Wardrobe Re-Wear : Valentine’s Day Edition

I love Valentine’s Day. I also love good deals.  So when I saw this shirt dress on clearance for $13.98 at Old Navy, there was no question that it was coming home with me.  The tiny heart print that covers the dress is festive without being over the top, which makes it wearable year-round.

OUTFIT #1: Shirt as a Dress

Just pop a red cardi over the dress and it’s Valentine’s Day ready!  I accessorized with some new clearance jewelry from Target and Walmart (under $18 for both necklaces and the watch!).  I don’t have any pretty black high heels that are closed-toe, so I like to pair peep-toe pumps with opaque tights in the colder months.

Please ignore the glare on these pictures.  We were having some technical difficulties.

OUTFIT #2: Dress as a Shirt

To switch up the look of this outfit, I just popped this bright-colored pencil skirt over the shirtdress to transform the look.  I’ve had my eye on this J. Crew Factory skirt since September, but the price wasn’t working for me until January;)
Dress: Old Navy, no longer available (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: NY&C, old (similarsimilar)
Skirt: J. Crew Factory, was approx. $21 (now $34.99–>price increase)
Purse: Kate Spade Outlet (thanks, Mom!)
Black Necklace: Walmart, $3 in store (similar)
Crystal Necklace: Target, approx. $5.50 (no longer available)
Watch: Target, approx. $6 in store
Shoes: DSW, no longer available (similar)

If you’re loving these outfit ideas, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@brightonabudget).  I frequently post #ootd/#wiw, and pass along good deals as soon as I see them!  I hope these posts give you some ideas about how to shop your own closet and match-up clothes you never thought of pairing together!

I’m linking up with the girls at Tuesday Talk and Rachel at Garay Treasurers for Bloggers Who Inspire Me.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 2.9.15

    Oh my goodness, I love this! I love how you styled the shirt as a dress! My favorite part is the way the sleeves roll up over the sweater. Perfect work outfit gone Valentine's date night!

  2. 2.9.15
    Katie C said:

    I love the idea of dress as shirt with a skirt. I need to try that!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  3. 2.9.15

    That dress is adorable! Love the pattern mix with the skirt!

    Doused In Pink

  4. 2.9.15

    I love both of those outfits…you've got me thinking of how I can do a similar look with the things in my closet!

  5. 2.9.15
    Kay R. said:

    You styled it so well for both looks!! I like that you cant tell from afar that it is hearts. Good looks 🙂

  6. 2.9.15

    I love that orange/coral skirt. That will look amazing in the summer with a tan as well!

  7. 2.9.15

    I love this shirt dress! So pretty and perfect for v-day!

  8. 2.9.15

    Definitely love this transitional piece. I tend to usually buy pieces that can be worn many different ways so I can get my money's worth haha.


  9. 2.9.15
    Kat said:

    Love both outfits… super cute! Also, I ADORE the skirt. It's the perfect pop of color!


  10. 2.9.15

    Cute!! Love the colors and you really have found some great deals at Old Navy lately!!

  11. 2.10.15

    What a cute way to remix the dress, I love that polka dot skirt with the shirt dress, isn't it fun how some patterns just go together so well?!
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  12. 2.10.15

    By the way I e-mailed you but you won the mommy hook, just read your e-mail for more details but Congratulations!!!!
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  13. 2.10.15

    Love this Valentines look girl!!! It is valentine's day without being over the top! perfect!
    Check out my latest blog post for a GIVEAWAY to win a pair of adorable heart boot cuffs – definitely perfect in this valentine's day mood!

    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  14. 2.10.15

    Thanks Tiffany for linking this post up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me" link up today. Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  15. 2.10.15

    I never would have thought to wear a dress as a shirt – but a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk!

  16. 2.12.15

    Love Love Love this Wardrobe re-wear post. It's my favorite by far. That dress and pencil skirt are gorgeous!

  17. 2.13.15

    Cute cute cute! I love that this top can be Valentine-d up but that it also has staying power beyond the holiday!

  18. 2.16.15
    Caitlin said:

    LOVE that skirt! I always love J Crew's pencil skirts, but I never watch out long enough to get a good deal on one, so I usually am the one window shopping! haha. That color looks great on you!