bold, or should I say bond, statement?

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Looks to Start of the Holiday Season For Less!

Once the seasonal commercials start appearing on the TV and the stores become decked with Holiday merchandise, everything starts to well… begin to look a lot like Christmas. And while some might argue that it might be a little too early to start spreading Christmas cheer, you can never be too prepared to look your best for the holiday season. After all, you don’t want to be caught the week before a holiday party trying to figure out what to wear.

For more of a daytime holiday look or possibly for your Black Friday shopping adventures, try these trendy printed leggings from PacSun. I love Fair Isle prints for winter and I think leggings are a really cool way to wear the trend. Pair with an oversized sweater dress on top for an uber comfy outfit; this one from Forever 21 is perfect to keep you warm so you don’t have to pile on layers. Pull on your favorite pair of riding boots, I personally like black pair from JCPenny. For a touch of color top off the look with an infinity scarf, I love this raspberry one from Old Navy, perfect for winter!

Leggings from PacSun – $19.50; Sweater Dress from Forever 21 – $27.80; Boots from JCPenny – $50.00; Scarf from Old Navy – $14.94

 

Tis the season to style, and here’s a look that doesn’t scream holidays yet, but if you’re getting a little too excited too early, this should hold you over. The H&M, burgundy top with tiny gold embellishments at the neckline is such a great piece that you could wear multiple times throughout the season many different ways. Pair this top witha chic and easy to wear skirt from Target and it adds the perfect amount of holiday sparkle. These silver flats from Bloomingdales are a steal and can carry you through any time of the year, try adding a pair of black tights for this look. And finally add some arm candy with a simple, gemmed bangle from MANGO.

Skirt from Target – $24.99; Top from H&M – $14.95; Silver Flats from Bloomingdales – $69.00; Bracelet from Mango – $29.99

 

The importance of seasonal fashion cannot be over emphasized. It’s never too soon to tis the season. So I’ll leave you with some the words of Train “Tis the season to smile, it’s cold, but we’ll be freezing in style.”

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Top 5 Target Buys For Fall For Less

If you think Target is sometimes a bit over whelming, I think everyone in the world agrees with you. Recently my local Target, got upgraded to a super store. One with a grocery section and everything else, I’m at the point where I literally cannot find anything because everything I could every want is there.

That’s why I narrowed down the top five fashion buys you want to snag from Target this fall. It’s best to get them before they’re gone.

First up, if you’re going to any holiday parties, weddings, or fancy functions try this simple strapless dress with subtle texture detailing. It comes in a variety of colors to match any occasion, all for only $34.99. Wear this dress with some black heels and a black shawl for a stunning look.

Strapless Dress - $34.99

 

For all these rainy fall days, grab a pair of these rain boots for the season. These would also work perfectly for the snowy days ahead. I love the bright colors they come in, so you’re sure to make a strand out impression by wearing them.

Rain boots – $29.99

 

Or for a stand out piece wear, this moto jacket with contrasting sleeves and body. Try it with some skinny jeans and boots for a simple day look or wear it over your favorite blouse or dressy top to add some edge to a night look.

Moto Jacket – $39.99

 

Also from Target, this satchel is absolutely perfect for holding everything you need. It’s the perfect size to carry some notebook and maybe an iPad or a tablet, but it’s still comfortable enough to carry all day. I love a good satchel and I think this one is a steal for how much use you will get out of it.

Satchel – $24.99

 

Finally, for the cold days coming up, throw on this knit infinity scarf. It’s versatile for many different looks and occasions but has that amazing winter cozy look that I love. I would wear this scarf with a striped or patterned knit dress and some leggings underneath paired with your favorite boots.

Knit Infinity Scarf – $19.99

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

MUST HAVE NOW Shoes and Socks for Less

I’m a shoe girl. I own a lot, I mean a lot, a lot. Probably more than necessary, but like they say, you only live once (yolo), so buy the shoes. Fall is a great time to show off some fancy footwear and mix up the many different styles of shoes you can wear. I’ve picked the simply must-have shoes for this time of year. Check it out.

I love loafers this fall. They are really new to the fashion scene this year and there are so many different styles you can find a pair you love. From studded loafers for an edgier look or my personal favorite, cheetah print loafers. I own a pair and wear them all of the time! This pair from Lulu’s has a preppy look in a berry tone topped off with tassels for detail.

Lulu’s – $26.00

As I hope you know by now, riding boots are a must have for sure. You can wear them with jeans of skirts and dresses and they always look great. This pair from DSW is classic and versatile. For a cozy fall look try pairing your boots with boot sock toppers. This red buttoned pair from Etsy can add some originality and an update to your riding boots.

DSW – $99.95

High Boot Cut Off Socks – Etsy – $19.00

Every girl needs a go to flat, especially with the surprise warm up in Cincinnati this week; I need a cooler shoe to wear. These ankle strap flats from Old Navy do just the trick! They come in a variety of colors and their simplicity is what makes them perfect and versatile for any weather or look.

Old Navy – $24.94

For nightlife or office life, go-to heels in your closet will always save the day and complete your look. This pair from Target is perfect for so many different occasions, you’ll wear them all the time. They are a perfect height for both work and going out and the closed toe makes them a good choice for fall and winter events. Plus nude shoes are an easy color to match with a variety of outfits.

Target – $29.99

For an edgier fall look, go for a pair of ankle boots. I love ankle boots with a pair of colored jeans for fall weekend festivities. This pair from DSW is a classic boot with a twist. To add some girly to these shoes, try wearing these boots with boot socks from Free People. The mixed wools and the lace trim ads a feminine touch to this edgy boot.

Madden Girl DSW – $59.95 –

Boot Socks – Free People - $14.00

 
Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

Ombre Look for Less for Fall

While ombre was a major trend this summer, I think it can be easily incorporated into fall. I love the subtle effects of this trend and how it can be worn many different ways.

I was really inspired by the Spring Ready to Wear 2013 looks from Burberry Prorsum. While, this is a spring look I think ombre should still stick around for fall.

 

Check out these dip dyed slouchy socks from Free People, I love the different color combos! These would be perfect for fall with a pair of low boots and some skinny jeans to add a warm and colorful look to fall’s muted tones.

 $20.00

This statement maxi skirt from Urban Outfitters will make you stand out this fall. This bright fire-colored chiffon would be perfect with some teal or black tights underneath and a tight, long sleeved shirt. This skirt is so unique it would be great for many occasions.

$89.00

I love this dip dyed hi-lo dress in orange and cream, this dress could be great for a warmer fall day with some boots, or pair it with a chunky grey sweater and some leggings for a perfect fall, ombre look.

 $42.00

Must Have Jewels for Fall for Less!

This fall has been all about the jewel tones in your clothes! From jewel tone pants to jewel toned jackets, colors like emerald, deep purples and royal blues are taking over.

While jewel toned clothes are gorgeous, we can’t forget to incorporate these beautiful colors into our jewelry too! I’ve picked out some must have fun jewelry pieces for fall that will make a statement and complete your look. I’m someone who could wear the same basic and boring silver jewelry everyday and never mix it up, but the fun designs and colors that are coming out for fall have really inspired me to step outside the box and try some new, fun jewelry.

 

I love this emerald and opaque necklace from Swell Caroline, a great place to find fun and trendy jewelry. This necklace could be worn from fall to winter very easily and would be a great piece to wear to holiday parties, come the season!

Emerald Necklace – $36

 

Or check these diamond drop earrings in deep purple. If you’re not in to the big and chunky necklaces this would be a great option for you. Wear these earrings with any simple top and jeans with your hair in a chignon to show off these killer earrings.

Purple Diamond Drops – $22

 

I love royal blue and this necklace form Bauble Bar is such a great way to incorporate it into your wardrobe. I would wear this with a simple black or white dress, with some leggings and boots. Let the necklace do the work for your wardrobe!

Blue bauble necklace – $32

Or if you’re looking for something simple and sweet try this bracelet from Urban Outfitters with a simple jeweled stud on one end and the initial of your choice on the other end. This bracelet is so versatile it can go with you anywhere.

Initial bracelet – $16.00

Finally, if you’re a golden girl try this cutout cuff from Target for only $16.99. I love this statement-making cuff for a night out anywhere. Wear it with jewel-toned pants and a white top for a girl’s not out or for a hot date try it with a jewel toned dress.

Cuff Cut Out Bracelet – $16.99

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt

 

5 Under $50 – Transition Pieces for Less

As fall quickly approaches, the task of changing out wardrobes becomes daunting. You’d be surprised at how much of your summer wardrobe can easily be transitioned into fall. I’ve chose 5 pieces, all under $50, that can easily be worn in both seasons.

Lets start with the Aztec print tank I love from TopShop and can easily be worn during this transition season. For the end of summer hotter days wear this top with some classic white shorts to add that last pinch of summer flair. Try these gladiator style wedge sandals and a set of gold bangles for a hot night out. If you’re going to transition this outfit into fall I suggest wearing a white comfy sweater that hits your hips over this top, let the top peak out from underneath to add a little punch to a basic fall outfit. Throw on your favorite pair of jeans and these cool loafers, which I love, from The Gap.

Aztec Tank –  $30.00

Next take those colored jeans you’ve been rocking all summer long and bring them into fall with you. You looked hot in them, so why not?! These coral jeans from TopShop are in the perfect color for transitioning to fall. This summer wear your colored jeans with a peplum top and dress it up with a super trendy bauble necklace from BaubleBar.com in turquoise. Pair with coordinating wedges in neutral to complete the look. For Fall wear these coral jeans with a cowboy boots and a simple white blouse for a look that you can’t go wrong in.

Colored Jeans – $28.00

Neon t shirt dress was a big trend this summer, and it might seem like a tricky color to bring into fall but think again! For summer let the dress do the work and wear it with these silver sandals from ASOS and this cool silver ring from Mango’s collection at JCPenny’s. During the fall wear this neon dress with a denim jacket J.Crew and cowboy boots by Steve Madden. These are both pieces that can easily be worn all fall long and are worth the investment.

Neon Dress – $39.00

This grey hi-lo jersey skirt is so versatile there’s just no way you can’t put it in your fall wardrobe. And you can’t beat the price, only $40 from TopShop. Wear it now with this cute coral racer-back tank from Mango and these gladiator sandals by Steve Madden. Pair with a fringe cross body bag and this outfit it perfect for a Saturday out and about. Wear this hi-lo skirt in the fall with a purple v neck sweater from Old Navy and an infinity scarf in grey from Forever 21. Pair with these super cool booties and you’re set to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Grey Hi-Lo Skirt – $40.00

Last but not least, transition your little white dress into fall. I love this simple white dress with some sheer panels from Lulus, for only $33.00. Wear it in the summer with some colored heels to add a little punch to your look. Then transition it into fall with this moto leather jacket in brown from Old Navy and a pair of staple tall brown boots.

Little White Dress – $33.00

Take advantage of your summer wardrobe during the fall! It’s super easy and totally worth it!

 

Courtney Ott is a student at the University of Cincinnati in the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP), majoring in fashion. She is a proud native of Cincinnati, and her hometown favorites include Skyline Chili, Graeter’s ice cream and the Cincinnati Reds. As a broke college student, Courtney has become an expert at finding the look for less. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyWOtt