This outfit is like a shot of liqueur – warm and smooth going down, with an assertive burn, like Triple Sec. That’s how I think of the Skylar Dress by SexyPlus Clothing featured here: a strong brick orange background infused with a bold Moroccan print create the full-bodied color palette for this crisp summer ensemble.
Sometimes I start with the shoes, or even the necklace, and build an outfit based on that. But in this case, the dress itself was the Pièce De Résistance.
This zesty strapless number features a unique side HI-LO with a wide, flirty ruffle hem. It’s super flattering light-weight rayon fabric is easy to wear – I swear! It’s not clingy, so it’s a good summer style that doesn’t require shapewear.
The bust has a light ‘blouson’ style with an elastic waist. I like to define my waist so I added a thick navy blue stretchy belt. Here’s the thing – I didn’t like the buckle on the belt (it was so outdated, which was to be expected since it was thrifted) so I clipped an orange hair-flower over it. Voila. Looks all intentional doesn’t it?
Next, to bring in the blue tones, I chose my Addition Elle blue & black statement necklace and bright blue cobalt pumps from Payless.
Notice that the belt, necklace and shoes are different shades of blue and yet they still compliment the outfit? An important technique to note: when getting dressed, many of us have a tendency to “match” rather than to coordinate. Coordinating forces you to step outside of your comfort zone but yields some pretty striking results that are wonderfully, uniquely you.
Because I’m a romantic and long for the days when women paraded themselves in immaculately coordinated ensembles, I couldn’t resist the tangy mango hat.
I chose a playground to photograph this outfit because I wanted to culminate the essence of fashion and fun, but truth be told, my spiky heels were sinking into the ground so this location made no sense at all, but doesn’t it look good? Seriously, this outfit would have been ideal for a summer BBQ (on more solid ground), an afternoon at an art festival, having a Sex In The City style lunch with friends….The point is that you can take a casual dress and make it ‘haute’ with your accessories, your footwear, and of course your attitude.
I toast our curves and the fashion to celebrate them!
Skylar Dress – custom made and available ONLY at SexyPlus Clothing – here *SPECIAL OFFER* Use code SKYLAR to get 30% off this dress now!
I am wearing the 0X and I wear a size 16 normally. Sizes 0X to 3X are available.
Belt – thrifted
Necklace (last year) by Addition Elle – similar here
Hair flower and hat by Ardene – here and more in store
Photography by Rebecca Northcott Photography
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