Nothing's Wrong With Being a Little Cheap

I got an e-mail a couple of days ago (yes, I suck at getting back to people.) that said this:

ok so usually i'm the girl that everyone goes to for fashion advice (im the bignerd that has the fashion column in the school newspaper), anyway anway. I bought this dress, the one that is in all the ads for luella at traget alongwith almost everything else she made for targer..haha call me cheap. The dress
of course is big, loud, poofy and a little bit like a table cloth. I tried to
wear it over jeans and a t-shirt, which was an absolute no. So here I am asking
you, what do i do with it. Do i wear it with leggings and jean jacket with
london sole ballet flats? or do i wear it strapless to a party with pumps? Or
anything else that comes popping into your mind?

Oh please, DO NOT wear this dress with leggings underneath it. The plaid and whatnot is so...obvious that leggings would just look too busy and with the poufyness on the bottom of the dress leggings would chop up your proportions in the weirdest ways! I'd suggust wearing it with pumps and a simple black jacket (or jean jacket).


Blogger {{EM!LY}} said...

i don't really like that dress. too poufy.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd wear it with black round toe pumps or some simple open toed flats. Lucky did a little blurb on grass green in their most recent issue, so any sort of green accoutrement would probably go great with that. But that's just my opinion.

8:01 PM  
Blogger molly said...

I'm so happy with the Luella collaboration with Target. I bought the same dress in a different pattern in the store that I haven't seen online, which is black with pale pink polka dots, and I love it. It's kind of Eighties, and it was $39.99 (!).

I second your advice -- I was thinking of wearing pumps with a slight open toe (like BCBG does often) or an ankle strap to make it more sweet-looking for me, although I think the right pair of skinny jeans could work with it too, like for a concert.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Kayla said...

I think the dress is cute. Yeah a jean jacket with pumps would make it look nice and not too busy.

9:15 PM  
Blogger sumac_ersatz said...

i think its good advice, but i think the jean jacket would be a better option.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea with the black jacket. The jean jacket would look so... Midwestern.

I love this dress, unfortunately it looks like everyone and their grandma will be wearing it.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, the pumps would look nice with the scottish kilt looking dress. but not the denim jacket. too grungy.

xoxo Italian Love

11:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about your blog in ELLEgirl. [Your blog] is so cool. It's like a fahion magazine! Keep up the good work. =]

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason I could see this with some cute black platform sandals and a green pendant on black semi-sheer ribbon for a necklace.
The dress has enough character that you don't really need to dress it up much.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Diane said...

I'm not even sure I like that dress to begin with. Buuuuuuut, the idea of pumps and a black jacket makes it seem less frumpy. What would your advice be to wearing it to somewhere like school?

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahhh I'm back, your favorite reader and friend with the EZ-Tip calculator on her cell phone. Is it just me, or should she wear it under a tee shirt and pumps or flats? And minimal accessories. That's such a busy dress, it should really speak for itself. --carly

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would wear this purely as a dress, no leggings, jacket, or anything. it does speak for itself and anything else would over crowd it. the leggings are def overkill, too much black...the jacket is kinda frumpy, if i were to put anything with it- i'd go with black pumps b/c they're spunkier than the flats and/or maybe a mod 60's style bracelet or earrings. this is a toughy, i can't decide if i actually like it....

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have almost the same dress and I bought it from betsey johnson. Red pumps or gold shoes for me worked the greatest.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Isabel said...

I'd go with black flats, sequinned or not, pearl stud earrings and a gold charm bracelet. As someone said in an earlier post, this dress is such a conversation piece that you shouldn't cover it up with a jacket, or adulterate it with too much jewelery.

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leggings would totally work. Not only will it minimize the skimpiness of the dress, it would add a warmth and a different take on the outfit. Leggings and ballet flats would look grand. Also a black shrug would look great with the dress. Black jacket and pumps are nice too.. for a party. I would even consider wearing that for school. I'd just tone it down by wearing a cardigan, some leggings and either Chuck Taylors or flats.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Alex!!! said...

you could try just a plain black polo underneath, i know, sounds weird, but in the latest teen vogue they show the black one (almost exactly like it) with a blue polo and it looks pretty amazing.

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about you in Elle Girl as well..awesome fashion blog! will look out for updates...

2:12 AM  
Anonymous Grace Ellen said...

I got the same dress, except its black with light pink polka dots, and i'm planning on wearing it to a band banquit lol. I'm pretty sure i'm gonna look kinda crazy but i think i'd be so cute with a clutch (love) and some peek-a-boo toe pumps.

12:54 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

that dress is perfectly poufy.
i want it almost as much as i want that bead cluster ring you posted a while back (*sigh* it's out of stock).
i would wear it with black round-toe flats.


1:19 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

and i saw you in ellegirl.
i praise them.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Missmilk7 said...

Just don't wear it.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Melanie Carmicheal said...

I agree the dress should be rocket launched back to Ireland. You should have bought a cherry clutch or the sleek black dress with the bow fromTarget instead.

10:05 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Love the dress. Not the color. But, that's just me. I think it's looks great all by itself.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Dinah said...

Please do not wear it with leggings because that is just tacky. Leggings need to stay in the 80's. This dress would look great with a pair of kitten heels or flats.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Rin said...

I have this seamless black halter with a few sequins on it that would look amazing with this dress. That and some kitten heels for spring (unless you live somewhere warm, as this is too much for winter unless you wore jeans under it). Also, I wonder what it would look like if you threw a shirt over it.

Everyone is saying that its a conversation piece on its own, but really, its a very basic piece with a little chic flair on the bottom. I think perhaps a black cardigan or mini-cardigan would look nice for a slightly fancier occasion.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Carida Diaz said...

what is wrong with midwestern?!
ok ok ...
so the only good thing is chicago
well im there
so hahaha
gosh i am bored
i should go do something...productive...
they have that dress in pink/black polka dots?
i want one...


i like those stacked heels that are kinda 40s looking
those would look cool i think
yup that is all xxxxxx

2:39 AM  

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