24 March 2011

  • Waist-Detailed Black Sheath Dress: Ann Taylor (previously)
  • Long Light-Grey Cardigan: H&M
  • Black Tights: HUE
  • Black Croc Wedges: Stuart Weitzman, via Bloomingdales
  • Silver Woven Belt: Forever 21
  • Blue Pop of Color Necklace: Forever 21
  • Yet-Again-Invisible (But Different!) Teal Earrings: Forever 21

I could whine—really, really a lot—about the extent to which the weather totally took the wind out of my sails yesterday, but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to sing an ode to ponte knit. Metaphorically speaking, of course!

Seriously, folks: what’s not to love about this fabric? It’s stiff enough to look oh so much dressier than matte jersey, it drapes well enough to provide just a touch of extra curve concealment where necessary or desirable, it doesn’t cling, it de-wrinkles quickly in our dryer’s steam cycle… I rescued this dress from the same deep discount rack at Ann Taylor from whence came my much-overused jersey dress, and while I’ve worn this one less, they’ve both become major staples of my wardrobe for both work and play. I’ve typically layered this one under blazers in various colors, with black or nude pumps in the summer, or dressed up with a wrap for a special occasion. Here, I’m pairing it with a muted grey sweater (which felt appropriately cocoon like given the weather), a belt, and some brightly colored accessories to add some visual interest. The necklace brightened up my mood, and distracted a bit from the slightly awkwardly high neckline. I didn’t really have much of an audience hidden in the quietest possible corner of the library all morning, but for an afternoon that involved being on call to talk about some difficult stuff (substantively and emotionally), looking put together gave me a much-needed lift.

Has spring finally sprung in your neck of the woods? Have you been dressing to flout the last gasps of winter, or subdued by its lingering hold?

24 March 2011

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  • http://interrobangsanon.wordpress.com Katie

    I keep seeing fantastic ponte knit dresses, but all of them (so far) have been too short. So my quest continues. I like the play on shades you did here with black and grey and blue and (unseen, but we know it’s there) teal.

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Katie. This one turned out to be a little bit longer than most I’ve seen (for now…), but I know that can be a problem with these kinds of dresses, sadly…

  • http://dashdotdotty.blogspot.com/ dotty

    the blue necklace works so well with this outfit! the monochromatic navy dress and tights look is something i’ll have to try out!

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Dotty! I was able to get both of these necklaces on supersale, and I’ve loved how they’ve reinlivened many an outfit.

  • http://the-new-professional.blogspot.com Angeline

    I really like how the necklace really gives that neckline new life. I never know what to do with a high neck–I’m going to try this next time.

    • http://narrowlytailored.blogspot.com S. of Narrowly Tailored

      Thanks, Angeline! I’m still not 100% sure about the belt+high neck approach (I think there’s an inappropriate Drew Barrymore quote about this kind of scenario), but I do think necklaces like this can be helpful—if it had just been one big expanse of black, it would have been way less flattering.

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