This first outfit is what initially came to mind and is a pretty basic styling. The cardigan elongates the dress and hits just below my hips which creates a more slimming silhouette – my hips are a little wider than my waist so I’m trying to be a little more conscious of proportions. I added a long statement necklace to break up the blackness and the sunnies give it a classic look – I am obsessed with these sunnies form Karen Walker if you couldn’t tell 🙂 Finally paired with my lovely loafers for a very practical no fuss look. This is probably how I will wear this dress the majority of the time. I’m actually wearing this outfit as I write this post 🙂
This second look is a little out-of-the-box for me. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I like it but then I don’t. What I do is where the crop top hits me and the proportions it gives with the dress. I’m just not sure if I like the sleeves showing since it is a tank top. On the other hand it just looks like a completely different colorblock dress. See, very indecisive. it also reminds me of the current trend with a tank top dress over a tee shirt. Just in reverse! I added the scarf for a little extra warmth and pattern play since the cream + black looked fairly dull. Then my trusty tote to keep it practical and have a place to put that blanket!
Now I’ll go into each outfit item. I’ve already covered some of these items before so I won’t go into much detail on those but I will give some other alternatives you can peruse that are a similar style.
My sizing for reference
Bra Size: 34C
Shoe Size: 7
Starting with the top items
Madewell Graduate Cardigan
I discussed this cardigan in my last post but I love the color contrast over the all black dress and black shoes. Here are some more options that are similar but responsibly made.
Emma Kimono by Elizabeth Suzann $180 (different but gorgeous color)
Madewell Jersey Dress
I’m wearing size x-small. It fits me up top but a little tight around the hips. I chose the x-small for the length as well as having it fit me more in the top region instead of being too baggy. So here is the midi dress! Yes, I decided to give it a try. I tried a midi skirt in the summer and now it’s time for the midi dress. This one I decided on is from Madewell. I know, it’s not sustainably made but I honestly wasn’t ready to invest in a sustainable version until I knew for sure that I would wear it. I have been checking my secondhand sites for weeks and nothing was coming up that I really loved. So I opted for Madewell. If you’re more confident in a midi dress purchase here are some other options that I love and will consider in the future.
Elliot Dress by Only Chlid $250
Cap Sleeve Reversible Maxi by 7115 by Szeki $178
Vision Dress by Miranda Bennett $268
Modern Midi by Brass Clothing $78
Everlane Modern Loafer
I also wrote about these beauties in my last post. Highlights – order a half size higher than your normal shoe size and they will mold beautifully to your feet. Love. Them.
Elizabeth Suzann Petra Crop Top
This is another piece that was in my last outfit post. I’m really happy I tried layering it over something instead of keeping it a base layer like I always do. Even as I type this I’m still torn on this fourth look. Let me know what you guys think!
Keep sharing your outfit posts and if you’re also participating in this challenge or are thinking about it let me know!