Not many words today, just a visual. My suggestion to you is that if you want to wear a dress, you might need to make sure that it looks put-together.

This post is also a reaction to some readers’ comments. One person suggested that I do not need to disguise my midsection. HA! Another reader suggested pairing a long-sleeved dress with a long sleeveless vest. What do you think?

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A DRESS                                              AN OUTFIT

And did you notice that I am NOT wearing a cardigan?  😉   😉

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18 thoughts on “A DRESS VS. AN OUTFIT”

  1. You’re right, the vest and the belt together make it a much more slimming and put together look. By the way, that is long sleeved dress number three from Belk. Just want you to know we’re counting. 😀

  2. Well, I am amazed! Thanks for your masterclass, the change from dress to outfit perfectly illustrates your point. I’m going to have to work on disguising my middle bit. So thankful you. Oh and BTW, love the cute shoes. Just how many pairs do you have?!! Hugs, x

    1. Thanks, Mary. I have never counted my shoes, but this pair is an old favorite. As far as shoes and actually any item of clothing, my rule is “one in, one out.” In addition to keeping my closets from overflowing, this means I know when I purchase something that I am going to have to let go of something, so I think twice about it. And, except for my Nikes, and rare exceptions, I don’t pay more than $20 for shoes either. 😉

  3. Wow! What a difference a belt makes! Between the belt and the vest, you look 15 lbs. thinner! Outfit is very very cute on you! Cute shoes, too!

  4. I have that same dress from Old Navy and I never wear it! I love vests and have quite a few, so this morning I am going to try and style it. I love the look you created!! It looks great on you!

  5. It turned out great, outfit completed with a ‘third piece.’

    I think you’ll keep the cardigans to wear with sleeveless, add vests for dresses with sleeves. The vests are just sleeveless sweaters.

    I think I’m preferring vests to long scarves. They stay in place and are flatter.

  6. By the way, I got my first top in the mail from WISE. In spite of ordering an XL it was way too small, about the size of a small in American clothing. It was a knit so I could have slithered into it, but I would have looked like ten pounds of pork bellies in a five pound bag. Not the look I was going for. But I have a small friend that it will go to so nothing to waste. (Sigh) I have five more coming so I hope my luck gets better.

    1. Sorry to hear that! I usually order at least 2 sizes up, unless reviewers say it fits true to size. Glad it is not going to waste, and hope you have better luck with the rest of your purchases.

  7. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great post. The belt and the vest make you look tall and polished. The belt alone defines the waist which is nice too. But alone it is just bla, in other words a dress.

  8. I love that you can style a dress like this in a wide variety of ways! It was such a good idea to pair black accessories with the bright dress. This is such a perfect look for fall, and you look beautiful!
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

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