Dressed to the Nines (And the Nine to Five), Part Three

Many attribute the origin of the little black dress to Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. In an issue of Vogue magazine circa 1926, Chanel published a photo of a woman in a simple black frock. The short, versatile dress was nicknamed “Chanel’s Ford” because, like a Model T Ford, the LBD was accessible to women of disparate social standings.

Today’s dress du jour is BB Dakota’s Luminary Dress. This fancy frock offers an innovative spin on the LBD with its full, knife pleated skirt and glossy, incandescent finish.

Keep reading to find out how the fun proportions and solid color of this dress make for an easy styling challenge…

For a holiday office party, or a festive night on the town, try pairing the Luminary Dress with the Mmmbelt. A bright belt can break up the monotony of a solid garment and cinch in your curves, which are often lost when wearing an empire waist frock. To emphasize the vibrant red coloring of the belt, coordinate your accessories accordingly, starting with the Betsey Johnson Bunki Nini Tights and the A Berry Sprig Deal Headband. When you consider the simplicity of the dress, it’s important to showcase savvy style through the use of pitch-perfect accessories. I love the piquant print of the plaid tights, as well as the vintage-inspired, curious look of the berry-adorned headband.

Jess’ keen sense of trends quickly picked up on the “edgier” possibilities of styling this outfit. Once we realized this was entirely possible with our available accessories, we went for it! The silver hardware at the belt’s center lead to Jeffrey Campbell’s chained Fancy Footwork Heels, the oversized (and fabulous) National Treasure Earrings, and the studly Pyramids and Spheres and Rhinestones, Oh My! Bag. The suede heels, dangling earrings, and embellished bag possess a shot of severity mixed with plenty of feminine flourishes, adding just the right amount of pizazz to this LBD. Finally, finish off your look with the Standing Ovation Necklace, playing up the peeks of ravishing red and sparkling silver which colorize your ensemble.

For everyday wear of the Luminary Dress, try adding a lightweight cardigan and flats. The open, button-less silhouette of the Give My Regards Cardigan in All My Love and the demure low-heel of the Cambo Shoes work well together to add casualness. Heighten the bright traces of color which dot the floral cardigan with the adorable Never Waist a Rose Belt in Fuchsia and the vivid Tights for Every Occasion in Birthday Party. Hot pink, kelly green, and virtually any other Lisa Frank-esque color usually indicate a fun, incidental approach to fashion. When dressing for work or play, this can be a good thing! However, I’d stick with sophistication when styling a formal ensemble.

Finally, accessorize with The Holly and the Ivy Necklace and The Modern Wayfarers in Gold – two simple accents which offer a hearty heaping of cuteness without a lot of bother!

Final thoughts? What would you change about these looks? On the agenda for tomorrow: both the A Trace of Lace Dress in Cobalt AND the Mon Petit Chou Dress!

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Thrift shopping and cupcake baking are the two main constants within Annie's life. When she's not scouring for finds of a lifetime or indulging in calorie-laden confections, Annie enjoys bicycles, dogs, fashion, long stories, and inside jokes.

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8 Responses to Dressed to the Nines (And the Nine to Five), Part Three

  1. Lizbot 12/18/2009 at 11:22 am #

    I am not liking this at all. It feels thrown together without any thought. Some of the pieces are nice, but together it looks too busy.

  2. aire 12/18/2009 at 11:35 am #

    I adore both of these outfits!!! Especially those plaid tights! They will be mine soon. :)

  3. Hannah 12/18/2009 at 11:36 am #

    I really like the coordination of the shoe and bag and belt and headpiece in the left outfit!

  4. Carina 12/18/2009 at 6:36 pm #

    the one to the left

  5. judy 12/18/2009 at 6:38 pm #

    I like the outfit on the left a lot – the plaid tights are fun! The right outfit is darling EXCEPT for the green tights IMO… maybe black instead? Love the red flower on the belt. Great job on different stylings.

  6. Kimmy 12/18/2009 at 6:40 pm #

    I agree with Lizbot…both are busy/clash and neither are something I would wear.

  7. Fi Figueroa 12/18/2009 at 6:49 pm #

    wow that second look is great!!!!!! <3

  8. Bianka 12/19/2009 at 12:18 am #

    Ugh, doesn’t anybody know how to coordiante outfits?
    Busy does not equal a better or more stylish outfit.

    ANd oh lord, those tights. They are too bright to go with anything, and mixing them with other bright colors is just a DISASTER. If they had a more neutral color for the tights, the outfits would work.

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