Monday, February 27, 2012

February Freeze, vol. 7: (dress)ed down

     I've been procrastinating on wearing the really difficult items in my closet. I felt like this dress would be just too much for work or class. However, when my friend and I decided to go out for an early dinner on Saturday, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to wear this.
 Calvin Klein strapless dress, (Ross, old)
chambray pullover (passed down from Mom)
navy-and-green leatherette colorblock belt (Forever 21)

      I'm not very comfortable wearing strapless dresses or tops, so I layered on a chambray pullover. (What on earth possessed me to buy a strapless dress? Can we say, impractical?) It also gives the dress a more casual feel. I added a belt to balance out the full skirt with a well-defined waist.

   The very full skirt is a different look and feel for me, but I love the print, color (the tag says it's "electric pink") and the length actually makes it suitable for work. I think it would look really cute with a buttondown tied at the waist, a red cardigan, or even a different belt.
    My friend and I went to an Italian restaurant, and there was a basket of warm, crusty-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside bread. Empty carbs with a slathering of butter=<3. I was reminded of comedian Jim Gaffigan's discussion of bread, especially when we ended up chomping our way through most of a second basket. Let's just say I needed to loosen the belt a bit on my way home ...

24 comments:

  1. I think the dress is adorable, and I love how you layered it! I'd totally rock this look to class or work :)
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  2. Great one Carrie :) I would probably do a cardigan with the strapless dress to formal it up :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  3. I adore the print on that dress!

    I don't own a single strapless dress though I think gals look gorgeous and classy in them.

    I've also seen some gals wear a tight tee or tank under the dress - in white I think it could be a fab way to show off the dress while still keeping it modest and appropriate for day.

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  4. You did a great job with this dress :) Super cute spring outfit!

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  5. I think that dress is fabulous, so I can understand why you bought it. And the chambray pull-over with it is just perfect. Great mix of ladylike and tough.

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  6. what a cute outfit!! I love the dress with the chambray pullover, it gives the dress an extra chic look.

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  7. thank you, gracey. :) when I first got the chambray pullover from mom, I wondered how to wear it ... now I have to stop myself from wearing it with everything! :)

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  8. great idea to layer the dress over a slim tee or tank! gotta try that. :)

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  9. thanks, kat! definitely going to try it with my red cardigan. :)

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  10. Yummm Italian food sounds good!

    I love the chambray layered over this, and I'm the same way, I feel weird in strapless items!

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  11. Loving this pink skirt - and how you belted that chambray with it - so cute :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. This looks awesome! I love that dress! I know that dress because I went w/a friend to go dress shopping for a wedding and she tried it on! It's beautiful and I hope you do wear it just on its own, strapless takes some time to get used to it.

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  13. Sometimes strapless dresses can be a pain, so I don't want to wear them, but I love your dress here- it's so pretty! :) P.S. The Correspondence Club post is going live at midnight with your pictures and lovely quote! :)

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  14. thanks, nnenna! looking forward to seeing the correspondence club post. :)

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  15. Thanks, Bessie! :) I actually bought this to wear to a wedding, ended up buying and wearing a different dress (which I also don't wear enough).

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  16. Thanks, Annie! I'm late to the chambray party, trying to make up for it. :)

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  17. Good choice with the belt at the waist! I'd like to see it with a cardigan, I think it'd look just as cute! Or a blazer and some heels. :D

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  18. I think the dress is cute especially with the polka dots and electric pink. The chambray shirt is a good layering idea for the strapless dress. i prefer layering a strapless dress too for modesty. You look classy and chic for a date out with your girlfriend.

    Mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  19. Didn't think about wearing it with a blazer! Gotta try that out, too. :)

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  20. No problem! It would be so cute!! :D

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