Splurge vs. Steal: Playing With The Boys

It happens to the best of us– the temptation to literally replace your entire closet at the start of a new season is thrilling, but Dazzlers know the trick is to integrate a few key items and mix and match with the staples you already own, know, and love. Step away from the Salvation Army donation bags! If you’re anything like us, your daily daydreaming consists of planning your future outfits, along with your absolute-musts shopping list; crisp new tights, boots, and rich hues. Seriously, how good are socks going to feel after months of naked feet!? 
At this momentous fashion moment, the cusp of autumn, it’s easy to get carried away and go crazy over cultivating your new look from the array of trends that marched down the fall fashion runways. Here at ShoeDazzle, we urge you to be your own editor, and decide which pieces to scoop up at friendly prices and which ones to invest in for seasons to come. We love the dandy boy trend for fall, so we picked out 5 key pieces to integrate into your upcoming style debut.

Boys will be boys, but with this trend, ladylike nuances come in unexpected shapes and menswear sizes dictate your ensemble’s proportions. Printed pants are this fall’s easy workwear, always flattering and fun enough to take to cocktails in flirty prints like florals and leopard spots. Be bold and cover up with an oversized blazer coat, a very on-trend piece that’s a little bit ‘80s and a little bit borrowed from boyfriend. Pair it with your printed pants and you’ve got a balanced look that is as easy as jeans and a sweater, and just as comfy for chilly weather. Your new go-to!

Accessories take on a preppy air this season, and are as sporty and functional as menswear classics. Bags with tassel details are a favorite around Dazzle HQ and when paired with statement making earrings, the look is pared down; simple and clean, but very fresh. Knee high boots round out the trend, lending an equestrian feel to any look and also pack major punch in practicality points. Wear them while you zoom around on your bike or for casual jaunts around town, you’ll never have to worry about keeping up with the boys in boots like these!

Printed Pants
Splurge: Cynthia Rowley, $225 at ShopBop

Steal: Floral Print Pants, $72 at TopShop


High Boots
Splurge: Riley Tall Boot, $150 at Jildor Shoes

Steal: Irene Boot, $29.96 at ShoeDazzle

Blazer Coat
Splurge: Oversize Man Blazer, $300 at TopShop

Steal: BDG Contrast Coat, $149 at Urban Outfitters

Tassel Bag
Splurge: Legacy Leather Mini Rory Bag, $198, at Coach

Steal: Belle Bag, $29.96, at ShoeDazzle

Statement Earrings
Splurge: Yochi Door Knocker Earrings, $54, at Max & Chloe

Steal: River Island Lion Door Knocker Earrings, $13.80, at ASOS

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