October 19, 2011

Closet Limbo Dress Dilemma

Anthro dress and jacket
Spanx tights
Chloé flats

Although dresses aren't a part of Jewish Girl's current round of "Use It or Lose It," I think my participation in the challenge has me reviewing my closet with renewed scrutiny. One of the garments currently in limbo is this Rainforest Morning Shirtdress. When I bought it, I did so because the fabric matched the lining of a jacket (the Two-Paths Trench). I envisioned a chic and 1960s-inspired skirt suit with a quiet lining surprise. And I noticed that since employing that admittedly-silly purchase rationale, I've rarely reached for it. This week I decided that I should wear it, giving myself the chance to decide if it wows me or not. In the past I've styled it with a belt and bare legs or black pieces and black tights. This time I decided to pick up the grey in the print with lighter tights and no belt.


I intended to consider the dress apart from the coat that inspired its purchase. But it seemed that I couldn't help but make the pairing on a brisk morning. I'm still undecided about the dress. What do you think?

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9 comments:

Raquelita said...

I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of this dress with those tights. I'm not sure what it is, but I really like the other stylings with the black and the more summery rendition. 

Marianne Canada said...

I am torn between telling you the truth (this dress is cute on you and I love the light grey tights) and a lie (you should give it away or sell it...TO ME. I love it so.)

Martina Lynne said...

You know, much though I adore the cut and style for you and find the print to be eye-catching, I don't love the dress altogether. You're making it work, but the print is a little distracting and no one should be distracted from looking lovely!

snowymt 55 said...

I think the print and colors are great, but looks tough to winterize.  Maybe tall boots and a wooly cardigan shrug?  the shape is so flattering on you.

Whatjesslikes said...

It's a great dress and looks cute on you, I like snowymt 55's suggestion for it.

Whatjesslikes said...

Haha that's how I feel about it too.

Cynthia said...

I'm a huge fan of big prints, but that said, I don't love this one and I'm not sure why.  It seems like it needs some accessories or layers to define it -- a big print that can't stand on its own.  I like it a little better with the black cardigan and tights.  It's one of those things where you obviously can wear it and make it work but if you feel ambivalent about it hey, sell it while it's still "nearly new" and spend the money on something you LOVE.

Rachel said...

How about wearing the dress as a "blouse" by putting a solid color skirt over it? Of course the skirt would have to be longer than the dress. I've never done it myself but I've seen this solution on other fashion blogs.   

A Stylized Hysteria said...

I like it and it fits well! And it's very nice with the grey tights.

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