Mirror, Mirror

by - Wednesday, October 04, 2017

We went to a wedding over the weekend at the historic Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore. The architecture style of the venue plus the formal dress code immediately made me think romantic, tulle, embellished dresses -- like BHLDN.

I've never really had a good excuse to wear tulle... until now. I was thinking a Thread & Needle blue/gray tulle maxi skirt with a J.Crew bow top. I loved the swishy-ness of the maxi skirt, but never truly found a top I loved -- one that was dressy enough and went with the skirt. I think subconsciously I knew I would be "settling" so I never completely stopped the search.

Lo and behold, the perfect dress appeared when I was casually browsing Bloomingdale's sale section one day. There was only one problem -- because the color I wanted (navy) was on sale, size selection was limited *cue crying emoji* Reviews were mixed regarding the fit, so I kept debating whether I should give the larger sizes a try (definitely runs small through the ribs). I ended up sleeping on it. When I woke the next morning and refreshed the page, smaller sizes magically appeared -- yay for overnight re-stocks!

I loved this dress even more in person when I tried it on. The color (navy is the new black), the heavy fabric which created the beautiful voluminous high-low skirt that swished as I walked. The only negative was the strapless top -- never been a fan only because I don't have much to hold it up. In all honesty though, a non-strapless top would've made the dress look busier, and I probably would've passed. The simple strapless top balanced out the full skirt.

When I showed DH the dress, he immediately said, "You look... loud." What? But I'm not wearing a bold color! I definitely don't want to stand out and upstage the bride. So he clarified with, "You take up a lot of space." I chalked this up to another example of how guys view things differently -- all my girlfriends gave their thumbs up approval. I know I look good, so he'll just have to deal with me invading his personal space, hahaha. I recounted this story multiple times throughout the night of the wedding because I got so many compliments (pockets were a huge hit!) from other girls.

It's funny how I was so sure of the vision of my initial outfit, only to end up wearing a dress that is a complete 180 -- structured, plain, heavy fabric. I accessorized with a statement necklace to add interest up top, but chose simple nude heels to keep the attention on the full skirt.

gemstone necklace, navy strapless high low dress, nude shoulder bag, nude heels
gemstone necklace, navy strapless high low dress, nude shoulder bag, nude heels
lips: MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist Natural in N9 (sold here)
necklace: Banana Republic Montana heirloom necklace (sold here - on sale)
dress: C/MEO Collective Great Expectations strapless dress - sz XS (sold here - 25% off w/code FRIENDS; similar; similar)
bag: Valentino small glam lock shoulder bag in blush (sold here; similar; similar)
nail polish on toes: Deborah Lippmann Naked (sold here)
shoes: Express low heeled sandals - TTS, sz 6 (sold here; similar)

Photos thanks to DH!

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  2. Beautiful and tasteful! It all works perfectly. I love the thought you put into your outfits and I appreciate that your wardrobe is realistic and you wear your clothes many times and provide sources. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Laurie, for your kind words! I'm just a regular girl working 9-5 and having fun with my outfits while I'm at it.

  3. Dress is stunning on you. Appreciate your simple elegance....and nice to see you without your sunglasses...beautiful. My daughter calls me a vampire because I'm always wearing my shades😎


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