denim bow-tie

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when it comes to madewell, most days i want to buy all the things. thankfully, i’ve learned to restrain myself and only pull the trigger on items that i know can pull double duty in both my professional and personal lives. i also try my hardest to only purchase said things while they’re on promo (since madewell seems to be generous with their sales).

managing my shopping habits through these criteria does ensure that my bank account doesn’t suffer, but it also occasionally means that i miss out on some pretty adorable pieces. case in point, this denim-tie blouse. i mean, it has a bow so of course i was immediately drawn to it! but the fact that it was denim and couldn’t be worn to work was an easy way to justify not making it mine immediately. plus i probably didn’t need another chambray-style top, right?



madewell denim shirt || madewell denim || hobo perfect union tote (c/o)

j.crew factory flats



but then something amazing happened. a christmas miracle, if you will. when i was opening up one of my gifts from my (almost) in-laws on christmas day, guess what i found in the box staring up at me? yep, this pretty little thing. i all but squealed in delight. clearly this garment was meant to be mine -whatever the means. also, how great are my in-laws for feeding my madewell addiction?

anyway, in thinking of how i would style this blouse, my first inkling was to wear it as a canadian tuxedo paired with a lighter wash denim bottom, but that seemed like an obvious choice. so i reassessed my closet and opted for colored denim instead. by pairing the top with grey jeans instead of blue, the blouse was able to remain the star, instead of just fading into the background. for a little pizzazz, i accessorized with my favorite leopard flats and a complimentary honey-colored bag. the end result is definitely an outfit i’ll be recreating throughout 2017.



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madewell denim shirt || madewell denim || hobo perfect union tote (c/o)

j.crew factory flats

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