Fab Finds from the Hilton Head Outlets – Part 1

Mr. L3 and I decided to go on a little summer road trip July 4th week.  I had never been to the Carolinas and am trying to make it to all 50 states before I croak so off we went.  Our first stop was Asheville, NC.  We saw a lot of interesting places and ate some fabulous food, but one of my favorite activities was hiking to a few waterfalls (in my Elle Mayers tall workout tank of course…just a note that these tanks are currently on clearance for $15 plus an extra 20% off…GO GET ONE!!!).

 

After a few days, we toodled on over to Hilton Head Beach in South Carolina.  Unfortunately, we checked into our hotel, immediately hated it, hopped on our iPads, found an awesome hotel in Savannah, GA, checked out of our Hilton Head hotel 30 minutes after checking in and hightailed it over to Savannah. I used to live at the beach in CA and was always traumatized by the hoards that would descend upon my neighborhood during July 4th, so I don’t know WHY ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH I thought it was a good idea to try to spend some time at the beach for July 4th.
Fortunately, all was not lost because we LOVED our time in Savannah and returned to the Hilton Head outlets to do some damage at the outlet stores.  We also spent a day on Tybee Island and rode bikes so I did get a bit of a beach fix. Best of both worlds!

Tybee Island riding bike on beach

I bought 5 items (2 skirts, 1 dress, 1 pair of jeans and 1 shirt) at the outlets and have already worn each item several times.  This makes me REALLY happy because I finally feel like I’m being more strategic in my shopping and am buying pieces that can immediately fit into my wardrobe. Yay!
Today, I will show you the 2 skirts and the dress.  You may recall my battle with Shy Leg Syndrome the past couple of summers. Well after suffering through the sweltering, humid-as-heck Southern summers the past couple of years in jeans, pants and maxi dresses, I decided Shy Leg Syndrome can just put an egg in its shoe and beat it because I refuse to suffocate myself anymore and am now wearing skirts and bare legs (despite my unsightly veins and non-tan). Yay me!
First up – a white linen midi skirt from the Ann Taylor outlet.  After I bought the skirt, I immediately searched online for complete looks featuring a white skirt, and I found some really good stuff!  Check out these looks on my “Looks to Copy” Pinterest board.  I think I will buy some striped tees and thicker brown belt to copy a couple of these.

Here are a few ways I’m wearing the skirt with stuff I already had in my closet. (Disclaimer – I’m not really loving the blue belt but didn’t feel like re-taking the photos).

White linen skirt black tank floral purse

Doing a little pattern mixing with my floral purse and striped shirt! Skirt via Ann Taylor outlet; Racerback tank via BCBG outlet; Isabella Fiore purse (elderly)

White skirt denim jacket

Throw on my Hudson denim jacket via Tall Couture to cover up a bit or to combat the AC

BCBG Striped Tank

Another fun find at the Ann Taylor outlet was this blue patterned dress which fits right in with my Project Remix.

Floral print dress

Dress via Ann Taylor outlet; Purse via Isabella Fiore (Very elderly)

 

Floral dress pink purse

It has a matching tie around the waist but I’m thinking adding a colorful belt like I did below is more fun!

After I brought the dress home, I  made the exciting discovery that it has pockets.  Hooray!

Blue dress orange belt

OMG…it has pockets! Didn’t realize that when I bought it. And it looks great with my bright belt

I wore the dress to work with my bright Loft blazer and got inundated with compliments.  Turns out a lot of people like blue and orange together…not just Gator or Auburn fans.
I think I can take this dress into fall by adding boots and a jacket. Yeehaaaa!
Next up was the J.Crew outlet.  Again, I was looking for skirts.  Most of the skirts there were minis that looked like they’d probably hit halfway up my buns, but I did manage to find a navy-with-bright-dots cotton pencil skirt that came to the knee.

I need to figure out more ways to wear it.  I think it would look really cute with a striped tee (since I’m trying to get into pattern mixing) but here’s what I’ve done so far.

Tuesday dinner date night with Mr. L3:

I can also wear this skirt to work with my trusty orange blazer
Navy Skirt Orange Blazer White Tank

…and then make the outfit a little more casual for after work activities by trading the orange jacket for a denim jacket or just taking the jacket off all together like I did for my date night look.

 

The funny thing is, I had kind of forsaken the BCBG striped tank and the Long Elegant Legs white sequined tank because I always had a hard time figuring out what to pair them with in my closet.  Now that I’ve embarked on Project Remix, I find myself being able to wear these tops a fair amount even though they aren’t necessarily in my orange/blue/gray Project Remix color scheme.  I feel like now that I am buying pieces that mix well in general, I am able to resurrect some of my neglected loner pieces.

This is the first time I’ve had REALLY good luck with a “non-tall sizes” shopping spree. Do you ever have good luck at outlet stores?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Nache S August 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Wow! You found some great pieces. Also, I think I'm going to take advantage of the Elle Mayer sale and get one of those tanks!

  • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures August 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks! I was pretty pleased especially once I got home from vacation and realized how well these pieces fit into my current wardrobe. Yes! Definitely check out the EM clearance sale. Some pants are on sale too.

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