Wednesday was a dress day! I’ve mentioned before that I try to balance out the number of times that I wear a skirt, dress, or pants. I know it may seem a little OCD, but it’s one of the challenges that I impose on myself to force me to be creative. Oh, and to make use of all the things hanging in my closet! Otherwise, I’d probably wear black dress pants, ballet flats, and a different colored button-up dress shirt to class everyday. (That look is o.k. once in a while, but it’s supposed to be fun to not have a uniform.)
My great-uncle passed away earlier this week and my whole routine has been disrupted. The silver lining is that I was just complaining in Monday’s post about feeling stifled by routine. . . . Although it’s not exactly how I wanted to mix things up. I’ve spent most of the week not really sure what day it is! Tuesday I normally volunteer in the morning, but with the calling hours and funeral I needed to use that time to do the things that I normally do on Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. Everything has been jumbled up. But, teaching has been a constant.
After my funky mood on Monday, I was glad to be back to feeling like myself on Wednesday and having a fun, engaging, and energetic night in class.
I have lots of dresses that I haven’t worn yet this semester so choosing one wasn’t a problem. But, once I picked one out I had a bit of an issue figuring out how to style it differently than I have in the past. This is how I sometimes figure out the “holes” that I have in my closet. Right now, one of those holes is a brown cardigan—non-boyfriend style. Preferably scoop neck and long-sleeved. Other items that I am perpetually on the look out for include navy dress pants and a suit— either charcoal grey or navy blue.
Here are ways that I have worn this dress in the past:
In the top row, I have paired it with black. A black cardigan and belt in the left picture with leopard print pumps and black tights, shoes, turtleneck, and blazer in the top right. In the bottom row, I’ve gone with a statement necklace, gold toned jewelry and brown sandals on a cruise vacation and a monochromatic look on the bottom right with a magenta cardigan, nude pumps, and gold toned jewelry again. In order to do something different I wanted to ground it with brown, tan, or khaki. Since I don’t have the right type of brown cardigan, brown was out. I thought about going with my khaki blazer and nude pumps, but instead I decided to go with grey.
I looked at my shoe choices and these faux snakeskin pumps screamed out and begged to be worn. So, I obliged them. (What, your clothes don’t talk to you?!?) I wanted to do something to emphasis the waist since it can often get lost when you wear a cardigan open, but it didn’t work. I thought that I had a grey belt, but it had a gold buckle and was too dark of a shade of grey. Oh well.
What do you think? Do you like this look? How would you style this dress if you owned it? Please let me know in the comments below.