Dressericizing

Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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thrifted dress, $8 (similar ); secondhand belt, $6 (similar); Vince Camuto heels, $76

Here they are!!!! My babies. Aren't they boootiful?!? I love them. I'd wear them everyday if I had enough skill to play ping pong in them. (I think my ankles sprained themselves just thinking about it..) I paired them with a "new" dress I thrifted a couple months ago. It has been sitting in my "to mend" pile during that time. It had like a million holes in it that I thought would be a piece of cake to sew up. How about really annoying and took me all day to do because a million holes is STILL a million holes to patch up? Now where's my cake... Okay, back to my shoes.. Gosh!! They're so pretty!!!

I have a hard time styling dresses.. I've mentioned it before - they're so easy, it's hard. So for this outfit, I settled for a black belt to match the dress and my shoes and the gold buckle was for that extra something (..so I didn't have to think about what jewelry to wear. Bling? CHECK.). Simple and easy! Okay, now I need ideas.. How would you style this dress?

39 comments :

  1. I love how you've kept in simple, I think that's usually the best way to go with a dress (especially since you live in a warmer climate!).  I'd do a scarf or a long necklace, and boots, or even flats. :)

    sweetenedstyle.com

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  2. I love how you styled this dress, and the only thing I would do to re-style is to throw on a structured blazer for work. I put together almost an identical look for work here, have a look:http://natashafatah.blogspot.com/2011/12/lonely-payphone.html

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  3. I have a hard time with dresses too...I always feel like I'm just not doing enough! This looks really great though, pulled together and simple without being lazy. I'd maybe style it with a really thick layered necklace? And maybe a cropped cardigan or a super skinny, plain belt to kind of cinch in at the waist?

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  4. Or a cotton vest. Keep it casual :)

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  5. You look so gorgeous. The dress is stunning on you.

    Carmen Ri.

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  6. cute dress!! and super fabulous shoes!!!

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  7. LOVE the dress and how you styled it! 

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  8. lovely dress! that first picture is gorgeous.

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  9. Sarah-Anne LyonsMarch 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    i love your take...exactly how i'd do it!

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  10. You look so beautiful in this dress. I've been loving your casual posts but this outfit is amazing

    Faith Wall 

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  11. gah I have the EXACT same problem. I buy so many dresses thinking I'll wear them a million times, but I don't because I end up wearing the same outfit a million times... and obviously, as fashion bloggers we never repeat..... ;)
    Anyway, I usually wear my dresses with heels and my fedora. Or a bunch of dangly necklaces. I love layering those babies

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  12. Dresses are hard for me to style too! I can usually think of 2 ways to wear one, but that usually only involves changing the belt. I do change cardigans and whatnot, though. But I definitely know what you mean!
    PS: WHAT a great hair day, right?

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  13. Oh my heavens! I LOVE that dress!!!! And those shoes... *die*
    I know what you mean about styling dresses, its hard to add stuff to them because they are so great alone...but you feel weird with just a dress, haha
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  14. I'm becoming a fan of layering dresses with other dresses or layering a skirt over the dress.

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  15. I think the dress with the belt is cute! I have been looking for a belt exactly like this and keep seeing them in thrift stores, but they're always too big! You look great- dresses are hard to style up so I just pile on accessories because I don't want too many more layers.

    secondhandmagpie.blogspot.com

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  16. i love the simple style elaine! plus the belt is to lovely!

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  17. I think I almost had a heart attack when I scrolled down and saw the picture of your dress. It. Is. Perfect.  I can't tell you how much I love thrifting and this is the perfect example.  I love the sleeves, the pattern, the colors, the fit...everything! 
    I love how you accessorized it also.

    Mindy at 
    Nautical Stripes

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  18. Maybe a big statement necklace?  That belt looks perfect with it though...I'd stick with that, unless you find one that's a cool color to compliment.  Congrats on loving your shoes!  :)
    The Mrs. and The Momma

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  19. I love this look! So classy :) And those shoes..................AMAZING!

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  20. Would love to see you add accessories or blazers/cardis/buttondowns that play up some of the colors in the dress! :)

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  21. Great dress. I screams: cognac-coloured high boots!

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  22. I think you did a lovely job. What a gem and it looks wonderful on you. I probably would have passed it by without a thought but you rock it!

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  23. you are an inspiration!! ps please please please don´t sell your courtain skirt, love it waaaaaay to much on you :)

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  24. hahahaha I'm keeping my maxi one if that's any consolation ;)

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  25. What a pretty dress. And yes, those "babies" are booootiful.

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  26. Rocks Paper MetalMarch 8, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Love the color and texture on this dress! At first I though there was a sheer cover over the print... so cool! 

    http://rockspapermetal.com/rocks-paper-metal-jewelry-giveaway-on-required-flare-pink-tassel-ring

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  27. Those are some fabulous shoes! I love the curly hair too :)

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  28. Simply gorgeous x

    www.bluebellelovely.blogspot.com

    xox

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  29. LOVE THE SHOES, Elaine! I have serious shoe swooning going on over here. Totes adorbs! I love the dress too...I love that style of vintage dress. I think I like to find an unexpected color in dresses and do a pop of that color somewhere else. Like maybe a blue belt or cuff for a fun look...or since there's some yellow/cream in there, you can never go wrong with an nude patent leather belt or an all gold vintage one (I LOVE all gold vintage belts!) for a more sophisticated look. Otherwise, I think no belt, a longish delicate gold necklace chain and fun colored flats would be totally cute too! 

    But I love the look you went for. I'm obsessed with those vintage belts with the embellished buckle. I've bought like THREE in the last month! www.butshoppingmakesmehappy.blogspot.com

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  30. I think you look perfect in this dress.  I hate to sound old fashioned, but I love you in feminine styles like this so much more than, say, your sweatpants style.   And yes the shoes are really cute.

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  31. Oh the shoes are lovely! The whole outfit is!

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  32. I'm a fan of the way YOU styled it. I definitely would have belted it just like you did. Man I love belts! and your shoes are quite lovely!
    http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com/ 

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  33. Love this entire outfit! You look stunning!

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  34. That's a beautiful dress!! And you look great in it!

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  35. the shoes are great! I love the way you dress :)
    greetings from berlin!

    http://freja-june.blogspot.com/

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  36. Everything about this outfit is soooo gorgeous.

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  37. I love this dress!!!!!! It's sooo nice and simple

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