Blogging Besties :: the Shirtdress

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Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

 

Last week, Alex made me drool with envy double time: first, for the snow so prominently displayed in her background and second, for her fabulously crisp and classy ensemble. She thoroughly winter-ized a summery anchor piece with the perfect addition of cozy accessories.

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So this week is brought to you by: “a shirtdress, layers, a statement belt, wedges, or a hat”.

For your viewing pleasure, I give you: the shirtdress.

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According to Wikipedia, the shirtdress is “a style of dress that borrows details from a man’s shirt. These can include a collar, a button front, or cuffed sleeves. Often, these dresses are made up in crisp fabrics including cotton or silk, much like a men’s dress shirt would be.”

I do own a frock that matches the aforementioned description exactly, but that would’ve just been too easy. Instead, then, I offer up an outfit that takes elements of the shirtdress out to play.

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Collar? Check. Button front? Yeppers. Cuffed sleeves? How adorable are those “cuffs”, I ask you. (The description never specified that they needed to be long sleeves, right?) And I can certify that this top is a decidedly crisp cotton fabric.

But it’s still not a dress, you say? I submit that the pairing of a high-waisted skirt, whose hue almost perfectly matches the blue stripes of the top, creates the illusion that this entire ensemble is, in fact, a single piece rather than separates. After all, in fashion, deception and visual sleight-of-hand is almost par for the course.

Of course, I have to point out that my outfit is in keeping with my still-running-strong 40s obsession. Not only are those cunning eight buttons on the skirt a true take on the iconic sailor trend so prevalent during that era, can we take a moment to squee over those shoes?

They’re my first pair of Hotter heels, and I don’t care if this brand is supposedly geared toward the over 45 crowd. Wearing these babies is like giving gentle hugs for my tired tootsies. They can get pretty pricey, but I got mine on super clearance, and I can totally support a company that prides itself on its excellent quality.

Also, Hotter gets bonus points for not outsourcing any aspect of their business. I had to return three of the four pairs I purchased, and I was helped over the telephone by Paul, a lovely customer service rep with the most delicious British accent. Swoon!

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: stripes, nautical, navy blue, sensible shoes, or a dog.

Vive le vendredi!

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Express
Skirt – Chadwick’s
Heels – Hotter

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Moonglow by Artie Shaw

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Blogging Besties :: Polka Dots

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Last week, Whitney wore a lovely casual look with a polka dot shirt layered underneath. I’m fairly sure I have the exact same blouse! Although I did choose to pass on polka dots, I used a different polka dot piece in my closet. I styled this polka-dot shirtdress with black, green, and maroon accents for a layered winter look.

 

 

 

Dress: LOFT, thrifted via Plato’s Closet (similarsimilarsimilar)
Cardigan: J.Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Belt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Hat: Nordstrom (exactsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: thrifted via Savers (similarsimilarsimilar)

For next week, Maricel can choose to pass on a shirtdress, layers, a statement belt, wedges, or a hat!

Blogging Besties :: Black and White Print, French and Boyfriend Jeans

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

I think that Selah had me in mind last week when she wore this outfit and prompted me with the following choices: black and white print, French, boyfriend jeans or an arm party.  I mean, I am the lover of all things French!

I decided that this week’s edition of Blogging Besties would be the moment to break out the most perfect sweatshirt for me…well, almost perfect!  You see, how could I resist wearing an “À la mode” sweatshirt on Whitney à la mode?  But wait!  There is a spelling mistake on the sweatshirt that drives my French teacher self absolutely crazy!  Can you spot it?  Come on, Banana Republic, how about a little proofreading?!
Looking to add some fun French pieces to your closet?  Être Cecile has bunches of cute tops!  I am one online shopping spree away from purchasing the Voilà sweatshirt and how cute is the No Way Rosé tee?  While I’m at it, I also might need that French Toast purse…or the donut purse.  I don’t know but I’m starting to feel hungry for breakfast foods!

Alright Alex, here are your choices of pieces to pass on next week: something not quite right, a sweatshirt made dressy, polka dots and pearls or distressed jeans!
What I’m Wearing:
Sweatshirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar)
Shirt: Express (exact)
Jeans: American Eagle (exact)
Flats: LOFT (similar)
Where I’m linking-up!

Blogging Besties :: Artificial Silk

Image (22)Last Friday, Maricel threw me for a loop by going retro and leaving me these prompts: “pearl earrings, silk, tassels, or red.” I’m convinced she did it on purpose to mess with me. 😜

I don’t own any silk, but I do have a silk-y blouse with a fun French graffiti print. So, I present artificial silk (aka rayon).image

I don’t usually pair loose, flowy tops with boyfriend jeans, because it can look sloppy. The ballet flats and bling-y bracelets dress it up enough to make it work. Thank goodness for the unseasonably warm weather we’ve had lately, or I’d never have gotten away with going sleeveless!

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