Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I want to give y’all a heads-up that the Nordstrom Triple Points event has started. Now through March 26, Nordstrom Rewards members and cardholders earn 3X the points on net purchases at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook.
I’ve had a few people email and ask about a post on what to buy during the Triple Points event. I haven’t had time to put that post together, but you may want to take a look at my Spring Wardrobe Essentials post and also my Spring Favorites page (always linked in the menu bar at the top of my blog.) This is a good time to buy the splurgier items like white jeans, Hunter boots, a trench coat, a new handbag, etc. The idea is to rack up as many points as you can so you get a nice generous Nordstrom Note in the mail in a few weeks!
Today I’m styling a black knit dress that is great for many of the spring occasions you may have on your calendar, and it would be nice for work and church as well.
This dress came from Trunk Club, and my stylist sent me a size small. I usually wear mediums in Halogen, so I was surprised when the small was too big. It was a least an inch or two longer than this, and it kind of hung awkwardly around my middle, rather than following my curves as it is designed to do. I exchanged it for an XS, and now it fits perfectly.
I don’t know what that means for you tiny ladies out there, because I’m no waif, but I definitely recommend sizing down. It does come in petite sizes, so that is something to consider as well. It has positive reviews, but most of them mention sizing down or ordering a petite after trying on the regular. Most agree that it’s very flattering and forgiving, skimming the body without being clingy. The price point isn’t too bad either.
Because I wanted to keep the look casual, and because the dress is sleeveless and so many of us are experiencing colder than usual spring temperatures, I topped it off with a denim jacket.
I’m a huge fan of pairing a dress with a denim jacket. It helps keep the look from being too fussy, and I like the contrast of the denim with the dressier fabric. Of course, a blazer or cardigan would work as well, depending on where you’re going to wear it. I like the idea of a long, lightweight cardigan over this.
For jewelry, I went with gold hoops and this bold gold swirl pendant. I wanted something to break up the front of the dress, and I also like how it draws the eye to the waist area and helps create that a V-shape that mimics the hourglass silhouette we’re always trying to achieve.
My closet is embarrassingly full of neutral shoes, and I was tempted to wear a pair with this outfit, but I decided this was the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color with my footwear.
I looked around online for a while before deciding on these Steve Madden block heel ankle strap sandals. I generally prefer a higher heel, but I thought the low heel was more in keeping with the casual direction I was trying to take with this outfit, and a lot of you have asked me to suggest some lower heeled shoes. They come in a lot of fun colors as well as some nice neutrals, and they’re very comfortable. Highly recommend.
I also wanted to mention that I’ve started using self tanner so I don’t look pasty in pictures, now that I’m starting to style spring styles. A lot of people have asked for tips, and I actually have a post about how to apply self tanner so it looks natural. Feel free to check that out if that’s something you struggle with.
I’ve got it down to a pretty good system, although I need to find a new exfoliating product. That makes a huge difference in how well the tanning lotion applies and in how long it lats. If you have something you love, let me know!
I’m really pleased with how this outfit turned out. I’ve had the dress for a while, and I was trying to figure out how I wanted to style it. I’m planning to wear it to church once the weather warms up, and I’m sure I’ll find some other occasions for it as the season progresses.
I like that this dress can be styled in so many different ways… from pumps to flat sandals, from Converse to espadrilles, it’s definitely one of those pieces that will be a workhorse in my closet (and maybe yours!)
Halogen Mock Neck Knit Dress // Steve Madden Irenee Block Heel Sandals // similar denim jacket (similar for less) // Stella & Dot Dalilah Pendant // similar gold hoops // assorted Alex and Ani wire bangles (some c/o) // kate spade new york mylie hobo // nails: CND Studio White (fingers and toes)
photo credit: Alison Cornell
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!
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