07 March 2014

Shifting in Red

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What patterned piece of clothing couldn't be improved upon by pairing it with a complementary stripe and a leopard print? And then let's throw a big ole necklace on top of it all. That's my usual state of thinking when I get dressed up in the mornings - perfectly normal, right?

So it comes as a bit of a surprise for even myself when I put this little shift dress ensemble together earlier this week and felt like it was fine enough as it was. I may have pieces with more frills, flares and overall zing, but this easy get-up had me feeling more feminine and lady-like than a lot of other outfits I've worn.

Could this just be a sign that I'm finally maturing into a proper adult and I'm no longer looking for loads of potentially extraneous embellishment? Nah, dresses are just easy.

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Coat: Banana Republic factory (worn here - sim, sim, steal)
Dress: Boden ottoman shift (sim, flared, spotted)
Necklace: J.Crew gem stack (worn here - sim, bolder, lighter)
Bracelets: J.Crew (sim set), J.Crew factory chainlink & leopard (sim), Asos (sim)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (worn here - sim, simpler, peep)
Bag: C.Wonder colorblock (worn here - this year's version in camo, sim, darker)

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red shift

45 comments:

  1. Love that dress and the color on you! I've been eyeing it on the Boden site for a while but have yet to pull the trigger. You may have just pushed me over the edge ;-)

    Cheers!
    -Michele
    The Salty Hanger

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    1. They often have sales, promos and free ship deals going around, so keep an eye out!

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  2. That outfit is beautiful!!! I think I may have to sew myself a dress like that.

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  3. That necklace goes with everything, I love the combo with red, I'll have to try that sometime!

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  4. You look fabulous in red! Love this clean, classic look!

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  5. That dress is gorgeous on you! Love the classic shape!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  6. I kinda sorta love when this happens! And it is usually so comfortable too! I love the shape and color of this dress on you!

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    1. Dresses feel like cheating sometimes, they are too easy!

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  7. This dress is stunning, Lisa! I've been searching for more wear to work dresses and this one may fit the bill.

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    1. Knit and ponte dresses are fantastic - stretchy, hard to wrinkle and super-comfy!

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  8. Absolutely stunning. I have a j crew origami shift in a similar shade that has been sitting in my closet forever because I need alterations... this may just motivate me to get it done!

    Sequins&Stilettos


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    1. Oh if I've got stuff that needs alterations, it takes me forever to drag my butt to the tailor ...

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  9. Gorgeous dress Lisa! Love how you amped up the whole outfit with your accessories!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  10. Yup, dresses are awesome for getting dressed easily in the morning. You look so polished and perfect.

    FrockandHound

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    1. Almost makes me feel like it's cheating, hehe.

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  11. Lisa, beautifully done. I love the way you added the trench and color blocked bag as accents!
    Great outfit!
    XX, Elle

    http://mydailycostume.com

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  12. This is such a beautiful and classic look, Lisa. Also, a powerful look. If you ever need to persuade someone of something, wear this outfit.
    xo.cynthia

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  13. This is gorgeous and ladylike. Simple, go anywhere (except maybe a park lol) outfit.
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  14. That dress is beautiful! :)

    I love how easy dresses are to wear - you can accessories or keep it simple, either option looks great (especially when you have a dress as pretty as this)

    Away From Blue

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  15. Sometimes less is more. The dress is such a great color and shape on you.

    Alice
    www.happinesatmidlife.com

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    1. And I usually have a "less is more" problem!

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  16. You look so classy and amazing in red.

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  17. Red is a great colour on you! Love the dress and the C Wonder clutch.

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  18. Love love LOVE this! Just so easy yet put-together looking.

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  19. Not only do I love that red dress on you, I also love how you did your hair with the dress! Simple, classic, and elegant :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, but my hair usually has a mind of its own. If it's too unruly, up it goes - it gets to stay down on the rare days when it's behaving! ;o)

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  20. The red of the dress ( which is perfect on you ) goes perfectly with the neutral colour of the trench! And the accessories are also great! I specially like your shoes...
    Your outfit is classic and you look gorgeous! In fashion less is definitely more!!

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  21. Oh I love a good shift dress. This one is beautiful!

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  22. What a pretty dress! I love the texture on this one! You look fabulous :)

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  23. You look really great in red. And I love the dress (I have it in the blue)!

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  24. Great classic look! Luv it! Red looks really good on you. :)

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  25. Wow ... just wow! It's perfect and beautiful but that doesn't mean you couldn't wear leopard print kitten heels the next time. ;)

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  26. love your c. wonder clutch!!

    www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

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  27. dresses are easy! yet you have still accessorized this beautifully! i love the bracelets!

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  28. Dresses are easy and they look fabulous! I love that red & brown together. It's so pretty! Love this.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  29. WOW, you 're looking stunning ! this is a gorgeous dress.

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  30. This simple, classic, fabulous outfit and color combo immediately brought out a happy sigh. Thank you. :D

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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  31. Very chic. Love the dress. My kind of thing. Great choice of shoes and jewellery. "It deed not need anything".. Haha
    Greetje

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