Is this becoming a thing? Should it be? Or is it just a nice phase? I don’t know. Either way, I present you with more outfit pictures because I’m actually having fun getting dressed lately and I can’t really remember the last time that happened.
The Gwynnie Bee Dresses
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This dress was not a winner out of the box. The preview picture online didn’t wow me but the silhouette was right for me and so is the color so I figured I should try it.
And wow, am I glad I did! The top doesn’t quite fit right (tight sleeves, loose neckline/bust) or I’d be keeping this one for sure.
And that, my friends, is the bottom of an old t-shirt that I’m wearing as a belt. Yes, in my quest to belt this dress I discovered I have very few belts. But I did recently make a headband out of an old t-shirt and so I had this scrap leftover and you’d never have known it wasn’t part of the dress. And yes, I used all my energy being crafty and coming up with a belt for the dress instead of doing my hair.
The above picture doesn’t show it clearly but this dress was actually too big everywhere but the sleeves. I was sad because it’s a great color on me and not only was this dress super comfortable but I felt really pretty in it.
Now that I’m paying for my subscription I feel a little more invested in making each piece work. I might have sent this one back during my free trial but instead I added the sash off another dress and made it work. It was a little awkward to see in person but looked better than wearing an obviously too large dress!
This dress is actually black, do not let any of the pictures fool you. I was surprised when it showed up in two pieces because the lace and the underdress(?) are not attached. That would give you the chance to wear it however you wanted as it was just a little higher in the back than in the front so, you know, style it your way.
I showed up to work in this dress (and took an office bathroom selfie) and everyone kept saying I looked “hollywood glamorous.” Personally, I felt it was almost funereal but maybe I’m just weird that way.
I wore this dress for a work dinner event and it was great. Perfect for going from the office to an evening event. And yes, I pulled out my favorite little black sweater again.
This is the first time I’ve pulled out the spanx in a while (unrelated: it’s time to replace said spanx) but I needed them to feel confident in this dress. Also I don’t think it was prohibitively awful but the pattern hit me in such a way that when I walked one of those triangles created the leotard look I mentioned in my last clothing post which is just unfortunate because the pattern is so fun and very different from the all solid colors I normally wear.
And a detail shot because I never find a good reason to wear this necklace but it was perfect for this dress. Please ignore my exhausted face.
My Own Clothes
Now that my free Gwynnie Bee trial is over and I’m down to one garment at a time (plus one bonus thanks to all of you who signed up using my link!), I’ve had to (gasp) wear my own clothes while I was shipping back and waiting for new dresses. But since I’ve been experimenting with Gwynnie Bee I actually stepped outside my comfort zone when I was at the outlet mall a few weeks ago and bought this gem:
Not only did I break out of my habit of wearing that black shrug every day but I also wore something with a pattern. I’m going to wear this top a lot because it’s gorgeous and makes my eyes look super green. You can’t see it in this picture because I wasn’t thinking clearly but the detailing at the neckline makes this top look super polished.
And you saw this picture before but here’s a reminder of that outfit:
I rarely wear this ruffle top because it’s see through and requires an undershirt which always seems like a lot of work though it isn’t really. Also ruffles make me feel fluffy and that’s not particularly desirable.
Another great outlet mall find was this top:
I know it’s now 90 some degrees out and leggings seem totally undesirable but they were nice at work where our a/c is on high!
So here’s another two weeks worth of work outfits, some more successful than others, and I actually think my mirror selfie skills are improving just a tiny bit. Maybe.