I thought I’d take a break this week from the onslaught of shorts and get back to basics – aka dresses (or skirts).

I used to LIVE in dresses.  I mean, I did work in a law school, and I don’t love dress pants, so my options were somewhat limited.  But, still.  There’s just something so automatically pretty and feminine about a dress.  And I’ve never been one to mind embracing a gender stereotype now and then.

I tried to get creative with this dress.  I am a little tired of it by itself, so I needed something new to spruce it up.  I’ve had this pretty ribbon my mom gave me for some time, but never quite figured out what to do with it.  But, boredom is the mother of invention (that’s how that expression goes, right?), so drawing on the navy pattern in the dress, I added the blue and white belt, and voila!

These patterns mix well because they follow the same lines – the polka dots essentially just replace one of the stripes on the dress, and that pattern is subtle enough not to be a noticeable clash.

Of course, the blue in my shoes isn’t identical to either of the blues in the dress, and that is noticeable, particularly in these pictures.  But, in real life, the distance between the dress/belt and the shoes was enough to make the tonal differences acceptable (plus, blues are pretty easy to coordinate, anyway).

1 - yellow dress, polka dot beltWhat do you think about my creative venture?  Is it cute and “artsy” or something, or does it look like I’m trying too hard?  Have you ever taken ribbon or some other not-technically-clothing item and incorporated it into an outfit?  I’d love to hear your ideas!