Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Seek & Ye Shall Find...

Shirt Dress - Part I 

As I mentioned in this post, I went into this Fall having a few items on my wardrobe wish list.  A black shirt dress was on that list, & guess what...I found one!  Or, I should say that I found one for a good price! I ran into Old Navy last week & as I rounded the corner towards the registers, look what was right in front of me (cue angels singing)!!  Old Navy also had this shirt dress in gray, dark blue, & teal...I had my mind set on black though! 

I'm a big fan of dresses because you can typically dress them up or down, & they transfer from season to season well because you can layer them.  I plan on wearing this dress for anything from running errands, to going into the office, to attending Holiday gatherings...its truly that versatile!  You can wear it with a scarf, statement jewelry, sweaters, jackets, tights or leggings, & many different variations of footwear. 

I have so many ideas for this dress, that I'm actually going to break it into two posts!

So, today I'm showing the more "casual" looks.  I would wear these particular outfits for running around, meeting up for lunch or dinner, casual gatherings, etc.  I would actually wear any of these looks on any given day because I actually find dresses super easy to wear.

Warning:  the photos you are about to see are FAR from perfect & leave a lot of room for improvement, so you'll have to bear with me.  The concepts still come across though & that's what's most important, right?! 

  1. Large statement necklace with a patterned flat.  This is super simple & easy to "throw-on", but presents a put-together look.
  2. This look is great as we head into colder weather.  A nice fluffy scarf, long simple necklace to add shine, & a mid-calf flat boot.  Of course, you can easily change the look by simply wearing a different scarf, or add leggings or tights to stay warmer.
  3. Throw on a Chambray!  Chambray shirts are great because they can be used so many different ways!  I layered the chambray on top of the dress & added a large brown belt, crystal & pearl statement necklace, & brown riding boots.  (Let me just add here that black with brown boots is one of my favorite, love!)  You'll notice that there isn't a ton of "color" in this ensemble, but the different textures of the fabrics & different finishes of the jewelry add visual interest. 
Close up of the accessories used above.  Leave a comment if you would like to know the brand or where they are from.

The next post will have more looks with the same dress.  It will feature "dressier" looks for the Holiday Season & business, so be sure to check back!

In the mean time, I hope I've given you something to think about.  What might you already have in your closet that would work with a shirt dress??

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