Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I do not like this dress...

... so why did I buy it?  Because I had a gift certificate and it was cheap and I knew I could make myself like it.

The dress:  Its honestly got a great print and details, but the shape of it couldn't be more wrong for my body.  I have a slightly more athletic figure (athletic = little to no curves) and I like to show off the curves that I have.  This dress is shaped like a sack, and so I don't really like looking like I put my curves in a sack.  (And yes no make up, no shoes, hair not fixed...)  This dress is also a tad on the short side when it comes to wearing it to work.  Let's take a look at how I styled it.

First off, I belted it.  This gives the dress some shape which in turn gives me some shape.  Second, tights.  I went with blue to keep a monochromatic look to make me look a little taller.  Third, pop of color with the yellow cardigan.  I still have trouble wearing blue and gold together because it was my high school colors.  Finally, check out that pattern mixing.  One of the keys to mixing patterns is keeping it in the same color family.  Patterned navy floral dress and plaid navy flats.  Win!

I also took the close up to show off a little bit of the button detail on the dress.  I love it and I think its my favorite part of the dress.  For the record, I usually keep my make up pretty simple.  Foundation, bronzer, eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss.  If I get a request, I'll do a tutorial but I make some pretty awful faces while putting on make up...

Navy floral sun dress: Nolita from Clothing Xchange
Goldenrod Cardigan: Target
Blue tights: Target
Brown wrap around belt: Abercrombie & Fitch ($0.99 by the way, not kidding)
Navy plaid flats: Rocketdog, DSW

Final word:  Thank you to Kristin of Leproust Vintage for mentioning me on her blog yesterday!  We went and had brunch this weekend and she is amazing.  I got in my car and squealed because it was so great to talk with someone face to face that understands blogging, fashion, and well life.


  1. So cute! Love what you did with it!

  2. great job! I need a good cheap belt (and I'm petite so I have trouble finding ones that cinch in tight enough) any tips?

  3. I think you made a great outfit with it! Good idea with wearing tights that match the dress!!! So cute!

  4. Anonymous10:42 PM

    Perfect job. I am new to belting sack-like dresses but it's become a lifesaver. I also love the addition of the yellow cardigan. PRETTY!

  5. Anonymous10:35 AM

    aww super super cute! I really love how you pulled the look together!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit! Totaling rockin cardigan/dress combo- keep it coming :) By the way- thank you for the thank you note! I love mail and I believe the art of thank you notes is being lost.. along with snail mail! So- thank you!

  7. Anonymous11:03 AM

    i think this outfit is so cute! and your makeup looks so cute and natural!i have light skin and hair like you so sometimes my eyeliner can look pretty crazy and not so great! it would be great to see a tutorial of how you do your makeup!

  8. I love this outfit! and it's nice to see other style bloggers from TN. =)


  9. omg! your face cracks me up in the first two photos & then its like a pleasant surprise to see how stunning you look in the other photos after you dolled up the dress! :) fantastic:)



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