Happy #FASHIONWEDNESDAY. I am still kind of on a high from my week in NY but I’m getting back into the swing of things here in St. Louis! I was able to do a shoot with my favorite photographer in the world on the Brooklyn Bridge last week in one of my FAVORITE outfits: a bell-sleeved shift dress. I have ALWAYS been a little bit wary of shift dresses because they can sometimes just HANG on your frame — totally drowning your figure. However, I learned that you just have to find the right one and accessorize accordingly! Here’s my guide on how to style a shift dress to look trendy, not frumpy. Let’s dive into this.
This dress has me SO excited because while it was so perfect for the 75-80 degree NYC weather, it is also made of wool-like material so it will be warm in the fall and winter. I can’t wait to pair it with some cute tights and booties to bring it into the chillier months! While it’s still warm though, we can totally take advantage of styling this cute dress like it’s still 75 degrees out (because it’s supposed to be 90 by me, so…)
Not all shift dresses are created equal. In fact, it’s kind of a hit or miss but mostly miss situation. You want a shift dress to hang on your frame, but not completely hide it. My problem is, I was always trying on shift dresses that had a completely straight cut, but my body isn’t shaped like that. I needed to find a dress that dipped in a little bit. I got this dress from Francesca’s (linked above) one of my all time favorite “trendy” clothing stores. It has the slightest curve in at the waist, literally you almost can’t tell, so that when I wear it, it accentuates my waist without being skin tight.
We all know based on these posts (here, here, here) that I am a sucker for bell sleeves. I love love love bell sleeves. Literally could not be more thrilled that this trend hasn’t died yet. I opted for this double bell sleeve look because I knew that it was very “me”. You may want to lean towards a halter top, or long sleeved dress depending on what season you plan on wearing it the most. I loved the embroidery on the sleeve (also very “me”) and was drawn to the sleeve details. I am also a sucker for key hole necklines. I think they’re SO classy and fabulous. You know what your personal style is – now is the time to let that shine!
I lovelovelove pairing a bright lip and bold shoes with a simple dress. It’s my FAVORITE way to class up an outfit. I opted for this bright poppy red lip to match the embroidery on the shoulder, and these metallic shoes to go with the runway theme of the week (did you catch my post about the latest trends off of the NYFW runway? Check it out here). I kept the shoes fairly neutral so they didn’t take away from the fun dress, but played my makeup up so that I still captured the attention of people walking down the street (actually, the bridge). When in doubt, throw on a bright lip and call it a day! For this particular outfit, I stayed away from having big, chunky jewelry. With key hole necklines, you want to make sure that you aren’t over-doing it with your accessories. It speaks for itself. If anything, you could do a pair of quiet, dainty earrings or sparkly, dangly earrings to play up around your face. Just be careful you don’t have TOO much going on.
PIN THIS FOR LATER:
This outfit is SO easy to recreate — it’s pretty, simply and would look amazing on just about everyone. I love how shift dresses hide problem areas and let me eat as much as I want without having to suck in 😉 They also work on SO many body types, it doesn’t matter what yours is. They are completely comfortable and they are totally trending so it’s a win-win for everyone.
Did you like this outfit? Let me know your thoughts below!
PS: for those interested, I have finally launched my makeup artist business. You can find out more on my Facebook page, or the “makeup services” tab at the top of this screen. I’ve also started an Instagram to feature client work, so you can check that out here as well. If you are in the St. Louis or surrounding areas, please let me know – I do travel and would love to be a part of your special day!