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Monday, January 12, 2015

Wear That Dress


In case you missed it, yesterday I announced a weekly PMT Style Challenge.  This week's challenge is: wear a dress.  For some that might be really simple.  For others it may be a huge challenge given that it is RIDICULOUSLY COLD where you live, or you hate dresses.  Neither of those apply to me, but these days wearing a dress still feels like a challenge to me!  


If you're doing the challenge, your dress can be solid or printed, but today I'm showing a solid one.  Usually I look at these in my closet and quickly dismiss them because they seem boring.  But I was determined to wear a dress!  (In fact, looking at this dress in my closet was what sparked the motivation to do these weekly challenges.)  I first had it with just the mustard cardigan and was pretty "meh" about it.  But, as I piled on the layers and accessories the whole thing grew on me!  


I think my brain is only at like 75% capacity now that I have a baby, so I kinda forgot how impactful accessories can be.  And for a solid dress, accessories are KEY.  

Here's some more inspiration for wearing a dress:

Links to Shop:
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Shop for the Look:
Dress: Target (similarsimilar)
Cardigan: Tilly's (similar, similar)
Scarf: Gap (exact--but this color is sold out online, similar, siimlar)
Tights: Old Navy (similar)
Boots: Fergalicious via Famous Footwear (exact--way super duper on sale)

*Nursing friendly: Jersey cotton dress with faux wrap v-neckline.  

45 comments:

  1. Love the PMT style challenge idea! I wore a dress today because of it. Although I have loved your colored pant outfits too! Mixing it up with you out here on the east coast!

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  2. I love this! Layers are the key to wearing winter dresses and I love that you added a belt!

    www.wearitforless.com

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  3. HappinessatmidlifeMonday, January 12, 2015

    Nothing boring about this dress or outfit. I am wearing a dress today and showing how it's worn through different times of the year. I will link up on Thursday.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  4. I love this, and am joining you in your challenge! I like dresses, and have a handful, but seem to only wear them on special occasions. I'm excited to see what I can put together, with your help!

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  5. Did a dress today for this challenge- Sleeveless black sheath, white button down layered under, skinny pink belt, gray cable knit tights, slouchy black boots. Pretty basic, but the pink belt helps a lot. Tried a couple of scarves with it, but felt too constricted with them. Necklaces are on my list of wardrobe needs...

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  6. jennifoundinmyclosetMonday, January 12, 2015

    Cute!! You look fab!! xoxo

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  7. I miss dresses. I don't think I have any that are nursing compatible. Hmm, maybe it's time to treat myself to a shirt dress.

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  8. I just worked through creating a capsule wardrobe and bought a comfy, long-sleeved, t-shirt material dress. I'm excited to wear it! This challenge came at the perfect time to inspire me to make an outfit with it rather than just wearing it blandly on its own.

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  9. Yay for wearing a dress! And especiallyyyyy for doing it while living on the east coast. Brr!!

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  10. Woohoo! I LOVED the outfit you did with the yellow and green.

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  11. Ooh yes, try one of the dresses casually! Might really open up your wardrobe!

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  12. Sounds super cute and not basic at all! Layering that much takes effort and thought, and I'm SURE the pink belt totally made the whole outfit!

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  13. Man, I FEEL ya. I miss the rest of my dresses, but I keep neglecting my shirt dress. You just inspired me to revisit it and see if I can do something to bring it back to life.

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  14. Sounds like it's gonna be a great workhorse in your closet if you can play with it and accessorize it! A necklace and a belt always helps me with a dress. Good luck!

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  15. Same color for the cardigan for the 1st week of this challenge! Yay for mustard cardigans!

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  16. Love the dress and colors on you! You look great!

    Tosin AK
    http://mystylepad.com/home/

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  17. What color tights are you using? I have a similar navy dress/cognac boots to try.

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  18. I like the color combo, but I think this dress is a tiny bit too long on you. Maybe its the boot height?

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  19. The boots are a little tall. :( the oneeeee drawback of these boots--don't work well with knew-length skirts or dresses.

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  20. Wearing brown. I've done it with maroon tights before too!

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  21. I love the blue and yellow combo

    xo

    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  22. I love this! And I have very similar pieces in my closet, so I think I'm going to stop neglecting my navy dress!

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  23. This is crazy! I hadn't read you post on the challenge and I happen to be wearing a dress today (25° where I live)!!! Wearing: printed dress with mustard, brown and burgundy tones, brown cardigan, brown tights, oatmeal scarf and tall tan boots.

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  24. Audrey, doesn't your little one attack accessories? I can't wear necklaces, scarves, or even buttons without my 8-month-old attempting to pull/taste/remove them. Any tips for baby-proof accessories?

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  25. I haven't nursed for years but there were no dresses that were nursing friendly for me.

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  26. Not as much as other babies have. Maybe she'll care more when she's older, but I also haven't worn as many dangly statement necklaces since having Addie. I also carry her over the shoulder a lot or facing our since she's not much of a snuggler. She mostly pulls at my hair when she's over my shoulder!

    There are some baby proof jewelry lines for babies to chew on. Some on etsy and some even at Buy Buy Baby.

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  27. Say YES to the dress! And every time you wear that chunky infinity scarf, I want one. I really need to try that belt technique you have going on there too.

    Janeane
    www.designingfrommycloset.wordpress.com

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  28. Any tips for layering a shirt dress?

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  29. Ooh, that's a tricky one. I have a shirt dress that I don't know how to mix up. I think it really depends on the shape, so if blazers and cardigans work, utilize those. A pullover might be really cute over a shirt dress because it would look like a collared shirt underneath. Otherwise, belts might be the best way to change up the look.

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  30. I wore a new dress I bought last week, it's almost identical to your blue one, and even tho I wore it with a great cardigan, nice belt, cute scarf, and my favorite boots, the combo of all that stuff together was a big fail. I think the cardigan was too chunky which was not helped by adding a scarf. Gonna have to try again! But I can assure you I will play along with the weekly style challenges, I love the idea.

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  31. Reading the comments- I think that is another post for you- boot heights and dress lengths. I tride to wear my over the k eek boots with a dress I have this leng the and it was so far from cute I didn't know how to even attempt to redeem it. I would not have thought it made so much of a difference how much knee you show, but it does!

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  32. I've got my dress on! Old Navy Fit and Flare black and white stripe with a thin tan woven belt, blue cardigan, black leggings and tan riding boots.

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  33. And it was 18 degrees when I left the house! YUCK!

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  34. That will be my challenge! Thanks.

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  35. Just got back from university wearing a bright read dress. I dressed it down with a grey longsleeve and fancy patternd black/grey tights.
    Love the challenge and can't wait for the next one!

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  36. Win some, lose some, right? At least you tried! I bet a few tweaks could make the whole thing work better, too. Love that you're playing along!

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  37. It totally makes a difference. I'm currently not sure what to do about the boots and dresses situation for myself with these new boots. They were pretty inexpensive compared to what I was ready to pay for, and I NEEDED boots. (I try not to use the word NEED a lot with clothing, but I really feel it's appropriate this time.) Anyway, so I settled for now. But yeah...gotta figure out what to do with these boots with dresses and skirts!

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  38. Ahhhh, bless you for taking on the challenge! Please please please tell me you were in fleece leggings!

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  39. Are you linking up tomorrow? Would love to see it!

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  40. First of all, I am so glad I found your blog. I have struggled with color coordination for years and get a bit of anxiety when picking out clothing. Your pictures with suggestions have really helped me the past few weeks and I now get compliments about my outfits at work!
    I did the challenge yesterday. I actually had most of the pieces from your picture so I wore that. Blue flowy dress, mustard cardigan, brown tights, and dark brown boots. I froze a bit....Manhattan was below freezing...but I looked cute!
    My goal for this year is to figure out accessories!
    Thanks for all the help!

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  41. I looove this outfit, Audrey! I'm glad you started to just pile things on - the end result is so cute, and you look very cozy as well! 20% of the items in my winter capsule are dresses...I can't get enough of them these days! Worn with leggings, boots, a scarf, and the occasional extra layer on top, they make for the perfect outfit on a cold Minnesota winter day!! :)

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  42. I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog, Sheila! And I LOVE hearing that you get compliments at work!

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