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19 May

How To Shop For A New Outfit + $100 Simon Mall Gift Card Giveaway

Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

Sporty Chic

Jogger pants: The Limited Outlet c/o Concord Mills

Blouse: Banana Republic Factory Store c/o Concord Mills

Jacket: Banana Republic Factory Store c/o Concord Mills

Heels: Saks OFF 5th c/o Concord Mills

Necklace: The Limited Outlet c/o Concord Mills

Earrings: The Limited Outlet c/o Concord Mills

Location: The Mint Museum/Eastover (Charlotte)

Photography: Lindsay Wynne Photography

 

I was recently invited by Concord Mills/Simon Mall to participate in their Indulge event.  They gave me a gift card to do some shopping for the event and had me give style tips to those who attended.  When I began my shopping mission, I realized that I actually have a process for shopping for a new outfit, so I want to share it with you.

 

  • Decide on your budget for your new outfit.  My gift card was for $300.  
  • There are so many stores in the mall.  Make a list of 3-4 stores to shop for your look.  These stores might vary with each new look depending on what type of look you're going for.  The great thing about Concord Mills is that they have all of my favorite stores.  I narrowed my list to Banana Republic Factory Store, The Limited Outlet, J. Crew Factory, and Express Factory Outlet.
  • If you know what type of outfit you want, such as pants or jeans or a skirt or dress, that's a great start.  If not, no worries. Take a walk through each of the stores on your list and make a note of pieces that catch your eye.  Maybe snap a photo with your phone.  Also, note prices so that you can be sure to stay within your budget.  Keep an eye out for shoes and accessories, too.
  • Now, you can mentally put pieces from different stores together.  Go back to each store and try on the pieces that you liked most keeping in mind pieces that you liked from other stores that might go with it.  For me, the piece that stood out most in Banana Republic, J. Crew, and The Limited was their jogger pants, so I tried them on in each store.  Jogger pants are so on trend right now and after browsing each store I knew that I wanted that to be my building piece.  These jogger pants at The Limited were easily my favorite pair.  I also picked up this necklace and earrings at The Limited that were on sale.  
  • Now that you have the piece to build the outfit around, think if there are other pieces you liked that would go with it.  There were 2 or 3 tops and a jacket in Banana Republic that caught my eye, so I headed back there to try them on with the pants I bought at The Limited.  As soon as I tried this top and jacket on with the pants, I was sold on this Sporty Chic look (style tip – look for classic pieces to go with a trendier piece to create a more chic rather than trendy look).  
  • Once you've bought the clothes and accessories, if you still need shoes, pick 2 stores to shop for shoes.  I chose Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse and Saks OFF 5th.  I love ankle strap heels and grabbed a pair of pink heels at Off Broadway (check for them on the blog soon!) and these black heels at Saks OFF 5th that were on sale for just under $50.  [Side note: One of the great things about Concord Mills is the sales.  Every piece that I bought was on sale or discounted!]
  • If you have money left in your budget, think back and see if there were any pieces that you could mix and match with the outfit you bought.  Or maybe look for a handbag or other accessories.  I decided to go with mixing and matching, so I picked up a pink blouse at Express (this blouse will also be on the blog soon!).  I can wear it with the pants, with the pants and jacket, or with the jacket and different bottoms.  

 

Now, I want you to be able to shop for an outfit so I'm giving away one $100 Simon Mall gift card courtesy of Simon Mall and Concord Mills (if you don't live in the Charlotte area, check for a Simon Mall near you)!  Use the rafflecopter below to enter.  

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tamara Marbury
36 Comments
  • Ashley

    I would like to add more work pieces to my wardrobe :) 

     

    May 19, 2015 at 9:03 am
  • Mary Happymommy

    I'm pregnant so I'd love some more maternity clothes.  I would like a maxi dress for summer, some comfortable sandals, and capri pants.

    May 19, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • Kelly D

    I would like to add new blouses and jeans to my wardrobe.

    May 19, 2015 at 10:18 am
  • Elena

    I want to get a maxi dress

    May 19, 2015 at 12:16 pm
  • Elle P.

    I would like to add some new skinny jean capris to my wardrobe.

    May 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  • Amanda Sakovitz

    I want to add some capris

    May 19, 2015 at 2:29 pm
  • Natalie

    I would love to add more cute leggings to my wardrobe

    May 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm
  • Ellie Wright

    I would love to add a summery dress and sandals to my wardrobe.

    May 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  • Linda

    I would like to add a nice light spring/summer blazer.

    May 19, 2015 at 5:35 pm
  • Kristen

    I'm looking for a cute new pair of white sandals for summer.

    May 19, 2015 at 8:05 pm
  • Nicole Dziedzic

    I would love to add some jogger pants and some wedges to my collection.

    May 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Kenny

    I would love to add a nice pair of boyfriend jeans to my wardrobe.

    May 20, 2015 at 1:37 am
  • Denise

    I would like a nice pair of comfortable sandals for summertime :-)

    May 20, 2015 at 2:38 am
  • Carla S

    I need more shorts and dress shirts.

    May 20, 2015 at 4:17 am
  • Chakayla

    I would love to add more classic joggers and oxfords into my wardrobe!

    May 20, 2015 at 6:53 am
  • Regina

    Hi Tamara,

    You look super chic in the photos! :) I love to see classic and trendy pieces mixed together, June Ambrose does an amazing job at pulling off the sporty chic look as well (honestly that woman is my muse lol). I'm doing a gradual wardrobe overhaul and would like to focus on adding more timeless pieces like blazers that can be mixed and matched with a number of different pieces. Great post! #BLMGirl

    May 20, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Jeanna

    I would like to add a pair of white jeans and a new pair of jean capri's to my wardrobe!

    May 21, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Lynn

    I would like to add a new LBD and statement necklace to my wardrobe.

    May 21, 2015 at 10:56 pm
  • shaunie

    I'd love to add a skirt or two

    May 22, 2015 at 1:21 am
  • Jessica

    Oh, where to start! My entire wardrobe needs a refresh! New capris, summery tops, wedges…

    May 23, 2015 at 7:45 am
  • Carol N

    I need blouses!

    May 23, 2015 at 9:18 am
  • Gina M (Wild Orchid)

    I want to add a pair of white pants for the summer. 

     

    Entered the Rafflecopter as “Wild Orchid”

     

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

    May 23, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • Wendy R.

    I need some new jeans for sure.

    May 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm
  • Brittany Koelmel

    I need more dresses and capris!

    May 23, 2015 at 9:21 pm
  • Brenda Haines

    I'min need of some new slacks.Thanks for the chance! :)

    May 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  • Christina D

    Bright coloured floral skirts would be nice.

    May 25, 2015 at 12:38 am
  • S. Carter

    I would love to get a nice fit and flare summer dress.

    May 26, 2015 at 12:21 am
  • MJ Moore

    I'd love to get a new summer bag!

    May 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm
  • Laura m

    I would love some new sandals and cute tops.

    May 28, 2015 at 6:20 am
  • Susan P.

    I could use a good pair of dress pants and a nice belt.

    May 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm
  • Clarisse

    I'm looking to add coordinates, a cropped top and matching culottes.

    May 28, 2015 at 9:50 pm
  • Karrie

    I would love some new skinny jeans

    May 29, 2015 at 12:53 am
  • Nataly Carbonell

    I want to add shorts and Lily Pulitzer style dresses! ^_^

    May 29, 2015 at 11:06 am
  • Thomas Murphy

    I want new shoes and a hat.

    May 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm
  • steve weber

    Would love to get some new designer jeans.

    May 29, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Ellen Casper

    I'd like to add some sandals and maxi dresses

    May 29, 2015 at 10:49 pm

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