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Class to Night Out: Mesh Detail Dress

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Mesh panel dresses from missguided
Mesh Detail Dresses from MissGuided: 1, 2, 3

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

Cutouts have been trendy for a while now, but recently they have been given a fun, fresh twist. Cutouts with a sheer mesh overlay were huge on the spring and fall 2014 runways. Mesh has been featured in other ways too, like dresses and skirts with mesh detailing at the hem.

Mesh is a great way to achieve a trendy, interesting look, but it may seem difficult to style for daytime. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to style a beautiful dress with mesh overlay at the neckline for both class and a night out. Keep reading for tips on how to style this tricky trend!

Mesh Detail Dress: Class

Mesh detailed dress, sandals, denim jacket, and a tan satchel
Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Bag, Sandals, Lip Stain, Bracelet, Nail Polish

Take this slightly dressy red frock down a couple notches for daytime by pairing it with a classic denim jacket in a medium wash. This will still show off the beautiful embroidery on the skirt, but makes the top of the dress more casual for class.

Pair this look with neutral but girly accessories, like these sandals with gold bows and a brown trapeze-shaped tote with gold hardware. A cuff bracelet featuring a white bow detail continues the feminine look. Paint your nails a shimmery dark gold, and look fresh-faced and beautiful with a red lip stain.

Mesh Detail Dress: Night Out

Mesh detailed dress, black heels, a gold clutch, and statement necklace
Product Information: Dress, Necklace, Bag, Shoes, Eyeshadow, Mascara

This dress works perfectly for a night out when paired with a statement necklace and a shiny gold clutch. This champagne and black-hued statement necklace would look amazing over the mesh neckline of this dress, and the gold clutch plays off of the champagne color in the necklace so well.

Take advantage of the still relatively warm weather and grab a pair of black heeled sandals. Go for a naturally gorgeous makeup look: a brown smoky eye and big lashes.

Your thoughts?

Would you ever wear a mesh detail dress? To class? For a night out? On a date? How would you style this mesh detail dress? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, and tell me what other pieces you’d like to see featured on Class to Night Out!

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Trend Watch: Neoprene

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Trend Watch: Neoprene
Photos Courtesy of ELLE: 1, 2, 3

Welcome to CF’s latest series, Trend Watch. From high fashion to street style, we’re covering all the latest trends, then showing you affordable ways to rock each look. This column is all about making super-trendy pieces work for the average college girl, so if you have a trend you would like to see featured here, leave a comment and let us know!

Inspired by the fabric of surfers’ wetsuits, neoprene has been a fabric in the spotlight this summer. One thing is for sure: it’s here to stay for at least another season.

For this Trend Watch post, I was inspired by the thick fabric and looked at ways to make the trend campus-appropriate, while also making the most of its texture. When styling neoprene, there are two ways to go. It should either fit like a glove or have a slightly architectural feel to it. This way, you can make the most of this unique fabric without it looking awkward.

Below are three ways you can wear neoprene to class this semester. Scroll down to see all of the looks:

 A Hint Of Neoprene

Neoprene skirt, white tee, cardigan, and ankle booties
T-Shirt, Skirt, Cardigan, Shoes, Bracelet, Bag

For this outfit, I chose a pastel-colored neoprene skater skirt and paired it with a simple white t-shirt. However, since fall is just around the corner, I incorporated warm brown tones to make the look even cozier and more comfortable.

Light brown Chelsea boots will keep your feet warm, while this thick knit cardigan is perfect for a chilly autumn day. Accessorize with a golden leaf bracelet and a light-colored bag to match the skirt and top combo. The nice thing about neoprene skirts is that they have more volume than other alternatives, and the rigid shape will give you the perfect hourglass silhouette.

Where The Birds Are

Neoprene LBD, denim jacket, and heeled boots
Denim Jacket, Earrings, Shoes, Bag, Dress

This neoprene bird embroidered little black dress is absolutely adorable. It has a tight fit without looking like it is clinging on to your body. Dress down this LBD for classes by layering up with a classic denim jacket and adding a pair of slightly edgy cut-out ankle boots. To finish off the outfit, I went for a crossbody bag that is a similar color as the embroidery on the dress, and accessorized with gold triangle studs.

Floral Neoprene

Floral neoprene top, skort, ankle strap flats, and backpack
Top, Skort, Backpack, Sandals

I wanted this final outfit to be a girly take on neoprene, so I looked for playful patterns and found this gorgeous top. Pair the floral neoprene top with a white skort and light brown laser-cut sandals. This look is so fun, and perfect for those last few weeks of summer. For the finishing touch, accessorize with a cute colorblocked backpack. That way you can easily carry your belongings while still staying chic!

Your Thoughts?

Which of these three outfits is your favorite? Did you try neoprene clothing items already? Let us know in the comments below!

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Coupons & Sales: Week of 8/29/14

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Coupon codes, sales, and online shopping deals

* Aeropostale has everything 50% – 70% off through 9/2. Plus receive free shipping and a $25 Aero Card when you spend $75 or more.

* Alternative Apparel is offering 25% off orders of $75+with code LABORDAY through 9/2. Offer excludes sale items.

* American Eagle Outfitters will give you 25% off with code 952367P1 through 9/1, plus get free shipping on everything.

* Ann Taylor is offering an extra 50% off select full-priced and all sale styles. Discount applied at checkout. Offer ends 9/2.

* Anthropologie will give you an extra 20% off hundreds of sale items for a limited time. Discount reflected at checkout.

* ASOS has the following deal: receive 20% off your order when you enter promo code SUMMERDONTGO at checkout. Offer good on US orders only through 7AM EST on 9/4.

* BaubleBar is having a huge Labor Day sale, with a selection of items starting at 50% off.

* Betsey Johnson will give you 30% off plus free shipping when you use code KICKOFF30 through 9/1.

* Bloomingdale’s is having a Big Brown Bag Sale: Take an extra 20% off sale merchandise with code BIG20 through 9/1.

* Calvin Klein is offering an extra 25% off with code LABOR2014 through 9/1. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Club Monaco will give you an extra 50% off clearance and 40% off sale with code HEYFALL through 9/2.

* dELiA*s will give you 40% off your entire order, plus free shipping over $75. Use code RELAX at checkout through 9/1.

* Diesel is having an end of summer sale: save an extra 20% off all sale items. Prices as marked. Deal ends 9/1.

* e.l.f. Cosmetics has the following deals: Get BOGO 50% off sitewide when you spend $25 or more – use coupon code BOGO50 through 9/1 ; Receive a Studio Luxe Brush Collection (a $45 value) for just $5 when you spend $30 or more. Use code LUXEBRUSH through 9/15.

* Express is offering 40% off every single item through 9/1. Discount reflected at checkout. Offer excludes watches and gift cards.

* Forever 21 has clearance items buy one, get one free through 8/30 with code BOGOFREE.

* Garage is having a Labor Day Sale: Save 30% on all orders, plus get free shipping though 9/1. Some exclusions apply, discount reflected at checkout.

* Hot Topic has the following deals, valid through 9/3: clearance is BOGO for $1, select shorts and swim are $7.99, and jeans are $20 each when you purchase two or more. Plus take $5 off orders over $50 with code HTAUG14 through 9/4.

* J.Crew Factory is offering 40% to 60% off everything until 9/1. Prices as marked.

* Kohl’s has the following deals: get free shipping on orders over $50 with code AUG50SHIP through 8/31 ; take 20% off select clearance with code CLEARANCE20 through 9/4.

* Lacoste will give you 30% off any order of $175 or more through 9/1. No code necessary.

* Lancôme will gift you 4 deluxe eye-grooming samples plus free standard shipping with any order of $49 or more (a $76 value). Bonus: also receive a deluxe sample of their Color Design Palette with any $75 order. Enter code LABORDAY at checkout through 9/1.

* Lane Bryant is having a BOGO free sale, with almost everything included. Just enter code HURRAHLB at checkout through 9/1.

* Les Nouvelles is offering an extra 25% off Spring/Summer Sale Collections with the code SOLONG through 9/1

* LOFT will give you an extra 50% off select full-priced and all sale styles through 9/1. No code needed!

* Lord & Taylor has a code that’s good for an extra 20% off regular and sale items. Enter LABORDAY at checkout through 9/2.

* Macy’s will give you an extra 20% off with code DEALS through 9/1. Exclusions apply, see site for full details.

* Madewell has a code that’s good for 20% off select dresses and boots and an extra 30% off all sale styles – enter code YESYES at checkout through 9/2.

* Maurices has all tops and jeans BOGO 50% off with code TOPSJEANS814 through 8/30.

* New York & Company is offering 50% off sitewide through 9/2. Offer excludes clearance and gift cards.

* Nine West has shoes BOGO 50% off through 9/2. No code needed. Offer excludes the 9W-InStyle collection.

* OnlineShoes.com is offering 25% off orders of $100 or more for a limited time. Enter promo code LABORDAY14 at checkout.

* Puma will give you 30% off sitewide through 9/1. No code required, but exclusions apply. See site for full details.

* Rebecca Taylor is offering an additional 40% off all sale items. Use promo code RT14LD40 through 9/2.

* Sally Beauty Supply will give you 25% orders of $50 or more. Enter promo code 555251 at checkout through 8/30.

* Steve Madden has the following deal: spend $100 and get 20% off, spend $125 and get 25% off, or spend $150 and get 30% off plus free shipping. Use code OHSNAP through 9/2.

* Sunglass Hut will give you an additional 33% off sale items through 9/1. No promo code needed.

* Tilly’s is offering an extra 30-50% off all Red Tag Sale items, plus hundreds of men’s and women’s styles are BOGO 50% off. Both deals valid through 9/1.

* Torrid has all regular priced items BOGO 50% off and all clearance items BOGO free through 9/2. Use code STYLISH. Plus take 10% off your order with code TDAUGAF14 through 9/4.

* The Trend Boutique is offering 20% off sitewide, plus free domestic shipping through 9/2. Use code TAKE20 at checkout.

* True Religion will give you 25% off select styles through 9/1. No code needed, prices as marked.

* UrbanOG is offering up to 80% off sitewide through 9/2. Plus take $10 off orders over $60 with code TENSIXTY or $5 off any order with code FIVER through 8/31.

* Walgreens has select L’Oreal, Revlon, Almay, Aveeno, and Boots No7 cosmetics BOGO 50% off through 8/30.

* Wet Seal has everything BOGO 70% off through 9/3. Plus get free shipping on orders over $25 through 9/1.

* Yoox.com is offering an additional 15% off all sale items with promo code LASTCALL15 through 9/1.

 

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