Winter Blooms :: Flare dress & Hybrid trench

by wendy

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Hi everyone!  Happy Monday!

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I wore this outfit to an art exhibit and then to dinner over the weekend.  It was one of those days where the weather was warm and beautiful during the day and then a cool breeze danced through the city at sunset.  Armed with my trench, I was well prepared for the change in temperature.

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Last Monday, I expressed my love for prints with this gorgeous Mary Katrantzou dress and today this love affair continues with this printed flare dress.  Among the many Target collaborations, I was very excited for the Peter Pilotto collection.  His work contains luxurious materials with exceptional graphic digital prints (as seen here), so I was curious to see what was in store for his Target collaboration.  Of the collection, this dress and this sweater (very soft and pretty!) are my favorites.  In regards to fit, as you can see on the model, this dress sits a tad bit below the smallest point on the waist.  Personally, I have a hard time wearing dresses that do not sit on the waist as it unfortunately ‘pulls’ my frame down.  One styling trick that I rely on is creating the illusion of a longer frame by adding a corset (or wide) belt that cuts off at my desired waist point.  This dress naturally has a cut point (where the top ends and the flare skirt begins), so I placed the belt an inch higher than that line to help lengthen my frame.  Just in case you’re playing with shapes/silhouettes and would like to experiment with lengthening your bottom half, consider adding a corset or wide belt.  To be honest with you, this corset belt is one of the best wardrobe investments I made this year.  I actually have two – one in my true size for dresses and skirts and one in a size up for jackets and coats =)

Thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

Jacket :: McQ Alexander McQueen (beautiful similar design)
Dress :: Peter Pilotto for Target
Shoes :: Manolo Blahnik (similar here)
Bag :: DVF
Accessories :: BCBG corset belt, Wendy’s Lookbook X Tacori Promise Bracelet,
Brandy Pham ring, Deborah Lipmann ‘Lady is a tramp’ polish