Midi Dress

Spring is for Dresses

Spring is for Dresses | Designing From My Closet

There is something about this time of year that makes me want to always put on a dress.  The change from winter to spring is like new life emerging in my closet too.  This time marks the anniversary of my birth, so it is always a time of reflection of new things to come the year ahead.  With me being officially 42, I take this time to explore new possibilities in my life as well as my wardrobe.  Today I am sharing a new dress I recently got that has a new element for me personally: off the shoulder.

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Floral Midi Dress

Floral Midi Dress | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

If you have not noticed, I have quite an affection for dresses and skirts.  And although I could honestly get super dressed up every single day, I attempt to keep my outfits more on the dressy casual side.  One way I try to do this is by finding day dresses that I can wear for work as well as sport on the weekend.  Sometimes that can be a difficult balance so when I saw this floral midi dress a few weeks ago that I showed in my Shop With Me at Old Navy post I was thrilled.  There were a couple of things I did not like about it and in today’s post I am going to be showing you how I made the dress my own by styling with accessories.

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Cheers! Let’s Celebrate the Holidays: 40s Glam Outdoor Party

Cheers! Lets Celebrate the Holidays!When it came time to create a virtual holiday party with my blogger babes, Liz, Nina, and Hailey, I knew this was the time I really wanted to ramp up the glamour.

Each one of us have organized a party with our own theme and we are inviting you to party hop to all four, virtually!  We will each be dawning fashions gifted from Yours Clothing to show the range of styles they have available for the holidays.

Liz of With Wonder & Whimsy is hosting a Black & White Dessert Party, Nina of CurvyMod is creating a Cocktail Potluck, Hailey of Discourse of a Divine Diva has a Cozy Game Night planned, and I am doing a 1940s Inspired Glam Outdoor Holiday Party.  Oh, so swanky!Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogI adore vintage home decor, music, fashion, and recipes.  So as I browsed the Yours Clothing website to pick an appropriately themed look, I was not disappointed.  In fact, I had a hard time narrowing down my options.  I finally decided upon the Navy & Pink Floral Print Midi Dress with Ruched Waist Panel to coincide with my vintage glamour theme.Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogLet me express to you how much I love this dress!  It is body hugging without being too tight and it is extremely comfortable.  The large scale bloom beauty is unlined everywhere except the bodice, which means the stretch is amazing.  I didn’t even need to wear shape wear!  Woohoo!!!  The silhouette with its fitted to-the-elbow sleeves, angled ruching at the waist, and just below the knee fitted skirt bring that vintage 1940s feel while the textured floral fabric give it a modern twist.Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogTo add even more glamour, I added this luxe faux fur stole in gorgeous grey tones.  It has a hook & eye but I opted to style it open.  Since I live in a warmer climate here in Southern California, I thought I would take advantage of using this outdoor fireplace as the venue for this party of mine.Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogAlthough it does not get freezing here, a light jacket would be needed to stay nice and cozy as the evening progresses.  The Wine Waterfall Longline Crepe Jacket was the perfect addition to complete this holiday look.  The unlined covering brings sophistication to this dressy outfit while providing a little warmth.  It has a tie belt that is even beautiful when closed.Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogI chose a vintage gold beaded party bag, rhinestone stretch bracelet, pink cocktail ring, and burgundy flats from my own closet to finish it off.  I fixed my hair in a side sweep with loose curls to go along with the glam getup.Floral Midi Dress with Faux Fur Stole from Yours Clothing | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogOutfit Details

To decorate the outdoor area, loose draped twinkling lights define the party space while old fashioned paper streamers and horns are scattered around for guests to have fun with.  A little bubbly can be found in an ice bucket adorned with pine sprigs and cranberries.Outdoor Glam Christmas Party DecorThe food table is lined with gold encrusted candle holders while chiffon cake, barbecue meatballs with colorful toothpicks, pigs in a blanket arranged in the shape of a wreath, and metallic pom poms on a stick grace each drink.  As we dine on dessert and appetizers, Andrew Sisters Christmas music will be filling the air with cheer.  Gathered around the flames of the fireplace, talk of what we are thankful of for the past year and what our plans are for 2016 will be bountiful.  A bit of carefree dancing may ensue as well.  Enjoying the company of friends and family in an oh, so festive way, this vintage soiree is sure to be remembered. Outdoor Glam Christmas Party FoodThank you for joining me at my Glam Outdoor Holiday Party and I wish you a Merry Christmas!  And I want to extend a big thanks to Yours Clothing for giving me the dress, jacket, and stole.  Now I know you are ready to head off to see my friends Liz, Nina, & Hailey, so say hello to them for me.

Linking up with Happiness At Mid-Life

Today’s Postivity Note

The happiest people do not have the best of everything, they make the best of everything they have.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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Ready for my Lattice & Greens

Finding day dresses can sometimes be a challenge.  I find that a lot of dresses are either too dressy or way too plain.  When I saw this jade green midi dress, I knew I found just the right combination of a casual look with a whole lot of interest.La Jolla Dress | Designing From My Closet

This particular dress is a one size fits most kinda deals, and the belt cinches in this free flowing dress which made it extremely comfortable.  Being short waisted, the neckline came down a little low on me, like most dresses.  To combat overexposing, I layered a simple ivory tank underneath.  Speaking of the neckline, this open lattice work is one of the biggest reasons I loved this piece.  It is like a built in necklace.
La Jolla Dress | Designing From My Closet

The vibrant green color is a favorite of mine as it has been ever since grade school.  Every time I see a piece of clothing boasting it, I just am like a moth to a flame.La Jolla Dress | Designing From My Closet

If you have not caught on by some of my previous posts, I am a belt lover.  I have a full collection in my accessory closet.  I was overjoyed when this dress came with a coordinating belt.  The beading on the front medallion is just exquisite.  It brought back fond memories of traveling through Arizona as a child with my family and stopping by the Native American stands on the side of the road where they had treasures in turquoise.  It gives a nod to this part of my heritage as well.La Jolla Dress | Designing From My Closet

I love how the color from the belt is captured down into the sandals in this look.Green Dress E

This dress will be in high rotation this summer and then with a jacket in the fall because it is so comfortable.
La Jolla Dress | Designing From My Closet

Outfit Details:

All from AllyOops Boutique

La Jolla Dress

Gold Coast Cuff

Tassel Tides Sandals

 

What do you look for in day dresses?

Today’s Postivity Note

Make space in your life for the inevitable arrival of what you want.

Be Blessed!

Janeane

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*The items shown in this post were gifted to me by AllyOops Boutique.  All opinions are my own.*