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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Choosing Colors

Dress: Target (shop similar: one, two, three)  |  Wedges: Target (shop, similarsimilar,)  |  Belt: Target (shop, similar, similar)

On Friday I asked for advice on what to wear for the 100+ heat over the weekend.  Someone tweeted, "A dress that requires no slip or tank top underneath in a dark color that doesn't show sweat!" Wise words from Texas.

This is the third time I've blogged this dress (first, second), and I like how a little switcheroo of a belt can make something feel fresh again.  I've had a lot of people ask how to know what colors to put together when creating an outfit.  Prints make that really easy as you can take any color from the print and use it in your accessories or cardigans.  There are so many colors in the print of this dress that virtually any color would work, but this time I pulled out the blue-ish green from it and used it in the belt--pretty much the only accessory I can stand to wear in 100+ degrees!

31 comments:

  1. I have this dress and love it for that very reason! And i always wear a belt with it too. I love that it can be super casual with flip flops or dressier with heels.

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  2. I LOVE that dress!!! forlaurenandlauren.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this dress, the blue/green belt looks like it was made for it! The ruffles are just so sweet on this dress too. You look so pretty!


    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  4. Love this dress! The belt makes the outfit! Perfect pairing!

    www.everydaywitharedhead.blogspot.com

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  5. i'm wearing that belt right now! i love it. goes great with that dress.

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  6. I loved that dress the first time you wore it, and I still love it now! Perfect with the belt!

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  7. pretty little thingsTuesday, September 18, 2012

    such a pretty dress - can;t believe it's from target! ox


    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  8. I just wanted to let you know that I found your blog through Pinterest and it is exactly what I need. As a blogger I know how important encouragement is so I wanted to encourage you to KEEP GOING! You are helping me and I know many others to dress stylishly with a realistic wardrobe and budget. Thanks and keep it up!!

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  9. I just bought a similar styled dress from Target (different colors). I bought two belts to go with it, a purple and a yellow one. My mother (who was with me) said she could understand my using the yellow belt because the dress's pattern had some yellow in it, but she could NOT understand the purple because the dress didn't have purple. I just couldn't get through to her that the belt didn't have to match a color from the dress as long as it went with the colors in the dress!

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  10. Haha! Yeah, I definitely think pulling a color from the print is the bare bones of color coordinating, but your ability to pick colors that simply "go" is level 2 material.

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  11. So cute! Yes, a perfect choice for the heat wave you're having too.

    I noticed that Target has a great belt selection, i've had my eye on the belt you have on, in the nude color.

    Many thanks!

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  12. I prefer to choose contrasting colors with my accessories...it's fun and unexpected :) But I love the color of this belt against the dress. It doesn't really "match," it just complements the other colors. Pretty!


    Sarah's Real Life

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  13. Yup! I'm like you--usually I prefer contrasting colors too (as is probably evident in my outfit posts), but this is color 101 for people who have been asking.

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  14. Yes, us Texas women are wise...we have to know how to beat the heat! But, I will say it has been cooling off here lately and I am LOVING it! Super cute look and I love how you knotted your belt!!

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  15. I have that belt and wear it a ton! Such a great pop of color!

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  16. That was me who tweeted that! (@emilyfaith) As soon as I saw this picture I thought "Hey, that's what I suggested." haha it turned out so cute! I love your blog!

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  17. I have looked at this dress so many times. I Love that way styled it
    http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com/

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  18. Loooove that belt. Great color! Also love the way you knotted. Looks great!

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  19. very cute!


    www.theluxuryrehab.com

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  20. Dresses are great for the heat! But since I don't wear dresses for some crazy reason, I just stay indoors. lol. Or wear a skirt :) Love this dress!

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  21. It's good to see a few warm weather outfits still - in Australia we're heading towards warmer weather now, so this post is particularly helpful for me and has sparked a few ideas for changing the look of some of my old dresses :)


    https://questforafunctionalwardrobe.wordpress.com/

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  22. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, September 18, 2012

    Cute dress and yes it's perfect the crazy heat in San Diego. I was melting at Sea World this weekend.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  23. You should link to the other versions of this same dress from Target--that's the one I have!
    http://www.target.com/p/mossimo-women-s-ruffled-dress-w-elastic-waist-green-curacao/-/A-14142357

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  24. I really love this dress of yours. You've worn it SO many ways too! I've learned a lot from reading your blog in the last couple of months. In fact, I've been wearing my belts twisted around like you did here, and for the past week one of my students (8th grade boy ;) has been informing me that belts should go through the loops. I guess he's just not able to deal with a twisted wrapped around belt. Smiles.

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  25. Okay, I have to ask...did you make more holes in your belt? I noticed the rectangle ones and then the circle ones after those...I've looked at belts and wondered if I could make more holes to make the best more versatile but I haven't dared try yet. So my curiosity got the best of me. Did your belt come like that or did you help it out a little? :)

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  26. Bethany, you are meticulously observant! I was wondering if anyone would catch that. And yes, I bought a $10 leather hole punch from Amazon (link: SE Leather Hole Punch Tool, Heavy Du...) and it has changed my belt life!

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  27. Hi!! I have this same dress, and I love all the different ways you style it! I had a question- when you buy your belts, do you buy them larger so that you can loop it around like in the picture? I'm about the same build as you- I just don't know how long I should go with my belts. Thanks :)

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  28. I buy them a little larger, not so that I can loop them around, but so that they can fit around my hips and go through belt loops. The looping is something helpful so that I don't have to buy two different belt sizes, like one for my hips and one fr my waist.

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  29. You are a GENIUS! Thanks for sharing your trick! Being new to the world of wearing belts for more purposes than just to hold up pants, I've been a little stumped when trying to figure out how to have belts that fit my hips and my waist. I love the braided ones for that reason or ones with stretch but they just don't all have that. Thanks again!

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  30. I love the advice you gave about picking a color from your print. Because I also have trouble picking other colors to go with my wardrobe. Thanks for the tip.

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