Frock On

Move over, little black dress, there is a new garment in town: the frock. OK, OK. “Frock” sounds very 18th century, but today the frock is a modern-style, boxy, loose-fitting dress. Whether it be dressy, casual, business day or summer night, the frock is interchangeable and versatile. The frock is the dress with no shape, comes in different types of sleeves and is available in all types of colors and lengths.

I typically think a dress with no shape is the best because you have so many options to style it. I  recommend getting a frock for your spring and summer wardrobes. I can promise you will never get bored with it.

Go for a solid color– By making sure it is a solid color, your frock will be the most versatile and you can get the most bang for your buck. Try colors like black, white or neutrals and then the frock can be worn in every season. If you’re looking for a spring or summer pick-me-up, try a bold and bright color.

Check for length– I find myself to be tall for a girl and whenever buying frocks, length is the number-one thing I check. I would prefer to have the dress fall beyond my finger tips rather than stopping right where they end. This way, I won’t be nervous about the dress riding up because of the loose fit. I also tend to like it a bit longer so if I want to add a belt to give a cinched waist, I will still be comfortable with it being a bit shorter.

Accessorize away– Think of the frock as a blank canvas. There are so many possibilities! Add a statement necklace, thin belt, summer scarf, denim vest — there are endless ways to accessorize the frock. By accessorizing it differently each day, you will never get tired of the look. It is like a new dress every day.

Day to Night– It is even possible to wear the frock to the office, then transform it before a night out. For a work or class outfit, try adding a cardigan and leggings with oxford shoes. Tie a belt over the cardigan and add a long chain necklace. For a night out, lose the leggings, change the jewelry and cardigan and add a pair of fun wedges.

Embellishments included–  While I suggest a simple frock, many are sold with details already included, like stripes, sequins and prints. If you are looking for an outfit that is already put together, go for this option, but if you are looking to have some fun with your wardrobe, then accessorize on your own.


What are you wearing at your next holiday party?

The time is upon us where we are invited to seasonal soirees to celebrate the holidays. There is often so many, a work party, outing with friends and even family gatherings, what is a frugal fashionista to do?

When thinking of what to wear for this year’s party, I was going to pull out the classic LBD and jazz it up with some accessories to save money until something caught my eye at the mall recently. H&M, a favorite of mine, is selling dresses for under $20. At that price you can buy a new dress for each event!

Check out these steals online or at your local H&M.

From h&m.com

From h&m.com

$14.95 – Straight cut black chiffon dress with beading detail around the collar. Pair with some booties and a blazer. Go easy on accessories as the dress is so busy itself around the neckline.

From h&m.com

From h&m.com

$14.95 – Fitted black cotton dress with sheer side panels and high/low skirt. Go glam with this dress and pair with metallic pumps and jewelry.

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

$14.95 – Fitted sequin dress with back cut out. Also comes in white. All this dress needs is nude heels. Can you say New Years Eve dress?

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

$12.95 – Fitted cotton black dress with 3/4 lace sleeves. Add sheer black tights, because it tends to ride up. Wear black heels or booties, add a clutch for a splash of color.

from h&m.com

from h&m.com

The splurge – $99 – Galaxy print, full length dress with synched waist and snap back. This print is so in right now, I see it on jeans, legging and shirts. Such a stand out as a dress. The price is high but it will sure turn heads at your next holiday party.