You know how I like a sheath, and the navy piping is so flattering. The fabric is nice and heavy and looks rich, plus it’s fully lined, which gives it great structure and makes it very forgiving. I don’t even need shapewear under this dress, although I did wear boy shorts with light control because I feel like they keep everything in check.
My only issue with this dress is that I don’t have navy blue shoes, and they really are the ideal pairing. On the website, the dress is pictured with these adorable navy pumps. Instead, I wore nude pumps and carried a black bag. I almost wore my black suede pumps, and maybe they would have looked better… I just couldn’t decide.
I could have ordered navy pumps, sure, but I know I wouldn’t wear them with much else, and so I decided to do the best I could with what I have in my closet. See, even fashion bloggers don’t always have the perfect accompaniment to every outfit!
This bag is a new addition. I wanted a plain black shoulder bag that is small enough to carry with dressier outfits but isn’t a clutch. This is the perfect size, and the black leather with glossy gold hardware is so classy. You pull that little ring to unsnap the clasp and release the flap, and then it’s open inside and large enough to hold all the essentials.
I’d have preferred to carry a lighter neutral closer to the color of the shoes with this outfit, but I don’t have something like that, and I figured you can never go wrong with a black bag.
Because the bag has gold hardware, I wore gold accessories. I didn’t want a necklace competing with the dress, so I wore large hoop earrings and a cuff bracelet. I like a cuff bracelet because it has the visual weight of stacked bracelets but you don’t have to put a set together.
As for where I’d wear this dress, it’s perfect for church or out to dinner, and you could certainly throw a blazer over top for the office. One reviewer even commented that she will wear it with a turtleneck underneath this winter.
Personally, I think this lightweight wool Jackie cardigan would be perfect over this, and when it gets colder, tights and boots would be fun with it… I am just not sure what color. I’d love to get your thoughts!
Just a few days ago, this dress was available in all sizes, but I see that some are selling out. If you like it, don’t wait too long! Unfortunately it is not on sale at the moment, but J.Crew is running a promotion for 25% off tees, sweaters, jackets and an extra 30% off sale styles with the code SHOPNOW. They always have great sweaters and jackets, so you may want to poke around and see what’s available.
So who has fun plans for the weekend? We didn’t end up going out last night. I was really tired for some reason, and not feeling up for it. I actually spent the evening on the couch watching Gilmore Girls. Everyone else was otherwise occupied, and it is so rare that I actually get the TV to myself that I decided to veg. It was kind of a shame to miss such a gorgeous evening. It was in the low 70s and sunny with a mild breeze, and I really should have been outside, but I couldn’t muster the energy. I guess sometimes a girl just needs a night on the couch.
We’re planning to shoot a few outfits this morning, and this afternoon I’m going to a movie with a friend. I’ve also been working on my family photo albums in iPhoto, and I’d like to get caught up. Every year I make a photo book, and I never finished the one for 2015, so yesterday I wrapped that up and got it ordered. My kids love looking through our photo books — especially R, my youngest. I can’t wait for it to come in.
I wanted to get 2016 started, but iPhoto kept locking up on me when I tried to create a new book. Does anyone else use iPhoto for photo books? Is it giving you fits? I hate how they’ve changed it, but it’s the easiest way for me to do our albums since my photos are all in that program already. Maybe I need to try something new. If you have any recommendations, let me know.
So yeah, that’s all the exciting news I have for you! Ha!
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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