IMG_9815I saw the dress in the window of a local boutique and instantly loved it. Its breezy feeling, loose structure and updated polka dot pattern made it the perfect wear everywhere dress for Spring and even Summer. I thought about this dress for 2 weeks before I went in and tried it on, only to discover that it was more of a shirt than an actual dress. Still though, I was not deterred, and the salesgirl offered I wear a short slip underneath. It took a bit of convincing, but I brought the 2 pieces home and it has sat in my closet for the last couple of weeks, while I waited to wear it to the Chartreuse event this past Saturday. IMG_9810

Dress – Free People (also available on Zappos); Bodysuit – Free People; Booties – Sole Society Perin; Modern Skinny Jeans – Loft; Bangles – Alex & Ani Because I Love You & Initial

When I got dressed Saturday morning, I felt a bit exposed, but didn’t feel weird about it. Until I went to the market, on my way to the event to pick up a bag of ice, and the meat guy stopped to acknowledge said dress. As he was restocking the shelves with freshly ground beef, pork butts and chicken breasts, he paused and said very matter of factly, “That’s a real nice dress, ma’am.”

Alrighty then.IMG_9785

I rushed out of the store, immediately called up Art and asked if I looked like a hussy. He assured me that I did not look like a hussy, but should instead appreciate the fact that I did in fact look nice and not like a hussy. I felt a bit better, and at least settled in to the fact that I’d mainly be surrounded by woman during the event, and they would most likely not make mention of my very “nice dress.” IMG_9788

As I settled into the busyness of the event, several women did in fact comment on how cute the dress was, and a couple of close friends made a couple of jokes, but all in all I still love the dress, and think that wearing it with some cute flat sandals or flip-flops come summer time, will work better with the dress, and give off more of a casual beachy California vibe, rather than a “hot” vibe. Not that I’m saying I look hot. I just think the higher heel, the sheerness of the fabric along with the slits up to here, make it more of a provocative look. Or I may just be over thinking it.

I decided to wear the dress on Sunday to church, but added the jeans because church. I actually love the look both ways, and despite my grocery store encounter, foresee me getting a lot of use out of this dress.IMG_9749 IMG_9734

At any rate, this is the perfect day to night look – as I wore the shorts bodysuit most of the day, right underneath the jeans, and it didn’t bother me one bit. Later, as I went to take off the jeans to show the dress on its own, I quickly wiggled right out of them and I had a whole new look.IMG_9716

I realize this dress wouldn’t work for everyone, but stand by the other pieces of this look, and confirm that they will work for virtually anyone. The jeans I picked up at Loft a couple of weeks back are in constant rotation, and the Sole Society Perin boots are fab! I’ve worn them everyday since they arrived last week. They fit perfectly true to size, the suede is rather nice, and the heel height is good enough to add some height, but not cause one to break their neck. Overall, they’re very comfortable. I also love this bodysuit and think it will work really well for the warmer months, as it will slip under short and airy dresses just perfectly, preventing any underwear exposure. It’s also easy to wiggle out of in a public restroom. I tested it just to make sure. Have a good day folks!

  • Doesn’t it just feel weird or awkward to have guys compliment other than our hubbies males in our lives/know. I don’t think you look like a hussy, I think the dress makes a great statement of just wanting to look good as a woman. Great post and I enjoyed seeing how you styled the dress different ways.
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  • marie

    Lovely, it’s bold & great idea for summer! I would love it with a summery sandal.

    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  • You are too funny haha! You definitely do not look like a hussy, I love the dress and it looks perfectly breezy like you said. I’m always looking for good flowy dresses that are good for summer travel, love yours~~

    Gina
    Pink Wings

  • I love this shirt/dress! You look great!

  • That is a really cool shirt/dress thingamabob. I really like it and love both ways you styled it.

  • That’s a neat shirt/dress! From the Trendy Wednesday Blog Link Up @ http://www.classyyettrendy.com

    Leanne,
    Classy Yet Trendy

  • Good for you for wearing it like a dress! I would have been too nervous but you look great! Think of also pairing it with white skinnies!

    Cheers,
    Joanne
    FabulouslyAverage

  • Pretty dress and love the booties! Stop by tomorrow and join FUN FASHION FRIDAY link up!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com