Dress it Up, Dress it Down with Avenue

Ever since I curated my Anthropologie Style Plus Size Clothing picks for Winter 2015/2016, I could not stop thinking about one specific piece I selected in the round up.  The Baroque Border Dress from Avenue was something I was really wanting to add to my closet.  I knew that it could not only be an easy transition piece from winter to spring, I also knew that it could be styled in a multitude of ways.  After talking to Avenue about my idea, they generously gifted me the dress so I could share my ideas with all of you here!

The reasons I selected this dress in the first place was its beautiful colors of navy, teal, and coral.  A mix of both classic and bohemian shine through the combination of a slim silhouette with three quarter sleeves and bodice that are slightly flowy.  Now I cannot forget to mention the fact that the all over pattern is so unbelievably beautiful without being too overwhelming.  The loose border that runs down the front and the back is elongating on my short frame.

For today’s post, I wanted to show you two versions for two different occasions: one for a more dressy event, and one for a more casual one.

First up, lets dress it up!

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A multi strand necklace with loads of gems and jewels in similar colors of the dress gets added to give a big wow statement.  I love how it compliments the v neckline of the dress and gives dimension to the already ornate pattern.  A simple skinny gold stretch belt gave a little more attention to the waist without competing with the bold necklace.  To stay warm on cool evenings, a light neutral faux leather jacket with gold zipper details gives a edge to this dressy look.  By draping it over the shoulders, it also adds a little drama.  Continuing with the gold theme, some bangles with sparkly rhinestones adorn the wrist.  My trusty snake print clutch comes in again like so many times before and looks so good against the already pattern filled look.  Now, lets talk shoes.  I really wanted to wear a new pair of snake print caged heels I recently got, but those will have to wait until I recover from my hip injury.  Until then, a pair of nude pointy toe flats do the trick for this all dressed up look.  Some tights would look great with this look as well, but the weather was not quite cold enough for me to sport some that day.

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Dress it Up Outfit Details

  • Baroque Border Dress: Avenue
  • Figli Layer Necklace: Anthropologie via Poshmark
  • Faux Leather Jacket: Forever 21+ via Poshmark
  • Gold Stretch Belt: GAP
  • Snake Print Clutch: JCPenney
  • Gold & Rhinestone Bangles: Avenue (old, but similar here)

Now lets dress it down!

Avenue Baroque Border Dress | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

By swapping out the gem filled necklace for a more natural medium and neutral colored one like this horn link necklace, it starts to transform this dress into a more earthy vibe.  By adding a layer with the chunky knit cardigan, the dress immediately takes on a more casual, day look.  Slouchy suede boots, fringe handbag, and wide brimmed floppy hat all drive this outfit into that true boho form that I love so much.

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Dress it Down Outfit Details

The fit on this dress is so comfortable.  I am wearing a size 18/20 and found it to be perfect on me with no need for shape wear.  The elastic at the waist and sleeves were snug, but not tight, in other words, just right to keep its shape without getting uncomfortable.

What are your tricks for dressing the same piece up and down?

Today’s Postivity Note

Magic is something you make.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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4 comments

  1. I think both outfits looks great and I really like how you dressed it up and down both are amazing outfits! I really like how you choose neutral items to pair with the printed dress, it really works in both outfit. Oh and I’m still really loving those boots they are so gorgeous!

    ❤ Nina
    http://curvymod.blogspot.com/

    1. Thank you so much! This dress is one of my favorites and my hubby loved it too, so even better. 🙂 Yes, these faux suede boots are super comfy and I like how the heel is just enough to give a bit of height without making you feel like you are wearing a high heel.

      Janeane

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