THOUGHTFUL | PURCHASES

November 23, 2016

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I don’t know about you, but with all the Black Friday sales and holiday shopping starting, I always end up buying some gifts and then a few things for myself as well. I can’t help it, the deals are too good! But don’t worry, I know you have been bombarded with holiday gift guides already and this is NOT that type of post. In fact, this is a post about shopping for yourself! Despite what my husband may think, I actually do think things through before making a purchase. Even if money was no object, there are some basic questions I ask myself before I decide to swipe that card. That way once you make a purchase, you won’t have buyer’s remorse and you know you purchased with confidence!

// Questions I Ask Myself Before a Purchase //
• Is it versatile and can be worn multiple ways
• Can it be worn at least half the year
• Is there something unique about the style, cut, embellishment that makes a statement
• Is it trendy (therefore should be more affordable) or is it an investment or basic (therefore I am willing to spend more)
• Is it easy to wash or does it have to be professionally cleaned
• Will this piece give me instant gratification or will my happiness continue with each wear
• Will I think about this until I have it in my hands or will I forget about it once I leave the store
• Can it be returned (just so you can take home and try it on with several looks)

That all being said, let’s talk about this sweater from Twenty 5A. As I mentioned above, when a piece can be worn more than one way, it’s a winner in my book. I received this oversized sweater and immediately I fell in love. I am all about little details that make a piece stand out and the back of this sweater is definitely something that will leave people talking.

This sweater is intended to be worn as a top, but because of the looser fit and also because weather in Southern California isn’t quite cold yet, I opted to wear this as a sweater dress with the must-have over-the-knee boots of the season. The back of this sweater is beautiful, but also revealing, so I added a short mini skirt underneath just to cover my bum. To add just that extra oomph of sexiness, I let one shoulder slip, turning this sweater into not only a dress but an off the shoulder piece as well.

How would you wear this sweater – as a top or a dress? I want to know!

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Sweater | Twenty 5A (sold out, I know, devastating but linked some of my favs) here, here, here, and here
Choker | Bauble Bar (get 30% off holiday collections with HOLIDAY30) similar styles here, here, here
Boots | Steve Madden similar styles here, here, here, and here
Sunglasses | Karen Walker similar styles here, here, and here
Bag | Chanel similar styles here, here, here, here, and here

* The GIVEAWAY for this sweater goes to lucky follower @mrsikari. Thank you to all those that entered and stay tuned for more giveaways soon! @mrsikari please email me at christine@dailykongfidence.com to claim your new sweater! *

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147 comments

Chloe November 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Such a pretty sweater dress! I love the back details! 🙂 So obsessed with your OTK boots too!

xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/skincare-product-review-dear-klairs/

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dailykongfidence November 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Thank you Chloe, the back is so fun isn’t it? Have a great Thanksgiving babe!

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LaToy November 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

I love the way you’re wearing it, and I think I’d also wear it as a dress. Maybe with tights and ankle boots

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Katrina Fernandez November 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

I don’t know what to say, you look really good as always that is why I idolized your fashion style. Totally love it from head to toe!

xoxo, Katrina
https://www.katrinaisha.wordpress.com/

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

You are seriously too sweet Katrina, thank you so much! I appreciate you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

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April Nunez November 23, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Omg wow! Just wow! You look so hot. Such a great post.

April https://beybiapril.wordpress.com/

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:25 am

Thank you April! Have an amazing weekend!

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English Lass in LA November 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

It’s hard not to see a few bits and bobs this time of year that you may pick up for yourself! Or at least, add them to your list for others to potentially get for you ;p Number one on your list of questions that you ask yourself is the most important I think. Especially over here in Southern Cali! I would probably wear the sweater like a dress too but it’s great to know that you could pair it with skinnies and wear it as a sweater if you were spending the weekend somewhere colder. It’s a lovely piece and I adore the crisscrossing detail.
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:26 am

Oh yes, I would love to pair this sweater with some skinny jeans too! Thanks for the idea and have a great Thanksgiving as well!

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gracie November 23, 2016 at 8:30 pm

I would wear as a sweater dress too. It looks super cute & I love the choker, which is one of my favorite trends. Your tips for Black Friday are also very helpful for all of us shopaholics. Nice to have some guidelines to keep it in check 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving.
xx, Gracie
snappedbygracie.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:26 am

Thank you Gracie. This is one of my favorite chokers as well. Hope you score some great Black Friday deals!

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Margaret November 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Mine is just simple – love at first sight. I think we all have the moment when we see an item we are like ‘this is different from all the others’, then I know this is the piece I have to get. Others? I will have to think about it hahahah (even under the massive SALES sign)

xx Margaret
http://www.maleemaleehong.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:28 am

Totally agree. I also believe in love at first sight and also destiny…like the last one in your size. =)

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Jen November 23, 2016 at 9:15 pm

I didn’t even notice the lace up back until you mentioned it, lol. I love it and see why you would need to wear a skirt or shorts just in case… I love the oversized sweater dress and would pretty much wear it the way you did with OTK boots or sneaks. You look stunning!!

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:29 am

Thank you Jen! The back detail is definitely one of my favorite parts of this sweater.

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Jenelle November 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Yes, these are all really important things to ask yourself before you fork over the $$ sale or not! Particularly about dry cleaning! I never get around to doing that so tend to buy less dry clean only products.
xx Jenelle
http://www.inspiringwit.com/

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:30 am

Yes, I always forget to go pick up the dry cleaning once I drop it off plus with kids, it’s easier just to wash at home so definitely a big one for me too!

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Jo November 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

You are rocking that sweater girl! I love that you wore it as a dress. You look so fab!

xo, Jo
http://www.cutandchic.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:30 am

Thank you Jo, you are so kind with your sweet words! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Maggie November 23, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Such a cute sweater! I love how you paired it with the over the knee boots!

xoxo,
Maggie S.
❤Clothestomidnight.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 12:31 am

Thanks Maggie! When it gets colder I’ll definitely be wearing this sweater with some jeans too!

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Sharon Wu November 24, 2016 at 12:54 am

Beautiful sweater dress, and you’ve styled it perfectly with the over-the-knee boots girl! Great tips you’ve shared for black Friday shopping, too. Happy Thanksgiving! xo, sharon

http://www.stylelullaby.com/beauty/reversing-age-foreo-luna-play/

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:36 am

Thank you Sharon! I can totally see you wearing this look too!

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Yuena November 24, 2016 at 1:18 am

Dayam Ma, that strut though. You look so dashing 😉

Happy THANKSGIVING to you and your family!

With Love,
Yuena
http://simplyyue.wordpress.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

Thank you Yuena you are too kind! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving babe!

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Jenn Hanft November 24, 2016 at 1:25 am

I totally love this as a sweater dress hands down! You styled it so perfectly with OTK’s! I’m also surprised it has a lace up back! It looks so cozy and chic. Also thanks for sharing these tips! I definitely like to question versatility 🙂

XO Jenn
http://jennsemble.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

Thanks Jenn! The back is fun, isn’t it? You pick versatile pieces and I love your style. Happy shopping this weekend!

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Dana Nicola November 24, 2016 at 3:19 am

Im so in love with this jumper dress, the back is just to die for, gutted its sold out 🙁

Xxx
http://www.fashiondew.co.uk

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:41 am

I know so sad it is sold out Dana, but Twenty 5A has new pieces coming in everyday so check back and they may restock!

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Catarine November 24, 2016 at 5:09 am

Wowww, these questions you ask yourself before purshasing are way too good, in order to get good deals.
Talking about the sweater, i would totally wear it as a dress too. By the way you’re rocking it.
However, it would look awesome with skinny jeans and a pretty coat, for colder days as well. And that is one thing i love in clothes: vesatility.
Enjoy your day, dear.
lefashionaire.com

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:42 am

Hi Catarine, you are right! I will definitely be wearing these with jeans as it gets colder. Have a great weekend!

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Thomas Falkenstedt November 24, 2016 at 7:48 am

That’s so true. In midst of all this consuming, especially as bloggers, it’s sometimes hard to actually think things through before making a purchase. Your post made me think twice about what I actually already have and if I’m going to go as crazy on the Black Friday Sales as I thought I would. Probably not. 🙂
Love how you styled this look sweetie! 🙂
xoxo
Thomas

http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/2016/11/24/movember/

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:43 am

Yes, as bloggers we definitely need to see what pieces we can rewear and make it look like a new outfit. You’d better believe you will see this sweater again but styled differently. I know, Black Friday shopping is more for me than gifts it seems! Happy Shopping Thomas!

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Jo November 24, 2016 at 8:07 am

I love this look very much as I said in my another message to you that I always wanted to create a look like this! Now in regards all the purchases, I tend to just buy things without even thinking through so these are great tips and reminders! Thank you so much for a great post!

xo,
Jo

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:44 am

Awww, Jo, you are always so sweet. You can totally rock this look especially with those amazing OTK boots you have!

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emily November 24, 2016 at 8:08 am

Yes! I definitely ask myself these questions before purchasing anything. I would hate to waste my money on something that doesn’t get worn and sits in the back of my closet (I did that a lot when I was younger but have since learned to be more considered!) It is easy to get caught up in the great sales though, so it’s important to remember to stop and think before we buy buy buy! hehe
x Emily
http://shedoes.com.au

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:44 am

That is amazing Emily! I love a thoughtful shopper and need to remind myself of these questions everytime I buy. I am typically an impulsive buyer but I am trying to be better about my purchases.

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Samantha Mariko November 24, 2016 at 9:43 am

you made a good choice with this sweater! it’s so chic and sexy paired with the boots <3

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

Thank Samantha! I do love it as a sweater dress myself!

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Sofia November 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

This sweater dress looks so amazing on you. Its always a good pick for when its chilly outside but you still can go without pants or choose otk booties!

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dailykongfidence November 24, 2016 at 11:47 am

Thank you Sofia! I love the OTK boots trend right now so thought it would look best with these boots while I can still get away with it. =)

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samira November 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Totally agree with you! Versatility is so important when buying pieces! Love that choker on you, you rock it!!

xo, samira

http://www.leathertolunch.com

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Thanks Samira, I hope you got some great holiday shopping done this weekend!

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Atsuna Matsui November 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

Yess I’m pretty excited about the Black Friday sale and seeing what pieces I can snatch for myself and holiday gifts for my friends. You look so chic in this outfit babe and you always are pulling off the coolest sunnies. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a good one spent with your kids.

xoxo
http://www.atsunamatsui.com

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm

I hope you scored some great finds Atsuna! Thank you for your sweet compliments.

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diana November 24, 2016 at 4:26 pm

such a pretty sweater dress. It is quite chilly in NorCal. wish I was living in SoCal that I can wear this type of dress

http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm

Thank you Diana. You are right, even though we are in CA, NorCal is so much colder than SoCal. ALthough you have a bit more “fall” than we do. =)

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Amy November 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Christine! I love sweater dresses paired with OTK boots – it’s the perfect SoCal winter combo. I’d love to see your closet in its entirety, as every piece you wear is so classic and fits perfectly (even the items that are on trend!)

xx, Amy
http://www.theluxilook.com

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Thank you Amy! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving as well. You are such a sweetie and I have the same respect and admiration for you and your outfits. =)

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Raysa Garcia November 24, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Love this sweater dress on you. You styled this so beautifully!
Happy Thanksgiving gorgeous! Xx, Raysa

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Thanks Raysa! I definitely plan on wearing this sweater dress more often. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well.

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Cynthia November 24, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Wow! I really love this sweater and the criss cross in the back is awesome! So sad it is sold out! :((((

xx,
Cynthia

http://www.thesirenconfidential.com

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

Thanks Cynthia! I know, such a bummer that it is sold out, but I linked some of my other favorite sweater dresses too.

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Jessie November 25, 2016 at 1:52 am

I love your shades!!! i’m have to get a pair when I go back to Australia this xmas =) things are cheaper in Australia nowadays given Aussie dollars are so weak =) haha need to take advantage of that!

xx,
Jessie
http://4evajessie.com/review-your-2016/

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dailykongfidence November 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Thank you Jessie! Definitely have to take advantage of any discount you can get. =)

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NEHA November 25, 2016 at 3:32 am

Hey Christine Happy Thanksgiving hun ! I love d shades and the sweater dress…great post babe…xoxo, Neha

http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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Bernice November 25, 2016 at 6:03 am

Aw lovely post about treating yourself! There have been so many holiday guides floating around… I wonder how Many items in your post are still available 🙂

http://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2016/11/23/Breathable-Hair

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Josie November 25, 2016 at 7:12 am

Cannot believe it’s sold out already Actually I can! It’s so pretty! I would have snagged one myself if it was still available! I love how you styled it so simply yet so “chicly” like you always do!
I’ve started shopping a little bit like you too! The versatility of a piece is so essential to me! But what I don’t really pay attention is the cleaning part! It’s so important though! I don’t want to end up spending a lot of money for cleaning LOL

Bisous love, Josie

http://www.petiteandbold.com

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Fe Samaia November 25, 2016 at 8:00 am

Awww can’t believe the sweater is sold out!It looks amazing on you and I love the idea of wearing it as a dress!
I will definitely check your similar recommendations!

xoxo
Fe
http://www.fesamaia.com/best-boots-for-this-season/

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Hadasah Love | Style To Love November 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

Love it
xx,
Hadasah Love | http://www.styletolove.com

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Andreea Birsan November 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

That knit dress suits you so well! Love how you mixed with OTK boots and the Chanel bag! Have a lovely weekend! <3

Andreea,
http://couturezilla.com/

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Darlene November 25, 2016 at 8:56 am

Can I just say I still can’t believe youre a mother of 3?! you look amazing girl and totally agreeing on everything you’ve mentioned. I’m a hard person when it comes to shopping mostly because I’m a retail buying student and I know all the tricks retail offers. haha but hands up on your style!
http://www.thenewgirl.me

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Aldora November 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

This sweater is a fab purchase Christine! I would say it looks so perfect on you as a dress 🙂 I would recommend wearing it as a dress on hotter days and pairing it with a pair of tights on colder days.. So versatile hehehe!
And yup, I used to go on a shopping spree and some of the questions mentioned above were similar to what I ask myself to curb my spending urge.. (my piggy bank is thanking me for it now)
Hope you’ll have a great weekend hun!

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Stephanie November 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Okay, I LOVE how you arranged this post. Talking about all the musts before a big purchase, and then showing how your piece fit those requirements. So unique and helpful to think about. Not only are those tips really necessary to ponder before a buy, but good gracious I love your sweater dress/top so much! It’s definitely a statement, and seems so versatile as well! I’m also going nuts for your KW sunnies (I borrowed that pair from DITTO and fell in love with them)!

Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

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Gina Diaz November 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

You look amazing in this outfit babe! i love it. Xx, Gina

http://www.artsyrunway.com

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Jennifer Quattrucci November 25, 2016 at 5:22 pm

You , my friend , are truly amazing with a capital A ! I absolutely love the questions you gave us to consider before purchasing an item !! Every woman ( or man ) should be thinking in that way before purchasing! I really love how you styled the sweater as a dress with the OTK boots and the off the shoulder look ! Gorgeous!!

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Sarah November 25, 2016 at 6:15 pm

You are looking absolutely fabulous and I love how you styled this sweater. I completely agree with you about purchasing items that are more versatile and can be worn in several ways. As Bloggers, we are inspiring others with our style, so I always try to style one piece several different ways. I also feel the older I get I am making smarter shopping decisions and asking the questions you did in the post. I really love your sweater dress, I would totally style this with leather leggings and a killer stiletto heel or skinny jeans.

xxxx

Sarah

http://sarahatiq.com/

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Warren November 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Such a great sweater dress love the metallic style! So true about the purchases sometimes I tend to go off the rails even on full price and end up usually at the end of the month drinking copius amounts of gin trying to pluck up the courage to deal with my credit card bill filled with things I should have not bought haha. I’m going to start asking myself these questions like is it versatile. thanks babe XOWP

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Yasmin November 25, 2016 at 8:31 pm

I adore how you styled this! So chic with the off the shoulder look. I know it’s supposed to be a top, but it’s way hotter as a dress for sure! Love it with the over the knee boots too.

xx Yasmin
http://banglesandbungalows.com

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Lily November 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm

I have that choker too – I’m obsessed with this!! I love this post and I agree with you wholeheartedly. Quality over quantity for sure! Xx

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Linh Dao November 25, 2016 at 11:32 pm

How do you manage to look so hot all the time!?? Can I be you? I love how you wore this sweater dress. The back details are to die for! You are totally rocking this look and with that choker! Thanks for the tips! Such a great find you got here!

Linh
http://xcapewithlinh.com/

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Charlotte Luisa November 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

I love long sweaters with over the knee boots! It just always looks great and is super comfy 🙂 Also, love the tips you have for shopping, I pretty much go by the same rules and actually got some pretty amazing things on Black Friday this year 🙂
Love,
Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

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Lauren November 26, 2016 at 9:39 am

I think it is so important to ask those types of questions when making purchases as well. So many times I have ended up with something that I can only wear for a month or two and I am not into the following year. This year I did make a couple purchases for myself as well haha, but I did think most of them through 🙂

xx

Lauren
http://www.blameitonbarneys.com

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Mel November 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Loving the over the knee boots and the sweater!

http://www.pennyanddash.com

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Jenni November 26, 2016 at 7:39 pm

Love this post! It was so helpful because I’m planning to go shopping this month and next month. 🙂
Love your outfit btw!

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Jessie November 26, 2016 at 9:12 pm

I need to keep this list of questions close to me when i shop. I always end up buy things that are not so versatile and probably can only be worn to one or 2 event, then end up at the bottom of my closet for years before i decide to give it away or donate them. I need to be more disciplined when it comes to shopping. Def need to learn from your advises!

btw, i love your over the knee boots! they are so pretty!

xx, Jessie
http://4evajessie.com/review-your-2016/

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molly November 27, 2016 at 6:35 am

This dress looks amazing on you! And I love your thoughts here…thinking before you buy is SO important 🙂

Xx
Molly
http://www.trendychickadee.com

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Jessica November 27, 2016 at 12:52 pm

I always ending buying for myself too! You look great in that outfit!! xo, Jessica thisseasonsgold.com

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Michelle November 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

I like to ask myself before a purchase – is this gonna change my world or is it like everything I already have in my closet. Over the years I get better and better at editing. In my youth I made many a fashion mistake LOL.
XO
http://www.lehoarder.com/

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Jasmine Buckley November 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I am so tempted by a bargain that I really need to think my purchases through! Love the outfit, effortless glam!
Jaz xoxo
http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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Kusum November 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Your tips are so on point babe, 100% agree with you! The outfit you are wearing is perfection, love the lace on the back of the sweater. You look totally hot and those OTK boots are amaze!
xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

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Inez November 28, 2016 at 1:34 am

That’s a really, really gorgeous sweater. Love the back detail and your choker is to-die-for. Fab.

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Inez November 28, 2016 at 1:35 am

That’s a really, really gorgeous sweater. Love the back detail and your choker is to-die-for. Fab.

Inez | My Small World

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Deddeh Howard November 28, 2016 at 4:54 am

I need this dress in my life. It’s so cute, love the details in the back and it looks amazing on you beautiful.

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Candace November 28, 2016 at 5:46 am

I’m really devastated that the dress is sold out. It’s definitely one I would have ordered with the oversized fit and lace up detailing at the back. You styled it so nicely too 🙂

http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

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Nina Nguyen November 28, 2016 at 7:28 am

Such a beautiful sweater dress, you styled it perfectly!!! Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!!
xo-Nina

http://www.ninalnguyen.com/

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Mariann Yip November 28, 2016 at 9:37 am

Absolutely love your sweater! It’s so beautiful 🙂 And those questions are definitely the ones I consider when making purchases as well so thanks for sharing them!

http://WWW.MARIANNYC.COM

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francesca November 28, 2016 at 10:42 am

Yessss I just love your style. You are always on point also would wear everything you have. Love this sweater dress the texture is so good
francesca
Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

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Monique November 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

Such a great style, I love the combination and you can easily wear these overknees! ♥♥

Love,
Monique xx

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Rachelle Eide November 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

I definitely ask myself these same questions when shopping! Such a good way to rule out impulse buys. I also adore this look! I’m loving the sweater as a dress and agree that the boots are a must-have. I haven’t stopped wearing mine since I got them last fall!

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Jessi Malay November 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

This is such a great and unique post! I love how different this post is from other holiday gift guides! Thanks so much for sharing and have a great week hun <3

XO Jessi,
http://www.mywhitet.com/8-faux-fur-jackets-under-200/

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Rax November 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

This sweater is amazing and it looks great with those OTKBoots

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Aubrey Ballard November 28, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Such a great post, Christine- a topic that isn’t covered enough, but something that needs to be considered! My favorite point might be the one about how an item is cared for. Like, if something is Dry-Clean only, you might as well add $30 to the price tag of the item..!

XO, Aubrey | TheDandyLiar.com

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Mercedes Gonzalez November 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Love how you transformed this top into a sweater dress so effortlessly! Also, I am definitely going to use your questions as a check list before I make purchases from now on! Such a helpful post! Thanks babe!

Xo,
Mercedes
http://www.styleitwithtrix.com

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adele miner November 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm

This is so stunning, and you look so cosy at the same time! Your posts are my favourite! x

adelelydia.blogspot.com

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ellen kim November 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm

Love this sweater dress! Love how the V neck is large enough for your shoulder to pop out. Sometimes they could like a little chunky but you made this look AMAZING babe!

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Karen November 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Omg I wish I saw this post before I did all my Black Friday/ Cyber Money online clothes shopping. At the turn of every season I always find myself staring into my closet one morning and just thinking how do I have so many clothes and yet not enough clothes. Probably half my closet is filled with clothes I don’t even wear! I will def try to keep these couple tips in mind next time I shop!

Happy holidays!

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It's Goldie November 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

The pictures and the outfit look amazing! You are so stunning girl!

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Priyanka Giri November 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Love the post. This is the first time I read your post and in love. I love the sweater and the strut.

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Sheila November 28, 2016 at 3:59 pm

I would wear this as a dress and pair it super tall boots just like you did. The back looks amazing. Maybe also with a pair of washed out black skinny jeans on a cold day and some ankle booties. Love your blog!!

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Sarah-Allegra November 28, 2016 at 4:06 pm

That overknees and oversized sweater combo is absolutely stunning! btw. I love the sweater’s details in the back and your Chanel of course 🙂

xx Sarah-Allegra
http://www.fashionequalsscience.com

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Joanna November 28, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Adorable sweater, since I’m so short I always wear oversized sweaters as dresses and most of the time I don’t even need any skirts underneath. Perfection-love it

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Rachel Holliday November 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

This sweater dress is so gorgeous! The lace up back makes it so unique and I love how you’ve styled it with the choker. All your tips are great. I think washing is a great one- I’ve often shopped designer sales online and the items have ended up been dry clean only.

I am loving both of these pieces- I have such a soft spot for choker neck tops at the moment 🙂 My fave one is the vest with the top, it goes so well together that it almost looks like one piece

Rachel xx
http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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Mary lynne November 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Amazing outfit! Accessories made the outfit even better!

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Camille Nichelini November 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

I wish I read this before doing my shopping

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Atsuna Matsui November 28, 2016 at 9:14 pm

I remember you posting this outfit photo on Instagram and ahh just loved how chic it looked. Your style is amazing and effortless dear and I lovee all the sunnies you rock. The choker also is so cool. 🙂

xoxo
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Sierra Leeper November 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I love this look! Always great fashion advice 🙂

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Zoryana November 28, 2016 at 11:08 pm

love love love

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jasna November 29, 2016 at 3:43 am

I would style it the same way you did hun, you look gorgeous 🙂 xx

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Kristina November 29, 2016 at 5:08 am

I love that it can be a top or a dress! Versatility is important – lets you shake things up! I really love this look on you!!!

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Robin Jones November 29, 2016 at 6:20 am

This sweater dress is seriously so stunning on you babe !

-xx

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Min November 29, 2016 at 7:59 am

Your shopping tips are so good, especially looking at longevity of a piece and maintenance… I’m the same, I look at how long can I make it work, if it’s just one season or if it’s 10! I prefer the timelessness of most, I still have a jacket from 2010 when Robert Rodriguez did this dark and edgy collection I loved so much. Hmmm, I don’t wear knits a lot, but usually they’re as a top and layered with a jacket – my style tends to aim towards menswear inspired!

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Sarah Harrison November 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

Great dress, love the off the shoulder look paired with the boots!

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yuka November 29, 2016 at 12:12 pm

great shopping tips! and I love your sweater girl! I love how slochy it is!

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Le Huynh November 29, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Thoughtful purchases! Omg I NEEDDD this sweater

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Eve November 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm

Absolutely gorgeous xoxo Eve

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Siennaunknown November 29, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Oh my gosh! Your blog is amazing!! I love this post ! I think about the same kinda things it’s always important to thing about the worth of an item beyond the price tag ❤️

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Lacey November 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm

LOVE reading your posts because your style is always on point! And I completely relate to the questions you ask yourself before making a purchase. I do this as well! And I love wearing oversized sweaters as dresses. Now I need to go get this one you’re wearing! LOL! Thanks for another amazing post Christine!

xoxo,
Lacey | http://www.stateoflace.com

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Lina November 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm

I absolutely adore this look on you! Although I’m pretty sure I love all the stylish combos you wear 😉 Either way, love this! And totally agree on your shopping logic! And phew, I’m glad this whole shopping weekend craziness is over! Well, not really until the holidays are over haha but you know what I mean 🙂 Hope you did some pretty and smart shopping Xox

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Cece Lam November 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

your style speaks so much to me!! thanks for sharing babe <3

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Maryam November 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm

You are so stylish! Love the choker!

xo, Maryam
http://www.glamandposh.com

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Jessica November 29, 2016 at 9:13 pm

I love your questions before purchase! and those boots! Love them! xo, Jessica thisseasonsgold.com

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Itzy November 29, 2016 at 9:22 pm

I love your sweater dress so much!! You always look so stylish!

xx,
Itzy
http://lebellagypsy.com/
https://www.instagram.com/lebellagypsy/

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Eva November 30, 2016 at 1:13 am

Hello dear!
Beautiful Knitwear love this multi way sweater , you can use in many ways. Very versatile.
Love all , the color , the back laceup insert , your boots . Good match!!
Xx Eva

BULINO GOTHIC BLOUSE | TENERIFE SKIRT – The Mermaid Fashion
http://www.themermaidfashion.com/2016/11/28/bulino-gothic-blouse-tenerife-skirt/

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Cinddie November 30, 2016 at 3:17 am

Those are some seriously good tips, and I love your entire outfit, that choker is to die for!

xoxo, Cinddie
http://www.fashbrown.com

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Tandya November 30, 2016 at 11:12 am

You wore it perfectly! I wouldn’t change a thing! Such a good read! I often find myself having buyers remorse and these are such good questions to ask myself before another impulse buy. Xo

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Alexandra November 30, 2016 at 1:21 pm

OMG. I am in love with this entire look from head to toe! That sweater is so perfect and i love its texture! The way you paired it with your OTK is perfect and is such a cute holiday look! Don’t even get me started with those sunnies!

Love your style babe <3

Alexandra xx
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Jordan Chapman November 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Definitely shopping tips I use on a daily!! Love all of these!
Jordan xx
http://www.thehatlogic.com

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Brown Eyed Toast November 30, 2016 at 2:50 pm

LOVED this post! I ask myself the SAME questions whenever I make a purchase, big or small. But this sweater definitely looks worth it – the draping, fabric, unique back detail are all exquisite! And you wear is so beautifully 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check into the alternatives, and hopefully this one will come back into stock too! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

xo Soo | http://www.BrownEyedToast.com

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Caprice bianca November 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Such a pretty sweater dress. I love pieces that are versatile and simple too. I love the questions you ask yourself before purchasing something. I never really thought about it but I find myself asking a lot of the same questions before buying something. Love your style you always look gorgeous !!

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Kreshma December 1, 2016 at 4:30 am

Such a great post and yes in love with that sweater dress ♥️

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dailykongfidence December 1, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thank you Kreshma. It’s so versatile that it’s perfect as a dress and as a top!

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Mandy Arisa December 1, 2016 at 4:51 am

I love the questions you ask to yourself section Christine! I totally need to do that more often so I have more clothing pieces that last longer for the long run!

http://www.ministryforstyle.com

x Mandy

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vanessa troset December 1, 2016 at 4:53 am

Woww i always adore reading your blog babe! your style always inspire me so much. Thank you for all this black friday information is very helpful to know all this tips for a best shopping experience. Kisses

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ZIA DOMIC December 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

I was already totally in love with this sweater dress and then I saw the back and now Im obsessed! Really great score, xo ~Zia
http://www.thehuntercollector.com

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dailykongfidence December 2, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Thank you Zia!

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sharon December 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

I am so with you on that! My questions that I ask myself is quite similar to yours. I love versatility, and I like wearing the same thing over and over again. Your sweater dress is definielty cute and versatile 🙂 Great post, Christine! <3, Sharon
http://www.sharinaone.com/

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Katya Bychkova December 1, 2016 at 9:40 pm

These are great questions to ask before making a purchase! I have a similar strategy that I call “treating clothes like art.” These days I’m only purchasing items that I’m truly in love with. That way I save space in my closet and don’t overspend.
By the way, this sweater dress looks so pretty on you!

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Adelina December 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

Babe you look absolutely stunning!! This sweater is more than fabulous and the back detail is killer! xx, Adelina

http://www.thecharmingolive.com

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dailykongfidence December 2, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Awww thanks babe! You are always so sweet!

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Margot December 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

You look so stunning with your thigh boots and your sweater. I love it.
xx,
Margot
https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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Konstantina Antoniadou December 3, 2016 at 11:02 am

what a beautiful sweater!!
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Ashleigh D'Mello December 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

BABE! This outfit is absolute perfection – you look incredible! I need to get some oversized sweater to wear like this!

Ashleigh x
http://www.ashleighdmello.com

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Kier December 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm

I love your outfit and your content! Great tips babe!

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Marcy December 10, 2016 at 1:23 am

Love this post babe!! Totally make all this question to my self when I shop something new for me. So sad this sweater is not available anymore is so beautiful but will make sure to check then similar options! Always inlove of your style.

Xx
Marcy

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