It’s TWO for TUESDAY y’all!!! I am starting a series where I take one item of clothing and style it two different ways and post it on a Tuesday! One of my favorite things to do when looking at a piece of clothing is to come up with multiple ways to style it in my head. If I already have most of what I would put with it, I am more likely to get a ton of use out of it. Cue this bright blue dress with those brilliant gold flowers! I first saw this on the runway at Mobile Fashion Week and most of the stores had little shops outside to peruse afterwards with their runway looks. I immediately went to the Ruby Blue Boutique and met the delightful owner, Lacey. I asked her about the dress with a certain size and how cool is it they started grabbing it off the model straight off the catwalk?! They were all such a delight at that shop and I can’t wait to stop by for their latest shipment!
So how did I style this outfit two ways? Well, I decided to make it more casual for daytime and then a dress up look for an evening out. My first look includes a chambray shirt that I have been pairing with everything this year! I probably have 4 or 5 chambray shirts and style them according to the hue I am looking for. I wanted to tie it around my waist in lieu of a belt because this dress has such a beautiful A-line cut; I wanted to make sure to accentuate the lines of that. I added some vintage pearls for my necklace, a Michael Kors bracelet for some gold bling, and finished the look with my favorite old cowboy boots by Carlos Santana. I originally wanted to wear some brand new cowboy boots I have, but I couldn’t get over how much I liked the broken in look with the rest of my ensemble. Word to the wise ladies, investing in really nice pieces almost always pays off. These boots were really expensive when I purchased them, but they have gotten better with time and have been well worth it! Lastly, my sunglasses are aviators from Steve Madden that I purchased at TJ Maxx.
For the second style, I just HAD to wear some thigh high boots. They are EVERYWHERE this year and you need to go get some! This particular pair is equally cool because you can also flip the top part down for a more casual look. It’s all in the details too, they have a tie up part in the back and I always love a bow! My favorite way to wear them is showing just a little bit of leg. That’s the best guide to keeping the look classy, but still adding some sass. I have shied away from thigh high boots in the past because it always seemed like you had to have pencil thin legs to make them work. (I played too many sports for too many years to ever fit in this category. lol) I really felt pretty in them though and think the trick is to just wear something longer and only aim to show a couple inches of skin. I changed my necklace to a pretty long tassel chain and added a TAHARI jacket to finish the look. The TAHARI jacket also cut into the waist then flared in order to keep the A-line form showing from the dress. If you want to flatter you figure and not look boxy, tricks like that will help you BIG time! Have other ways you would have styled this look? Let me know what you think! Also, this stunning dress is still for sale so get it while you can! Xoxo, Brooke
Blue/Gold Dress: Ruby Blue Boutique/http://goo.gl/tXHhzS
TAHARI Jacket: similar here/ http://goo.gl/7mP2A6
Reversible Tassel Necklace: Harper & Jewels/ sold out but they restock often! http://goo.gl/KlvCAa
Aviator Sunglasses: Steve Madden/ similar here http://goo.gl/DD5cM6
Black Thigh High Boots: Baker’s/ similar here http://goo.gl/bLLJM5
Cowboy Boots: Carlos Santana/ http://goo.gl/5P6U7I
Gold Bracelet: Michael Kors/ http://goo.gl/iV7GOG
Chambray Shirt: Mossimo for Target/ http://goo.gl/nBxKVu