Oh the trials and tribulations of balancing personal style on a budget in a climate that fluctuates some hundred and twenty or so degrees over the course of the year…
I’ve never been one to “switch out my closet” for the seasons. I sort through, declutter, and regularly donate pieces I no longer wear. I try, however, to find ways to make the most of just about everything in my closet nearly year round and rely on layering to help me to do this.
When I found and fell in love with this Missoni dress, I committed to myself to get creative and find many ways to wear it outside of summer. I have some great ideas (thanks in part to all of you who offered up awesome suggestions on the most recent Remix Exchange edition). I started my layering expedition with this dress by throwing it on over a turtleneck. What’s not to love about a chic black turtleneck? Turtlenecks are right on trend now.
As I played around with styling, I first tried the dress by itself over the turtleneck. I pondered pairing it with my yellow belt. Then I finally landed on wearing it with my purple belt. And when the photo evidence came back, I wasn’t too thrilled with any of the looks. They’re all fine. But none of them felt fantastic, which seemed a disservice to this amazing dress. (I debuted it in all it’s glory with another all black combination a few months back.) Although you can’t see it in these photos, I really killed the lovely deep-v back with my turtleneck, something I didn’t even consider until long into the work day. In the end, the combination felt a bit forced and slightly bulky.
Live and learn. That’s entirely why I’m here, to share with you my experiments, successes, and even failures, all expected stepping stones on a path to mastering my sartorial execution. I suspect I’ll never master said expedition, but progress always counts.
Reflection on my finished outfit inspired me to do a bit of research on belting a dress. Why did something I really thought would work out just not feel right? In part, I think the thick, double-layered dress over the turtleneck created too much bulk for any belt, especially a skinny belt, to work its magic.
In a couple of weeks, I’ll be back to share my roundup of tips and tricks for belting a dress at work. Most street-style belted dresses feel pretty casual, so hopefully I’ll have some helpful ideas to inspire you to stylishly add a belt to a work-appropriate outfit and finish off the outfit perfectly.
Until then, I hope you have a great weekend. I have some great outfits and a really awesome giveaway coming next week that I guarantee EVERY single reader can use, so be sure to stop back. See you soon!
Dress – Missoni (via Nordstrom Rack); Jacket – Tulle; Tights – Target; Boots – Aerosoles; Bracelet – self-made