Lampshading

As my fellow petites can probably relate, it can be incredibly difficult to find a sweater dress that doesn’t completely overwhelm my frame. Sweaterdresses that you see online are usually worn by models who are around 5’10. Meaning, what hits them at mid-thigh, probably hits me at mid-calf. Not a great look. I eventually gave up trying to find a true sweaterdress and started widening my search for a longer length sweater that might work as a dress. Even this turned out to be quite the challenge, but I finally came across a sweater that would allow me to do, what is called, “lampshading”.

Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive CoatZara Masculine Coat (Dark Khaki or a great alternative here) / The Group by Babaton Elmira Sweater (Camel) / Stuart Weitzman Alllegs (Black Suede) / Chloe Faye Medium Leather & Suede Bag (Black)

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No black

A few weekends ago, I attended the wedding of one of my many cousins. I don’t have many occasions to dress up these days, so going a big glam can be really fun. There was a catch, however. The wedding invitation explicitly requested that no white or black should be worn, as the bride and groom wanted to keep things colorful. I think it was pretty accurate to say that this request made all of the women freak out. Umm, no black?? After the inital shock wore off, if we hadn’t said it out loud, we were all thinking, “WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR?!”

Then I remembered that I actually do own a yellow dress (if you recall, I wore it here). It was the perfect occasion to be able to wear the dress again, and coincidentally, one of the wedding colors was yellow!

I definitely wanted to style it differently from the last time, and I came up with the idea to just bling out. I’ve been obsessed with Dylanlex necklaces over the last while, but I can certainly not afford such beautiful pieces as they hover around the $800 mark. So I searched all ends of the internet and finally came across a seller on Etsy that made bib necklaces very similar to Dylanlex. One of my concerns was that the seller was from Hong Kong, so I wasn’t 100% convinced about the quality, but after reading many of the reviews in her online store, I decided to give it a go. The necklace I purchased came to $61USD including shipping. And thankfully, it arrived in time, which as also a concern of mine. It came about a week and a half after I ordered it.

And this is how the outfit turned out:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cape Dress + Statement Necklace

Cape dress + bib necklaceZara cape dress (old) / Boutique9 pumps (old)(see similar) / Le Chateau cuffs and ring / Jazaar Pevita necklace / Bauble Bar earrings + ear jackets (similar) / American Apparel clutch

I’m actually quite happy with the overall look. And if you are wondering about the necklace. I am pretty impressed. It is a really good weight and construction is great. Obviously, I cannot compare to a true Dylanlex necklace as I have never seen one in real life, however, I am very pleased with this dupe and I am happy to recommend it. The seller is Jazaar and you can find her Etsy shop here (not affiliated!).

This Zara dress is sold out, but see some of my favorite cape dresses below:

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Holiday Partying

I apologize for the hiatus as of late, but if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was spending some time in London. It was somewhat of a last minute trip, which is why I did not have anything pre-planned for the blog.

When I returned from the UK, I was greeted with this lovely bandage dress sent to me from The Kewl Shop. I have always wanted a bandage dress, but my general lifestyle doesn’t justify such a purchase. Although I often peruse bandage dresses online, I have never pulled the trigger (but have definitely come close).

The Kewl Shop has a wide selection of bandage dresses, I almost couldn’t decide on one that I wanted to try for myself, but I ultimately decided on the Simple Sexy Bandage Dress. I wanted something classic and yet somewhat conservative since it is very tight-fitting.  I also lean more towards somewhat longer lengths to help give a longer silhouette, and well, I’m older now, so showing lots of thigh isn’t one of my prerogatives. In retrospect, because I am only 5’1, choosing a dress that was “short” in length, probably would still not equate to a mini on my petite frame, even though they did look quite short on the website’s models.

The Kewl Shop Simple Sexy Bandage Dress  / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps  / TopShop Ring  / Urban Outfitters /  Bauble Bar Metallic 360 Studs (Black/Silver) / Aldo Minaudiere (also like this Zara version)

I opted for a size S as opposed to an XS because I know that in general, bandage dresses run quite tiny and it fit perfectly! If you have ever laid your hands on an Herve Leger dress, you will know that the material is quite substantial and I would even go as far as to say “heavy”. The Kewl Shop’s version has a comparable feel.  The material is thick which means it will likely be resistant to snags and rips therefore, holding up over time, as well as suck you in. As a warning, since the dress is very snug, you may need help zipping this up! The zipper itself is well sewn in and I am certainly not worried about this dress suddenly popping open while I am wearing it.>Other thoughts worth mentioning? Because bandage dresses are so body-hugging, it does have a tendency to “flatten” you out, particularly if you are not well-endowed. A good strapless underpinning will do wonders under this dress if you are self-conscious about that sort of thing.

Overall I am quite happy with the look and quality of this dress. It may be a bit too risque for a conservative office holiday party, but if you have other holiday get togethers or if just like to go out and get all dressed up, this dress would be so much fun to wear and style. It’s simple, as the name suggests, so if you are minimalist like I am, keeping the jewelry simple is a great option, as well as piling on the baubles if you are into that sort of thing.

If you would like to try your own bandage dress, The Kewl Shop has been kind enough to offer 15% off to my readers with code: CHER15. They also have free shipping worldwide! The Kewl Shop also has some  beautiful non-bandage dress offerings as well that are worth checking out.