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I’m a Former Fashion Designer, and These Are the 8 Dresses I’m Shopping From Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

  • July 27, 2023

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Including slip dresses and maxis from Good American and Sam Edelman.

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We’re at that stage of summer where it’s so hot that, if I have the choice, I am staying in the house. But if I must be out and about in the 90-degree weather, the only thing I can bear wearing is a dress. I am always searching for new summer dresses to stay cool (while looking cool), but as a former fashion designer, I have a strict criteria that must be met before I swipe my card.

A few things need to line up in order for me to consider a dress perfect: The fabric needs to be quick-drying (I’m more sweaty than I’d like to admit), loose-fitting and breezy so it doesn’t cling to my body, and skin-friendly — no itchy materials, please. Basically, if it’s lightweight, breathable, and easy to dress up or down, I have no problem swiftly adding it to my cart. And thanks to Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, there are plenty of summer dresses that check all my boxes — plus they’re on sale starting at $40.

Nordstrom Dresses on Sale

Good American’s V-Neck Washed Satin Slip Dress is a gem at its current sale price, and a wardrobe staple that can be worn for any occasion. Now you won’t have to stress about what to wear for your friend’s wedding because you can pair this dress with strappy heels, and it looks just as good with white sneakers for a casual lunch with the girls. The medium-weight satin dress comes in a soft lilac shade and ranges from size XS to XL. It has a deep v-neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a full lining.

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I’m a Former Fashion Designer, and This $25 Style Hack Is My Secret to Easy Layering in Transitional Weather

  • March 7, 2023

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It’s a closet-staple.

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Before I started writing about the best fashion products on the market, I was making them. In my past life, I designed tees and tanks for a handful of top retailers. With this came a lot of research into upcoming trends, sifting through fabrics, sampling (and resampling) garments to ensure the quality is right, and listening to customers to understand their wants and needs. So, when it comes to building my closet, I’m an expert on what to look for.

The Long-Sleeve Shrug by AmélieBoutik is an open-front, bolero-style cardigan that can easily be paired over tanks and sleeveless tops for added warmth and coverage. It’s a must-have in my wardrobe for transitional dressing as the seasons change thanks to a lightweight, breathable fabric and cropped fit for wearing on warmer days without overheating, while long-sleeves offer ample coverage in chillier weather. It features a bit of ruching at the side seam that’s figure-flattering, and comes in 11 colors and sizes extra-small to an extra-large.

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When doing my bi-seasonal shopping for transitional pieces, I look out for a few things: Can it easily be taken on and off? Can it be worn year-round? And is it versatile? This Amazon bolero style checked off all boxes — and not to mention, the style has been trending. I have worn this transitional piece over strapless dresses to dinner and over a workout set when going for a run, proving it can be dressed up or down. It keeps my easily chilled arms warm, and if I suddenly get warm, it can be easily rolled up to fit in my purse. With this layering hack, I no

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Where to Shop for Cheap Workout Clothes for Women in 2022: Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Nike

  • August 23, 2022

Curating a full workout wardrobe doesn’t mean you have to rack up hundreds of dollars. In fact, you can find an array of cheap workout clothes including leggings, T-shirts, sports bras, joggers, and even exercise dresses at sites such as Amazon, Target, Aerie, and Nordstrom. And if you’re a fan of shopping name brands like Nike, Lululemon, and Adidas—but your wallet doesn’t exactly share that love—you’re in luck, because these retailers often stock up their sale section every season. 

Let’s face it, doing laundry in between consistent workouts can be a drag, and having a solid rotation of clothing to wear will make your life so much easier. And affordable basics work just as well—sometimes, even better than some of the brands you might be seeing all over social media. Being equipped with squat-proof activewear is enough to give you a confidence boost at the gym or during a HIIT class. 

To help you, we’ve discovered the best places to shop for cheap workout clothes to match your budget. These activewear pieces are actually dependable, so you can stock up on all the moisture-wicking, comfortable, compression-fit workout gear for your next gym session (or for your WFH athleisure).

Amazon Fashion

Like many other clothing items Amazon sells, the online site’s workout attire is a slam dunk. Find high-waisted biker shorts, yoga leggings, and much more here.

Iwemek Seamless Yoga Outfit

Sportneer Seamless Matching Gym Set

Toplook Seamless Yoga Workout Set

Target

Target is a trove of good finds from brands you can trust like All in Motion and Reebok. Plus, you’ll be able to discover some new ones you’re sure to fall in love with. 

All in Motion Medium Support Seamless Racerback Bra

All in Motion Simplicity Twist High-Rise Leggings

90 Degree By Reflex

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