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Everyone should have a go-to outfit or at least category of items in their wardrobe arsenal. Ideally, these are garments that complement our figures and coloring, evoke happiness, and, most importantly, makes us feel our best. While it’s nice to have variety, the pieces that make us feel ready to tackle what the day holds should take up the majority of the real estate in our closets.
If I had to pare my closet down to only one garment category I would gladly throw out all the sweaters, tops, skirts, shorts, and pants to make room for dresses. From a young age I have adored everything about dresses: their relative ease of wear, the innate feminine qualities, and the way I carry myself in a dress.
When I was little I selected dresses on their ability to fan out when spinning. This Gap dress definitely meets the fashion standards of my youth, but manages to retain that sense of fun while being age and work appropriate. The cut of this dress is flattering for a variety of body types and the cobalt blue compliments a variety of skin tones. The stripes add an element of interest making this a dress that requires little to no accessorizing.
I chose to accessorize the dress with a statement necklace that plays off the alternating stripes of bold blue and black. The necklace doesn’t try to compete with the dress’ pattern; instead, it further emphasizes the feminine qualities of the dress itself.
I then repeated the color palate through a fun tight I picked up this fall at Gap Kids. (Style tip: if you are of average height and weight Gap Kids’ tights in either a L or XL will fit and are an affordable way to add an element of fun to a look.)
What are some of the go-to pieces in your closet?
Style Notes: Gap dress (winter 2013) / Gap kids tights (summer 2013; love these) / dv by Dolce Vita shoes via Last Chance (winter 2014) / Kate Spade Outlet necklace (fall 2013; purchased on mega sale; love this) /