Outfit: Embracing the Girl in Me

July 16, 2012

I adore great brands but never the price tags. While sometimes what I’m about to suggest is never a good idea, other times it’s totally a score. Today’s outfit is from Crew Cuts. What’s that you ask? It’s the kiddie version of J. Crew. There’s one in my mall (also online) and its sophisticated looks totally translate into something me, a 32-year old AG (average gal), could wear. What I meant before about how this doesn’t always work? If it looks like little girl wear — or you’re not sure — pass.

This trick is best designed for petite sizes and/or smaller busts. Be aware of fit: look at arm holes, any tightness around the arms, too short hemlines and tightness around the hips. For reference, I — who is approx. size 4 with a small bust — mostly wears a size 14 girls. NOT YOUR SIZE? KEEP READING: Since this is not a “fit” for everyone, look to accessories! Crew Cuts has crazy adorable jewelry for a fraction of its adult counterpart, as does Gap Kids and department store sections.  At Crew Cuts, how adorable is this, this or especially this dress?? And jewelry wise, dying over this, this and this! (Plus, be sure to take an extra 40 percent off final sale with code OURTREAT). Wander in and see what’s available… all on major sale right now. And, shoes? Yeah, that fit a lot of us… more than you think. More coming later this week. Stay tuned.

dress: crew cuts (july 2012; also comes in blue) // wedges: madden girl via loehmann’s (2011) // necklace: forever 21 (april 2012; similar and LOVE this for $7.80!) + c/0 Maya Brenner “s” (here) // bracelet: kate spade (2011; these are each under $100: amazing Tory Burch, Juicy Couture or Coach options)

PS: huge thank you to my sweet neighbor, Lotte, who happens to be an amazing photographer (did I luck out or what?!) that owns, Weesteetee.  She snapped these photos in just a second (using my camera while running out the door after I asked her “for a favor” via FB) and I’m greatly appreciative. Thanks, L!!

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  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    These pictures looks SO great, Alyson - love the close up one & seeing your beautiful smile!  You know I love shopping the kids section as much as possible…but can only buy tops since my height makes the dresses crazy short :(  Love this colorblock style on you - perfect for summer!!

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      awww you are the sweetest, K! Thank you. I hear ya on the length, but awesome you can swing a kid’s size anyway. I can’t wait to meet you so we can see this height difference. :)

  • http://hemsforher.com/ Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie

    Lucky! I thought this was separates at first, so I love it even more now that it’s a dress! I love the back, and I am going to check out the jewelry selection right now!

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Find anything? Love their selection + affordable price point.

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    The dress is so cute, and I love that necklace!  I don’t think I’d fit into kids sizes, but I haven’t tried recently!

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      You shoudl totally try, Tara! Based on your blog, you totally look like you could fit in kid’s sizes.

  • http://www.mydressyways.com/ My Dressy Ways

    The pictures look great! You two need to coordinate being outside at the same time! lol. I haven’t given girls clothes a try for a long time now. Tops don’t fit around my bust and pants don’t fit my hips well - which is weird because I don’t have big hips. Not gonna lie though, I was in Justice with my daughter recently and was THIS close to buying a pair of neon colored feather shorts! :)

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      hahahaha literally laughed out loud reading this. YOu totally should have rocked it! Maybe it’s time for trying some kids sizes again. I find it’s a bit hit or miss, and I don’t always even think about it, but something like this worked well.

  • Grace - Stripes + Sequins

    Sooo cute Alyson!  I love the pink + red.

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thanks, Grace! Couldn’t resist for summer. Just hope I don’t run into a 12-year old in the mall with the same look. :)

  • http://about.me/samanthaeve Samantha Tananbaum

    Love it! You look great in these fun colors! 


    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thanks, Samantha!! This is the best part of summer: COLOR!

  • http://twitter.com/MeganFrugalista Megan Zietz

    love the pink!
    Xo Megan

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thanks, Megan!

  • witheachpassingday

    The dress looks great on you. If you haven’t mention it I would have never guess that it come from the kids department. I’m always iffy about purchasing from the kid department. 

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thank you! I am the same sometimes but it’s worth checking for more affordable options of what you already love.

  • Scarlletinha

    So in love in love with this necklace :)
    Have a good day beautiful,kiss from Brazil.www.scarllets.blogspot.com

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Mwuah, thank you!!

  • http://twitter.com/BonBonRoseGirls Kristin & Megan

    Super cute! Love the top!

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thanks!! It’s actually one. How fun, right? :)

  • http://twitter.com/TrendHungryBlog Jessie Holeva

    I love that you shop at Crew Cuts. It’s brilliant and I am now on their site!

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Good luck!! Hope you find something, Jessie.

  • http://www.kirstinmarie.com Kirstin Marie

    I love your necklace, it’s such a nice touch to this super cute dress. 

    • http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com/ Alyson — TAGG

      Thank you! Feel like I could layer this dress with a million different accesories… love canvases like that!

  • http://queenofla.blogspot.in/ Jordan - Queen of LA

    oh my gosh, you look great! so pretty and girly!

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  • http://twitter.com/momtrends nicole feliciano

    Adorable-what a great find. I think I might be able to pull off some tops too (pays to be small chested).

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