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

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s style post will feature both the A Trace of Lace Dress in Cobalt and the Mon Petit Chou Dress – two very different dresses with an infinite amount of outfit possibilities!

I would like to start with the Mon Petit Chou Dress, pictured above. I own a few dresses similar to this one – a sleeveless, A-line silhouette equipped with an allover floral print. Styling this dress for a holiday soiree or an evening on the town was a little challenging. However, adding a statement-making, finely tailored jacket and a few unique accessories warrants an ensemble of pure elegance! To start, try the Matador Bolero – its mandarin collar, domed brass buttons, cropped fit, and sleek black finish offer luxury to the simple printed frock. Next, slip your Diamanda Tights-encased peds into the Genius of Love Heels in Emerald. I love the bright green, metallic heel of those shoes, making them fancy enough to warrant a few stares at your next cocktail party. Finally, finish off with these accessories: the pendant-perfect Under My Umbrella Necklace and the delicate Night Lily Headband! A dash of gold from the necklace and a little bit of feathered flair from the headband will round out your enticing ensemble.

For everyday winter wear of the Mon Petit Chou Dress, try bringing out the vibrant floral pattern of the dress by layering the Hold Me Tight Top in Cheek to Cheek underneath, with the Longitude Tights in Blueberry on your legs. The thick sweater knit of the tights ensures your outfit is low-key and lovely. From there, warm up in style with the bright Green Beret of Glamor, and add a flourish of fab with Jeffrey Campbell’s alluring Gold Medal Booties. Simple, cute, and ready for just about anything, from a day of class to an evening of ice skating.

Keep reading to find out how to dress up and style down the A Trace of Lace Dress in Cobalt

The A Trace of Lace Dress in Cobalt is the ideal holiday dress: strapless, lacey, ornate, with an allover, extravagant color that’s downright divine. The metallic sheen, tiered skirt, and structural bodice make this frock the definition of fancy! However, using a bit of ingenuity, mixed with a hint of playfulness, you can easily style the A Trace of Lace Dress in Cobalt for everyday wear!

First, to eliminate the sophisticated, strapless, AND structural bodice, layer the Simplici-Tee in Ease underneath, with the Calculus Tutor Vest over top. A simple solid tee and cotton vest instantly contribute to a feeling of casualness. Then, accessorize simply – instead of wearing earrings, a hair clip, bracelets, and brooches, go with one standout piece of jewelry. We chose the Afternoon Tea Necklace for its unique charm appeal! Next, cover up with a lighthearted coat or jacket. The gingham print of the Sylvia Plaid Coat is super cute and adorable, without being overly fancy. Finally, because it’s hard to resist a great pair of knee highs, try the A Leg Up Socks in Crocus with the All the Cage Heels. The pops of purple will complement your cobalt skirt, as well as coordinate with the Simplici-Tee in Ease on top!

For New Year’s Eve, or an equally fancy occasion that constitutes a bit o’ preening, have fun with sparkling accessories and a pair of phenomenal shoes! The Unicorn Princess Heels in Pewter were our shoes of choice, while The Dalloway Necklace, Bow and Tell Bracelet, and Old World Elegance Hair Clip added feminine flourishes that could be seen from well across the dance floor. Finally, decorate your legs with the versatile Diamanda Tights, and you’ve created a glamorous and enchanting ensemble!

What do you think, ModReaders? Where would you wear these frocks, and how would you style them?


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    ModCloth 12/18/2009 at 5:00 pm #

    Love, love, love, love, love the daytime look with the Mon Petit Chou Dress! I can’t stop looking at it. The colors are amazing next to each other, yet the look is totally effortless. Wonderful 🙂

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    Bianka 12/19/2009 at 12:24 am #

    AHH both of the casual outfits are eye-burining. There is TOO much color, and TOO much going on.

    I like the idea with the vest, but why are there so many clashing patterns? The focus should be on one garment (the dress) and so the pieces should compliment it and not overshadow it.

    The night-time outfits are good because they focus on the beauty and color of the dress.

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    Rebeccah T. 12/19/2009 at 3:59 pm #

    Honestly, I wish excessorizing was a class I could take… But you did an awesome job.

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    Georgie W 12/20/2009 at 2:36 pm #

    The looks are fabu, and the new years trace of lace look is just right for my ideal prom outfit

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    Annie 12/21/2009 at 6:59 pm #

    Hey, Bianka! Thanks for all of your feedback – what would the world be like if we all dressed alike? A boring and mundane place! If you’re a Polyvore or Kaboodle user, or a fashion blogger, I’d love to see your styling skills using images, not words! Hook us up with some links, if you got ’em!

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    Kimmy 01/24/2010 at 3:40 am #

    I absolutely LOVE those brown boots with the casual Petit Chou dress look. I think I will have to save up for those! 😀

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