In the first installment of this post, I told you that I had bought several similar dresses, and could not decide which ones to keep, so was keeping them all. Well, a little time and a lot of try-on effort has passed, and I have at last decided to return ONE of them! So, I did actually buy FOUR dresses that were similar. You have seen two of them already.

Here are some of the combinations I tried with another dress:

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After seeing the photos, I realized that these two dresses

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were just too similar and I did not really love any of the looks I put together with the second  one, so I am returning it.

So…the third dress I decided to keep is the one in the featured photo. Here are some of the experiments I tried….not all (some were just too downright ugly to post)    😉

My first try-on in my bedroom. I do like it with boots, but these are brown, and it really needs black.

Okay, readers, time to let me know which of these you like (1-5):


And just so you know I didn’t make up the part about ugly, here is the booby prize try-on:

I hope you appreciate the way I am willing to humiliate myself in order to demonstrate to you that you need to try stuff on.

Just to remind you, here are the three similar dresses that I now own. You will probably see them again, because I have many more ideas of how to style them 😉

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21 thoughts on “I CONFESS PART 2”

  1. Thank you for the voting fun you give us, Susan. I would say all of the looks are lovely, without leggings. And my favourites are 3 and 4, with court shoes and without the leggings. As you can tell, I’m not a leggings fan! I’ve never worn them with dresses. And I don’t think they are needed here, IMHO, show your gorgeous legs and knees to the world!! Hugs, x.

  2. Hi Mary, thanks so much for the honest opinion. I just have to say though that the dresses are just a wee bit too short (because I don’t really wear a junior size) so that is one reason why I added the leggings. And since no one wears stockings anymore (WHY???) I sometimes get chilly wearing a dress, not to mention the fact that my legs are ghost white.

    P.S. What are court shoes? 🙂

    1. Thanks for explaining. I don’t wear stockings any more but I am addicted to opaque tights in winter. I think they’d look great with your dress. We’re away (for a funeral) and yesterday I bought several pairs of tights. I wore some thinner flower patterned tights (racy!) with a skirt for dinner last night and can’t decide whether to wear 10 or 30 denier with my dress today. So you see, no stockings here but definitely tights! And sorry, courts = pumps!

  3. I’m with Mary about the leggings. Don’t care for them. To me they break up the long line of the leg, same thing with wearing ankle boots. I like all the dresses with flats or sandals. Yeah, I don’t know who killed panty hose, either, but could you experiment with colored tights that wouldn’t end at the ankles, yet still keep you warm?

    1. Most certainly! I can wear the same leggings, but just pull them down. And I keep trying to be trendy with the ankle boots, but I agree they are not very flattering on most people. 😉 I have some really cute ones that I tried in several photos that wound up in the ugly discard pile.

  4. I’m going to also politely not like any of the five looks…..the leggings look off. Maybe tights and taller boots? I’m not nuts about the necklace choice either…sits too close to neckline and the round flower just gets lost…..I do so very much appreciate the effort you put into doing these posts. Please don’t take offense at my comments. You are the absolute first post I open when I check my bloggers! You have so inspired me to work on my own look.

  5. Come cold weather, I’ll wear panty hose or tights, dead or not (the style, not me).

    I like #4 but I’d trade the leggings for some Hue Tights in burgundy and the shoes from #3.

  6. I love look #2! I also want to say how adding the belt totally makes it go from frumpy to great! Keep up these great posts…….it’s nice to see the not so great ones, too….because sometimes I have worn those myself and now I know not to!

    1. Thank you Janice. As you know, adding a belt under a sweater is one of my trademarks for disguising my midsection! So happy I discovered it. And the way I discover things is by trying stuff and taking pictures. It is funny to look back now and see that some of what I thought were “good outfits” are now things I would never wear.

  7. I don’t know who killed stockings either…probably some young, firm, smooth chick!! When I was in my 20’s, I couldn’t wait to get a little color on my legs so I could go without pantyhose! I worked in an office and wore a dress (above the knees) every day. Now that was in the 70’s, so I probably also wore my flowered platform sandals with it! But, like I say, I was young, smooth and firm…no veins or saggy knees either! Fast forward now to my 60’s and my lifestyle never requires a dress. However, you can bet that I’d wear pantyhose if I thought I needed them! I’d try to find a very sheer pair.
    You mentioned the dress being a bit shorter then you like…I think I might treat that dress like a tunic. Maybe think in terms of black leggings or tights and experiment with different boots. No sweater, no belt. Just wear some long necklaces (think 1970 hippie look)! Who knows…maybe even a hat? Can you dig it? Lol!

    1. HaHa, I can dig it! Except for the hat. I have tried to wear hats, but they make me look so goofy. I do have sheer hose that I wear for dressy occasions, but honestly they just don’t look right with anything else….they just scream I AM OLD. I had already thought about the dresses as being more like tunics, and will keep trying to fine tune. 😉

  8. I think it’s a great dress to style many ways. My favorite look is the first tri-panel picture above and the one on the far right with the longer black cardigan and the tall black boots. It’s very flattering on you and I think that belt goes well with the look.

    1. Thanks, Sue. I’m sure I will do that. It is just still so hot here, that it is hard to think of wearing full leggings, and as I said, the dresses are just a little too short.

  9. Unlike the other comments, I like number one with the black leggings and shoe booties. It does make the dress look more like a tunic, it makes for a younger, more informal look, without being over the top too young (if that makes any sense :))

    1. Thank you, Lise. I happen to agree with you 100%. I appreciate the opinions of those who don’t like it , and am not offended that that they don’t, but I am glad to know that at least one person agrees with me. 🙂

  10. Susan, I love these dresses! They are totally my style. I often wear leggings in lieu of tights for warmth during the very cold weather we have where I live. But in an effort to make the leggings look more like tights, I would go with full length leggings instead of cropped and tall boots. It creates a very clean and flattering line, in my opinion. Also, while I like the belted look on a dress like this, keep in mind that belting makes the dress even shorter. And the dresses do look lovely unbelted as well! Thanks so much for linking up with me. This post will be featured this week on my newest link up post!


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