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Friday, March 21, 2014

Colorblocking and slips

Left | Shoes: Coach (option)

I scored this dress on major clearance around the holidays, but am just now getting around to wearing it - not for any real reason, other than, I tend to be a new clothes hoarder from time to time. Since it cooled down again a bit, I was fine going open toed, but wanted more of a covered shoe. I actually had a different pair of shoes on to begin with - just a solid black pair of sandals, but at the very last second, my eyes passed over these shoes, and I loved the idea of pairing colorblock with colorblock. I ran back outside to redo the photos with these on instead because I never get to wear them! These shoes are actually a little hard to style because the ivory block of color causes your eye to go directly to my feet when I wear them. The light pink band in the skirt of this dress balances out the light color in my shoes quite nicely though. Here's a shot of the black shoes for comparison. Both work in my opinion - which do you prefer and why?

Necklace: Express | Dress: DVF (option, option) | Bracelet: Tasha (option) | Shoes: Pour la Victoire

Last week I had a couple of people ask me about slips and whether I wear them. I've touched on the subject before here and I swore another time before, but I'm not finding it. Anyhoo - the question was whether or not I wear them, and the answer is definitely yes.

I wear them year round - in the summer, they're great because they give lightweight dresses an extra layer of modesty - you know that moment when you don't realize your dress is see thru until you've stepped in sunlight? Yeah. It helps with that. It also helps minimize wrinkles. I can't say it eliminates them, but I'm certain that the added layer helps absorb your natural "perspiration" throughout the day… specifically in your crotch area - sorry that sounds gross, I know, but you know what I mean about crotch wrinkles when you sit all day! In the winter, it's great for added warmth, and especially great for providing a buffer so your tights don't cling to your skirts/dresses.

I have this full sized slip that I wear with all of my skirts and dresses. This is the best one I have found by far - it's fitted, but not form fitting, so it lays flat and doesn't ride up. The length is perfect, even for the 5'-2" shorty that I am! The fabric is anti-static, so it doesn't cling to anything. It's seamless - no lace indentions or anything like that you have to worry about showing through your clothes. It has two necklines, so it's reversible if you need it to be, though I mainly wear it as shown in the stock photos below. I honestly and truly could not live without this in my wardrobe. And that's why I have one in each color, including a second one in black. I'm wearing the nude colored one under today's dress - you can see it peeking out of the neckline a little, and it doesn't bother me if that happens since it just looks like a cami anyway.

Yes, I realize you can probably find a $5 slip at Marshall's or TJ Maxx or something, and if you do, great for you! But as much as I wear these, I don't mind spending the $32 on them, as they've held up well. I wash and dry them in a garment bag with no issues with quality. The fit is true to size - the small fits me perfect; again, it's fitted but not tight. I've tried the half slip version before but a) they're not as comfortable or versatile as the full one and b) I don't like having another waistband layered under my clothes (that's just one more opportunity for a muffin top.) I wear this even under skirts - the material is so lightweight, it doesn't bother me at all under a shirt.

So, that's my schpeel! I hope that's helpful, and if you try this slip, please report back as I really hope you love it as much as I do. There are few things I truly rave over, and this is one of those things that I will continue to promote until I'm blue in the face!


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  1. hm, I think you're right...both shoes work great with that dress! I would just say the ivory one has a more "Spring" feel to it which is appropriate for this time of year. Also, great info on the slip. I haven't worn a full slip in years (always go for the skirt option), but it may be worth investing in. Thanks for sharing!
    Kellie @ www.ie-style.com

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    1. I don't know why I could never get the skirt option to work for me! So weird!
      And glad you agreed with my final decision!

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  2. Yep, IA with Kellie. Even though they both work, I'm liking the lighter shoes right now because they give a lighter/springier feel to the look. Plus, they just seem to make the whole look cohesive, the black shoes make the dress and shoes look separate to my eyes. Thanks for sharing both options, it's fun to see your last minute editorial changes! And PS, congrats on the feature on Penniless Socialite!
    Gina
    On the Daily Express

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    1. I was so so flattered about that feature! Such a nice surprise - thanks for noticing!
      And thanks for your insight - glad we are on the same page once again! Definitely makes it feel more like a transitional look into spring vs. into fall!

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  3. I think the dress works well with both pairs of shoes...hard to pick a favorite! I will wear a slip occasionally too if I know the skirt/dress I'm wearing is see-through...no one wants that!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    $520 Giveaway!

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    1. It's the worst when you notice it's see thru AFTER you've already committed to wearing it, and it's the middle of the day! -_-
      Yes, slips are life savers, that's for sure!

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  4. You look STUNNING and I love your heels!

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  5. That is such a nice dress! I really like it with the second pair of shoes - the lighter style makes it look so springy and cheerful! :) And like you said, it pairs well with the pink in your dress! :)

    Glad you've found slips that work for you! I hate visible anything under my clothes, so I always check for that in stores when I'm trying things on and will put something back if it's too sheer. Although buying online I don't have that luxury, so I have a set of singlets and slips for layering underneath things when needed! :) They are good investments!

    Away From Blue

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    1. Yes, that's definitely my prob - I definitely do about 75% of my shopping online! Sometimes I forget how nice it is to touch and feel things in person!
      Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment!

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  6. I hate slips but they are so necessary. Love your chain jewelry, I am so into that style lately!
    Aesthetic Lounge

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    1. Me also! I have so many chain link necklaces and bracelets right now, it's a bit out of control!

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  7. I haven't thought about wearing a slip since .... don't remember - lol. I have several of my grandmother's cotton slips that I use as nightgowns in the summer. Thanks for coming back to the #WWDParty this week.

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    1. Oh, I've definitely napped in these slips before! In between meetings when I don't want to wrinkle :)
      Thanks for hosting!!

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  8. I love your dress it is super stunning. You are looking gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you, lady! I always appreciate your comments!

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  9. Ahhh I love color blocking in general, do it all the time and you look great in this really classy, elegant version! Between the two shoes, although both look lovely, I think for this outfit with springy colors the lighter shoes on the right make an easier transition for the eye. I also think as the second shoe has a shorter cut around the ankles it is really flattering! <3 As for slips I have to admit I have almost always thought of them as smt. from my moms wardrobe ( but she has a trendy wardrobe so not a bad thing at all) and you really made me think twice about them! I use a lot of spagetti strap tanks for under sheer tops so why not do smt. similar for too thin fabric dresses. Makes sense and I may try it. In fact I received some clothes in the mail yesterday that has an eyelet dress and it came with its own slip. They may be in my future. :-) XOXO, Elif @ theboxqueen

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    1. If you try one of these, you'll have to let me know what you think!
      And yes, I remember stealing slips out of my mom's drawer when I was little! So funny how "old fashioned" they are! But I really do wear them all the time!

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  10. Love everything about this, very sophisticated and your dress is absolutely gorgeous!!!!

    http://www.comercialmoyano.com

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    1. Thanks so so much! I'm so happy I finally got to wear this!

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  11. What a gorgeous outfit, you look so elegant! :)

    Hayfa
    www.londonloafers.com

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  12. Love the beautiful color blocking.You look so pretty!!: )

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  13. your dress is so pretty, you look amazing!

    http://ladyparisienne.blogspot.fr/

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    1. I love DVF dresses - so beautiful and happy!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. BTW - Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  15. Such a gorgeous dress! Love how you added the color block heels last minute! Looks great!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. Thank you, Erica! I literally ran back outside with these on to take the photos! haha

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  16. Definitely the color-blocked shoes. They feel more unified with the outfit and I think the ivory and pink really balances the pink block in the skirt beautifully! The all black shoes just feel...like you're wearing black shoes.

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    1. Always love it when you comment! Seriously, means a lot!
      And yes, good point! The black sandals have some edge to them with certain outfits, but not so much with this dress! And despite the heel height, the colorblock shoes are ridiculously comfy!

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  17. I love how you styled this outfit. This dress reminds me of what Target is advertising now- minimalism. I hate dresses that ride up so I am glad you found something you liked. Rachel xo

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    1. Oh yes, riding up dresses or having to fidget all the time def drives me bonkers! This slip has changed my life!

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  18. Cute outfit. Will feature it on my blog today.

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    1. Wow - thank you! I will check it out!

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  19. I love both pairs of shoes! Thanks for linking up for Favorite Fashion Friday! Hope to see you back tomorrow!
    Penniless Socialite

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    1. Thanks so much! And thank you for hosting a great linkup!

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  20. I am in love with that dress! The design is so unique. I think I like the lighter shoes best but the black work too.

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    1. DVF dresses are so fun and creative! Glad you agree with me, looks the majority felt the same way as me with the lighter shoes!

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