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Monday, September 23, 2013

Lace and leather




Dress: Ann Taylor | Necklace: Express (option) | Bracelet: Express | Bag: Michael Kors (option) | Boots: Naturalizer (similar)

This dress is a recent purchase, but I'd been lusting after it since it first came out. I'm not an avid shopper at Ann Taylor. LOFT yes, but I can't remember the last time I went into Ann Taylor or shopped their website. I used to shop there regularly when I had more of a strict business casual dress code to comply with, and I think I just developed an aversion to it since then. But this dress. Stripes, lace, bold color - what's not to love about it? Wendy over at wendyslookbook.com turned me onto the idea of a striped lace dress because she's done such an amazing job remixing her own.

Left (source) | Middle (source) | Right (source)

Sigh. I just love her. But yes, she had me wanting a lace dress and while we were in Mexico, I had seen the price drop to about half off, so I had to snag it. It's even cheaper now with an additional 50% off of the reduced price!

For today's look, I decided to wear it as its original intention - a dress. Lace can be inherently dressy, so I thought it'd be interesting to pair it with some suede boots, which can be more casual by comparison. Leather and lace = perfection. And today marks the first day of the season I am wearing knee high boots. I was more excited about this than I probably should be, but yay for fall!!

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26 comments :

  1. Oh, I love that dress! I saw it on another blogger, too!

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    1. It's so great! It was worth the wait!

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    1. It was probably just a *little* early for me to wear these, but it was in the 50s that morning, so that has to count for something! It's back up in the 80s today though. :/

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  3. You are looking as great as Wendy! I love the tall boots with this dress

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    1. That is a huge compliment, thank you so much!

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  4. Love your entire outfit!!
    Would love for you to come check out my blog too when you get a chance!!

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    1. Thank you!! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  5. Fabulous dress! I love how you accessorized it too!
    xo,
    Ashley | Raspberry Glow

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! I am very happy with how the outfit turned out!

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  6. This lace dress is just amazing. I love the colors. You look so pretty, can't wait to see you wear it a different way too!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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    1. Thank you SO much! And I think I'm equally excited to remix it! Never knew something like this could be so versatile. Reason 4859849 why I love the blogger world!

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  7. You are rockin' the look in this dress Carylee. Beautiful boots and I love your M. Kors bag.

    Have a lovely day
    Lenya

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    1. :) Thanks, Lenya!! Oh, this bag was such a great find! I debated getting it, and the more I use it, the more I'm so happy I snagged it!

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  8. You´re so beautiful Carylee! Love the way you combined beige on dress with boots :)

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    1. Aww - thank you so very much! I appreciate you reading!

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  9. Um love that dress!! I have seen it on some logs, but I also loved how you showed how Wendy wore it 3 completely different ways!! Thanks for linking up to Trend Spin and come back next week for Dresses & Skirts :)

    xoxo
    Erin @ The Fashion Canvas

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I never would have thought to remix it so many ways had I not seen how Wendy did it! Thanks as always for co-hosting! Will see you next week!

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  10. Wow, that is so close to Wendy's dress! You went for a mod look. LIke it!

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    1. Thanks, lady!! What's funny bc the husband totally told me I looked like a go-go dancer! :) I'll take it though bc I just love this dress!!!

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  11. What a beautiful, unique dress! You look amazing girl!
    Thanks for linking up :)
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! I appreciate you reading and co-hosting!!

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  12. I love how you styled this into an every day look! I have this same dress, but I bought it to wear to a wedding and then I started wondering how I could style it differently so it didn't sit in my closet until the next time I needed to dress up. It's way to pretty to only be worn once in a blue moon! :)

    Katie
    Food, Sweat & Inspiration

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    1. Absolutely you should wear it again! It's so beautiful and fun! Hopefully Wendy's looks inspire you, too! Thanks for the note!

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