How to Style My Favorite Spring Trend: The Wrap Dress

Ummm… is it spring yet? I literally cannot stand another northeastern. We’ve literally had a snowstorm every single week for the past three weeks and I’m so over it. Although I do admit, it’s March and I oddly hum Christmas tunes every time it snows. Hey, it’s never too early to be in the holiday spirit.

So unlike mother nature, I’m ready to bring out the spring outfits as soon as possible. Bring on the floral print, pops of color, and a whole lot of sunshine. If you saw my summer barn wedding guide, you know that wrap dresses are a curvy girl’s secret weapon. It hits you in all the right places and makes you look like a million bucks. Seriously, invest in one that you know you’ll wear again and again and you can thank me later.

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Go for a bold color for double the impact. 

To me, yellow isn’t that bold of a color because it’s just something I’m naturally drawn to because of my pale skin and reddish-brown hair. What I mean by a bold color is picking something that is bright as can be. This yellow is bold because of how in your face it is. It can easily be toned down with some neutrals like this black jacket and booties or it could be played up with a green jacket and white shoes. Regardless, it’s fun to play with something out of your comfort zone once in a while.

Don’t be boring, try something daring.

The fun thing about wrap dresses is that they have so much added texture to them. For example, this one has florals and ruffles so it creates this extremely dramatic silhouette. Just like I did in this post, I love mixing this edgy, studded jacket on top of a feminine dress. It’s an outfit that instantly makes me feel like I can take on the world. Plus, it such a mix of textures that no one will ever expect so you’ll look instantly chic.

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Ditch the flats and wedges and grab a classic, black bootie for the perfect winter to spring transitioning outfit.

Don’t sacrifice your little toes just yet! I love pairing booties with literally everything. They will look perfect next to your feminine dress due to their inherent need to be edgier than flats. Personally, I love the comparison of the leather jacket and booties next to this floral dress because it adds so much interest to the look. You almost don’t know where to look without being super overwhelmed… my kind of outfit.

Try wearing your dress as a skirt to get double the use.

As you probably know, I’m trying to incorporate more and more sustainable ideas and principles into this blog. What better way to achieve this than bringing up ways where you can get the most use out of your wardrobe! The best part about dresses is that you can wear them in so many different ways. Throw a shirt over the dress and you now have a skirt (seen here) or throw a turtleneck under the shirt and you now have a warmer look (seen here). With different colors, graphics, and accessories, you can make so many interesting outfits out of one piece. To me that is the best part about style: you get to be creative with it.

Personally, I can definitely see this dress in a million and a half ways. I can see it being paired with a bright green shirt and a jean jacket for a more casual look. I can see it with a pair of strappy sandals for when it finally stops snowing. I can also see it without a jacket to finally embrace the warm weather. Don’t stop at just one look… find a few ways to wear it!

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How do you feel about the wrap dress trend? Let me know in the comments down below.

As always,

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I Guess We Clean Up Nicely 

Helly darling! This post is a little bit different from my typical blog post. I love when bloggers give me a little glimpse into their lives, so I figured I’d do the same for you guys. The other week my college put on a little shindig for English major, members of our college magazine and newspaper, and the online publication Her Campus. Since I’m an English major and part of Her Campus I decided to go with my lovely friends.

 

Sadly, the only details I have on dresses are my friend Courtney’s dress and my dress (pictured above). Courtney’s dress and shoes were found at Nordstrom Rack a day prior to this event. I’m obsessed with the beautiful floral pattern on her dress.

My bright red dress was found at Urban Outfitters in September. Sadly they do not sell it anymore. It has this funky strappy back that I feel head over heels for. I might be super annoying for even saying that because I don’t actually have a picture of that detail. The necklace is a J.Crew Factory classic. It is currently on sale for $24.50 so buy it while it is on sale! I’m also obsessed with this similar necklace that is also on sale. Last but not least, my adorable, eye-catching shoes are from Off Broadway. I ended up getting a size up (I’m normally a 7.5 but I got an 8) because they were a little snug. You’ll be seeing these shoes more as the senior events progress (I have a senior formal next week! Eeek. How time flies).

I hope you have a great rest of  your day! What is your favorite semi-formal look?

As always,

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Oscars 2015

Favorites

Black and white

Lupita Nyong’o: stunning as always. I have not found one bad picture of her!

Kelly Osbourne: Perfect amount of lace and poof.

Zendaya: I love the shape of this dress.

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Anna Faris: looks like a princess in this cinderella dress. I just wish her hair was slightly darker.

Jennifer Hudson: knows how to work that color. That dress fits her like a glove.

Reese Witherspoon: I have no words it’s just too perfect.

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Zoe Saldana: She had a baby in November and looks like that?! Jesus.

Jennifer Aniston: Can I just be you?

Jennifer Lopez: I love this dress and I hate it at the same time. Maybe if it was a little less poof I would like it more.

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Rosamund Pike: This reminds me of Jessica Rabbit in a classier way. I love the lace and the clinched in waist. Breathtaking.

Anna Kendrick: Perfect color and silhouette.

Giuliana Rancic: Don’t know who you are, but your dress was my favorite.

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum: Best looking couple on the red carpet hands down.

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Keria Knightley:  The words, color, and random flowers just confused me. She looks like she is Wendy and tinker bell at the same time.

Scarlett Johansson: The necklace reminds me of seaweed. I love the color scheme I’m just not digging the enormous seaweed necklace and the slicked back hair.

Emma Stone: I love you but that color is not for you. BEAUTIFUL dress just needs to be in a different color. The dress is wearing her, not her wearing the dress.

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Margot Robbie: It hurts that she would dress so plainly for the Oscars. She’s one of the most beautiful people in Hollywood, but her gown just made me sad.

Lady Gaga: You’re fabulous, but I’m really not digging this. The sleeves and the gloves remind me of Cruella Deville… not the type of look I personally would go for on the red carpet. However, she’s Lady Gaga she can do whatever she wants! I honestly wish she could have worn last years dress because I’m still in love with it.

What was your favorite and least favorite?

As always,

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