16 August 2013

Dress Says it All

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Here's a decidedly more casual take on the empress dress this time (as opposed to when worn last for work), letting the dress do most of the talking. The colors and print say a lot. While it's just easy to get dressed in these stand-out pieces, sometimes it's hard to think of different ways to wear them. I guess pairing this piece with a simple black cardigan is the next and last option?

Do you have any recs for other ways I could wear this dress? And what are your stand-out pieces?

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Dress: Lilka via Anthropologie empress (worn here - different print, sim, sim, sim)
Belt: Asos plate detail (worn here - studded, silver, sim)
Earrings: F21 (sim, sim)
Bracelets: Asos (sim), Target (sim), J.Crew chainlink, YuniKelley (sim)
Shoes: Indigo by Clarks joli ruffle (worn here - sim, sim, pricey)
Clutch: Kate Spade (sim, sim, sim)

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67 comments:

  1. That lace cutout is so gorgeous! A cardi or blazer in any of the colors in the dress would work..but I know what you mean, something with this much print can be hard to style in different ways. Have a great weekend Lisa!

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  2. Great dress. Love the sandals as well!

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  3. OMG that dress really can take you places Lisa....it's just so chic & versatile!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  4. Beautiful dress! I'd wear it with a denim jacket or a perhaps a leather jacket to toughen it up a bit!
    Love your earrings too!

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    1. For some reason, denim jacket never crossed my mind - thanks!

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  5. Love this whole outfit, the colors are so rich! and THE BELT!

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  6. Oh, wow! What a gorgeous dress! I also really love your choice of accessories. I must get that belt!

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  7. THAT DRESS is amazing. The belt looks perfect with it too!

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

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  8. The print on that dress is just gorgeous! If you want to really dress it down, I'd pair it with a denim jacket.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  9. The dress looks so cute on you!

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  10. I'd love to see your dress with a white denim jacket. You might want to try wearing it with a crew-neck sweater in the fall to cover that lace applique. It will change the one of the dress. It's a lovely dress, I spied it at Anthropologie last week.

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    1. I can't bear the thought of covering the crochet-work, but I agree, I think a crew neck over would change the whole look of it - thanks, Anne!

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  11. This dress is so pretty :) I think black cardigan would work, but you could definitely also try pink, orange... maybe even white?

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  12. That dress is awesome! I love the print...it is definitely a stand out! Love the way you made it a bit more casual with this look!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  13. Such a lovely print! A structured black blazer would also look pretty sharp. Or layer a shirt over the dress, like a tied Oxford shirt, so the dress becomes a skirt. Or wear another skirt over it, so the top of the dress stand out? But I also think it's nice to just let it stand out as is. Slip it on and go -- that's why dresses can be so easy! :)

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  14. wow that dress was made for you! gorgeous!

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  15. The lace on that dress is just stunning!

    I'd pair it with a nice blazer ;)

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  16. Let it shine. It's beautiful on it's own. Though for a cooler night you can always toss on a leather jacket. Or for a day look wear it with flat leather sandals, gold earrings, and loose wavy curls, and a denim vest?
    -Ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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    1. I think I need a leather jacket in my life ...

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  17. That dress looks fabulous on you! It may look good with a chambray top tied over it!

    Happy Friday!
    Grace
    A Southern Drawl

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    1. I think a lot of you ladies like the denim idea, I'll have to do that, thanks!

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  18. This dress is so gorgeous! I love it with the belt you selected too. I agree that due to the strong pattern, letting the dress stand on its own is a great idea. Throwing on a little denim jacket as others have suggested might work too and certainly makes it even more casual, not to mention perfect for fall.

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  19. I would wear a fitted short sweater over it or a long sweater belted, so it looks like a skirt. I'm also wondering if you could put a thin fitted top underneath it?? or wear a skirt over it so it looks like a top. But it's fab on its own of course!

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    1. This is kind of a cooler-weather color combo, so the idea of wearing it as a skirt is a nice concept, thanks!

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  20. I agree with the "wear it as a skirt" comment - I'd choose a slouchy knit to wear on top. Then maybe add a pair of ankle strap sandals to balance out the casual look. You could also belt a trench over it for a transitional fall look. Fun dress!

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  21. I cannot help you with any recommendations. I am not too good at that. But this dress is really, really good. Suits you so well. I like your styling the belt, the shoes (oh gosh your shoes..).

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  22. I ordered the same belt last week. Can't wait for it to get here. The dress is gorgeous, btw. It looks great on you. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. Such a pretty dress! One way I stretch a dress is by knotting a chambray top over it making it look like a top and skirt.

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  24. I like how Jessica Quirk wore it recently! Pretty casual with flat sandals. http://whatiwore.tumblr.com/post/58333937864/what-i-wore-fleur-de-lis

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  25. Wow that dress is gorgeous! I'd dress it down with a denim jacket maybe?

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  26. What a great dress! I love both ways you styled it. It would be cute with a shirt over (a pull over sweater or a chambray shirt would both work well) and wear it as a skirt, or pair is with a denim jacket, or a leather jacket and boots!

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  27. Loved the dress the first time and this time as well. :) The belt is a really fun touch. I agree with what Nikki said about pairing it with a denim jacket as the weather gets cooler.

    Lauren
    Style of One's Own

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  28. I can definitely relate to having trouble remixing the really bold pieces. This dress is a tough one! I do love it with the gold belt, it's a nice addition.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  29. It is cute but tends to make you look really short.Don't understand why petites think wearing the shorter lengths elongates them.In reality it makes them look even shorter.

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    1. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I'm only 5'2" and not teeny weeny, so wearing flats with anything can have a tendency to make me look more squat (but a girl's gotta be able to be comfy, right) - when I wore this dress the first time with heeled sandals, I think it helped me look longer and leaner, regardless of the length of the dress. I'm not sure if the length of the dress was longer it would have helped ...?

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  30. I LOVE this dress on you!! The belt and earrings really stand out and make the outfit all the more beautiful!

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  31. When in doubt I always go to wearing a blazer for bold pieces but sometimes it doesn't work. I LOVE that belt with this!

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    1. You're right, I think a clean black blazer would work well!

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  32. What a fantastic dress :) Not sure how to style it but it's soo pretty!

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  33. This dress is truly unique Lisa :)!I like it and you are wearing it in the most perfect way :)!
    XO

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  34. I have nought to say- love how you're letting the dress say it! It looks like a million bucks! I'm 'new' to lilka but keeping an eye on them. I have the recent orange rose-embroidered sweatshirt that was a constant companion on my summer vacation. Really pretty details.

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  35. So pretty! I would actually take a skirt and wear it over the dress so it looks like a cute top. It's the prefect way to make your dress work more than one way :)

    xo

    Ashley

    <a href="http://www.southerncabelle.com>Southern (California) Belle</a>

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  36. I think you should pick out a totally non-obvious colour from the dress, like orange or pink, and match that with an orange or pink cardigan or blazer! Or you could wear a white jacket with it, to tone down all the bright colours? Or wait, I've got it - wear it with a denim jacket and those brown ankle boots you have to make it really casual!

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    1. Denim jacket pairing is def the winner rec - I'm going to have t try this, thanks!

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  37. Such a pretty dress, and it looks especially pretty on you.

    Adding a cardi is an option. I'm trying to envision it unbelted with leggings, for a bohemian look.

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  38. I am just in love with your style! What a great, awesome dress! You just won a new follower on Bloglovin'!



    Yellow Blog
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  39. Lisa, I can not imagine improving upon that outfit, the print is gorgeous, and it is styled perfectly. Maybe a black leather jacket, and mini fishnets + combat boots for fall, or a cardi as you say, with lovely leather boots. Black twill trench would be pretty too..
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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  40. That dress is so wonderful on you, I love the pattern prints. I especially like the belt with it. lovely hardware element.

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  41. What a gorgeous print & color. The lace cutout is so unique! I would say just change it up with different color belts/shoes and jackets/cardigan.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  42. such a pretty dress, the print is gorgeous! And love the belt too.

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  43. That is such a gorgeous statement dress! Love the colors and print Lisa! P.S. Also adore the new blog design:))!

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  44. Beautiful! I like how you've picked up the lace inset with your sandals.

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  45. What a fabulous dress! Love the colors, and love that belt with it :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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