You may (or not) find this hard to believe, but this is my only office LBD. I have a couple of casual black dresses, and a special occasions one, but I’m not a huge fan of black dresses generally. I know that they’re supposed to be a wardrobe classic, and yes, black never goes out of style, but they just don’t make my heart sing in the same way as a fun print, or bright colour.
Well, except for this one. This LBD is pretty much the definition of awesome.
I still marvel at the fact I found it while thrifting, and paid $12 for it. The fit is superb, as you can see. This style can sometimes be unforgiving, especially through the mid-section, but this dress is the opposite of that – I think it actually minimizes bloat. Crazy, right? I know I’ve said this before, but keep an eye out for Sweet Chemise dresses – they’re made in Canada, and pretty darn sweet alright.
For my last post on transitioning a denim jacket from summer to fall, I knew exactly what pieces I wanted to put together. I’ve been dreaming about this look ever since I bought this Joe Fresh dress. The colour palette of the print is giving me so many ideas, you guys.
This is one of my favourite types of fall outfit: layering a summer-weight dress with tights, scarves, and knits (or jackets). This particular dress has long sleeves, which also helps, but on a colder day, I could easily slip in a camisole or tank top underneath for extra warmth. (I love Kirkland brand tanks from Costco because they’re (a) inexpensive, (b) long, (c) not bulky.) Here, I’m wearing fleece-lined tights, which are basically the best invention ever for skirt- and dress-loving women who live in colder climates. I can’t believe it took me 30+ years to find out about them. Don’t miss out like I did!
And this concludes Cassie and my “One Piece Three Ways” series. I hope you guys enjoyed it – it was a ton of fun to put together. I used to do these kinds of posts more often, and I had forgotten how much fun it can be to play around with my closet (as opposed to being all utilitarian/pragmatic about it). Let me know if you enjoyed it, and if it’s something you’d like to see more of on the blog. And if you have ideas for another 1 x 3 post, drop them in the comments or via email (bluecollarredlipstick(at)gmail.com).
Black, white, and blue – were you expecting something else? Well, joke’s on you if you did. I bought these pants because the print incorporates my fave colour combo, and I fully subscribe to the KISS principle. So I’m keeping things simple, sticking to the same colour palette for the rest of my outfit.
Hey, remember this bag? Still loving it. I wish I didn’t feel like I had to baby it so much (I’m worried about that gorgeous croc-embossed nubuck), but this is still my favourite bag purchase of the year.