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What does minimalism look like for a professional working woman? Part Four – 15 Actual Outfits (J. Crew Navy Wool Tipped Dress)

If you want to know, here are  some details on the capsule pieces I chose and my rationale for them.


All of these looks below are based around one piece in the original capsule list with 18 pieces!

….& 3 pairs of shoes

…featuring this gorgeous wool J. Crew tipped shirtdress. It is no longer available, but there is a J. Crew navy button-up cap sleeve midi dress or there is also this great J. Crew denim shirtdress that could work as a substitute. This Joan Voss navy shirtdress isn’t tipped in white, but looks similar, as does this See by Chloe dress and this COS cotton-lyocell shirtdress.


Outfit 1 Outfit 2 Outfit 3


Outfit 4 Outfit 5 Outfit 6


Outfit 7 Outfit 8 Outfit 9

Outfit 10 Outfit 11 Outfit 12

Outfit 13 Outfit 14 Outfit 15

Don’t always wear the original belt

The original belt actually isn’t so terrible with this dress. Normally, I toss these belts in the garbage, or keep them for arts & crafts projects because they tend to be HORRIBLE.

This belt however, works well, looks cute, and isn’t a bad belt at all.

The second outfit, shows how a pop of colour from a skinny belt can help change the look, and the third one, is a darker, double-wrapped style leather belt that blends in a bit more.

Double-up on belts

I do this with an obi belt and then a skinny one over it. This bright pink with red, is a perfect blend because it isn’t too loud at all in my opinion.

With and without pants

I tried the mix of dresses over each other, and I tried it with pants underneath, but much prefer it with no pants at all, and the striped dress completely buttoned up underneath.

It looks sleek and chic and is instantly one of my favourites now.

Play with the belt tied over a topper or underneath

That belt? It can go over the topper or underneath, depending on what look you’re going for.

You can also try it with different belts obviously, and it looks slightly different.

Liked this? Let me know! I can do more if there is an interest.

P.S. All of my other capsule wardrobes (but none with real-life shots like this yet), are here.

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Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. Mariya

    I loooove seeing items remixed in a variety of ways!

    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Yay! This was a surprising amount of work to do … After I take a break I might do another one.. 🙂


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