10th Commandment: July 11

Jul 11, 2013

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Kaleidoscope Dress ($59 + 20% off)

I spotted this dress last week and thought it was interesting.  The pattern was different, the colorblocking was cool, the color palette was very wearable…but I didn’t think it was right for the blog.  However, after my fourth visit to the site to look at it again, I thought differently.

Printed sheath dresses require a bit more styling to make them work appropriate, but it can be done.  The fit of this dress is a bit snug, similar to a Rebecca Taylor pencil dress, so I typically size up and then tailor where necessary.  Since Dorothy Perkins dresses run a bit small, I will take a size 8 instead of my usual 4 to compensate for the sizing issue and give me a sleeker, less snug fit.

Like the idea of a printed pencil dress but not this one?  I love this floral print sheath from Black Halo.  This under-$30 dress brings back tie-dye in the best way.  This dress has a gorgeous wood-block print and a pretty blue color palette.  This white and black dress also has a charming dot print.

Plus size ladies might like the bright mix of colors in this print, and the colorful accent on this black and white print sheath.  I also found this pretty blue and white floral dress and this dotted sheath with contrast belt.

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  1. GoGoGo says:

    Hey, that’s new and different! Fun.

  2. amy b.s. says:

    wow. i wouldn’t think i would like something like this, but i do. i would never be able to pull it off though! and of course have no where to wear it!

    • Belle says:

      Exactly how I felt, Amy. I keep telling my Mom that sometimes wearing a dress is the occasion, esp. when you live in Montana, where there is never an occasion where jeans are not allowed.

  3. Lisa says:

    Looks like evening wear, not office attire to me.

  4. E says:

    Throw a blazer or cardigan over it and wear sensible shoes and it’s definitely office appropriate (at the right office). Great pick.

  5. cara says:

    Am I the only one who has issues with sunbursty patterns over my lady bits area? It just seems to me that it is SCREAMING- look! RIGHT HERE! THIS IS WHERE MY BUSINESS IS! Just me? ok. 🙂

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