James Perse LBD Made Casual

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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

Ray Ban Aviator Review

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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.

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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.

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

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