Ruffled Dress

Have you ever seen a dress online, on a mannequin, or even on another person and thought, “Cute dress but that would never look good on me.”  Well that’s exactly what I thought about this dress. When my friend Lisa shared it in this post I thought it looked so good on her! I even clicked on the link she provided and scoped it out on Loft’s website but I thought there was no way it would look good on me. All those ruffles would make me look like a wedding cake and I haven’t gotten very serious about losing my Summer weight so there’s that too.

Imagine my surprise last week when I stopped in Loft and saw the dress! It was the last one hanging on the clearance rack. Since I’d only seen it online I picked it up to check it out. Reluctantly. Because during the Hurricane Irma debacle I ate with wild abandon! I was pleasantly surprised that it fit and not only that I liked the way it looked on me! It’s actually a better deal online because the price I paid in store was slightly higher.  Last I checked it was on sale for $54.88 with an additional 40% off!  Whoa!  Thinking of ordering it? I’m wearing a size small.

Take a look at all the ways I can wear this dress right through Fall. With the exception of Winter I can wear this dress all year, that makes a great deal even better. And once you see how you can change it up by swapping out layers you’ll see that you need this dress too! In honor of the First Day of Fall I am wearing my favorite new Tom’s open toe booties that are under $75!

Of course it can be worn alone. However, I’ll be adding a light cardigan at work because when the a/c is working I get cold. I bought my lightweight cardigan (similar)a few years ago on Groupon, it’s not my favorite of all time but it serves a purpose because of the color and the fabric.

I love it with a denim jacket too! The blue really picks up the color of the flowers in the dress! Similar jacket here and plus size option here.

If you don’t already own a utility vest GET ONE (under $30). These vests are so versatile! I love how just throwing it on completely changes the look. It’s casual but a little edgy (at least from my 49 year old perspective).You’ll see me wearing my military vest alot as the weather cools.

If you’re looking to go a little dressier, switch pumps for the booties and add a sleeveless blazer! Of course a regular blazer would work too.

This dress is a great staple because it can be worn so many different ways. From casual to dressy it looks great! To wrap things up I have one final way I styled the dress, with a cable knit sweater! Now how’s that for different? You know what? I think I really like it this way even though I was absolutely roasting! By adding the pull over sweater the dress looks more like a ruffled skirt.  I could almost wear it in Winter but I think my legs would be cold.

I had so much fun styling this dress so many different ways, just by mixing a new piece with old pieces I now have lots of ways to wear this dress. Hopefully you’re inspired to try new ways to wear items in your closet. It sure helps to get you out of a rut and it’s fun to feel like you’re never wearing the same outfit twice!

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