I’ve lead you through my sad stories of falling in love with an ASOS dress, only to have it not be available in my size. Examples: here and here.
This morning when I fell in love with one of their dresses, I was preparing myself to be let down – for them not to have my size. Sadly, this time, the story didn’t change. The smallest size they had was a six, whereas I need their smallest offering, a size two.
That back! Swoon!!
Though knowing I was not going to get the dress, I decided to search the name of the dress…see if I could find any bloggers rocking it so that I could tell myself even if I couldn’t wear the dress, someone was still doing it great justice. I did not find any bloggers wearing it, though my search was cut short when I clicked on a link to ShopStyle. Interestingly enough, they had two pictures of the dress. When I hovered my mouse over the top one, it listed size two as one of the sizes. Confused, I thought that ShopStyle must just list all the sizes ASOS normally carries or all the sizes an item comes in before it is sold out in those sizes. Curiously though, I decided to click the link to ASOS website.
And you know what?
The dress was magically available in every size, including a size two!!! I went back to the tab where I had originally pulled up the dress on my own, and no, it was still showing the dress only available in a size six and up! What was with this?
Honestly, I didn’t care. I quickly added the size two dress to my cart, still a bit weary that suddenly it might say the dress really wasn’t available.
But to my greater surprise and immense relief, I am now the proud owner of the dress! That is, I’ve ordered it, and I’m crossing my fingers it’ll fit and be to my liking when it arrives!
Finally! A dress from ASOS that I lust for is mine!
Happy Wednesday, everyone! I know I’ve still got a lot to share with you all about the newfound direction of The Style Connoisseur, but I have something else exciting (and important!) to share with you today…a styling request! Hooray!
Amanda is thinking of purchasing the Duo-Patterned Skirt in its green motif (on sale now!). Obviously, it’s a beautiful piece, so what’s holding her back? The styling of it! She’s a bit stumped. No worries though…I’ll do my best to inspire her!
I really like the combination of the polka dot waistband and striped skirt. Amanda mentioned that she’s short, so I think the vertical stripes will be great for lengthening her silhouette.
Let’s take a look at the colors:
As you can see, there seems to be some green, blue, yellow-y-green, off-white, and navy blue. What does all of this mean?
Well, if you look at the color wheel, you’ll notice that those colors are on one half of the wheel (on the above picture, the left side). It’s cool color palette, as opposed to warm. If you want to make the colors in the skirt pop, choose any color on the opposite side of the wheel. If, say, you wanted to make one particular color in the skirt pop, look at the color directly opposite the color you’ve chosen. For example, if you love the green in the skirt, choose a purple or pink to make it pop. If, on the other hand, you love the navy blue, go with a rich orange color. You could forget this color popping all together though, and pick to repeat a color from the skirt, or use any neutral (gray, for example).
Let’s get into the styling of it now. Amanda is primarily interested in how to style it more casually, so that’s what I’ll focus on. Most definitely, you could pair a simple, stream-lined t-shirt with the skirt, tucking it in. However, in Amanda’s particular case, she said her tummy is her problem area, so this may not be the best idea for her (it could work, but it might make her feel somewhat self-conscious). The one thing to keep in mind is that (from what I can tell online) the skirt is a tad voluminous…therefore, you don’t want to go too voluminous on top, especially when you’re on the shorter side, as Amanda and I both are.
I’m going to be using a lot of sale items in the following stylings, with hopes of keeping costs down. Keep in mind, however, that if you like the idea of a piece but just think it’s too expensive, perhaps a little sleuthing will lead you to a similar, yet cheaper piece. Or, perhaps you already have a similar piece in your closet!
I adore pairing this subtly patterned top with the skirt. Although I’d recommend tucking it in, I think its print will distract from any worries you might have of drawing attention to your tummy. Simple sandals and some pretty bracelets finish off this look that is polished, but most definitely not too dressy either.
Anshan Booties – $198 (although you could probably find another great pair of booties for less)
This time, leave the boldly colored pullover untucked, but to cinch in the waist a tad, loosely belt around the pullover. You can play around with exactly where to belt – closer to the hips, more around the natural waist, etc – all depending on what flatters your shape the most. I like that the pullover won’t be too clingy, but you still get a gorgeous silhouette. Come fall, adding a pair of tights to this look will only enhance it! Besides booties, flats would also look great. Obviously, I think this is a great base of an outfit, with all its versatility.
Aplomb Flats (pink) – $208 (pricey, I know! really, any pair of simple, classic ballet flats will do!)
Again, leave this pullover untucked, although this time you won’t need a belt. The necklace not only adds extra color, but also draws the eye up and away from any insecurities you have with your tummy. This is a great tip in general for this skirt…if you have a rather plain top (even a basic t-shirt), adding a bolder statement necklace will do wonders!
Loosely tuck this orange-y-pink top – which will really bring out the blues and greens in the skirt – into the skirt. Layer on this jacket, which will not only add style but also move the silhouette away from the body (and any problem areas). The complete look is simple, but sure to get compliments galore!
This stunning pink hibiscus colored top will draw attention to the face while simultaneously flattering any body shape. Tuck it into the skirt, and then accessorize with nude wedges and a simple necklace. Ta-da!
That wraps up this request! As you have probably gathered, I think this skirt would be a great buy…there really are tons of great options in styling it and so many colors would look great with it! Hopefully Amanda has gotten some workable ideas!
Do any of you have this skirt? Are any of you still thinking of getting it?! And, of course, which of the above is your favorite look?
The other day I was looking through a relatively old issue of Bon Appetit Magazine (October 2010), and imagine my surprise and delight when on the first page, there was an ad! Not just any ad, you see, but an ad featuring some Anthro clothing!!! Take a look!
I feel horrible, but I can’t remember the names of the pieces featured! If you know, can you please let me know in the comments? Thanks! Interestingly enough, these pieces aren’t very current. Edit: I just remembered the name of the skirt is the Scalloped Dot Skirt!
Anyway, the striped dress and polka dot skirt behind are Anthro, as are some of the necklaces. Can anyone else catch any additional Anthro?
Intrigued by this siting, I looked for more ads by the same company…and guess what I found?! Another ad with Anthro!
The belt on the woman standing up on the left hand side is Anthro! Again, I’m stumped on the name of it, so if one of you can fill me in, I’d appreciate it! Thanks! It just came to me…it’s the Tea Rose Belt!
Don’t you just love spotting Anthro when you least expect it?!
First on the agenda is the hugely popular Southward Stop Shirtdress ($128). Have you seen the fit of this one?! It seems to be one of the most flattering dresses!
The pockets have this utterly adorable subtly contrasting polka dot print. Check it out.
I haven’t seen this dress in person, so when I was closely examining it online, I realized what a range of colors it has…namely browns, blues, and pinks! Here’s a close up of the print:
Before I get to my styling of it, let’s take a look at the way Anthro styled it!
I do like the way it looks here, however a) I wouldn’t recommend a long sweater like this for shorter women out there (myself included!) because it can easily make you look…short, b) it’s paired with the Double Overhand Belt ($34), which while it looks lovely in the picture, if it didn’t have the sweater covering a large majority of it, I don’t think it would in fact pair so well with the dress. Even with these cons, we can take away a few ideas (which you might have already been able to assume on your own, but still); the dress works well with tights, sweaters, and/or belts.
Let me start by simply showing some belts I think would work nicely. Don’t worry…I’ll get to complete outfits too!
Feather-Clasped Belt – $58 – While I would strongly caution that you not get too theme-y with the bird motif, this belt would be a subtle, delicate touch that would in fact work. Something like the Ring Of Plumes Belt ($38) with actual feathers…now we’re getting carried away (i.e. please. don’t. wear. with. this. dress!)!!!
Double Overhand Belt – $34 – This belt, pictured in Anthro’s styling of the dress, wouldn’t be my first choice unless you also wear a cardi/sweater. If you do wear a cardi/sweater with it though, it could work well, adding just that tiny extra bit to the look.
Soft Bow Belt (brown) – $28 – This belt is so sweet and would be the perfect addition.
Gift Bow Belt (black) – $14.95 – This is really more of a navy color to me than black, which would bring out some of the blue in the dress nicely. It’s on sale currently too!
I’d say the general rule of thumb when picking out a belt to wear with this dress is that it should be fairly simple – cutouts won’t work as well because they’ll be distracting and will compete with the print, as opposed to complementing it.
A sweater has the potential to really spice up the dress. I would strongly suggest something more drape-y. A structured sweater, such as the gorgeous Herringbone Sweater Jacket, would just not work so well because the dress has a structured feel to it. You don’t want your look to appear too structured, because then you end up looking uptight (remember, fashion is non-verbal communication!)
Delicate Drafts Cardigan (purple) – $98 – This color would be gorgeous with the dress, bringing attention to both the blue and pink coloring in the dress (it will draw out the pink and make the blue pop)!
Dimpled Cardigan (navy) – $98 – This would add some great texture, but it wouldn’t compete with the print because it’s in a dark enough color. The navy would, again, bring out the colors in the dress.
Boucle De Souffle Jacket (brown) – $128 – I know I strongly suggested you didn’t do anything too fitted with the dress, but I think this particular jacket would work, as long as you left it open (not closed!). The ruffles help keep the look from being too blah or boring, but they’re not overkill.
In terms of pointers for legwear, I would say that again, you want to be sure to not pick anything too boldly patterned. Don’t get me wrong…some patterning, preferably pretty subtle, would look awesome.
What was that? You’re ready for some complete looks?! Here we go!
This is a seemingly neutral outfit…until you get to the purple/pink tights! Not only will they pop, but they’ll help to bring out the pink hues in the dress. They’re a fun touch. The slightly metallic colored flats help to polish the look, while the ring hints to the shoes and adds the finally oomph to the look. To tone down this look, you could certainly swap these tights for a more neutral brown (patterned or opaque). Then, if you still wanted a bit of pizzazz, but not too much, you could add a pop of color in the form of a skinny belt.
Replace the belt that comes with the cardigan with this feather belt (so wear the belt outside the sweater). This will give such a nice, soft, organic vibe to the outfit. Brown tights and booties finish off the look!
Finally, here are two more pairs of shoes that would pair fantastically with the dress.
Pixie Hollow Flats – $188 – They would really make the blue/green coloring in the dress stand out!
Asbury Flats – $135 – These subtly green shoes would be the perfect complement!
So…we’re through the first part of this styling request! I’ve got to make the executive decision here to split this post into two parts…I don’t want to overwhelm anyone! Therefore, I should have the second part of the styling request up tomorrow! In the meantime, feel free to send me your styling requests (at email@example.com) and take the poll! If you want to make any guesses as to the other dress I’m styling, go ahead in the comments too (hint: look at the title of this post)!