Two Ways: Side Panel Dress
Feb 19, 2013
From Left, Earrings: Brooks Brothers Knot Stud ($48) Bracelet: C. Wonder Enamel Bangle ($60) Ring: Kenneth Jay Lane Weave Ring ($30) Coat: Lela Rose Silk and Linen Coat ($509) Purse: Raoul Taupe Bag ($454) Belt: Maison Boinet Belt ($160) Shoes: Corso Como Del Pump ($129)
For the Office. When it comes to a statement dress like this one, I like to keep it simple–a basic shoe, a basic bag, a little jewelry. But for this post, I decided to try a little harder.
I stuck with a nude pump because it’s just the easiest shoe to pair with a dress like this. These Corso Como shoes are a good choice, but you could also try a grey pump like these shoes from Calvin Klein. I selected a nude shoe, so I chose this nude flap satchel. If you need something less expensive, this $75 Melie Bianco satchel is a good substitute. However, if you choose the dark grey shoes that I linked to above, you need to select a grey purse like this Minkoff Mini-MAB or this gorgeous Brahmin satchel.
I chose the dark teal belt for two reasons: no ring buckle and I wanted a bit of color. If you need one that is a lot less expensive, try this $3 belt.
As for the rest of the accessories, I chose the knot earrings and the woven ring and then, I added a navy enamel bangle with teal and gold details.
And why the orange coat? Why not. I thought it was a bright and fun something extra. But if it gives you heartburn, try this teal coat from Mossimo.
For a Dinner Date. I had a surprisingly tough time concocting a vision for this dress for evening. Not because it can’t be done, but because I wanted something different from the daytime look, ie. something without nude shoes. So the second I found these gorgeous strappy sandals, I was all in. But if you want something a little less shiny, I also loved these Charles David Icon pumps.
As for the coat, I really dig the black leather trim and at $210, it’s not terribly expensive. If you like the idea of a grey trench but not the price, try this Kenneth Cole coat that’s under-$100.