Buttons & Bows

21st June 2012

Today’s look has a few componets: it helps us dress down a dressy dress while combining a few current trends: tomato red, denim, pops of color and arm parties.
Recognize this dress? It’s the Kate Spade Jillian dress I wore for my MBA graduation, but today it’s getting a casual make over! Here’s how I took it from dress to day…

With the Jillian dress, a little bit of layering can go a long way! I paired a button up shirt under the dress  to dress it down a bit!
Arm partys are all the rage right now! So as always I piled on the arm candy with lots of bracelets, bangles and bling!
A pop of color is always a great way to make a statement for spring! For this outfit I choose a turquoise necklace and turquoise gum drop studs for that perfect pop! 
Denim is also really big right now from colored skinnies to chambray tops. For this look, layering a denim button up under the jillian helped dress it down!
Tomato red was all over the spring runway from prints and patterns to bold solids! It is a super easy trend to try, play it safe by pairing it navy, denim or brown, or be bold by pairing it with turquoise (like me) or even yellow!
 I finished the look by neutralizing it with gold.
Shirt: Banana Republic Denim Button up. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian Dress (sale!). Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes On You Necklace. Necklace: Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Sparkle Necklace. Earrings: Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs. Bag: Kate Spade Gold Scout. Shoes: Vince Camuto Oxford Booties. Ring: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring. Arm Party: Kate Spade Idiom Bangles, Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Bracelet, J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet.

6 thoughts on “Buttons & Bows

  1. Sandee Royalty

    Courtney, I love the look but it would be too hot for Houston right now. I will file it away until fall. I have tried layering under a Jillian before but the scoop back kind of bugged me with a shirt under it. The shirt kept poofing out. What is your secret? Maybe mine was too big to layer. I will try it again soon and post it on my blog… maybe today!
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    1. Courtney

      Thanks Sandee! If you are having bunching problems try a think chambray shirt (mines a thick denim one and it was kind of challenging for me). Since I was a dancer back in the day I live in bootie shorts (like spandex work out shorts) I always wear them underneath all my skirts and dresses. As weird as it sounds, I have a high waisted pair (I think they are volleyball shorts?) but when I layer, I tuck the undershirt into the shorts to keep it in place! If shorts aren’t your thing, try a ballet belt, it looks like a work out headband but it fits your waist! You can wear that over the shirt but under the dress to keep it flat on the back and prevent the bunching! I hope this help!

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