I really love this dress. I’ve blogged it before and don’t really have much new to say about it. I call it my June Cleaver dress, and I think that’s fairly accurate (well, except for the length). But, as I talked about last week with mixing and matching separates, dresses are a lot harder to keep fresh. I don’t wear this one a ton, so I’m not sick of it yet. However, I do still try to switch up my accessories and shoes so it looks a little different (even if the overall impression is still basically the same).
Pink and purple is not a normal combination for me, but the polka dots on this dress seem to have a bit of a pink tint to them, which inspired me to try. The plum keeps me from looking too much like a kid’s Valentine card, and the leopard print belt adds a bit of edge – not only because it’s leopard, but because the print and polka dots are a bit unexpected.
Adding in a 3rd print is generally not advisable, but the floral earrings don’t compete with the polka dots and they’re far enough away from the belt (which is pretty subtle, anyway), to work. And I finished with bow flats that complement the bow tie at the neck, and the feminine feel of the whole outfit.
What do you think? Are pink and purple too elementary, or just unexpected enough to be interesting? Do you have any other good ideas on how to keep dresses fresh and new? Give me some of your mix and match tips!
I love this dress so much. It makes me feel like a sexy June Cleaver – sexy only because this is so much shorter than anything June would wear. So, I put on some dark tights to try to pretend it wasn’t way too short for daytime wear. I also kept my accessories in the same color family for simplicity. The shoes are almost the exact shade of purple as the dress, and the earrings and bracelet are a similar shade of burgundy. Besides pearls, even plastic, slightly different-colored ones, are the perfect compliment to this retro look.
Dress: Forever 21
When I was in sixth grade, I once went an entire week wearing a unique smiley-face themed outfit to school each day. I loved those yellow balls of happiness, and I wanted the world to know it.
Apparently, polka dots are my adult version of smiley faces. Quite unintentionally, I can’t seem to get off this kick. And I’m okay with that.
I just bought this dress last night (from Forever 21, obvs). Really, it’s too short for work without tights or leggings. But, it’s so cute and looks professional aside from the length, I couldn’t resist wearing it at least this once.
I should have taken a better picture of the front detailing – it has a loose tie at the bottom of the neckline. I also had trouble accurately capturing the color (and was running too late to try to fix it), so my random sleeve picture is the best representation.
The pearls just seemed fitting with the overall vintage feel of the dress. I sadly was absent pearl earrings, so my diamond-esque studs filled in.
I will say, these shoes are not my first choice with the dress. They work fine, but I would have much rather worn these:
Unfortunately, already too-short hemlines and four inch heels do not pair well at the office, so I will reserve that look for my next date…you know, whenever that is.