Well, hello there. Welcome back! I’m on a roll with the outfits lately. Today I’m styling a black and white striped dress outfit for fall — two of them, actually!
I saw this black and white striped shift dress at Old Navy and immediately began thinking of all the fun ways to style it. It’s such a versatile piece. First I paired it with black suede ankle boots and then with bright pink suede flats. It was 75º outside the day we took these pictures so I went bare-legged (albeit with the help of my favorite self tanner), but when it gets colder, I’ll add tights.
This is a casual dress so I wanted to keep the shoes on the more casual side — flats seem like the best bet, although these ankle boots do have a low wedge heel. For winter, I can pair it with grey suede knee-high boots or flat black over-the-knee boots. And wouldn’t it be gorgeous with burgundy suede booties? So many possibilities!
I love these Lucky Brand booties. They are super comfortable, and the style is classic but modern. They go as well with skinny jeans as they do with skirts and dresses. They also come in a pretty honey suede, AND they are currently 40% off!!!
For this look, I kept the accessories simple with a gold pendant necklace and oversized faux diamond studs. I added a stack of Alex and Ani bangles to one wrist, and I wore a cuff bracelet with my watch on the other.
The purpose of the pendant is to draw the eye down and in towards my waist. The dress doesn’t have much of a waist; I’d prefer the dress if it had a bit more shape to it, so the pendant helps to create that visual effect. It would be even more effective if it were a little bit longer.
For fun, I decided to tie a jean jacket around my waist. As I said, it was 75 degrees so I really didn’t need to wear an extra layer, but I like the effect. The shift style dress isn’t always the most flattering since it doesn’t have a lot of shape through the waist, so one way to add some curves is to tie a jacket or shirt around your waist. Plus, when it gets colder, it will be nice to have the option of a layer.
I carried my burgundy suede Stella & Dot Covet Sunday Bag because I like the contrast of the burgundy against the black and white for fall.
This dress is only $22, and I’m wearing a medium in the regular size. It’s a nice thick, heavy knit made of 100% cotton, and it’s machine washable. It says it hits at the knee, but as you can see, it’s quite a bit shorter than that. I’m only 5’5″ so take that into consideration. It also comes in tall and petite sizes. The 3/4 length sleeves are great for showing off your bracelets.
For a more casual whimsical look, I also tried the dress with my pink suede flats. I love these with this dress. The overall look is easy and comfortable but a little bit unexpected.
These shoes are also 40% off!!! I didn’t even realize that until I went to write this post. I absolutely adore these flats. I have them in both pink suede and black leather. They’re comfortable and super cute. The spike detail on the back adds a touch of edgy to these otherwise classic pointy toe flats.
I thought the teal bag added a fun dimension to this outfit. It coordinates nicely with the bright pink shoes without being matchy-matchy.
Either way, this shift dress is a great staple to have in your closet. I don’t wear many casual dresses, so I was glad to find something so versatile and affordable to add to my fall and winter wardrobe.
Old Navy Heavy-Knit Shift Dress // Sam Edelman Pointy Toe Flats // Lucky Brand Wedge Booties // Denim Jacket // Initial Pendant // Kate Spade Crossbody in Emerald Forest // Stella & Dot Covet Sunday Bag in Burgundy Suede // sunnies c/o Maui Jim
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