Rock a Frock


Throughout my years of working in retail I would often hear women say “I love this dress, but I have nowhere to wear it.”  This statement always shocked me.  Since when did a dress become a formal-occasion-only item?  Dresses are feminine and amazingly comfortable, they can be worn day or night, and for work or play.   I believe the key to buying a dress is to find more than one way to wear it.   Unless the dress is for something very specific and formal, I will only buy a dress if I can dress it up and dress it down.

I bought this little dress from Anthropologie last year in San Francisco.  I wore it last March for a Mad Men Party (pictured above).  I went very classic with an ivory cardi, pearls, skinny belt, and floral broach.

To completely reinvent the dress, Gladys (my mannequin), is layered up.

By popping this J.Crew sweater over top of the dress and adding a (faux) fur vest and statement necklace, we’ve got a whole new look.

Sweater: J Crew, Vest: Le Chateau(similar), Necklace: Aldo Accessories (I like this too)

Dress: Anthropologie (similar look)

The next time you’re out shopping and find a dress you absolutely love and fits you perfectly….buy it!  Play around with items you already have at home and see how many different looks you can get from one dress.  If you stay away from typical formal fabrics like a sateen, there’s no reason you can’t rock a frock everyday of the week:)

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    October 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Lovely!! Is this what you’re going to wear tonight 🙂

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    October 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I wish I had your vision when buying clothes/outfits. I usually go by what the mannequin is dressed in and then stick to that. I’m not a mix and matcher 🙁 I wish I could be!!! You make it look so easy and effortless.

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      October 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Lauren:-) I find it can be helpful shopping in smaller boutiques sometimes, where you can get more one on one styling assistance. Often stores will have in house stylists you can book a (free) appointment with during store hours. Or, just keep visiting back. I’ll be sure to most more styling help.
      Jen xo

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    October 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Jen I absolutely LOVE this dress and both ways you styled it! Completely Gorgeous
    xo Cara

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