Welcome back! It’s day 3 of my 27 Days of Spring Fashion with Cyndi Spivey!
I debated publishing this post, and I finally decided to go for it. If you followed my first Trunk Club unboxing, this is the LBD that I almost didn’t keep, and now I wish I hadn’t. I’m not happy with the way this dress fits, and the funny thing is, I was planning to send it back until everyone said how much they liked it. I guess this is a good lesson to trust my gut.
I’m going to go ahead and post the pictures for two reasons. First, we all have hits and misses. I post so many “hits” that it may seem like this fashion thing is easy, and it’s not — not for me, anyway, and not for many of you, from what you’ve told me. So I thought I should go ahead and show you one of my misses and explain how it fell short.
Second, while I don’t like the fit of the dress, I love the outfit! I love the jewelry, shoes, and bag I put with this dress, and when I find the perfect LBD, I will have a smashing outfit. This is a simple outfit formula that anyone can copy, so I thought it would be worth showing for that reason.
Here it is.
Okay, at first glance, it isn’t horrible. I know that. (Mind you, I siphoned through about 55 pictures to come up with four that I was willing to put out onto the World Wide Web.) What I don’t like about the dress is the way it pulls around the waist and chest area. If I were to wear this to an event, I’d be tugging on it all night long.
Overall, the dress is a little too snug, but I don’t think going up a size would help. If I do that, it will be too big in the shoulders and too long overall. I have a lot of experience with sheath dresses. They are definitely the most flattering style for my body, but I am short-waisted, so I have to be careful or there will be too much extra material, especially in the back.
In addition to being too tight, I also think the material is part of the problem. Ponte fabric is thick and stretchy, which is nice from a comfort perspective, but it can also cling to every bulge. Keep in mind, I’m wearing shapewear. I can only imagine what it would look like if I weren’t!! A dress with material that has less give and is more structured would be more flattering. I have actually ordered a few that fit that bill, and I’ll be styling them soon!
I also don’t think the length of the sleeve on this dress does me any favors, even though it is a feature I thought I liked before I saw these pictures. Go figure! The way they end right at the bust line seems to draw unwanted attention to that area.
All that said, what I DO like about this outfit is the way I accessorized it. I LOVE the contrast of the red envelope clutch against the black dress.
The delicate 3-disc necklace fills the neckline without competing with the chandelier earrings, although I could probably have gone more bold with my bracelets. I just layered two of my Stella & Dot bangles, but a delicate cuff would work well too.
And can we take a moment to discuss these shoes!?!
Y’all know leopard is my favorite color (haha!) and these d’orsay pumps are amazing. (A d’orsay pump is one that shows the arch of your foot.) I picked them up on the Nordstrom Clearance Sale last fall. Unfortunately neither the shoes nor the bag are still available, but I’ll link to some options below.
Finding the perfect LBD can be a challenge, much like finding the perfect pair of jeans, but it’s definitely an essential wardrobe piece, so I’m going to make it a priority to find one that makes me feel fabulous this spring. Life is too short to wear clothes that make you feel less than fabulous, right!?!
Incidentally, I styled a different LBD with the same red bag and leopard slides last summer. Evidently a red bag and leopard shoes is my favorite way to style a LBD!!!
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