Top & shoes, J. Crew (via consignment); skirt, J. Crew (via eBay)
Top & shoes, J. Crew (via consignment); skirt, J. Crew (via eBay)

I loved how the separates-in-the-same-print thing worked with my beanstalk floral J. Crew pieces, so I found this top at the consignment store, I knew I had to track down the matching skirt. Luckily, eBay came through for me (again) and I got to make this outfit happen. S**t-eating grin? Oh yeah.

looking good, faux dress
looking good, faux dress
earrings, Kendra Scott; brooch, vintage
earrings, Kendra Scott; brooch, vintage

Here’s that brooch again. And my new Kendra Scott earrings that I wear at least once a week. The colour is perfect for my blue-suffused wardrobe. I know these KS pieces are all over the blogosphere, and that you’re probably sick of seeing them, but #sorrynotsorry because they really are quite nice for the office – big enough for a nice pop of colour, but work appropriate.

wtf, Barbie pose?
wtf, Barbie pose?

I don’t know what’s happening in this photo, but I do know that I just started wondering about whatever happened to Aqua. On a semi-related note, the court decision in the case of Mattel Inc. v. Aqua is a delight, if you’re ever looking for some snarky (judicial) reading material.

moody florals
moody florals for the win

16 Comments on The Faux Dress, pt. 2

  1. I never comment, but I thought I’d chime in to say that I’ve really enjoyed watching your style change in the past year. I remember reading that you wanted to dress more neutral/polished/professional for work, but still keep your love for crazy colors and florals. This outfit nails it!

    • Aww, thank you! That means a lot – I do feel like I’m finally hitting my style stride, and it’s nice to know that there has been a noticeable change (not only in my head, LOL!)

  2. This is so cute! I love the print and the pieces go so perfectly together–you can’t tell they’re separates!

    • I think it’s a bit more noticeable actually in real life, to be honest. I don’t know why J. Crew does this, but their tops and bottoms (of matching print) never seem to be made of the same material. In this case, the skirt is silk, just like the top, but it’s a different type/weave of silk. Bah!

      Edited to add: oops, I was thinking of the wrong outfit (the beanstalk print). Actually, the top here is silk, and the skirt is some sort of cotton blend. But the rest of the comment stands.

  3. Look at you in head to two J Crew, killing it. Loving your work.

    Anyhoo, Kendra Scott. Is she that blonde that was on I’m A Celebrity over here (well in Oz but broadcast in the UK) in January? Had separated from her husband, might be an American football player….?! She did not come across at all well, dear me, nasty nasty. I might google if it’s the self-same woman as I’m seeing KS jewellery on lots of blogs at the moment. She seems to have a good thing going on but I can’t tally up that horrible persona with the nice jewels!

    • Oh, I am sure that I will be wearing these pieces with my dark green pumps sooner rather than later 😉 Changing out the shoes is my way of “mixing” things up – it totally counts, right?

  4. Now I cannot unsee how much those heels look like my barbies’ shoes. I love this outfit and moody florals in general. I think your shoes are suede (but if not, you have others); do you coat them or anything to protect them?

    • I don’t 🙁 As my red suede flats will attest, to their chagrin. It’s pure laziness, as I have a spray for nubuck leather that I got a while back from Aldo. I usually just avoid wearing my more expensive suede shoes outside (only inside the office); the cheapies I’ll wear outside on days that look dry and sunny. But, clearly, I’ve had a run of bad luck in that regard this year.

  5. I got linked here by Fran and I’m so glad I did! Really love your style and our coloring is so similar – so I have to ask, what’s your go-to red lipstick? 🙂

    • Welcome and thank you! My go-to red these days is Rimmel Color Rush crayon in The Redder the Better. I love all of the colours in this line, and would recommend them highly (I’ve done a couple of posts on them before – you can search for “Rimmel” and they’ll show up). For a more subtle look, I also like (and used to wear) Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato and/or Chunky Cherry, but that’s a more expensive option. I also tried and liked Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso, but I found the application to be much more difficult/messy (it’s very pigmented, so if you make a mistake, it’s hard to clean up). Hope that helps!

  6. Gorgeous! Perfect for now, and excellent to transition to fall. (Yes, I said it. Fall! I’m ready for sweaters and some fall shopping!)