Monday, November 11, 2013

Styling Neutral Dresses for Fall

It's always cool to mix colored pieces in, but the reality is that most of my layering pieces are neutrals.  So instead of using bold pieces, I used a mix of textures and styles in multiple neutrals to create neutral dress outfits that are anything, but boring.

I did accessorize with a red lip, but if like me it’s not something you rock everyday look, a pop of color from scarf, bag, or jewelry would work just as well (maybe even better)!

1) An LBD Works for an Casual Weekend Look

I started with a drapey Catherine Malandrino dress that has become my go-to LBD for everything from an easy work look to family holiday events.  Its super comfortable and super flattering, which makes it the perfect dress to extend to the weekend.  This simple chambray tee is lightweight and perfect for layering, but also brings a more casual element that I am looking for.  The wedge ankle boots and cable knit hoodie add warmth and more casual cool.  

2) A Tweed Blazer and Riding Boots Transition Just About Anything

Am I going to wear my summer romper with this combo?  Ok, probably not.  But I do believe just about anything else would be "fall-ized" by this combo.  Jeans and a tee, leggings, even minis and shorts if you threw on some tights get a cool fall makeover with these two items.  I also think the animal print belt adds something special, but understated to the outfit.  In fact, I think the mix of tweed and animal print is going to be one of my go to print mixes... I think its the mix of classic school professor and a party print that makes it especially cool.

3)  Adding Navy Changes the Tone of Blush

(And my face apparently.)  Navy is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors.  It goes with everything, it's classic and its a break from the usual black.  I also love the way it takes a blush from a springtime color to something autumnal.  I took a flowy dress, threw a thin blush blazer layer over it and topped it with my favorite canvas Ralph Lauren blazer with cool harware.  I really love the way the blush layer pokes out underneath the top layer. 

4)  A Formal Dress is Perfect for an Office Party when Paired with a Simple Black Top

This is one of those dresses I have that I LOVE, but I never ever find a way to wear.  One, its formal.  Two, it shows a lot of cleavage.  It was a selling point of the dress when I was 21, but makes it inappropriate for most events I would ever go to now.  A black tee is a super simple solution and I like the way this one has enough stretch to help give me some shape in the dress.  I threw on matching bracelets on each arm- I like that it almost looks like part of the sleeve on the shirt, but a statement or long necklace would also be a nice touch.

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