How to Accessorize a LBD: Leopard Pumps + Red Clutch

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.

How to Accessorize a LBD: with Leopard Pumps + Red Clutch

black ponte sheath $98 | similar leopard pumps $129 | similar red envelope clutch $95
3-disc necklace $70 | Alila Lace Chandeliers $44 | dressy watch $225

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.

LBD with Red Clutch

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!?!

How to Accessorize a LBD: Leopard Pumps + Red Clutch

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.

How to Accessorize a LBD with Leopard Pumps and a Red Clutch

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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similar Toad&Co LBD $86 | leopard platform wedges ON SALE for $55.99 + 15% off

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