|dress and flats/ Target | belt/ Nine West via Ross | necklace/ Caroline G.|
This is the outfit I wore to E's birthday party this past Saturday. After seeing how versatile my blue and white striped dress could be, I started hunting for another jersey knit dress that was just as flattering, but in a more neutral color palette. This dress is made of a bit thicker material than the other one, making it perfect for the fall/winter months, but still super comfy. I had no trouble at all running around at the birthday party chasing little ones and making sure everyone had cake.
This dress also made me realize something. As I was trying it on in the dressing room, there was something about it that I just didn't quite like. It turned out to be the fabric belt that came with it. The way it hit me across the waist was not flattering for my shape, plus it was thin and just sort of blended into the rest of the dress (being made of the same material and all). It just was not a good look for my body type. Exhibit A:
This is probably a little sad, but before I started following style blogs, it never occurred to me that I didn't have to just take things as they came off the rack. That there might be some small change I could make that could turn it into exactly the garment I was looking for. (My military vest is a perfect example of me finally learning this lesson.) If I had found this dress before I started reading style blogs, there would be two possible scenarios. 1) I would simply not buy the dress. 2) More likely, I'd go ahead and buy it because it was almost what I wanted, then I would end up not wearing it much because I felt uncomfortable in it.
Thankfully, I knew just what to do to make it more flattering on my body: add a thicker belt at the optimal spot on my waist!