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How to Stretch Your Dollar When Getting Holiday Glam

November 18, 2017

Holiday party season is right around the corner. If you’re like me, you’re already asking the question, “what do I wear to all these events?” I enjoy getting super glam during the holiday season. But, I also like starting the new year on a strong financial foot, so I never want to overspend on my holiday style. Luckily, here at Economy of Style, we know that great style is not determined by the size of your budget. I’m so excited, then, to partner with Gordmans to show you how easy it can be to look like a million bucks for under $100!

I’m a regular Gordmans shopper (see herehere, and here). Gordmans is an off price store that offers big brands at small prices. The stores are huge and filled with merchandise. So, when you shop, you absolutely need a strategy in order to maximize your budget. Here are my top 3 tips for shopping off-price stores:

3 Tips for Shopping Off-Price

1. Know what you want. Gordmans stores carry lots of treasures. But, just because something is a good deal, it doesn’t mean it’s a good deal for you. So, shop with purpose.

2. Get the real thing. When you shop off-price, look for brands that you know and love on the retail market.

3. Know your stuff. Following up on that second point, know what those items usually retail for, so you can know when you’re getting an amazing deal.

I hinted at the start of today’s post that I found my entire look at Gordmans for under $100. I did! It actually only cost me $84 before tax. Here’s the breakdown because I know you want receipts:

Vest: Retail $98 | Gordmans $12.99

Skirt: Retail $40 | Gordmans $5.99

Booties: Retail $70 | Gordmans $44.95

Necklace: Retail $30 | Gordmans $9.99

Sunglasses: Retail $40 | $9.99

I’m a huge fan of the power suit trend this fall. So, when I visited Gordmans, my goal was to find sharp separates to build my own power look. And, y’all, I stepped into a holiday glam gold mine. Apparently, Gordmans purchased a warehouse filled with Express items, and the markdowns are steep. I saw coats for $12.99, suiting pieces for under $10, and sweaters for $7.99. As a longtime Gordmans shopper, I’ve never found steals this amazing.

I tried on so many items, from pants to blazers to sweaters before deciding on today’s holiday glam look.

I gave a sneak peek of this look on Instagram last Friday. And, that post quickly became my most engaged post of all time. I enjoyed your feedback. I heard words like “boss,” “power,” “fierce,” and “slay.” What I didn’t hear was “cheap” because this affordable outfit looks absolutely expensive.


I’m telling you. Shopping with a purpose at Gordmans will get you the best deals for you.

Shoes usually max my budget. So, I was thrilled to find these Unisa booties for under $50. They’re the perfect wear-with-everything nude for fall.

To complete my look, I just threw on one of my older coats and a party bag, and I was ready to go. Holiday glam!

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

Let me know what you find when you shop the latest arrivals at Gordmans. And, stay tuned for an upcoming holiday gift post featuring some of my top finds for gifts. All I’m going to say is there are two items from Gucci that I got at about 60% off.

 

Economy of Style is a paid blogger. You can find Economy of Style’s original blog post at Economy of Style!

Fashion

Layer on Fall

November 17, 2017

Fall’s in full swing. Scarves, booties, sweaters, and cozy socks— we’re ready to break out our favorite fall fashion pieces. Find ways to spruce up your wardrobe and even showcase your favorite summer pieces.

 

A Pop of Color

Who says that fall should be dull? Bring your outfit to life with a pop of color and some fierce accessories. Repurpose your favorite summer dress and pair it with those sassy thigh high boots you have shoved away in your closet— you know you’ve been waiting all summer to wear them, right? Throw on your go to floppy hat and your velvet backpack (we MUST throw in our favorite fall trend) and you’re ready for a head turning day out. Perfect for date night or even dancing all night.

For a Busy Day

Cute and comfortable? We’re here for it! Keep it simple with a pair of leggings, a graphic shirt, and a denim jacket. Don’t feel like doing your hair? No problem. Throw on a hat and you have a hassle-free outfit. With this outfit, you’re ready for a busy (or lazy) day.

Keeping it Chic

If this doesn’t scream chic and cozy, we don’t know what does. This wine-colored sweater is perfect for fall (and will even have you dreaming of actual wine). Socks are no longer boring – spruce up your favorite bootie with a pair of bold socks. Wrap up in your go-to printed scarf and head out the door. The cold weather won’t touch you in this fit.

Netflix and Chill

We had to throw in the perfect outfit for staying in bed all day. Warm up some hot chocolate, find a new Netflix show to binge-watch and you’ll really be “Busy Doing Nothing”. This long sleeve sweater and loose pajama bottoms will keep you warm (and cozy) while you’re enjoying your day off. Oh, and who doesn’t love these cute fuzzy slippers?

 

Feel ready for fall now? We are! Tell fall to bring it on. We’re ready to dress it up with our fall attire.

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Gordmans Gotta-Haves:
The Fall Trends Our Stylist Scored

October 26, 2017

Hi! I’m Zoe, your Gordmans stylist. Every time I shop our stores for the latest styles, I feel like I’ve hit the fashion jackpot! I want all of our guests to feel like that, too.

So my goal when choosing my Gordmans Gotta-Haves is to show everyone how to get the latest craze for less cash and get big names without paying big bucks. Because great minds shop alike!

This season, you’ve gotta have some luxe looks in your closet. Here’s what’s filed in our style cabinet:

  • Velvet everything. It’s a smooth operator that makes everything better from bags to boots. And when it’s paired with the latest jewel tones — AH-mazing and just screams luxe.
  • Speaking of jewel tones, they’re pretty much replacing diamonds as a girl’s best friend this fall. What’s better on a dreary, drab day than wearing a fab sapphire A-line skirt or ruby red combat boots?
  • Everyone wants that one super comfy black sweater that you wish you could literally live in (but you can’t because…laundry day).
  • Leopard print. Can I just ask how such a bold print goes with almost everything?! Of course you don’t want to pair it with a huge floral print or anything like that, but this backpack can rock a jeans and t-shirt look during the day and an LBD at night.
  • You need a triangle scarf in your life! Trust me on this. It can be used in so many ways and has style for miles.

I scored all of these need-now luxe looks right in our stores. Imagine what unburied treasure you’ll find! What are your Gordmans gotta-haves?!

 

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3 Amazing Game Day Outfits for Football Season

September 13, 2017

Once again, football and tailgate season is upon us. Yay! We love the ensuing crisp, fall air, cheering our teams with fellow fans and resurrecting the styles needed for cooler temps. (Hello, team sweatshirts and sweaters! We miss you like crazy.) But, while these mascot-emblazoned football staples will always have permanent spots on our go-to lists, it’s totally possible to show your team spirit AND rock your gameday look with other styles. We show you how with a few, on-point options – and a few for the little fans in the crowd.

Here are 3 amazing game day outfits to help support your favorite teams:

Clad In Plaid

Score huge style points in one of the season’s hottest trends! Plaid, in your favorite school colors, takes your gameday look to the next level. It’s an unexpected twist on your typical gameday and tailgate attire, but that’s so you, right? Keep the rest of your ensemble comfy and caz by adding washed denim, canvas sneaks and trendy accessories. With a look anchored in plaid, you’ll definitely stand out in the crowd. Go, you!

 

 

Solid Choices

Cool gameday temps call for even cooler styles – and you’ll win with cozy cardigans every time. How do you keep them cheer-worthy on game day? It’s easy peasy. Choose a cardigan in one of your team’s colors and pair it with a top in another of your team’s colors. Then, amp up your look with jeans, boots and smart, stylish accessories. A throw-on-and-go backpack is a wise choice when you need to pack tickets, snacks and other must-haves for the game. You’re all set!

 

 

It’s Playtime

Fans come in all shapes, sizes – and ages! Keep your little ones in gameday mode with football-themed bodysuits and coordinating sneakers from Gordmans. Pair them with their adorable smiles and they’ll certainly be the center of attention at home or at the game.

Whether you’re watching the game at home or in the stadium, you’ll have a blast showing off your team spirit with these game day outfits. Go team!

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5 Fall Fashion Trends You’ll See Everywhere this Fall

September 5, 2017

Let’s hear it for fall, y’all! We love its crisp, semi-chilled air. The fiery beauty of the changing leaves. But, most of all, the arrival of new styles, colors and trends is what has us giddy with excitement. And do you blame us? These five fall fashion trends are fresh, feminine, fab and totally easy to mix into your weekend and weekday (aka office) style. We’ve also included a few styling tips on how to pull them off without a lot of fuss. Is it us – or are you sensing major 70s vibes? Time to swoon.

 

The Stitch Niche

Embroidery is back in a big way for fall fashion 2017 – and we’re loving every single stitch. Not only does it infuse color and a dash of elegance, it’s popping up in unexpected places on many of your favorite styles. On caps? We love. On the shoulder of a tee? Genius.

 

How To Style It:

Pair it with frayed-hem denim and simple slides for casual outings or dress it up with high-waisted skinny jeans and stacked heels. Just grab a clutch and you’re set for a day-to-night look.

 

 

A Mesh Sesh

Mesh is the peek-a-boo trend to love for fall. It allows you to show a little skin, yet still keep yourself covered. The key is layering. Layer mesh fabrics over other key pieces and you’re bound to turn heads.

 

How To Style It:

Pair it with acid wash denim and classic sneakers for a throwback look or wear it over a sports bra or bralette to go from gym to cocktails in no time.

 

 

Well, Red

Stand out in the brightest color trend of the season – red. One of the official colors for Fall 2017, we can’t get enough of its warm hues as we head into the winter months. Wear it head to toe for looks best described as ‘dynamic.’ (And a little on the ‘sexy’ side, too.)

 

How To Style It:

Pair it with anything black, go for pattern play or pop basic outfits with red accessories. Red makes a bold statement, anytime, anywhere.

 

 

The Plush Rush

This fall, there’s a major crush on all things plush. Hello, velvet and velour. Add texture to your fave outfits by mixing in velvet accessories that shimmer and shine. When a bit more stretch is called for, opt for comfy velour pieces. Both fabrics can luxe up any look with ease.

 

How To Style It:

Pair either fabric with lightwash denim and ankle boots for laidback lunches or with a choker and over-the-knee boots for Girls Night Out.

 

 

Dare To Flare

Flare isn’t just for bottoms anymore. Go dramatic with ultra-feminine tops featuring bell sleeves. In bold prints or solids, the look definitely screams 1970s. But, when the look is this fresh, we’re totally on board.

 

How To Style It:

Pair it dark-wash destructed denim and lace up booties or rock your look with rose gold sunnies and tassel earrings for a modern twist. You’ll be the star of the show at your next concert or festival.

 

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Wardrobe For Teachers: How To Create 12 Teacher Outfits With 10 Stylish Pieces

August 17, 2017

You’re all set to make it your best year ever! It can be hard to create school-appropriate teacher outfits for on a budget. But, will your school style follow suit? Follow our guide below to keep your daily looks professional, yet comfortable AND on-point. We’ve pulled together 10 easy, versatile pieces to mix and match for 12 stylish days of teaching. And here’s the best part: each outfit (sans the shoes, handbags and other accessories) costs less than $100. Now that’s the kind of math we can wrap our heads around!

Step up your teacher’s wardrobe with these stylish staples to make sure you’re the best-dressed teacher at school.

The 10 pieces included in our teacher wardrobe capsule:

  1. Dress
  2. Woven top with roll-up sleeves
  3. 3/4-sleeve knit cardigan
  4. Colored skinny jean
  5. Patterned tank
  6. Long-sleeve flyaway sweater cardigan
  7. Pencil skirt
  8. Crocheted cardigan
  9. High-low hem top
  10. 3/4-sleeve knit top

Who has time to ponder every day’s outfit? These 12 teacher outfits will help you dress and head out the door in a heartbeat – saving you time and money.

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3 Denim Trends To Love & How To Style Them

July 31, 2017
Denim

If we had our way, every day would be denim day. Jeans are the go-to option versatile enough to dress up for a night on the town – or down for a day at the farmer’s market. (Don’t even get us started about their comfort!) Below are a few denim styles we love, along with some stylish thoughts on how to rock them day in and day out.

Hi, Waist!

The nineties vibe with high-waisted jeans is off the charts – and so on-trend! In short, we LOVE it! Dark denim, sans destruction, exudes a more formal look and a smart choice for nearly any occasion. Added bonus: high-waisted denim highlights your curves and holds you in. For a contemporary look, slip on a pair of white sneaks, a neutral tote and a cute, cinched-waist jacket. You’ll be set for whatever the day brings. Ready to run errands? You are now.

Denim Jacket Outfit

In The Raw

Remember your cut-off shorts days? They’re back in a big way – only now with jeans. Raw-hem styles with just-right destructed details are on everyone’s want list. The look is new, casual and unique with an unfinished, yet cool factor. Offset their worn-out ease with a floral top and gladiator sandals and prepare for compliments. We love how the sweet floral print plays against the raw-hem denim. So cute and unexpected!    

Denim Jeans Outfit

Rocker Chic

Concert on your summer fun list? Roll with studded denim to rock your look day or night. Go full-on rocker chic with lots of bold studs or keep your look rocker-light with fewer, smaller ones. We especially love the look when it’s paired with softer, more feminine tops and sandals. Sooo unexpected – and ready for swaying at summer’s best country and rock fests. Get your tickets ready!   

Casual Denim Outfit

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Summer Dresses: 4 Styles To Rock Your Sunny Season

July 24, 2017
Pink Dress

Going somewhere? Summer dress season is in full swing – or should we say ‘full twirl.’ But, really, is it ever NOT dress season. With the plethora of new and unique styles available, we’re certain there’s one (or many) to pique your fashion sense no matter the season or occasion. Need a little inspo? Give these 4 styles a twirl for your next summer shindig. Lush floral prints and light, airy fabrics keep your look stylish, fresh and fun.

Gimme An ‘A’

Though temps may rise, you don’t’ have to forego style to keep your cool. Grab a floral A-line number to slip into for brunch, a trip to the museum or your BFF’s shower, to name just a few. For those destinations a little too cool for comfort, pair it with a vest, cardigan or light jacket to fend off the AC’s wintery blast.

Outfit Dress

Work It

Consider this shift dress a case study in comfort that works equally well at the office, fancy dinner or a wedding. A true 9-to-5-to-11 piece for the days when there’s little time to fuss with your look. Even its simple cross-bar embellishment makes getting ready easier – no necklace needed. Shift into easy? Please!  

Yellow Dress

Max Out  

Picture yourself in the tropics, or least in tropical flair, in a floral maxi. It’s the effortless throw-on-and-go style versatile enough to wear just about anywhere. We’re thinking date nights, showers, weddings, on the boardwalk and nights out with friends. But, go with the flow of whatever feels right to you. Dress it up with a pair of wedges or heels, or slip into some cute, flat sandals for your more low-key occasions.

Floral Dress

White On

White is so right (and so cool) on so many levels – especially in the heat of summer. We love that this style is short, sweet, shoulder-baring and so versatile. It totally fits for brunches, picnics and those times that call for your Sunday best. Accessorize with even more white or mix up your palette with vibrant colors. Everything goes with white, right? Touche!  

White Dress

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Vacation Bound? Pack Smart With These 10 Must-Haves!

July 10, 2017
Vacation Blog

Fab vacation on your summer checklist? Yay! Whether you’re packing for a wild zoo daycation, splashy getaway at the lake or roadtrip across the good old U.S.A., comfort and preparation are key. Be that person who thinks of everything with a little help from Gordmans. We’ve assembled a list of 10 essentials to take your vacation from average to awesome. Let’s roll!

In Step With Comfort

Even if you’re planning a relaxing getaway, you’re bound to spend time on your feet. Cushion them with memory foam slip-ons. Lightweight and ultracomfy, they’re perfect for days when you need a break from sandals and flip-flops. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Free Your Hands

With so much to juggle during that trip to the museum or amusement park, you can’t go wrong with crossbody handbags. Fill it with necessities, slip it over your head and enjoy hands-free convenience. Styles with handy pockets get even more bonus points.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rain, Rain Go Away

We’ve all been there – caught in the rain without a trusty umbrella. No more! Toss one or two into your luggage without taking up precious space. Today’s styles are  more compact (& stylish) than ever. Bring it, rain. We’ll be ready!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Made In The Shades

Sunnies are practically no-brainers for vacation days. Even on cloudy days, they’re still needed – are we right? See all of the season’s hottest shapes, colors and styles at Gordmans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stow & Go

It’s come a long way, baby. Gone are the days of basic black luggage. Today’s luggage is as stylish as your favorite outfits and features spinner wheels, easy-access pockets and lightweight designs. Need a particular size? Choose from small to carry-on to OMG sizes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just Because 

Because you need to pamper yourself. Wherever you go. Whatever you do. No questions asked.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Keep The Piece

There’s no doubt about it. You leave on vacation, you MUST pack swimwear. You never know when the pool, beach or newest splash pad will call. Be ready for H2Oh-so-fun times in the latest swimwear.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Feeling Boho

Sure, you’re looking forward to casual days ahead, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for comfort. Bring on boho vibes with a tie-front top and matching shorts! Casual, yes. Stylish? Definitely. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Top It Off

Let’s be honest. Some days you don’t want the sun. And some days you’re not having the best hair day. These are the days that call for a hat. Toss it in your luggage and pop it into shape when needed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

On The Mend

For those ‘oops’ moments that pop up when you least expect them, be sure to pack  an ‘emergency kit’ to remedy fingernail issues, clothing mishaps and more. This 38-piece wonder kit packs such things as buttons and thread, a nail file and safety pins to turn oh-no moments into no-problem moments.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Don’t let your vacation prep time turn into panic time. Start early on your list, then check it twice for these smart essentials. Let the vacation adventures begin!

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Your Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June 12, 2017
Father's Day

That time has rolled around again. Time to answer the age-old question: What do I get Dad for Father’s Day? The struggle is real, we get it. Fortunately, Gordmans has the answers – a slew of gifts, actually – that show Dad you care. He’s the greatest guy in the world, right? Give him something that he’ll actually use – and you’re in good standing. Give him something to boost his cherished pastimes like fishing, golfing and napping – and you’re perched atop his favorite list.

So, let’s roll out the red carpet and peek at some fun gift ideas to liven up Dad’s downtime at the lake, golf course or his very own backyard.

Gifts That Will Have Dad Hooked

Downtime by the lake. Is there anything better? And, really, can you blame Dad for wanting to relax there? The tranquil water, whispering breezes and an occasional ‘ploop’ after he casts for the catch of the day. It all adds up to a day of sheer bliss, made better by a gift as comfortable as it is functional – a Realtree fishing shirt. With handy pockets, cool fabric, loose-fitting design, plus a back yoke for much-needed ventilation, it’s sure to be his go-to right after his rod and reel.

Father's Day Fishing

Gifts For Dad’s Fairway Fever & Beyond

While it won’t guarantee a hole in one, a golf polo will make every swing, chip or putt that Dad takes look amazing. It’s the gift of style that keeps giving, course after course, season after season. What makes it such a popular gift? Dad can dress it up with a nice pair of pants or shorts, or dress it down with jeans or denim shorts. In a new polo shirt, he’ll be game for anything, from a night on the town to a day on the links. Wrap up this traditional gift in his favorite color (or two) and you can’t go wrong.

Father's Day Golf

Gifts Made For The Shade

Dad deserves a day off-the-clock. One that’s all about comfort – and a long, refreshing, uninterrupted nap. While you can’t ensure that he’ll get quality shut-eye, you can give him gifts of comfort. Think all-cotton tees, sunglasses and outdoor pillows. They’re gifts Dad will actually use and enjoy well past June 18. But don’t sleep on it – Dad’s big day will be here sooner than you think!

Father's Day Comfort