Aug 03, 2015


Fashion Blogger Erika Batista Shares How to Dress to Impress for Less

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Contributed By: Erika Batista, founder of Lola Blue, the Closet

When it comes to dressing for the office, I always like to be comfortable and stylish. There is something about feeling ultra-feminine that empowers me.

There are many ways to be stylish at the office on a budget, you don’t have to break the bank to look good and feel good. All it takes is a few key pieces in your closet and you are good to go.

For this look I took two classic and must-have pieces: the black blazer and the black pencil skirt. I wanted to give it a spring feel and added color by adding this sleeveless floral blouse. As for accessories, a black handbag and fun black pumps will always come in handy.

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Blazer: H&M | Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: TopShop Handbag: Olivia + Joy | Shoes: Aldo | Earrings: Lola Blue

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And voila! You have a modern and stylish fun outfit for the office. The key piece here is the blouse; you can always wear a button down and add a little sass by adding a chunky sparkly necklace or a colorful bag. This will take your outfit from boring and dull to stylish and fun. Remember, all these pieces are super versatile so you can mix them up to create different looks for different occasions. An outfit on a budget with many looks in mind!

Want to take this look from office to happy hour style? Simple… remove the blazer, add a red or fuchsia lipstick and you are good to go! You will be turning heads in this pencil skirt. It is my favorite!

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Here is how you can recreate this look.
Wear this outfit this season and feel stylish, feminine and fabulous… all while on a budget

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Jacket | Forever 21 $29.90

Top | Forever 21 $15.80

Pencil Skirt | Express $29.99 (Similar HERE)

Pumps | Zara $89.99 (Similar HERE)

Handbag | Aldo $50.00

Like this look and want more style ideas on a budget? Follow me on my blog Lola Blue, the closet for daily updates on staying chic and in style. Remember fashion isn’t about labels and expensive clothes… it is simply about style.

IG: @lolabluethecloset

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Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha Love Ramirez

Tanisha is the Managing Editor at NEW LATINA, and a social commentary and pop-culture writer/blogger from New York City. She studied Sociology and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College, where she developed a strong interest women's issues and community advocacy. Tanisha has written for the Bowdoin Orient and has interned at BUST Magazine and

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