6/2/14

Real Housewives Style

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Since Episode One in 2006, my guilty pleasure TV show has been The Real Housewives of Orange County. So I was pleasantly surprised this season when my favorite guilty pleasure TV show and my favorite store finally collided.

I'm wondering if Tamra & Vicky went on an off-camera shopping trip to Express because I'm almost positive they have both worn Portofino Shirts this season.


Pocket placement on the bust, shoulder panel, convertible sleeves...check, check, and check. Vicky's is a  True White, and Tamra's might be Pink Flair, which was available at the time they filmed these episodes (late 2013).

Vicky wore two similar white blouse and pencil skirt outfits this season, once with a Portofino and once with an "Other" blouse. Maybe I'm biased since it's my favorite shirt from my favorite store, but I have to say I think the Portofino just makes the outfit look better:

Portofino vs. Other:

And here's my own recreation of "The Vicky."
Vicky Gunvalson outfit from Brianna visit
Blouse: Express / Skirt: Express / Shoes: Zara (Similar) / Necklace: Forever 21(Similar)

Outfit #2 is "The Tammy Sue," a.k.a. my recreation of the look Tamra wore to The Hoedown.
Tamra Barney Judge Blouse from Hoedown episode

My Outfit: BlouseExpress  / BeltGap / Jeans: Express / Sandals: Vince Camuto / Necklace: Old Navy


According to Tamra's Facebook page, her necklace and earrings were a gift from Kendra Scott and she's wearing the Harlow Necklace in the images above.

I'm pretty sure Heather "Fancy Pants" Dubrow wouldn't be caught dead shopping at Express, and her tank top probably cost more than my car. But one of her outfits this season was an easy one to copy with some current pieces from Express. (And sorry for the mirror spots...I'm sure Heather would not approve of those either!)

My Outfit: Jacket: Express / Tank: Target / Jeans: Express / Booties: Target

So what's your favorite housewife outfit? "The Fancy Pants" or "The Tammy Sue" or "The Vicky"?

I personally liked each of these outfits and would wear them for different occasions. As far which housewife is my favorite...it keeps changing every episode! I was Team Heather last season, but the The Chair Situation and The Mechanical Bull Accident this season have me reconsidering!

CONVERSATION

43 comments:

  1. I have been a follower of the RHOOC from the very beginning! I can't wait for the New Jersey Housewives to start! I am cracking up at your comment about Fancy Pant's tank top being more then your car haha! I do believe Heather is losing it this season though!

    Love your version of the Tammy Sue!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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  2. I my gosh. LOVE the Housewives. I've watched from the beginning and the OC is one of the only ones I can still watch. That one and NJ. I like Tamra's look the best and I love the color of that new Portofino. I have always loved Tamra because she has a potty mouth (he he, like me) and isn't afraid to say it like it is.

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  3. I think I'm the only one on the planet that is watching RHOOC! I love the Vicky look because it is so classic and elegant. But, since I work from home, I'd be wearing the Fancy Pants and Tammy Sue. Both of those are perfect everyday looks!

    This is my first time joining your linkup! Thanks for hosting!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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  4. my two favorites are OC and Beverly Hills, but after Gretchen left I decided to skip on OC this season I cannot stand Vicky. I like Heather but she is a bit snooty lol, I loved the birthday cake incident. Tamra.. meh she has anger issues, but I am mostly jealous of her hot new husband lol. I would wear all three outfits.


    xo
    PinkSole

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  5. I love how you tied your portofino shirt. I need to try this trick since those shirts are long on me. Have a wonderful week, Gina!

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  6. Good job in recreating these looks, so cute!
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  7. I never watch real housewives but clearly I should! I honestly don't watch much TV other than baseball! Yeah I'm an 80 year old. But I think the Tammy Sue is my fave! Especially since it's in line with my manic Monday outfit today! You have such a good eye for spotting Express. Iove it! Http://morepiecesofme.com

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  8. I'm so happy that you did a post on the Real Housewives. My guilty pleasure as well. I love that portofino in the persimmon shade. Such a pretty color! As always, I love your recreations.

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  9. Love all the recreations! I like the Tammy Sue. It's great for spring/summer casual. You are totally pulling off those white jeans! The Vicky is great for work though. Hope you had a great weekend!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  10. I actually have a love-hate relationship with the Housewives series....but one thing I love about it is their wardrobe haha! And wonderful to note that they rock Express frocks!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  11. My personal favorite outfit of yours is the "Tamara"...I like to color. Very classic look though with the "Vicky"...can't go wrong there!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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  12. I think I am one of the only people in this world that doesn't watch the Real Housewives (any of them)! I tried to watch a few times but I just couldn't get hooked! You did a great job at re-creating their looks! It's nice to know that even though theyare loaded, they may still shop in Express! Ha!

    Marianne
    www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

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  13. i like all of them! and i love the colour of the top in the tammy one.

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  14. Ahhh the RHOC are the only housewives I watch anymore! I've followed them from the beginning and just can't get enough of them. We cut cable a few months ago so I haven't seen the most recent season, but I've been team Heather ever since she started on the show. Naturally, "fancy pants" is my favorite outfit! :)

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  15. Thanks so much for such a great party!!! I could never quite get into the RHOC though. Can't wait to see what everyone has been up to :)
    -Kat
    www {dot} confessionsoftheperfectmom {dot} com

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  16. A good utility jacket is literally everything! love the olive one!

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  17. Lol, the Housewives are such a guilty pleasure! My favorite is the Tammy Sue. I love the pink and turquoise color combo!

    Nicole
    www.nicoletothenines.blogspot.com

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  18. We just got rid of cable, so I'm going through Housewives withdrawal;) I think Heather's outfit is most my style, but I love them all!

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  19. Those Portofino shirts are EVERYWHERE lol! I must get some more...I think I need a hot pink one...Love how easy they are to wash and wear - no ironing required! My fave outfit is your take on the Vicky ;-)

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  20. This is so great! Cute outfits without the bitchy women!
    xo, Lee

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  21. Really like the way you've styled all your looks, especially the "Tammy Sue" :)

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  22. Haha what a fun post! I love how you keep finding creative ways to show off Express!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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  23. love the middle look especially with those sandals!

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  24. I love your interpretation of all these looks! I love this show too. - J

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  25. I wish you and I were neighbors so we could watch the oc housewives together! I'm obsessed. I love the way you recreated the looks. I'm a sucker for the Tammy Sue! I remember thinking that about the portofinos too! I'm pretty sure they are express :)

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  26. I love the Tamara...that pink is such a pretty color on you! :)

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  27. I love that pink portofino, and my express had a similar color on sale ($20) I might just have to stop by today after work.... you are such an enabler Gina

    Natalia

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    1. Ha, don't blame me- blame the Real Housewives! But I wouldn't pass up a great color at a price like that...it might not be there next time!

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  28. I'm voting for Tammy Sue, I love the coral top and the blue necklace. I must say that your version is more chic and classy than the original.

    Thank you for hosting and letting me share my post!

    - Karen
    www.MrsLookingGood.com

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    1. Aw, that's very sweet Karen! But in Tamra's defense...she *was* at a Hoedown. I just don't happen to have a cowboy hat and boots to complete the full costume look she was going for!

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  29. Hahaha Gina you watch them too- I thought I was the only one :) Talk about guilty pleasure, the always changing friendships, the ridiculous fights, the ever present dramas over the silliest things make my head spin and keep me coming :-))))
    On the clothes, I absolutely adore how you made each inspiration outfit your own!!! I like all three outfits,and like you would surely wear them all to different places. The one that catches my eye immediately is the first one, so effortlessly stylish and could be accessorized easily.
    BTW seriously Heather's chair incident was a big red flag for me- what was that all about? :-))))
    XOXO, Elif

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  30. Gina, I think the Portofino on Vicky was better than her "other" white shirt, but I like the Fancy Pants on you the best. Also, I totally LOL by myself with the Tammy Sue outfit name! Hilarious!!!!! :)

    Cheresa @ www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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  31. What the heck! I DID NOT know you had a hop on Monday! Well, I will be right back. (doh)
    ♥, Renae

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    1. There all hitched up, linked and displayed on my blog face too. yay! Thanks for hosting an awesome hop for Mondays! WaaahhWhoooo.

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  32. I love your interpretation of Tamra's outfit. Super cute and the color of the top is gorgeous on you!

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  33. I'm addicted to RHOC, too! That show is my guilty pleasure JAM. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  34. loved your take on their style.. I actually liked your best!

    Kisses,
    www.taislany.com

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  35. Hahahaa, you are so funny. That is one show I never watched (no matter what state the housewives came from) and I am thinking that's a good thing. Portofino Shorts are golden. The Express Shirt I am wearing today is very similar to the Portofino ones. Actually it came out just a few months before the Portofino Shirts. So after my shirt purchase they probably revised it and called it Portofino, it's my guess.

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  36. Isn't it so cool when you see something you love in the media? Gosh, one time I bought a dress from Macy's and it was so cool because a month later, I saw it in Seventeen! Great post with great observations:)
    xo Olivia

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  37. Great post - what a fun idea! I think every outfit you recreated looked better than the original! Didn't know you had a link up - I'll have to join next week.

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  38. LOL! Such a cute idea. Love the RHOC. Great style interpretations!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  39. The actual Portofino worn by Tamra is currently on ebay (search "Tamra express blouse")--quite a bit more expensive than buying new, though!

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    1. Thanks for the ebay update! I knew Tamra sold some of her as-seen-on-the-show pieces on ebay but when I originally posted this blouse wasn't listed yet. I see it's going for $76 now! That's crazy!

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