There’s something about this dress that made me want to be a fashion blogger. Correction: there’s something about this dress that actually made me take action and start this blog. It’s possible that it just happened to be the “it girl” style simultaneous to when I decided to actually pursue this thing (you know, this little blog thing), and it wasn’t the dress at all. Regardless, I think I will always associate this dress with the beginning of my blog. That being said, I had to write about it!
I thought this dress was the perfect opportunity to throw in some real life vs. Instagram talk. I bought this dress (I actually bought it twice, as you can see from the photos!) thinking that, being a wannabe fashion blogger, I HAD to have it! How could I be a fashion blogger and not have the thing everyone is talking about? At a less than $60 price point is was more than a justifiable “first blogger outfit” purchase, so I was happy to add to cart and purchase.
Here’s the real talk: I quickly learned that in this industry (still have to remind myself every day): there will always be the “next big thing.” As a clothing and shopping addict, I am definitely one to get excited about a new outfit, and remember life by the outfit I was wearing (or the other way around)?! I vowed to myself when I started this blog that I would NOT turn in to the fashion blogger that says everything is my “favorite,” or tag 4 items a week as “must-haves.” If that’s someone’s status quo and point of view-no judgments here! It’s just not me. As someone who loves keeping up with the trends-that’s a lot of pressure! My point is- I want to be real and realistic in recommending and blogging about clothing I love! I hope to develop a relationship of trust with you all!
Back to the Dress…
I feel like I’m sounding a little preach-y right now, but it’s not my intention. The end-all be-all of above? I want to help you find pieces you love that will offer you a solution to your styling (and fitness/travel/wedding planning). That being said, I really do freaking love this dress, even if it sounds contradictory to previous statements. I love it so much I bought it in two colors (one long sleeved) and still have another one (two) on my Nordstrom wish list. The body-con fit is figure-flattering without looking like you’re going to a club. The side ruching helps smooth curves and keeps it in place. It’s under $60 which is a price point I can justify!
If you’re not in to body-con (it took me a little while to get over the stigma, too), similar dresses by the same brand have been added to the mix this year: a tank shift dress and a racerback shift dress-under $60 and under $50 respectively! The long sleeve version I have is currently sold out, but a very similar style is linked here (same brand). The same brand also has a cute wrap dress (comes in 3 colors), a sleek black jumpsuit, and an under $70 pair of white denim, to name a few! I can see myself throwing on any of these styles for a summer day/night/event.
The other reason I love my dress, or really any of the similar dress options above, is the versatility in styling. I’ve worn this dress with espadrilles, a bamboo bag, a jean jacket, heeled boots (similar spring style linked here) and a clutch, a fur jacket , panama hat and tassel earrings (similar linked), strappy heels and a classic clutch. Basically we’re working with a blank slate!
Whether this dress is last year’s “it dress” or not, doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter-more of a reminder to myself than anyone else! It’s a versatile piece I can style for an afternoon errand run to a Saturday evening date night. I love adding (and recommending) pieces like this for a wardrobe because of its timelessness and versatility!
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What’s an item in your closet that holds a memory? Or, what item in your closet are you able to style endless ways?