A reader asked:
I am in love with this dress but do not know where a person would wear it. Can you help?
My first thought was - wow! What a fantastic dress! With the vintage feel, there are several events/places you could wear this beauty to.
This dress has enough structure to make it work appropriate, but also enough sex appeal to make it a great choice for an evening event.
For the Office: Since this dress does have a good amount of Joan Holloway to it, I kept the accessories for the dress somewhat subdued. To work, I would choose a structured satchel, a pair of flats (the gold studs on the bow pick up the polka-dot pattern on the dress!), a basic gold stud earring, and a statement bracelet (to draw some of the attention away from the chest area) to pair with the dress. Twist your hair up into a chignon, add some subtle make-up (please, no bright lipstick with this dress at the office), and you're good to go!
For an Evening Event: First off, when I say evening event I do not just mean a date. While I think this outfit would be an amazing date outfit, I also feel it's unrealistic to buy a piece of clothing just for a date. If I did that, I'd have 100 "date" dresses hanging in my closet and maybe 1/4 of them would be worn.
Evening events can be charity dinners, work events, drinks with your girlfriends after a long day at the office, yes - date nights, and on and on ... For an evening out wearing this dress, I'd add a sparkly pair of earrings and a statement necklace (now's the time to draw some attention to that area!), a pair of modern heels (so the outfit doesn't look too costume-y), and a gold clutch. I would wear my hair down in soft waves (adding a jeweled hair clip, perhaps?), and either a bold red lip or a dark smokey eye. Choose one or the other, please ... not both.
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