Last winter when I did my big closet purge, I got rid of two printed shift dresses that were several years old. I had enjoyed wearing them, but bold prints are quite memorable, and it felt like time to pass them on. I figured I’d find something fresh and new this year, and sure enough, I came across this three quarter-sleeve geo print dress at White House Black Market last week.
SALE ALERT >> Tops and Pants at White House Black Market are Buy One, Get One 50% Off, plus get an Extra 40% Off Markdowns (prices as marked.) My heathered seasonless jacket is marked down to $65 (I have the size 8), and my mock neck sheath is also $65 (I have the size 6.)
I was drawn to the color combination and the bold print. It’s perfect for pairing with tights and pumps or boots this fall.
The details are what makes the dress. The deep v-neckline is flattering without being immodest, and the contrast printed trim adds interest. It also fits nicely, skimming the body without clinging, although I do recommend always wearing a slip with a dress like this.
I am sure you can find a slip that will do the job for less, but I was at Nordstrom and this Commando Fitted Slip was suggested to me, and I love it. I actually have the M/L and it works fine, although the S/M is probably the right size. I have no recollection why I bought the bigger one. I like that it isn’t too fitted, though. It isn’t supposed to be shapewear; it’s just supposed to keep your dress from clinging to the wrong places.
The dress makes a bold statement on its own, so I kept everything else simple — black tights, black suede pumps, and a black handbag. I LOVE these tights, by the way. They’re by Spanx, and they are fantastic. They hold everything in, and they’re opaque.
I added gold jewelry to coordinate with the gold hardware on the bag. I just wore a simple engraved disc necklace, so I went a little bolder with the teardrop earrings, and I wore my Becker Cuff since the three quarter sleeves are perfect for showing off a bold bracelet.
This makes a great outfit for a work event, dinner out, or even church on Sunday.
To bring it down a notch and show how it could also be office appropriate, I also styled it with my tall black leather wedge boots. I really prefer it with the pumps, but I know that I’ll probably be more comfortable wearing it with booties or boots since most of my venues are pretty casual.
These boots are old, and I can’t decide if it’s time to replace them or not. I would feel a little too “Pretty Woman” to wear black OTK boots with this outfit, so I think a knee-high boot is more conservative, but maybe booties would be more modern… I can’t decide. My black booties are too casual for this dress, so maybe I need to invest in a dressier pair.
By the way, I had my nails done this week, and a lot of times y’all ask about my nail color. I went with this really pretty CND Rubble. It’s brown, but it has cool undertones, which work well for me. I’m wearing the Shellac, but it also comes in Vinylux, which supposedly lasts a week and dries super fast.
So which is your favorite version of this outfit — with pumps or boots?
Today my kids have off from school for Columbus Day, and my youngest daughter is turning 11! We’re having a small party for her, and I hope to attend a dinner tonight for some friends, so it will be a full day. Enjoy your Monday! (And Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends!!)
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