Friday, April 8, 2011

Reader Request: One Dress Three Ways

It's been a while since I've had any reader requests, so I was really glad to get an email from Christen this week.  Here's her dilemma:
"I am in desperate need of a dress!  I have two weddings, my son's dedication, and a new job all in the month of April! This dress has pretty specific needs: it needs to be knee length, it obviously needs to be used for all 4 occasions, and it needs to be figure flattering and stylish for a pear shaped 27 year old.  I have a budget of $60 for the dress.  Color is of no preference, but I would like for it to go well with nude heels - something I have wanted for a while anyway."
After thinking about this for a while, I think the answer is an LBD... little blue dress. I will admit this challenge was really difficult because a wedding is a world away from the office, but here are my favorite options:


Since Christen recently had a baby and needs this dress to be super versatile, I've chosen the Pleated Cotton Poplin Dress on the right from eShakti.  The price is under $50, and it can be customized for an extra $7.50 if additional length is needed.  Here's how I'd style it for the various occasions coming up in April:






Jazzing up the dress with inexpensive nude heels, a printed clutch, and fun jewelry will be perfect for a wedding that's not formal.





The right blazer and accessories makes the same blue dress great for an office environment as well




And finally, a ladylike cardigan and jewelry make the blue dress suitable for a baby dedication at church

Hopefully this is helpful to some of you.  I get excited making these sets because it inspires me to mix up the clothes in my closet and wear them more often.  If you'd like to submit your own request, send me a note and I'll work on it!

13 comments

  1. Great dress and perfect advice. Love the bracelet in the last look.

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  2. How cute ! Love the first option.

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  3. Thanks ladies! I hope Christen likes it :)

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  4. The Eshatki would have been my dress too! You're a master virtual stylist! :)

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  5. Love the LBD! I can't get enough of that dress, it is just too cute! And it is so rad that you can customize the hemline, perfection! I'm agreeing with the consensus here...you are a master stylist! (c; Happy Weekend!

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  6. First of all - I love that you coined "LBD" as the "Little Blue Dress" - so cute! And your picks were AMAZING... I absolutely love the way you styled each for her events. BTW - that printed clutch in the Wedding look is adorable. xoxo

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  7. wow! that's awesome! love all your picks! :)

    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

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  8. great post!! i LOVE the dress and am so impressed by the way you mixed it up with different accessories!

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  9. i love the second look! perfect for summer :) xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

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  10. Wow I am blown away with how versatile that dress is. Your blog is great!

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  11. This is Awesome Christen is one of my good friends, we use to work at Starbucks together! How great that you did this for her!

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  12. Very helpful post! with amazing furniture that is the best!

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