James Perse LBD Made Casual



Ray Ban aviators, James Perse dress (this year’s version), Target belt, SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (newer version)


You saw a snippet of this outfit in yesterday’s post on Dress + Belt Pairings and it’s one of my favorite ensembles. I hadn’t really worn this dress since Cesar and I did our 3 year anniversary shoot (can you believe we just celebrated 3.5 years!) but every time I put it on i’m reminded of why I bought it. It instantly makes me feel so sexy and even though it shows every wrinkle and flaw, i’ve always worked to embrace that and rock dresses like these anyway.




I wanted to make this dress more casual so I threw on a skinny belt, tied it in a knot for a more undone look, and added my favorite combat boots and aviators. A side pony and pink lip finished it off for a Sunday with my man.





I hope you’re having a wonderful week and thank you for reading!

Belt and Dress Pairings 101

Dress and Belt Pairings 101

One of the most popular questions I get via email or on social media surrounds belts and dresses. People always ask how I choose the width and type of belt I pair with each style of dress. So I thought I would put together this simple roundup explaining my rationale for the belts I choose to wear with each dress silhouette. Please let me know if you enjoy these roundups as it was definitely fun to look back in time and put it together!



James Perse Dress (similar) + Target Belt

Sheath/Bodycon: If we are being totally honest, I typically don’t like wearing belts with tighter dresses. In my mind my body has enough curves that simply pairing a statement necklace with a dress like this (to draw the eye upward) would be enough. However, in the event that I do want a bit more definition I always go for a thinner belt so as not to add bulk to the already slimming outfit. Furthermore, I like to tie a not in the belt to add a bit of interest so it doesn’t simply look like one stripe of color across a solid canvas.

asos dress


ASOS Dress (similar) + Gap Belt (similar)

Fit and Flare/Skater: This is, hands down, my go-to dress style. It is just so darn flattering on most body types and I love how it drapes over my hips and accentuates my waist. With these styles I typically like to choose a belt with a lot of interest right in the center. The width is of little importance (I would easily pair this dress with this belt), but having a bow or a wide buckle right in the center of the belt draws the eye inward even further.



Club Monaco Maxi (similar) + Yigal Azrouel vintage belt (cheaper wide belt option)

Maxi Dress: Maxi dresses, for me, scream for some definition. A body can easily get lost in all that fabric, especially if the neckline is higher and there is already little definition up top. To combat looking like i’m a big blob I always opt for big, thick belts when wearing a maxi. Regardless of the shape, flare or material, a big thick belt is always my go-to. It cinches the waist and makes you look tiny all around, showing the world that there is in fact a beautiful body hidden beneath!

I hope you enjoyed this roundup. Please let me know what you would like to see next! I love hearing your feedback and suggestions.

BB Dakota Jade Cap Sleeve Sweater Dress


LOFT trench (obsessed w/ this splurge worthy option), BB Dakota dress, SPANX tights, Seychelles Boots (similar, can you tell I love these boots?), J.Crew necklace, Ray Ban aviators

ShopBop sales always get me. Tell me you’ve got 30% off sale and I can’t help but browse. That’s how this BB Dakota dress happened. I picked it up at a ridiculously cheap price and am kind of obsessed with it. I love the way i’ve styled it for Winter but can’t wait to wear it with strappy sandals and beachy waves for Summer.


The length sits just a few inches above my knees which is my ideal length without tights (score!) and has a defined waist. I chose to go belt-less here but I have already paired it with a few belts in my closet and like the look.


Hello lions hair, and, of course, those Ray Ban’s. Obsessed, sorry!



Have an amazing Tuesday! I hope everyone is adjusting well to being back at work.

Ray Ban Aviator Review


Rayban Aviators, Old cardigan (similar), J.Crew dress (similar), SPANX tights, Seychelles boots (recent version)

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I pulled the trigger on these gorgeous Ray Ban aviators that i’ve been coveting for quite a while and couldn’t be happier with the purchase. They are such a classic sunglass style and one that i’m so thrilled to add to my collection. I’ve always gravitated towards plastic sunglasses, and after wearing these I can’t understand why. I prefer a lighter frame and these sit on my nose and feel almost non-existent.


I originally thought these sunglasses might make my cheeks appear bigger but I actually think the droop of the lens looks cute on most face shapes. I can’t wait to pair these with beanies and pigtails for a slightly hipster look, and leather jackets for a tough, moto vibe.


You’ll be seeing plenty of these in the coming weeks. I’m just so obsessed!

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