Pleated Midi // Trying New Things

First things first, I love this outfit. That being said, holy boobs! I knew I was taking myself out of my comfort zone when I decided to leave the house in this low cut look, but I really underestimated how revealing this dress would be when left unsnapped.

*BTW, this trench is no longer offered in pink, but they have other 5 awesome colors and they all are only $70 right now (60% discount!)! The faux leather details are such a luxe touch.

Knowing from experience that everything new feels a little weird at first (like getting used to seeing myself with lipstick, it was so weird in the beginning and now I feel somewhat naked without it!) I figured a little bit of bra peeking out a la Carrie Bradshaw could be a good thing.

In my mirror at home this ensemble looked a little daring and I thought the pop of my pink bra underneath the dress would just add a little visual interest. Now that I’ve had a chance to see this look from multiple angles – and move around more – I am 100% sure I will not leave the house with this much boob exposed going forward. Live and learn right?!

I try oh-so very hard to be body positive as I am profoundly grateful for my healthy body. Unfortunately, this boobylicious look ended up working against me – I think the exposed girls actually make me look bigger than I am.  The tan lines definitely don’t help either.

Like the other dress by this brand that I shared in my last post, the snap on the bust just wouldn’t close so I let it be. At least now I know it’s a bit too much left open so I’ll just have a seamstress adjust where the little button closure sits. Et voila! No more worries of wardrobe malfunctions 😉 But for anyone that saw me that day, you’re welcome! Haha

From the online reviews it did seem like ladies of all bust sizes struggled with the snap being a little off in its placement so here are some other options that have a little more coverage – no snap required (1, 2, 3).

Remember – fashion is supposed to be fun. So don’t be afraid to play around a bit!

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Neale Donald Walsh

Well, that’s probably enough for today. Happy 2019 (!!) and please come back and see me again soon! Also feel free to leave me a comment or send me a message if there’s something you’d like me to do a post about, I’m open!

Much love!!

Kate

Photo credit: Sarah Jordan

New Brand Discovery // Wrap Dresses Forever!!

It’s weird that I never heard of this brand until now. 1.STATE makes some killer stuff and has apparently been around since 2014. I’m glad I found it now (!!) as I scored this awesome dress and anther stunning wrap dress by the same brand (70% off and a STEAL at under $50 right now) over Thanksgiving weekend. I scored some great deals laying sick in bed 😉

Is this not the cutest dress?! I tell you I am in luuurve! This look turned out great, but I also plan to wear it with a structured sweater on top and slightly more rugged booties, with my pink suede moto jacket, sexed up with my OTK boots, and also with my nude INC ankle strap block heels and go-to clutch/cross body. Oh the versatility!

This brand seems to run just a little small. I got this in a 12 – the bigger end of the range for me – and it still doesn’t button at the top. My “ladies” fluctuate in size so I didn’t want to go a full size up; instead I threw on a lace cami underneath. I also really like the idea of a lace bodysuit as a base layer.

I was also looking at these updated dickies as an alternative since you can’t also do a full slip or tank under certain dresses. I’ll let you know if I give them a wirl 😉

This clutch (similar) is a style every girl should have. It’ll be in style forever!

The ruffles give it such a nice, flattering shape, no? I highly recommend wrap dresses to ALL women – that kind of forgiving accentuation of the waist is so good on just about everybody!

I love a good black tight (the BEST for the value)/black boot look. And I feel like the hat was the perfect finishing touch.

It’s selling out fast so buy this dress here and here while you still can!

Later party people! Thanks for visiting 🙂

XO, Kate

Photo Credit: Leo Amar