The last thing my wardrobe needed was another dress, especially a dark floral frock when I’ve already been adding them to my closet with abandon this season. But you know what? Sometimes you just have to stick with what works for you. I’m a dress die-hard and I knew I had to have this little Joie number the moment I spotted it. I adore the feminine ruffles along the shoulders and the whisper-thin silk chiffon that catches the wind just right. (There’s a slim-fit slip underneath that keeps you from having a Marilyn Monroe moment, which I definitely had with a different dress recently. So embarrassing!) There aren’t many days left where I can go without tights, but this dress is just as cute with tights and a turtleneck sweater layered underneath for a winterized version of the look.
Shoes: Kate Spade
Bag: Banana Republic (similar steal; love this; another bag with the o-ring detail)
Necklace: c/o Julie Vos (similar)
Bracelet: c/o Julie Vos (love this; ring version)
Rings: c/o Julie Vos (similar), Monica Vinader
As you’ve probably gathered, I’m not much of an Old Navy shopper. By in large, I think the quality of the garments is too low even for the price and the thought put into designs is lacking. However, there are times when Old Navy does it right: insanely affordable denim, basic t-shirts, and this dress. Prints are a hard thing for a discounted retailer to pull off, which is why I typically go with solid colors if I’m shopping for inexpensive duds, but Old Navy nails it with this multi-colored floral dress. The variety of flowers and colors in the pattern make it look more expensive than it is, unlike the other two-color prints for this dress that look cheap.
As with any low-cost apparel, pairing it with luxe accessories elevates the look. I went with my go-to Ferragamo flats and a DVF clutch. Both of these have high price tags, but the cost per wear makes it worthwhile. I normally wore out a pair of black flats in the $100-150 range within a year. The Ferragamo pair still looks brand new. I’ll have them resoled when they start to look worn. The clutch is one of my absolute favorite accessories. I splurged on it a couple of years ago and haven’t had a desire to buy another black clutch since. The classic shape won’t go out of style and it’s large enough for all of your essentials.
Dress: Old Navy
Clutch: Diane von Furstenberg (hands down my favorite clutch)
Rings: Monica Vinader, c/o Julie Vos (similar), Melanie Auld (love this)
Lips: Stila “Bella”
September is by far my favorite month with the crisp morning air that turns into warm summer-like temperatures by day’s end, the abundance of pumpkin spiced everything (although I can’t get on board with the overly sweet Starbucks #PSL), and an excuse to finally don a sweater. (It always comes back to the clothes, doesn’t it?) I’ve been obsessed with this mini sweater dress from Tobi since its arrival. It’s the perfect thing for chillier mornings that doesn’t leave me overheated by day’s end, and it’s appropriate for work. In fact, this is probably the best example of my typical office attire that I’ve ever posted on the blog. I’m a one-trick pony with a dress, flats, and a pendant!
You can save 50% off your first purchase at Tobi by signing up for their email list. (You should get a pop-up window when you click through.) Here’s a link to the dress I’m wearing. One word of caution: you’ll want to wear a half-slip underneath. The knit isn’t very tight and you can see the shape of your legs if you’re back lit. Just something to keep in mind if you’re going to wear it to work like I’m planning to. The black maxi dress I wore last week is also from Tobi and it’s part of their 50% off dress sale through Sept. 21 with code DRDR. I sized up for both items.
Dress: c/o Tobi (Get 50% off your first order!)
Necklace: c/o Gerard Yosca
Shoes: Tory Burch (these navy loafers are adorable)
Bag: Tory Burch (love this season’s version)
Rings: c/o Julie Vos (also love this one), Monica Vinader, Lulu Frost
Sunglasses: Karen Walker c/o Shopbop
Lips: Stila “Bella”