Why you need a shift dress

We all know about the little black dress – but having a closet staple based on color isn’t the only thing you need to focus on. Sometimes the style of the dress plays a bigger role than the color. For instance – the shift dress. I love the shift dress because of the different ways you can style it. Leave the dress loose, belt it, or wear it as a tunic over a wide leg pant – the options are endless. I bought this shift dress from Mango a few months ago. The not so typical polka dot print and color is what captured my eye at first but then the numbers of ways I could style it made me want the dress eve more.

For this summer look, I styled the dress in a flirty way by adding a belt to shorten the length. Adding these oh so comfy wedges and a bright lip completed the look.

Red shift dress

Red polka dot dress

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Mango shift dress – $39.99Mango shift dress

Black wedges – $41.99

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Black wedge sandals

-Happy Styling-

 

 

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Holiday dress shop

My birthday is in December, and holiday dresses are already flying off the shelves. I can’t wait until I get my NYE dress in the mail (it’s already sold out – yikes) but I hope it works out so I can share it with you all!

I’ve rounded up some holiday dress styles to get you started on your browsing. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner you can reap the benefits of some great sales for these dresses as well. [feature image via Revolve]

My favorite style – Metallics and Embellishments

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MAJORELLE Hollyhock Dress • Majorelle • $548

ASOS Delicate Beaded Cami Drape Midi Dress • Asos • $143

Mango Outlet MANGO OUTLET Embroidery Bead Dress • Mango Outlet • $122.99

 

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ASOS Sequin Kimono Mini Dress • Asos • $83

Pisarro Nights Beaded Mesh Sheath Dress • Pisarro Nights • $107.40

TFNC Floral Sequin Midi Dress With 3/4 Sleeve • TFNC • $83

 

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Diane von Furstenberg Hadlie Two Metallic Mini Dress • Diane von Furstenberg • $428

ba&sh Galaxie Metallic Draped-Front Minidress • BA&SH • $530

BCBGMAXAZRIA Lucea Pleated Metallic Dress • BCBGMAXAZRIA • $368

 

Sexy and Sultry

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ASOS Velvet Metallic Drape Open Back Midi Dress • Asos • $83

Velvet Wrap Dress Blue • Missguided • $68

NBD It’s My Party Dress • NBD • $58

 

Ladylike

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ASOS Premium Occasion Lace Midi Dress • Asos • $128

Reformation – Velvet Wrap Dress – Baby pink • Reformation • $370

Eva Franco Zander Metallic Brocade Hi-Low Party Dress • Eva Franco • $218

-Happy Shopping

Office friendly attire in sweltering heat

Here in Ohio the heat and humidity is all kinds of intense. Since I walk to work, I’m always trying to wear outfits that are airy so I’m not drenched in sweat by the time I get to the office. I own this amazing white cami dress from ASOS that I purchased for NYE a few years ago but unfortunately it’s a little too riskay around the neckline and not very office friendly. One morning I quickly threw a chiffon button down from H&M over the dress and tied it at the waist and thought to myself “hm, this could work.” I wasn’t a fan of the tied waist so instead I added an ASOS waist belt to give the outfit the illusion of a shirt and skirt.

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Shop cami dresses and button downs to add to your summer work wardrobe below!

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H&M – Sleeveless Linen Blouse – Apricot – Ladies • H&M • $17

ASOS Ditsy Mix & Match Midi Cami Dress • Asos • $49

Oscar de la Renta Snakeskin Waist Belt • Oscar de la Renta • $200

Public Desire Josie Floral Pumps • $41

 

 

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Bcbgeneration Long Slit Tank • BCBGeneration • $30.59

BCBGeneration Striped Cami Dress – Brown • BCBGeneration • $98

Dolce & Gabbana Snakeskin Wrap Around Belt • Dolce & Gabbana • $85

Loeffler Randall Pari • Loeffler Randall • $195–245

-Happy Styling

Fashion for philanthropy

For the passed two years I’ve been involved in a great initiative that goes on in Columbus – Fashion for Philanthropy. This is an event where local shops donate clothing to be featured in a pop up shop and sold at up to 80% off! Not only do locals get amazing deals on designer pieces, but part of the proceeds benefit Dress for Success.

The floral maxi dress I’m wearing is one of the pieces from the sale I styled and posted on my social media accounts to promote the event. I love when I can combine my love of fashion with a great cause!

Shop some of my favorite floral maxis below!

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The jetset diaries rosa floral maxi dress • The Jetset Diaries • $259

Floral maxi dress • $90

Brigitte Bailey Nichelle Off the Shoulder Floral Maxi Dress • Brigitte Bailey • $39.99

Floral Maxi Dress with Slits and Back Cutout • Dynamite • $59.95

Floral Front Slit Maxi Dress with Back Cutout • Dynamite • $59.95

Brigitte Bailey Isabella V-Neck Floral Maxi Dress • Brigitte Bailey • $117.99

-Happy Styling

All black texture + leopard

I love a great all black look. Typically when I style an outfit this way, I incorporate different materials and textures. In this case, I styled my go to LBD slip dress with my favorite leather jacket. A waist belt with zipper detail and leopard booties tied everything together.

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Shop similar styles below!

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MANGO Zip Leather Jacket • MANGO • $94.99

Masnada midi slip dress • Masnada • $102.59

Nine West Splash Leopard-Print Calf Hair Booties • Nine West • $59.49

Mango Western Stud Detail Belt • MANGO • $35.99

-Happy Styling