DFFL’s 32 Days of Halloween

Day 1 | On Wednesdays We Wear Black

Every Wednesday this month, we’re going to bring you something black to wear. Wearing pink on Wednesdays is so 2004. Perhaps you already wear black every day or almost every day—we know Basia does. Think of this as a way, then, to add even more of your favorite color to your wardrobe. You can never have too much black, in our (not-so) humble opinions.

For today’s Wednesday picks, we’re skewing more towards the professional realm. Those of us with day jobs need something that easily transitions from the office to the secret lair. If you’re going to be

  • taking over the world
  • performing complicated magic
  • scrying
  • sitting in a wingback chair and stroking a fluffy white cat

at the end of the day, you need to be able to come home from the office and effortlessly transition. Who has time to change clothes when there are minions to lord over? (Not us, that’s who—we’re busy over here.) As such, we’ve put together this collection—for all of your Wednesday needs. We like to think one of our style icons, Wednesday Addams, would approve.​

First up, we have this black dress with white collar we found on Ali Express for only $15.19. It had long sleeves, perfect for that fall weather (or for proving to your enemies once and for all that you are impervious to the heat and humidity that’s still hanging around, despite it being October). On the far right, we have the Thrill of Victorian top from Modcloth, for $44.99. It features a really awesome corset-style back, so be sure to look into that. We also have that skirt down there in the bottom right corner, also from Modcloth. It’s a little over budget at $59.99, but look at that lace. Look at those brooches and chain!

If you’re actually experiencing October weather wherever you are (and if you are, please send it our way), you might need some tights. We highly recommend the folks over at that tattoosocks Etsy shop. These bat-printed pantyhose are just one example of their fabulous work. (The pantyhose, if you were wondering, are $23.00.)

Last but not least, shoes. Every lady wants a pair of killer heels. There’s something about the sound of heels clicking on a pavement that speaks of power, and we are all about that life. The top pair of Oxfords we found at DSW for $40.00. If you want to go the more Wednesday Addams route, we also found this pair of Mary Janes at Payless for $30.

DFFL’s 32 Days of Halloween

Day 0 | What to Wear When Reanimating the Dead 

What better way to kick of a Halloween-themed series than with a shout-out to pemberleydigital for today’s episode of Frankenstein, MD? I mean, it’s not every day you get to see some awesomely stylish doctors reanimate the corpse of their friend. Well done, vfrankmd and iggydelacey!

Disclaimer: Reanimating the dead should only be attempted by those with sufficient medical expertise and in a properly supervised laboratory setting, as is clearly the case for the experiment in question. 

This also means that you must be wearing pants and close-toed shoes. We recommend a comfy pair of jeans or another pair of pants you’ll be okay with contracting stains from blood or other bodily fluids. Nobody said reanimating the dead was easy.

For reanimating the corpse of an old friend, we recommend the familiar. You don’t want to shock the dead with something garrish or unseemly—after all, they were just dead! Darker colors are more appropriate. We recommend a deep red, black, or navy.

Labs get cold—especially when cryogenics are involved—so we recommend long sleeves. The striped tee on the left is from Forever 21 for $7.80. If you’re more into layering than long-sleeve t-shirts, check out this one from Old Navy for $11.50.

While somber is necessary to acknowledge the gravity of your work, you are also bringing forth new life! Notice that Iggy is wearing a light plaid button down over his red t-shirt. Don’t forget that this is a moment worthy of celebration. We recommend your local thrift store—support local business!—or this one from H&M ($29.95).

Don’t forget your merit badge for reanimating the dead from evilsupplyco​ ($4). We recommend you check out their other products while you’re there (or pester them for cookies, since they’re the dark side and you’re probably famished after such a long day at the lab).

And remember, things are going to get messy and heated. We care about your safety! Be sure to use a surge protector (Amazon, $28.48) and cool down with some ice water (we recommend these brainiac ice cube trays by Fred, which you can buy on Amazon for $8).


Today at lunch, Connor slammed her hands down onto the table and said, “We should do a Halloween series!" According to a Buzzfeed quiz I took this morning, I am "the epitome of Halloween" (an accurate assessment), so I was obviously all over this. Granted, we only have some kind of idea of what we’re doing, but think of this as our own Thirty-Two Days of Halloween. No, I didn’t miscount—we’re starting today.

Instead of doing costume posts like we did last year, we’re going for something a bit different. A costume post will pop up once or twice a week, but what we’re actually going for is a bunch of what to wear when scenarios. (For example, What to Wear When Going on a Ghost Tour or What to Wear When Playing Chess with Death. That kind of thing.) If you have any spooky suggestions, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Be on the lookout for our first post coming later today.

I know it's a lot to ask, but would you guys be able to do other webseries as well like Classic Alice and NMTD?


We would definitely be open to it! :) It’s a challenge, but when have we ever backed down from a challenge. (Okay, maybe that one time, but it was a really big dragon.)

Speaking of challenges: to those of you who have sent in requests, we haven’t forgotten you! Believe it or not, even we, with all of our clothes-searching power, are having some trouble locating a similar blazer. Not to worry, though; we’re still looking!

Just to add to what Basia’s saying (so, in other words, Connor here)—I’m actually in the middle of catching up on Nothing Much To Do, and I’ve been loving Classic Alice, so do feel free to send in those requests! And New Adventures of Peter and Wendy or any other web series—we love requests.



I know it's a lot to ask, but would you guys be able to do other webseries as well like Classic Alice and NMTD?

We would definitely be open to it! :) It’s a challenge, but when have we ever backed down from a challenge. (Okay, maybe that one time, but it was a really big dragon.)

Speaking of challenges: to those of you who have sent in requests, we haven’t forgotten you! Believe it or not, even we, with all of our clothes-searching power, are having some trouble locating a similar blazer. Not to worry, though; we’re still looking!




Okay, so there’s so launch party. But Letters to My Character is making is grand debut on Tumblr today.

What the hell is that? you’re thinking. I’m so glad you asked.

Letters to My Character is the brainchild of Tumblr user snowqueenly, developed to be a character development exercise for writers. Focusing on original characters, LTMC intends to help a writer flesh out all of those pesky details that it’s always helpful to know but not necessarily to include in their work. And aren’t letters so much more fun than bullet-point lists? Letters can be things such as

  • apologies
  • congratulations
  • birthday cards
  • love letters

and everything in between! So get to character building, writers, and send in your letters!

This doesn’t have anything to do with fashion, but it’s Basia’s project, so we’re spreading the word!

That’s right! With Frankenstein, MD on the horizon, we’re planning to bring this blog back and make it better than ever. We fell off a little on the Emma Approved train because they kind of started doing our job for us. [pointed looks] But we want to get back into the swing of things! We miss it, and we’re sure you miss our posts, too! (We think.)

We’re going to start combing back through the Emma Approved episodes to see if there’s something we really want to find. Until we decide (and we’re notoriously indecisive), why don’t you send us some requests for what you want to see? :)

We don’t know what you guys saw on Monday, but we’re pretty sure that Harriet was channeling Syfy’s Alice with her outfit. It’s a pretty great look, we have to say, but with a snowstorm slamming the east coast, those of us closer to the Atlantic can’t really rock this look until the snow finally clears. But for those of you who are, like Harriet, in California: go for it!

Harriet’s actual dress is from Lulu’s and rings in right at budget at $49. We also swear that’s the right color; it just looks very different online. (At any rate, it’s the color that the link on the Emma Approved website directed us to, so we’re going to trust it.) We also found another dress for you over at Modcloth for $45.

This outfit, of course, isn’t complete without booties. Harriet’s are from Target for $28. We also found this more cowboy-esque pair, for those of you who are into slouchy boots. They’re from Payless, and they’re on sale right now for $15!

Finally, that adorable watermelon clutch. Harriet’s is from Lulu’s, and it’s $31. If you prefer bags with straps (and we feel you; clutches are so hard to hang on to), we found this other watermelon purse on Amazon for $28.

For those of you in nicer weather, we hope you enjoy the sunshine with Harriet’s precious style. Those of us here on the east coast will hunker down in our homes and watch tomorrow’s episode while the winter weather is howling outside. Until then, DFTBA, seahorses!

We don’t know if you noticed, but Emma (or at least the PembDig team) has started including a link to alternate, more affordable options of their outfits. Don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere! We’ve been running this site for a year and, while this makes our lives a bit easier, we’ll still be on the lookout for different options (especially since the options they’re sharing are not always that different in price from the originals).

Moving right along, here’s what we’ve found for Emma’s Episode 26 outfit.

The actual pants she’s wearing come from Lulu’s, and are currently on sale for $31.50. We also found these examples from Charlotte Russe, each for $24.99: black and brown, navy, and black and white.

Moving right on up, we find Emma’s totally awesome blouse and blazer combo. The blouse suggested by PembDig can be found here at Nordstrom for $34.80. We found this chiffon blouse at H&M for $24.95.

(There’s no need to stick with teal - we’d highly recommend a black blouse if that’s more your style! - and both of these blouses are available in different colors.)

We’ve talked blazers in the past (curious? they’re all here for DLBDFL and here at our other blog, Dress Fandom For Less). The ones Pemberley Digital found for us are from Lulu’s ($49) and Amazon ($39.95, not pictured), but we’d recommend checking out Target (pictured, $24.48) if you’re into the faux leather sleeves. If faux leather’s not really your thing, we’d (surprise!) recommend H&M.

First of all, Dayeanne Hutton is gorgeous. Second of all, we’re big fans of the comfy sweater. Given these facts, we found a few that channel our favorite executive assistant, Harriet Smith.

To start with, the second sweater seen here is the actual sweater Dayeanne is wearing in the episode! It’s currently on sale for $43.60 from GentleFawn. Not all of us can pull of an orange sweater, though, so we’ve included the more yellow sweater from H&M ($34.95) on the left and the more tan sweater from Old Navy ($29.97) on the right.

Looking for something a bit funkier? Try these cable knit sweaters from Yes Style. Both the longer sweater on the left and the shorter sweater on the right cost $30.32.

That, dear seahorses, concludes our posts celebrating the end of the hiatus (if you missed them, check out our posts on Emma and Knightley!). Harriet, we love the bangs. A bold move, but it works! As for the rest of you, hang in there. Three days is so much shorter than a whole month. We’ll see you soon.

We mentioned in our last post that we absolutely loved Knightley’s sweater-and-shirt combo. Classic. Comfy. Brent Bailey. What’s not to love? we asked ourselves. The short answer is… nothing, but that’d be a double negative. We’ll stick to this outfit rocks, and Brent Bailey is awesome.

(We have a theory about how Jane Austen must have time traveled to our day, met the man, and decided to create a character in honor of him. He is the perfect Knightley. Seriously.)

Knightley rocks this look in a neutral white and grey, but if you’re a fan of color, let it show! Pullover sweaters and button down shirts are always a good look, and while the sweaters and shirts we’ve found for you today fall under the “grey and white” area, we’re all for letting your fashionista shine. You do you, seahorses. You do you. We’re just here to provide access to some of our favorite PembDig looks at a more reasonable price (and enjoy webshows in the process, of course). 

To start with, we have a few options for shirts. The men’s shirt we found comes from H&M ($39.95). The women’s shirt comes from Old Navy ($24.94).

We found the first grey sweater at Gap for $39.95. The second men’s sweater we found was at H&M ($19.95, far right), and the women’s sweater in the middle comes from Target ($24.99). 

Like we said, we’re all for mixing it up a bit. Maybe you like argyle (Target, $11.98), want to bash a few skulls (ModCloth, $44.99), or add an accent to the collar (Men’s, H&M, $39.95; Women’s, Nordstrom Rack, $34.97). Have fun with it! Fashion isn’t meant to be boring or burdensome, after all.

As for Brent Bailey’s flawless portrayal —well. Mr. Knightley, we’ll see you on Thursday.

Seahorses, we could not be more excited. Emma Approved is back. That’s right. She might not be better than ever, and she’s definitely a bit more fragile than we’ve seen her, but she’s back. And with her comes Mr. Knightley, Harriet, and, of course, a new outfit for us to enjoy. (We loved Knightley’s button-down and sweater combo, too, but more on that later.)

Even in the midst of her professional/emotional breakdown, Emma maintains impeccable fashion taste. Her chevron dress hails from ModCloth ($52.99). The bright blue chevron dress we found comes from Charlotte Russe ($20.49) and is also available in a coral/tan color combination. 

Dresses not your thing? We found a chevron blouse (also from ModCloth) for $30.99, available in both black and blue. The skirt in the middle comes from Ruche for $39.99.

Emma completes her simple outfit with a pale pink belt. While the ModCloth dress she’s wearing comes with the belt, not every chevron dress will do that. We found these two belts from Forever 21 ($3.80) and Etsy (AyeletShachar, $14).

Happy shopping, seahorses, and congratulations. We’ve made it through the hiatus. Mondays are once again exciting!

… or, you know, nerve-wracking. Depends on how you look at it. Either way, we’re glad this hiatus is over and our current favorite web series is calling in the big guns.

Dearest seahorses! We offer our sincerest apologies for our unforeseen hiatus: things got a bit crazy between Connor getting back to the States, Basia finishing off finals/papers, and Christmas/New Year’s/the start of this (our FINAL) semester/publishing the first issue of The Next Post… well, it all added up and things got rather hectic. 

On the bright side: we’re back, we’ve got posts planned, and Emma Approved starts back next Monday! Also, the first blazer we’re showing here is currently on sale for $10. How awesome is that?! It’s from H&M and, we’re sure, very Emma Approved!

Moving on: the second blazer we’ve chosen to put here is from Forever 21 for $29.80. The lighter jean shirt and dress come from Old Navy ($17 and $29.94, respectively). 

Blazers not your thing? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with a classy jacket (Amazon, $49.95). Fun and completely unrelated fact about this jacket: we don’t know if you’re Doctor Who fans, but it reminds us a bit of River Song, who, like Emma, has a tendency towards flawless fashion and fabulous hair. 

Happy almost-end-of-hiatus, seahorses! 

… yeah. We can’t wait for it to end, either.




Yes, we’re at it again. The dynamic duo that brought you Dress LBD for Less and Dress Fandom for Less are back and better than ever with a brand new venture: a literary magazine.

The Next Post is a free online literary magazine designed by two Tumblr users for Tumblr users. There’s a reason that our tagline is “A literary magazine on Tumblr, for Tumblr, by Tumblr.” There are so many literary magazines out there, and a lot of literary magazines and publishing companies are reaching out to social media, including Tumblr. However, Tumblr is a supplement for them. They have a following, of course, but their content isn’t geared specifically for Tumblr users. So one day in the shower (where all great ideas seem to come to her), Basia realized that it would be really great for Tumblr users to have a literary magazine of their own. She then did what she always does after great ideas come to her in the shower: she got dressed and shot off a message to Connor, her partner in crime for crazy Tumblr ventures. And so The Next Post was born.

We publish monthly, with issues coming out on the 25th of every month. The issues will be in PDF form, available for download from a free file sharing website. We’ll post links to each issue as it comes out.

As far as submissions go, the submission period runs from the 25th of one month to the 15th of the next month. For example, if we publish an issue on January 25, submissions for the February issue will run from January 25 to February 15. We accept meta posts; short fiction, nonfiction, fanfiction, and flash fiction; photography; comics; and artwork (including fanart). For more information on submissions please see our Submissions Guidelines page.

Note that submissions for the January issue are open now, so feel free to submit!




so we’re putting it to you guys: who inspires you when you’re looking for holiday party attire?