Isn’t it exquisite?! The detailing is beautiful and the silhouette is classic; surely this will be a dress which can be worn year after year after year.
Although Alli bought the dress for the purpose of wearing it to a rehearsal dinner, naturally, she’d love to get more mileage out of it. She fears it may be a one trick pony, so it is my mission with this request to prove it can be “casualized” (yay for made up words! :)! Therefore, I will be focused on the more dressed-down ways to wear this dress, as opposed to the dressed-up ways. If by chance there is anyone out there who would like some ideas for dressing it up, let me know, and I’ll do a post!
Anyway, in regards to the general “casualizing” of this dress or any garment in general, let me say one thing first: Wear your looks with confidence (obviously this advice transcends the said pretense, but hear me out…). What I mean to say is, oftentimes when people have an item that appears more dressy, they disregard it as having the potential to be worn casually. Many fear they will look overdressed and out of place. Let me tell you something…in my opinion, being “overdressed”, if that’s what you want to call it, is perfectly fine! As Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” Audrey Hepburn once even also said, “I believe in overdressing.” Moral of the story? Be confident! Don’t worry about overdressing! (Bonus points: I know I’ve heard other great quotes before like the two aforementioned…can anyone think of any?!)
And onto the styling…
Right off the bat, I immediately thought of pairing a pullover with the dress. This technique allows the dress to function as a skirt, and let’s also be honest…it makes for a super comfy yet totally stylish ensemble! Following are a few examples using this technique:
*please note: throughout any of these stylings, adding tights would be great…dress for the weather!
I like how this pullover has an unexpected pattern on the back…it makes the piece interesting and unique! The booties add a bit more edge and balance out the femininity of the lace of the “skirt” with the floral pattern on the back of the pullover. Of course, you could also add a belt to cinch in the waist if you wanted.
Notice, too, how pairing this cream colored pullover brings out more of the ivory tones of the dress.
This time, notice how pairing the dress with this pink pullover brings out the blush tones of the dress. Interesting, how color works, right?!
I love pairing this look with the vibrant blue shoes, as I think the blue and pink make for a very interesting pairing – not one you see repeatedly daily. The complete look has a nice ladylike yet young and slightly funky feel to it.
Yes, this look is a combination of the previous two looks! Just thought I’d give you an idea of how some of these items could be remixed! 🙂 In this case, I like how the girly pink top and “skirt” are juxtaposed with the rougher belt and booties.
This is a great effortless look that is very high on style. The pairing of the stripes of the sweater with the detailing of the skirt is probably unexpected for most, which is exactly what makes the look so interesting and intriguing.
My next tip for styling the dress is to pair it with a great cardigan/sweater/jacket. While this might seem predictable, it’s a tried-and-true method because it almost always looks great. To evoke a more casual feeling, look for cardigans/sweaters/jackets that have a large knit or an unexpected print. Going oversized is always a great option too!
This chunky sweater automatically adds a cozy feeling. Add the patterned tights and the boots, and this is the perfect outfit for a cold day. The textures of the pattern of the dress, the knit of the sweater, the pattern of the tights, and the leather material of the boots make for a dynamic outfit.
As always, you could add a belt over the sweater if you so choose!
The pairing of this leopard print belt over the sharp purple cardigan adds a fun feel, while the wedge boots help keep the look more casual. You could easily transition out the wedges for pumps if you needed to make this more dressy for work in a flash.
Here is another great jacket – the color would look fabulous with the dress and I think it would do a great job to “casualize” the look!
Finally, don’t discount blouses either. They are similar to the technique of wearing a pullover over the dress. The one thing to be cautious of is that the top is not too clingy, because if it is, it won’t lend for a very attractive appearance overall.
Belt this blouse to give it a little shape, and then layer on the jean jacket. The simple flats complete the look! Please note that the jacket certainly is not necessary, although it certainly brings a more casual vibe to the look. You could also leave the top unbelted if you so choose.
Clearly, I strongly believe the Veiled Alder Dress to be far from a one trick pony! Remember…be creative and have confidence!
Hopefully Alli has gotten some great ideas! Does anyone else own this dress? If so, have you worn it more casually before?! Do tell!
Having seen the styling request I completed for Brittany, Christine emailed me in search of some ideas for the same dress (Gull Wing Dress), but a different color. But Christine isn’t just looking for everyday suggestions – no, she is planning on wearing this gorgeous dress to a wedding on a farm in just a week! She also, however, did ask for some other ideas…how to style it for warm weather and cool weather, formal occasions, and more casual settings.
Naturally, I was quite excited for the task!
Let’s start by having a quick look at our trusty color wheel!
The dress is primarily purple. It definitely is more of a pink-y purple than a blue-purple, so I’m going to say it’s around the number 14-15 on this particular color wheel. As you can see, green is opposite – somewhere in between a kelly green and a forest green. This means that if you choose to pair the dress with green, the purple color will be intensified, as will the green. If, on the other hand, you want a less harsh contrast, consider pinks. Blues are next to purple on the color wheel, but I think they will be harder to pull off with this particular shade of purple. Yellows are going to be tricky too – the right shade could work, but otherwise, it could end up looking pretty bad. Oranges, as well, will be finicky. The right shade will be stunning, but the wrong shade will be plain wrong. I think your best bet is to not pair too, too bright of colors with the dress, as the dress itself has a certain intensity to itself already. The less electrifying colors will also make for a very soothing color palette – almost sunset like!
In terms of jewelry: With the beautiful neckline of the dress, you probably won’t want a huge statement necklace. For the most part, allow the delicateness of the dress to shine through! Bracelets and rings are great ways to add interest without taking away from the dress.
For weddings, I tend to think that simple usually works best. Personally, I don’t see weddings as the time to try out a brand new trend – I think a certain element of classicism is beautiful. Obviously, I think there are exceptions, and it’s fine if you disagree with me – I’m just stating my opinion!
I’ll start out by modifying some of the stylings from the post using the black/pink version of the dress. Throughout, I’ll add some completely new ideas as well.
Keeping the same cardi, but switching up the shoes and accessories, I’ve made this a more casual, cooler weather appropriate look. The gray tights and boots really pick up nicely on the gray in the dress. If you wanted, you could do brown boots instead (and keep the gray tights).
With minimal adjustments from the other post, I’ve made this a great summer look! For those hot, hot summer days, you could do without the blouse completely. On the other hand, for those cooler days, you could do something like this:
Leave this cardi open, which will allow the blouse to show, as well as the dress. This will be great layering! If the weather is cool, but not ready for this sort of warmth, you could of course omit the tights or omit the tights and boots (replacing with different shoes).
Instead of using the sash from the dress, use this belt around the cardi (leave the cardi open). You’ll be able to see the ruffles of the dress and get a cinched in waist – a win, win situation! You could most definitely add tights to this look too, if need be.
Sometimes simple is the way to go…this would be lovely for a wedding – understated but put together. If it got too warm, you could always remove the cardi! Oh! And the flats are great for dancing! Come winter, you could add tights to the look for an everyday ensemble.
Remember the yellow pullover look from the other post? Well, this is my take on it with this color version of the dress. The shade of green in the bag is just a perfect complement to the purple and gray of the dress – just gorgeous!
For cooler weather, you could switch out those shoes for these shoes and add tights:
By replacing the sash with this sparkly little belt, you instantly dress it up. The shoes and ring finish off this simple, yet more fancy, look. The best part of not covering up the top of this dress is that you allow the pretty back to show!
This look has some great texture going on, with the lace, woven-like shoes, stone earrings, and silk dress. You could most definitely wear heels with this instead, but for a farm wedding, flats might seem more desirable – they feel a bit more casual and relaxed, as does a farm setting.
The color blue acts as a great accent in this look that is on the more casual side. You could, however, definitely alter it to make it more or less dressy!
Let’s talk hair now, shall we? If you choose to wear the dress simply, you might feel like your overall look still needs some oomph. Well, hair accessories are the perfect way to do so (and they can also be rather cost efficient!). Simple headbands or hair pins would be gorgoues…maybe something like this?
…But don’t let store selection limit you! A great DIY idea would be to buy some wide ribbon and attach a pin or brouch to it…you could have the ribbon tie in the back (with the pin/brouch to the side in the front, possibly?) or the front…your choice! Another idea would be to simply attach a pin/brouch to the dress’s sash! (In terms of places to find pins/brouches, you might want to try J. Crew…or really anywhere!)
Now, I’ll jump into some other items I think could work with the dress:
Having tried styling the Float Above Blouse on her own, but without much success (the tags are still on the top!), Kristie contacted me for some help. I was glad to be of service – and, obviously, this is a gorgeous top with lots of potential that I have to work with:
There is a very bohemian feel to this top with its embroidery, lace, and overall silhouette. Kristie wants the top to look “fresh,” so I’m thinking adding some modernity to it will be key in achieving this.
Let’s dive right into some stylings, shall we?
With summer heat, shorts are a great way to go with this top. The key is making sure the proportions work – the shorts must be longer than the top…must!…so super short short shorts won’t work! In terms of style, something clean cut, without much embellishment is ideal. This way, the intricacy of the top stands out without competition. This most definitely will provide a clean, fresh look.
Keep in mind with these stylings using shorts that I’m assuming the proportions work…these actual shorts may or may not work, depending on the individual.
Crisp white is a great color to wear with the top – instantly, the top feels all the more fresh and all the more modern. At the same time though, the white will still act as a backdrop to highlight the lovely blouse.
If you want to take the top in a more committed Bohemian/almost hippie way, consider wearing jean shorts, such as these. To help keep the look feeling new, consider adding these bold pops of orange in the form of a clean-lined bangle and clean-lined clutch (why not a purse, you ask?: a clutch such as this, as opposed to a purse-purse, feels a bit more modern). And no, I don’t think the orange bangle with the clutch will seem matchy-matchy at all in this case!
Now, moving on from shorts…
One of the absolute best ways to go with this top – as in, you’re pretty much guaranteed a successful look – is pairing it with skinny jeans. This is because the skinny jean is tailored and stream-lined – the tunic-type top will look great (proportions wise) and the pants won’t take away from the top’s beauty. Any color could work nicely too.
Using skinny jeans in a fun, bright color, such as these pink-red ones, is a great way to modernize the top. The shoes and necklace are great – they are simple enough to complement the other pieces, but also add a great deal of modernity to the look, while still being classic.
This is a classic look with a hint of vintage feeling too, while still appearing very current. With only four pieces, you might feel the need to add more to it, but I think it’s great just as is – this top really doesn’t need a whole lot to make it feel complete.
Wear this cardigan over the top, and then belt around both to get a defined waist. The simple skinny jeans, bracelet, and shoes complete the look! Don’t you love the pretty pink colors with the blue-green of the shirt?!
This is a unique look considering the fact that it has both a funky, yet equally chic, feel to it. This funky feel is in large due to the distressed, rolled hem crops and the loafers. The chic feel is in large part due to the sophisticated blue-gray-green color scheme and the sublime bag.
This too has a funky vibe, but it feels a bit more casual with its fun orange accents. I really seem to be liking pairing the top with orange! 🙂
I’m going to go ahead now and take the time to caution you about wearing wide-leg pants with the top – while it can absolutely look lovely and very 7os inspired, it can also just look plain bad. The key in pulling the look off is wearing high heels to really, really lengthen your legs. The shoes should ideally also be pretty simple in shape.
If you want to wear the top with skirts, I think pencil skirts will be your best bet. First of all, they’ll allow for the proper silhouette with the top tucked in, but they’ll also work for the proper silhouette with the top tucked out with a belt around the waist. (Speaking of belts, you could successfully belt most of the above stylings around the natural waist, if you wish.)
This is a gorgeous combination of pinks, blues, and purples, if I do say so myself! Anyways, this is a great styling because it can be worn TWO ways. First, you could tuck in the top to the skirt, and then belt over the skirt (close to the natural waist). Or, you could leave the top tucked out and belt around the blouse around the natural waist. Either way, this is a gorgeous look!
Another styling idea would be to wear the top over a dress, belting around the waist. Other great ideas include playing with cardigans, jackets, and belts.
This would work with the top and a skirt, pants, or shorts! So versatile! You could even belt the top underneath the jacket!
Before officially wrapping up, let’s talk a bit more about color regarding the blouse.
With this blue-green color, so many colors are going to work – blues, greens, purples, pinks, oranges, neutrals (grays, blacks, browns, khakis, whites, etc). The key is to not use too many dark, washed-out colors with it though, because it can start to look drab.
If, by chance, you own this top in its more pinky-coral color….
….I would still suggest blues (most shades), as well as many of the other colors mentioned above. You may want to avoid some of the darker colors, as well as some pastels, although you can still give them a try. Navy, used as a neutral, would be gorgeous, as would a light-medium-dark gray.
And now, my dear readers, we’re done. Hopefully Kristie has gotten some useful ideas. I wish you all the best of luck, Kristie!
It’s styling request time! Brittany contacted me in regards to the Gull Wing Dress (in the black/white polka dot with pink color scheme), now on sale.
Tell me this isn’t a lovely dress. I dare you to. See? No one could say it…it’s just so sweet. The thing I love about it is how it definitely has a retro, girly flair, but it’s not overdone either – it’s far from costume territory. The buttons on the front, the back of the dress…ahhhhh, just perfect!
In particular, Brittany requested I give some advice about styling this dress for summer, using colors other than the obvious black and pink, pulled right from the dress. There absolutely is nothing wrong with using black and/or pink, but I’m guessing Brittany is looking for something a little more adventurous – a little more unexpected. Sounds great to me!
Obviously, then, we should cover color first. Black, the primary color of the dress, is a neutral. Looking at that color alone, therefore, you could pair any color with the dress. The same can be said when you take into account the white polka dots. However, the addition of pink throws that flexibility off just a bit. Don’t get me wrong – I love the pink. In fact, it helps to make the dress so beautiful. The point is, however, the pink accents on the dress must be taken into account when pairing colors with it.
How about we take a look at the ever-handy-dandy color wheel?
The pink of the dress falls in with the more orange-y pinks on the wheel – it’s probably around the 9 or 10 on the color wheel pictured above. If you look directly opposite this, you’ll see the blue-greens. One of the first color pairings that actually popped into my head was a minty-green-like color. Because these two colors would be opposites on the wheel, this makes them complementary colors. In other words, the two colors will be intensified when together. (This color pairing reminds me of this color scheme, in a way.)
For an analogous pairing (that is, colors next to each other on the wheel), consider a light purple. This will create a soft, feminine effect. It will be more soothing than using a complementary color.
To be clear though, using complementary vs. analogous pairings is not a choose either/or, not both situation, if you know what I mean. Both can be done well (separately and together); it largely depends on the feeling and/or mood you want to be conveyed through the outfit.
I’m also liking the idea of pairing creams/whites and grays, in addition to blues, greens, purples, and other pinks with the dress. In general, I would stay away from the oranges – because the pink of the dress does have some orange hues in it, it could end up looking like you thought you were matching the color of the dress but just got it wrong – and that’s not how you want to look! Yellows could be risky for a couple of reasons – 1) black and yellow can read very bumblebee and, 2) it could look very chaotic. For that reason, if still like the idea of yellow, I’d suggest softer yellows…almost pastel-like.
This is an all out girly-girl look which fully embraces the vintage feel of the dress as well. The pairing of the light blue (almost blue-green) is gorgeous…it doesn’t overpower the dress, but rather complements it. As is, this look is the perfect day ensemble.
Come nighttime, however, switch out the bag and be left with this look:
Just by switching out the bag for this clutch, you add a slightly different, slightly more funky, slightly more bold, slightly more fun, slightly just different, but much more nighttime feel to the look. Gorgeous!
This is a fun, effortless take on a casual look with the dress! Put on the knotted blouse over the dress, which still allows for the pink detailing on the front of the dress to be seen. Pair some lovely purple sandals and a funky bag, as well as a more polished cuff, and the look is complete. If the tote isn’t quite your thing, a leather bag would also be fabulous!
Yes! I did it – I covered up the top of the dress completely with a pullover! While this may seem like a tragedy, it’s actually a trade-off. Yes, the top of the dress is gorgeous. But by covering it up, like I have done in the styling, I have made the dress all the more versatile by converting it into a skirt! Think of it that way…a skirt! Anyway, loosely belt this pullover (you may want to scrunch up the sleeves) slightly below the natural waist. The yellow may seem bright – and it is a bit brighter than I might normally advise with the black – but with the purposeful addition of brown in the belt, shoes, bag, and ring, it feels just right and not one bit bumblebee-like. The other thing I’m particularly loving about this look is the subtle pattern play between the polka dots of the “skirt” and the stripes of the bag. The shoes help to further pull out the quirky side of the look with their more vintage flair.
I love replacing the sash of the dress with this belt – I think this belt was made for the dress with its hints of pinks, but gorgeous contrast of light green which brings out and complements the pink of the dress. The sandals, tote, and simple bracelet keep the look clean and fresh. This is the perfect casual look!
Starting with the same base as the previous styling – the dress and belt – I’ve now made this work for the more dressy occasions on your calendar, such as work. The darker green of the shoes is a nice place off of the green of the belt, and the bag just picks up on that color even more. The bracelets nicely polish off the look!
This is a great take on combining silver and gold with the dress (two metals people often feel scared to use together). Wear this slouchy jacket over the dress (sash removed), and then add on a belt around the waist of the jacket that helps nip in the waist. The necklace and shoes help finish off the look.
Alternatively, you could do without the belt pictured and instead tie the sash of the dress around the jacket.
Notice how by adding a leather jacket, you completely change the feel of the dress – suddenly, it’s a lot more edgy feeling.
And this is how you successfully pair the dress with oranges/reds. Because the pink color of the dress, as mentioned earlier, has an orange hue to it, you want to make it clear that you are intentionally pairing red/orange with it…the danger is it looking like you thought your orange accent was a match to the pink in the dress, when in reality it’s not. To avoid this blunder, bring in the red/orange in multiple places in the look – as I’ve done above, I’ve brought in red in the shoes and necklace. This way, it looks like an intentional pairing, and the look works!
Utilizing the same leather jacket as the previous two looks, I’ve transformed the usage of it into a complete daytime-ready look. The pairing of sneakers with the dress is a quirky detail, as is this recycled, graphic tote. The necklace helps add a bit of polish. This look requires some confidence…if worn with a lack of confidence, it could easily look like a huge fashion mess!
I know Brittany, in her request, asked specifically for stylings using colors other than black and pink. However, I decided to still show this ensemble because I think it’s a unique take with the black and pink.
Staying very simplistic with the styling is also not a bad direction to go in, as I’ve done with this look. A sweet heart necklace, purple shoes, and bag is all the look needs here! Sometimes less is more!
That wraps up the complete stylings…but I still have a few more things to discuss!
The starting point for this styling was with the shorts. Although they’re not the blush color of Anh’s shorts, they still have a similar feel, and, most importantly to the look, they’re high-waisted. Belt these shorts, and partially tuck in the lace top. The jacket is a tad different too – it’s not so much a trench style – but the color pairing of it with the lace top and shorts is divine (if you are tied to the trench look, try this). The shoes definitely aren’t an exact match either, but I’m totally fine with that. Anyways, these heels definitely still feel like something Anh would wear – actually, when I first mentioned them on this blog, I said I thought this! The reason they really work with our styling too is because they are the right shape and clean-lined. Accessorize with the bracelet and leopard sunglasses (there’s a bit of leopard from the inspiration shoes!) and this look is complete. (Note: I did omit the vest from the inspiration due to lack of a good option at Anthro. The look feels complete without it though!)
No doubt this isn’t an exact copy of Anh’s look, but I still love it!
What do you think of this look?
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Today is not only exciting for the fact that it’s Friday (any fun weekend plans, anyone?!), but I also have a styling request to share with you! Hooray! (Yes, I really do love styling request…can you tell?! 🙂 )
Jennifer emailed me the other day in search of some styling ideas for the Bosky Lace Skirt ($118). She recently bought it for herself with a Mother’s Day gift card – and that was a great purchase, in my opinion! So far, she’s worn it with a navy t-shirt, but is now looking for some other ideas.
One of my favorite things about this skirt is that in fact it’s a classic in its shape and lace material. However, the green adds a punch to it, creating an even more interesting piece. There are also several ways to go about styling it – all out feminine, more edgy, etc. I’ll try to showcase a variety of these ways in my stylings!
When I first saw the skirt, it reminded me of a styling I had done in the past with a different lace skirt. While the two skirts do have their differences, I think it’s worth looking at how the styling I did a while back could be used as inspiration for a styling with the skirt on today’s agenda. Here’s that styling, with the different skirt (originally seen in this post):
Imagine taking that top and pairing it with our skirt. I wouldn’t pair the necklace with the skirt though, just because it could easily become too much green. The thing I love about the above styling is how it mixes casual with more formal…lace is traditionally a more fancy material, while the sweatshirt-esque material of the top dresses it down. Anyway, here is a version of that styling with our skirt:
Now that I covered the new version of that original styling, I think I should backtrack just a bit. For instance, let’s talk color. The skirt is a lovely kelly green. Jennifer mentioned how she’s paired navy blue with it, which I think is a perfect complement. Other color ideas would be any neutral (whites, grays, blacks, browns), as well as a different shade of green. A shade of hot pink would be daring, but it could in fact work quite well. The same could be said of orange too, but it does take some skill to not come across as color blind, of course! Yellow is the one color I would be the most cautious of…you don’t want to look like a Green Bay Packer, after all! Red is also quite dangerous…one shade in the wrong direction and you’re right out of Christmas! Basically though, I think most colors could in fact work with the skirt…it’s just a matter of picking the right shade and/or keeping it elegant and chic.
Tuck this patterned, navy top into the skirt, and then put the belt around the skirt. The belt helps add a bit of visual separation between the patterns of the top and the lace of the skirt. To help keep the look fresh and not too busy, finish off with the bangle and wedges.
I love the shade of brown in this top, which I envision loosely tucking into the skirt. The sandals and ring add just enough to complete this weekend ready, casual look. Some of the beauty of it is just how effortless it is!
Did you know that this top, in its navy shade, would also look great with the skirt?! Take a look:
The sandals I have pictured above would work with the above pairing, but so would these other lovely shoes:
While Anthro calls this top orange, I think of it more as a pinky-coral. Imagine wearing the top so it drapes over the skirt, and then belting around the top at the natural waist (doesn’t the belt add a nice sense of quirk?!). The necklace and shoes polish off the look. With the top, alternatively you could tuck it in. It’s up to you!
I also love the idea of pairing the skirt with a graphic tee. This, once again, would be a nice play on informal/formal. Either of these could be utterly fabulous!:
This is a bold look! You have two options: 1) tuck the shirt in and belt around the meeting of the top and skirt or, 2) don’t tuck the shirt in and belt around the natural waist, atop the shirt. Keeping the accessories to a minimum, with clean lines helps to finish off either lovely version!
Guess what?! I have another Anthro spotting for you! This time, it’s a lovely dress on a celebrity (yes, a celebrity!)! Not only did this lovely lady wear an Anthro dress, but she wore an Anthro dress for her engagement pictures! How lovely!
Oh, what was that? You’re asking who? It’s Tamera Mowry (you may possibly know her from her old Disney show Sister Sister). Even if you don’t know who she is, you have got to check out the engagement pictures…not only are there some great pictures, but you really need to see the Anthro spotting too! I should also mention that besides the Anthro dress, she also wears two other lovely dresses as well (three dresses for one shoot? yes, please!).
And what dress is she wearing? The Sunny Soiree Dress ($148), which she accessorizes simply and beautifully with a brown belt and some boots.
Go check it out! Click here! When you click the link, it should go to a part of the page showcasing the dress…but be sure to scroll up to see more shots of it and the other dresses Tamera wears!