Thursday, June 26, 2014

Splurge vs. Save: Striped Pencil Skirt

Splurge vs Save : Striped Skirt 1
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Wearing:
Sincerely Jules "I say Yes To Love" tee
Forever 21 striped pencil skirt
Panama hat (purchased at the county fair)
vintage quilted leather purse
Dollhouse pumps
Mac "Party Parrot" lipstick

Whenever I'm on the hunt for something I really want, I always make sure to do a little research first.   And by doing "a little research" I mean browsing online and visiting stores to search for the item or one like it.  I always strive to buy the best quality garments at the best price.  I'm not gonna lie, I do love to splurge on certain quality items.  But if I can find something similar for a better price, I'll take it!   That's why I was super excited when Credit Card Insider contacted me to participate in their Splurge vs. Save Campaign.

For the past several months I had a striped pencil skirt on my mind.  I found this one by Theory, but I couldn't justify buying a simple black and white skirt that wasn't very versatile (the length makes it less wearable IMO).  

Theory Skirt via Bloomingdales ($235.00)



Then I found this one and I fell in love.  Unfortunately, the price tag scared me off.


J. Mendel High Waisted Pencil Skirt via Shopbop ($1090.00)



My search for the perfect striped pencil skirt led me to several more affordable variations.  So below I've listed 4 skirts I have found similar to the higher end skirts mentioned above.  And the best part of it?  They're all under $100.00.  Sure beats the other two with the hefty price tag, huh?  ;)









The one I ended up buying was purchased at Forever 21 for $8.80.  I couldn't find the exact one online, but here are a few other alternatives:





Hope you enjoyed reading this post!  :)

xo  Azu



Outfit pictures taken by Amber.

95 comments:

  1. Amazing finds, darling!
    You look gorgeous!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  2. Wow! Cute outfit! You look amazing. I love how you paired the tee with the striped skirt.

    <3 Emi

    silver & lemon

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  3. I'm in love with this skirt and how you paired it with graphic tee! so cute :)

    check out my latest post and let me know what you think!
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  4. so cute!

    theautumnstreet.blogspot.com

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  5. Flawless outfit!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  6. Great look and post!!
    Xoxo
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  7. I really love the skirt, very classic. You look lovely carina!

    besos,
    M
    http://theflowerduet.blogspot.com/

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  8. me gusta mucho la falda lapiz es preciosa.Un besazo

    http://www.thedesire.es/
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  9. I love your navy look, you are so stylish!!!
    Happy friday!
    Ciao bellissima!!!
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  10. Gorgeous! Love that skirt


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  11. Very beautiful skirt dear!! I love this style!!

    XOXO!

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  12. Nice:)) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  13. Amazing outfit, love it!

    xx

    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  14. great finds! love all the skirts xx

    http://heytheregood-looking.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Love the outfit!
    Great blog, so I'm a new follower :)
    would you like to follow each other?

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  16. So nice skirt ! I like this style of look
    kiss
    Aurélie
    http://www.lespetitesbullesdemavie.blogspot.com

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  17. a thousand dollar skirt!? crazy! I love the way you used your skirt in your look, though. better than the expensive one!! you have such great style! xo

    taylor from anticipation
    bloganticipation.blogspot.com

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  18. Love the graphic tee with the stripes, you look beautiful!

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  19. I always do a lot of reasrrch to find the best quality goods at good prices
    Really liked the skirt and the crazy amount of money you saved
    Keep in touch
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    www.indianbeautydiary.com

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  20. You look so beautiful!! And I loved the way you have paired the skirt with graphic tee and hat! Adorable! <3

    Kisses
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    http://www.myglossyaffair.com/

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  21. Nice skirt!!! Perfect look :) You are beautiful.
    xox

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  22. You look wonderful in this pencil skirt. A very nice makeup :)

    xoxo
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  23. The one you are wearing is honestly the best! I love how you styled it with the graphic tee, super cool!
    Baci,
    Coco
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

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  24. Lovely skirt you have!!! You styled it perfectly

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  25. Amazing top and skirt! Very beautiful look!

    Kisses:-*

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  26. I LOVE THIS! I came over to find your twitter because I wanted to tweet you back about that amazing forever 21 coffee tank you found! -you're profile is set to no-reply so I couldn't respond back to your comment :( But commenting here works. I think I need it, now. Thanks for sharing it!!

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  27. So, I bought it...how could I live without that? Really?

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  28. That is insane! $8! I actually fancy your F21 over the more expensive pieces you've gathered here. I need to visit the US again ASAP!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  29. Que saia linda, adorei o look!
    beijos
    sempredegloss.blogspot.com/

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  30. Great find! I just love the hat your paired with this outfit!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  31. Love this so much! good value for a good pieces of clothing


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  32. Check you out. You are a researcher now. That is def a great go-to skirt. I have been saving up fabrics to make versatile skirts. Lets see if I ever do it. Always a pleasure. Wondering if I would look like a clown in that panama hat. I like wearing hats to work for bad hair days but then I can't wear my headphones to block out annoying coworkers, I mean office noise. Hmmm conundrum.

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  33. Love this… beautiful!
    kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  34. Amazing look! I love it!

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  35. You´re so pretty. It really suits you. :)

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  36. HI PRETTY,,, :-) GREAT COMBO-COLOR!!!GREAT IDEA!(S)!! YOU LOOK SO NICE,,,,
    KEEP IN TOUCH,,MUCH KISSES,,,
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  37. oh my i really love this outfit! i love the black and white pencil skirt!! thanks for doing the research, I may be making a purchase in the near future! x
    - Andrea
    www.phdfashionista.com

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  38. Amazing :)

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  39. Wooowwwwwwwwwww estas preciosa ,me encanta como te queda esa preciosa falda ,mil besazos.
    http://www.fashionismylifebyestefania.com/

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  40. Great skirts and I can completely understand you picked a Forever 21 version. Love your look! :) x

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  41. Great look! like the skirt so much.

    www.urbanikamoda.blogspot.com

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  42. Super chic look, love that skirt, you look so pretty <3

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  43. What an elegant, stylish look! I adore those sandals--and stripes are my fave. I love the fact that you provided several other skirt options...I may have to indulge in a skirt purchase soon. :) xx T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  44. This is such a cool outfit! I love love love that skirt, I'm not sure if I could pull off a look like this one. You look fabulous!
    Obsessed Fashion Blog
    xo

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  45. such a cute skirt, and it kind of matches your hat!

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  46. I like your look!!!
    kisses

    http://achadosdamila.blogspot.com.br

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  47. I want your skirt and your t shirt. I can't live without them hahahah.
    I'm looking for it right now.
    great style. Perfection.
    xxx
    mari
    www.ilovegreeninspiration.com
    P.S. your blog rocks

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  48. Hey Azu! How are you doing?? I love your outfit you look stunning as usual ^_^

    And hmmm I usually cant afford to splurge much :( I go for the cheaper version, but they are not that llasting like the original branded ones though...like the jeffret campbell litas....you cant get them in my country....so i bought the cheaper version online :P and they are still lasting :D

    i hope you decide wisely :*

    And if you like the fault in our stars book/movie...pls check out my new poem :*

    - Dipika

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    1. Not on this skirt but on your next purchase!!! :P

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    2. I meant to say that!!! Sorry for the confusion :D

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  49. Love this look! The skirt, t-shirt and sandals are just perfect!

    KARAMODE

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  50. awesome!
    xo

    http://devsnochaos.blogspot.fr/

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  51. Great post Azu!! I loved this outfit of yours from that day. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to get you the photos before this - I think that they might have come out blurry? I haven't checked yours yet...But I will get them to you nonetheless!

    Amber
    A Mused Blog

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  52. Great find for the price! Such a great summer staple!

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  53. You look amazing Azu. That skirt fits you so well :) Sorry to hear about your brother. What happened to him? Glad to know that he's doing better now.
    Keep in touch
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  54. Love the skirt and the hat!

    Would you like to follow each other ?

    Kisses,

    Emily from Pretty Tiny Things

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  55. Hi Gorgeous this skirt is soo cool i love it
    I love your blog You have great idea's of styling
    Lets follow each other ?
    Please let me know I blog about latest trends and lifestyle
    Kisses
    http://www.irenadworld.com/
    Irena D

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  56. This skirt looks amazing on you! Love the shape and style of it. Looks so flattering on your figure!

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    1. Beautiful skirt dear :D

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  57. Such a chic look. I love how you paired the tee with that super chic pencil skirt.
    I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest post... http://www.fashboulevard.com/

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  58. thanks for visit!
    I follow Your blog !

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  59. Hi,chic look! I love your blog and I have started following you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.

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  60. Ah, forever21, you never let me down. It's funny how all that research somehow leads us back to trusty F21 sometimes. You look great in yours, and the bandage skirt is long enough to be perfectly classy with a crop top.

    Another Beautiful Thing

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  61. beautiful photos :) I really like your style!

    xx,
    Julia

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  62. Love the T-shirt! You look amazing!

    xx,
    www.mellowyellowblog.com

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  63. What a cute look! I love the tee and skirt combo!
    Cheers
    Casually Chic by Monique
    Find me at : bloglovin' | facebook

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  64. I love this pencil skirt paired with a crop top and panama hat! The outift is so cool, it's chic then casual and then summer spirit like! Wonderful.

    Also, you blog is very lovely.
    I was wondering if youd mind checking out mine? Maybe we can follow eachother if you like?

    Alina à la Mode Blog


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  65. I loved this look! He is fabulous!!


    Like:
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    Big Kiss ;*
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  66. Stripes are my thing, so I am totally loving that skirt! Pretty look!



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  67. skirt looks great on you!
    xoxo

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  68. i love the skirt, dear! great outfit)

    xx
    http://yuliasi.blogspot.ru/
    love, Yulia

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  69. Great look! I love the skirt <3
    Have a nice Weekend!
    xx
    Sarah

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  70. I've got to say you have a perfect figure to wear such skirts, it looks terrific on you! Such a chic, stylish outfit turned out, I enjoyed a lot:) Besides, those snapshots are so lovely!
    Have a fabulous time!

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  71. you look amazing, I love your blog, would you like to follow each other?

    www.magadish.blogspot.com

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  72. Congrats for getting a great deal and still looking chic and stylish =)
    I like your choices of striped pencil skirts especially the one from Sanctuary Clothing.

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  73. I'm following you, kisses my dear

    www.magadish.blogspot.com

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  74. loving your top!
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  75. I love this look! you look amazing.

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  76. very nice blog im following you
    SadeeStyle While you’re visiting, follow along so we can keep in touch!

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  77. Great look, love the skirt :)


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  78. Nice look, your skirt is really beautiful on you :)

    Kisses

    Fashionistaneversleep.com

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  79. You look gorgeous!!!Love your skirt:-)
    xx
    Mayoume

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  80. Lovely outfit, love your skirt! :X

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  81. cute look!

    xx Angie|http://www.thefashionfuse.com/

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  82. Candid shots.. I love your style! ♥

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  83. Such a cute pairing!

    S. Roderick
    http://currenthabits.blogspot.com/

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  84. I would never think of putting these pieces together, but I love it. It really works. http://stylegonerogue.com

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