Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Spring Must Haves: A Statement Dress.

Welcome to the second week of the Spring Must Haves series that I am doing with the Beautiful Amy Ann of The Real Arnolds. If you are new here, Amy and I are collaborating for a 6-week series where we will show you what we think are some items that every woman should have in their closets for Spring 2014. Last week it was all about FLORAL!! Amy showed you guys a Floral Tee and Floral Tunic-Dress while I showed you a Floral Scarf and Floral Pants.

This second week our Must Have is a Statement Dress. I am so glad we both agreed on this because a Statement Dress is such a pretty piece to have, I would say to have one of these for every season, actually. This might be my most favorite yet since I Love Dresses. A Must Have Dress for me would be something in a Bold Color, a Fun Print/Pattern, a Classic Style or Shape like a Wrap Dress or Shirt-Dress, a Timeless Sheath or a LBD. Amy's Must Have Dress is a Wrap Dress in a Champagne Color with an Artsy, Fun, Blue Leopard Print that reminds me of a Safari. My Must Have Dress is one in a Beautiful Cobalt Blue, also a Wrap Style. It is such a fun coincidence that Amy and I both chose Dresses that are in a Wrap Style and the Color Blue. After all Dazzling Blue is one of the main Colors chosen by Pantone, for 2014. Amy chose to accessorize her Pretty Statement Dress with a Neutral Bag and Sandals plus some Gold Jewelry. A Very Chic Work Outfit that can later go to Dinner+Cocktails, is the end result.

For my Outfit I decided to Dazzle you with this New Dress which I purchased at the end of December. I got this Dress with another Dress, a Shirt and a Skirt for a whopping combined total of $66. I love end-of-season sales. The Dress is a Faux Wrap style (which means it's sewn in, doesn't actually tie). I layered a Navy Seamless Camisole underneath the open V-Neck, just like I did here with a similar Dress. I accessorized with a Pretty, Beaded Lariat Necklace and Belted the Dress with a Shiny Black Belt (it comes with a Gold Belt on its own), then added a Sparkly Crystal Cuff and My Nude Pumps that seriously go with everything. I wore this Outfit exactly a week ago today meeting up a friend for coffee and ice cream and job-talking. Since I was without Vivian, I decided to dress up a little. Plus the weather was gorgeous. I got compliments left and right that day which obviously felt really good.
Cobalt, Long-Sleeve, A-Line, Jersey, Wrap Dress: Mango (New).
Navy, Stretchy Nylon Camisole: Lycra.
Lariat Necklace w/ Different-sized Black+Gray Beads: White House Black Market (I love this Necklace).
Silver Pave Cuff w/ Small Crystals: White House Black Market.
Charcoal-Black, Patent Leather Belt w/ Intricate Gold Buckle: Thrifted (New).
Round, Maroon-Red, Plastic-frame Sunglasses: Gucci (Birthday Gift) (New).
Nude, Round-Toe, Patent Leather Pumps: Apartment 9 (Kohl's).

So, what do you think of my Statement Dress? Go check out Amy's too. Head over her blog to see the details on her Fabulous, Retro DVF. And if you will wear any Statement Dresses this week or sometime next Monday or Tuesday, let Amy or I know and we will feature some of our favorites in one or both of our blogs, next Wednesday. And there will be another NEW Statement Dress tomorrow here, so stay tuned. =)

Since Amy' is on her amazing Hawaii Vacation, the Featured Looks from Floral (last week) are over here today. We both selected these 6 ladies whose Gorgeous Floral pieces had us at "Hello!"

Angela wore a Gorgeous Floral Peplum Top with Dark Skinny Jeans and Classic Black Pumps.

Danielle in a Floral Blouse and Necklace stayed true to herself by wearing Bright-Colored Jeans and anchoring the Outfit with a Navy Blazer and Nude Ballet Flats.

Inge in a Fit+Flare Floral Dress brought out the Soft Pastels and Femininity of the Dress by adding a Lavender Cardigan and some Girly Drop Earrings.

Jill in a Gorgeous Floral Mini paired with a Light Chambray and Nude Pumps for a Tres Chic overall look.

Rachel in Beautiful Floral Pants (that costed 10 bucks!!) paired with a Light Pink Sweater and T-Strap Pumps that match the Pants exactly, created an Elegant Office Look.

Valerie in a Small-Floral Classic Dress kept the look Monochromatic with her Green Blazer, worn at the office.

P.S. Linking up with Shanna, Victoria, Melaina, Lindsey, Alison, Sarah, Tara and Andi (since Blue is definitely Nautical).

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