Sept 17th, Shirt Dress

I mentioned last week that one of my Top 10 items for fall is a shirt dress- so I thought I’d show you today what I mean!

I bought this cute dress this summer at Off 5th. It’s made by Laundry by Shelli Segal.

When looking for a shirt dress, look for something with:

1. details from a man’s shirt (collar, pockets, button front, cuffed sleeves)

2. Looser fit, waist defined by belt

3. Usually in crisp fabric like cotton

Since I love seeing comparisons, today I’m showing some ‘before’ pictures that I pulled from Pinterest, just to show what in my opinion is not working!

Let’s take photo #1- this gorgeous gal looks like she forgot her pants! To me, this shirt is too loose- and it honestly looks like she borrowed it from her boyfriend and called it good. I do love her sandals though!

Photo #2- This gal also didn’t add a belt to define her waist, which makes this dress a little too shapeless. While I love purple, something about this color seems a little off to me. I also do not like these shoes with this dress. A heel or strappy sandal would have been better.

Photo #3- This gal looks dated. I’m all for vintage- but this pattern just looks frumpy- not modern at all- even her sandals look dated. I do like the cute cardigan and matching belt though…

Photo #4 (ME!) I like this dress because it is in classic black- I can easily add color by adding a cardigan, jewelry or even shoes. Basic black will always be in style! I also love the draping in the front, it is loose- but not too loose and is very comfy! I do notice that something is funky with my belt- I think it got twisted and truth be told- when looking at the photos- I don’t like my shoes much either! They seem a little dated. Time to go shopping! 🙂

Linking up with BonBon Rose girls for Monday Mingle!

 

May 15th, Another Day, Another Dress

 I had so much fun wearing a dress yesterday (and received lots of compliments :)) that I decided to wear another one today,  especially since I have to go to work! This dress is so much fun to wear.  It’s summery, cute and makes me feel like a 1950’s housewife!

On the right I have paired it with a blue cardigan. The dark blue seems so wintery with this light dress, and I don’t like it buttoned up- it seems too wintery.

The yellow blazer is so much brighter- and summery. Since I’m wearing this for work- the blazer adds a little more professionalism to the look. You might notice I decided to keep my neckline bare- thinking there is enough going on with the dress. Lastly, I’m wearing heels- which could be a problem for my foot issue! I’ll let you know how it goes!

I’ve said this a million times but a dress is such an easy way to look put together! The best part is, I’ve found lots of cute dresses at Marshalls and TJ Maxx!

I love this blazer with the dress!
If you don’t have a blazer- but need something to keep warm, wear a cardigan, but unbutton it!
If it’s really hot, wear it alone! You may want to add a little necklace or something though!

Dress: Marshalls, Shoes: Nordstrom, Yellow Blazer: Nordstrom, Cardigan: H&M