The Wonders of a Belt

Day 5 of Kayla’s 21 Day Challenge is “belt it.”  Gladly, Kayla.
I’m guilty of belting basically everything (scroll down to other posts and you’ll see…), but why mess with a good thing?
Let the record show what a simple accessory like a belt can do.  
I was in a hurry and needed a comfortable dress for the day.  Brown cotton jersey that I couldn’t wrinkle even if I wanted to, check.  Cardigan to counter the chilly morning, (even though it’s AUGUST and I live in SAN DIEGO.  C’mon, weather.) Check.  
But once the cardi was on, my outfit became sad and droopy:
Quick!  You’re running late, Audrey.  Fix it, pronto.  Solution?  Throw on a belt.  Bam.  Stand in amazement that one accessory made you no longer look like you’re wearing a sack.  Run out the door. 
Dress: NY & Co.  |  Cardigan: H&M  |  Belt: Forever 21  |  Wedges: Target
…and then get asked why you were so “dressed up.”  For some reason I often get comments about how “dressed up” I am when I’m just wearing a cotton jersey dress.  Sigh.  (That’s where the blog comes in–to connect with people who think wearing a cotton dress is cute, but not abnormal.)  But at least it’s nice to know the belt worked in hiding the fact that I frantically just threw this outfit on.

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    Faith S
    August 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, I get the "You're so dressed up!" in the cotton dress too!  Umm, no…I'm just insanely comfortable! 😀

    Super cute outfit! 🙂

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    August 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    It's amazing what a belt can do!  I'm learning SO MUCH from lovely ladies like you!  Beautiful!

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    August 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I love the subtle pattern of the belt. Very pretty.

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    August 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    It really does make ALL the difference in the world! Adds a little texture and shape. And you look fantastic!

    Freckles in April

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    Kassie Rew
    August 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I definitely think the belt pulls the outfit together and I love the belt! 

    I also like the name of your blog! 

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    August 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That has to be my favorite belt of all times. I think it's so funny when people ask why I'm so dressed up, especially when it's a quick and easy outfit…Just goes to show you're doing good! 🙂 I'm a huge fan of that dress too. 🙂

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    August 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    awesome. agreed it makes a difference!!!

    heart it. 

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    August 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I can't get enough of belting either.  This is probably my second year of the habit and I haven't looked back since.  I'll oftentimes eye my sister's outfits and scrutinize her for not belting, but I've since converted her.  Oh, and I can never get enough of these simple-jersey-dress-outfits!  I love how easy it is to pull off this look and anyone can do it. 

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    August 20, 2011 at 1:15 am

    You are so right – a belt solves everything. This looks so much cuter with the belt! Haha, I know what you mean. I'm always wearing skirts or dresses and everyone thinks I'm so "dressed up" but really.. I'm just comfy! Skinny jeans look cute but they're soo uncomfortable!! -Rachel (DSI)

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    Teresa: Life & Style
    August 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Love to belt too!!! I belt t-shirts sometimes even. I get the comments about being dressed up also, but the majority of my clothing items are very casual and comfy, as if I am wearing sweats or jammies 24/7.

    Love this outfit, the blue and brown look so pretty together.xo Teresa

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    August 20, 2011 at 4:50 am

    People will forever be asking me what I'm dressed up for. They don't get that I just… like to look put together. Around here a typical outfit is jeans, a tee, and flip flops. No thanks.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 20, 2011 at 6:10 am

    YEAH.  Same vibe here.  After all, this is San Diego.  

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    Allie at My WOREdrobe
    August 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Gah, I'm always the most over-dressed person in the room.  But, I have fun with putting outfits together, so I'll stick with it anyway 😛

    Love this look! I'm guilty of belting everything too so this challenge day was cake for me!

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    August 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Haha, awwww, your little sad face! The belt does wonders, you're right. Belts are quite possibly the easiest, best, most effective throw on EVER.

    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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    August 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Oh this is too cute. No belt = sad. Belted = ecstatic! 

    My friends know that "dressing up" is just the way I am, so they've all stopped asking, "Why are you [so] dressed up?"

    -Steph from chocolate laced

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    Chelsea Briones
    August 22, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Isn't that always the way? You spend a stupid amount of time actually trying to get dressed up, and no one notices. But when you spend five minutes and throw yourself together, everyone loves it! I get the same thing here in sunny (except on our August mornings lately) San Diego. I think part of it is that I'm a teacher and the dress code is so laid back that even if I throw on an easy skirt I'm more dressed up. Love your outfits-I get some great ideas here!

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    August 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Hahah! i love how sad you look wihtout the belt. so cute. 😉

    And I'm guilty of belting almost everything.. sometimes even things that do not need belting. Oops.

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