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I was in Atlanta visiting my sister a couple of weeks ago, and the only thing I packed were dresses. Heat plus humidity is a big fat ARGHHH in my book, so I figured less was best. Dresses = one piece! Yesss! Since I’ve been home, dresses have been my jam! Well, dresses have always been a favorite, but I think they are p e r f e c t for summer.

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 As the title suggests, I heart my new shoes! I’ve worn leopard print skirts, dresses, and tops in the past, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve nixed all over animal prints from my wardrobe. I still like a good leopard print, and I’ve been on the hunt for a nice pair of leopard heels since January of this year. I’d almost given up until I saw these Steve Madden Galleryl pumps on Piperlime.

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I saw this high waisted midi skirt at H&M on Friday, and its vibrant pink color spoke to me. “Chandra,” it said. “Look at me! Not only am I bright, my hemline falls below your knees!” I toted it around the store for ten minutes and tried to decide if I wanted to get it, annnnnnd I did!

H&M also sells the black version of this skirt online, but I didn’t see this pink one. If you want it, you’ll have to head to your nearest H&M retailer.

A few months ago I picked up this black striped Dorothy Perkins cropped top for $9 (it’s still $9!). I hesitated to make the purchase because a) I didn’t plan on baring my stomach and b) stripes are no bueno for top heavy chicas like me. The top isn’t as cropped as I thought it would be, but my chest did make the front hemline raise a bit. I also like my shirts to cover my belly and behind, and you won’t get that with a cropped top.

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When I wear this top again I plan to wear it over a sleeveless black dress, or with a high waisted pencil skirt and topped with my cropped leather jacket.

I came up with the three most basic ways to wear a cropped top:

  • wear a cropped top with a high waisted skirt
  • wear a cropped top over a dress
  • wear a cropped top layered over a shirt with a longer hemline

Here are some inspiration pics:

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Source

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Source (Jessica Alba may or may not be wearing a dress.)

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Source: Atlantic-Pacific

I’m wearing a Dorothy Perkins striped cropped top, an H&M midi skirt (pink in-store, black version online), a DIY clutch purse, and Charlotte Russe heels.

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Now that  the modest style challenge for July is over, I feel like I need an Instagram detox. This was the last outfit for the last day of the challenge;  the challenge was to wear an outfit with all the items coming in under $35. My blouse was a $5 H&M find, my skirt was a $12 Dorothy Perkins purchase, I scored my Forever 21 shoes for $8 via Buffalo Exchange, and I bought my purse in Portugal last year for $10. 

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Here are a few more photos that made it to Instagram, but I didn’t blog about.

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