Bonsoir babes and happy Hump Day! Oh yes, you can definitely look forward to all kinds of odes to weird holidays up in these here parts. See, did you catch that little ode to the highly under appreciated southern redneck? Well, here's to you, you Natty Light chugging, plump stomach-baring, NASCAR-loving devils you. Claim your moment, and claim it proud.
Wow, sometimes my rambling abilities astound me! How Hump Day turned into appreciation of red necks I will never know. And if you know, kudos. But why don't we go ahead and start talking about what we are really here for in the first place: learning how to maximize the potential of our favorite white lace dress (henceforth known as WLD- yea, I'm trying to make that happen). The WLD is the summer-time equivalent of a LBD, and should be a staple in every girl's closet. It, like its darker sister, has an instantly sexy air, and can look good on everyone when worn properly. Given the right mix, a WLD can be worn as a sexy date night dress, a toned down work-appropriate dress, a classy top to a post-work gathering, a casual skirt for running around town and even an effortlessly chic skirt for girls night out! Keep reading to see what it takes to turn one dress into five stunning outfits.
|Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Aldo, Purse: Rebecca Minkoff, Necklace: Forever 21, Watch: Michael Kors, Bangles: Amrita Singh, Ring: Grandmother's|
Summer date nights are why WLDs were created in the first place! So don't over think it- just let the dress stand on its own. Punch it up with your favorite statement shoes, fuchsia lipstick and neon accessories. You can also give the dress a little more pizazz by adding an eye-catching belt or scarf (seen here) to the dress, to create an empire waist style.Oh, and you might want a more attractive hair-do than the post-work/summer-frizz look I was sporting. Unless your dude is strangely attracted to frizz. Then by all means, frizz away.
|Bright accessories and arm parties are the perfect complement to white dresses. Except unless said white dress is your wedding dress. Then ixnay on the armay partay and stick to the basics. Otherwise, accessorize!|
|Blazer: Rock & Republic via Kohl's, Flats: Express, Necklace/Ring/Earrings: Gifted|
I admit I've worn this WLD on its own to work several times, but I always get comments on how "dressed up" I look. So if you want to tone down the "fancy pants" comments stick with the goddess of all work place items: the blazer. But keep it fun and playful with rock-star elements like a bold color blazer, studded lapels and animal print flats. Tone down the date night arm-party jewelry to a classy watch- you'll look more sophisticated.
|Skirt: White House Black Market, Belt: LOFT, Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Necklace: Eastern Marker vendor, Cuff: Towne & Reese , Earrings: Gifted, Clutch: Aldo|
To be honest, I adore this skirt because I always feel like a ballerina when I wear it, particularly when my hair is coiled into a tight bun. And I, like all little girls on the planet, wanted nothing more than to be a pretty, twirling ballerina from the ages of 3 to 4. Yea, it only lasted until I discovered I sucked at ballet and was much better at sports that didn't require nearly as much grace. Like softball and swimming. Once again, I ramble. But the beauty of a midi-skirt is the instant class and femininity it adds to any ensemble. Paired over a sexy WLD your outfit becomes a classic and sophisticated combination. Just remember to belt it and try to avoid the unfortunate bunching I have going on in these photos. Top it off with a statement necklace that adds color and your highest heels, if you are, like me, on the shorter side and don't want to appear stumpy wearing a midi-skirt.
|You can't go wrong for any apres work soiree with a black and white color scheme.|
|Chambray: Madewell, Sandals: Steve Madden via DSW, Bag: Handbag Heaven|
|Nothing says "what this old thing?" better than knotted chambray top.|
|Top: Urban Outfitters, Belt: Kohl's|
|I had actually never tried this outfit combo before, and was hesitant at first. I tried it without a belt (silly me) and it looked frumpy. But with the miracle power of a belt, my shape was back and it was instantly transformed into a casual, but hip, outfit. Oh, and Eli says HI!! He missed you all as much as I did!|
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