Review: Alice & Olivia floral fitted dress for wedding season

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Alice & Olivia dress, Coach heels (similar and gorge!), Gorjana and Griffin rings

So i’ll just start with a fair warning: this is a booty heavy post. I mean, look at this dress and tell me you wouldn’t flaunt it too! This Alice & Olivia number couldn’t fit my body any better, and i’m in love. A few weeks back I did a post about dresses I was eying for upcoming weddings/rehearsal dinners/etc. This is one of the ones I actually ordered and think it would be wonderful for a bridal shower I have coming up. My only hesitation is the heftier price tag for a cotton dress.

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This particular body hugging style always works well for pears. Because of our narrow waist, dresses like these give an even fuller hourglass effect and really show off our best assets. On this particular dress, the high waist line helps to elongate the leg, and the ruching and bunching up top balances out the top half of our body.

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The gathered pleats on the side help to camouflage any problem areas and the longer hem with tapering at the bottom really narrows the leg line and covers any insecurities we may have with our bottom half.

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Needless to say, with a nude shoe and big glamorous curls, this dress would be perfect for any upcoming summer event!

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What do you think of this dress? Would you keep it at its nearly $300 price tag?

Fashion bucket list item purchased: Ferragamo “vara” pump for work

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J.Crew silk top, Zara dress (similar), Ferragamo “vara” bow pump, Stitch fix + J.Crew bracelet, Gorjana rings

This week was one of classic purchases and scratching items off longtime wishlists. These Ferragamo Vara bow pumps were high on the list of loves for years. My dad, a longtime lover of Ferragamo shoes for men, always said that when I was old enough, I could wear the beautiful bow pumps I saw on mannequins in the women’s department. That was years ago, and more recently, after seeing them on Jean quite a few times, I decided to truly begin my hunt. These bow pumps retail for almost $500, very expensive for a work shoe in my humble opinion. I knew they would go on sale at some point and decided to be patient and price watch. It was a few weeks ago during one of Bloomingdale’s sales that the price of these shoes dropped to around $300 that I decided to pull the trigger, and i’m in love.

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I decided to go with the Vara 1″ heel pump versus the popular Varina flats simply for a bit of interest. My love for flats is well documented and I thought this low heel version would make for an interesting contrast to my growing flats collection. I have actually tried on the Varina before and have found that the Vara is actually more comfortable.

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The low heel provides extra support and I found they break in a bit easier. The patent leather is definitely more durable than standard leather, but fair warning that they do take some time to mold to your foot.

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In other news, I love the idea of mixing colors in the same family and reworked this dress worn during summer for a Winter look by pairing a silk top. I’ve been using my basic Blythe silk blouses as cardigans or layering pieces to get more life out of expensive work staples.

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Have you purchased any Ferragamo shoes? Which are your favorites?

Easing into a jersey maxi dress

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Gap maxi dress, J.Crew shirt, Andrew Marc jacket, Kendra Scott necklace via Gilt, Halogen flats, Gorjana rings

This maxi dress was a purchase that was completely out of my comfort zone. Jersey knit = clings to everything. To ease into this style and also make it Winter appropriate, I layered some of my favorite items: silk shirts and leather jackets.

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I think the formfitting nature of the dress makes the less shapely top figure flattering. The silk shirt also gives a tiny bit of coverage in the back and the leather jacket has seaming that keeps it close to the body and still tailored. That jacket was still the best purchase, ever.

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Finally, a gold bib draws the eye upward to keep the attention away from the hip area. Always a good thing in my book.

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Do you wear maxi dresses? I’d love to see your style. Link me in the comments!

Finally found: a sweater dress that flatters (and is on mega sale)

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Pim and Larkin sweater (on super sale!), Scarf from Mom, SPANX tights, Steve Madden boots

I have always found sweater dresses cumbersome and unflattering for anyone with curves. Something about the ever present bubble hem or thick knit always made me feel bulkier and less shapely. I ordered this sweater “coat” thinking it would be a fun staple for Winter to be worn over skirts and tights, or even leggings. Upon receiving it I realized that it was big enough around the hips to button all the way, and could also double as a dress all on its own!

*In other news, I hope everyone is safe and warm after Nemo! Charlotte was surprisingly sunny and warm on that day, enough so that this outfit was perfect for the weather. My thoughts go out to everyone on the Northeast!

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I wanted to get this post out quickly because this sweater dress is on mega sale on Piperlime for only $24! While it’s final sale, it is entirely worth the money and the risk. I am wearing a M and it fits great. For reference my measurements are 36-30-43 and I typically wear a 10 in pants.

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I love the versatility of this piece (i’ve already worn it lazying around the house) and can’t wait to continue to style it through Winter!

Do you have any sweater dress recommendations that have looked flattering on you?

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