One Dress Five Ways (and counting…)

Hey Friends!

It’s time to start ignoring the weather and instead focus on all the SPRING invites heading your way.  I’m sharing a dress that is not only insanely soft and comfortable, but also can work for any number of occasions…not to mention the office too!

 Note that I’m featuring this dress, but maybe you have a solid color, fits-you-perfectly dress in your closet and you can apply these same principals to what you already own.

I think everyone in the western hemisphere is now familiar with Erin, and her blog, Living in Yellow…probably the hottest blogger/facebook sensation out there.  I love following her and feel like we’d be friends (even though I was in college when she was born) . She is down-to-earth, KIND and funny in a very real way.  She may be about a zillion years younger than I am, but I love her style and get great ideas from her that I can adapt to work for me and my clients and readers.

She has collaborated with Gibson, a favorite brand of mine, and created her own Gibson x Living in Yellow  line.  It has some fantastic pieces that are easy-to-wear, versatile and work for a vairety of sizes, shapes and age groups.

It would be my DREAM to create a line of easy-to-wear, affordable, inclusive and great-looking clothes for my demographic (the over 45-50 to  70 plus crowd who wants to dress and feel our best).  Our demographic often gets overlooked or typecast, and I for one refuse to go down Frumpville Lane, no matter my age. Mary is almost 93 and she feels the same way;)

I digress… But Nordstrom – if you’re listening…I am totally open to working with you.  HA!

Now, let’s talk dresses.  I don’t have many occasions to wear them, so when I buy a dress, I like it to be — say it with me people…V- E -R-S-A-T-I-L-E.  I sound like a broken record, but I do think the key to a successful wardrobe is versatility.    Before you hit “add to cart” for anything – think of at least 3 different ways/occasions you could wear the item.  Deal??

The Hannah dress  by the Gibson x LIY line is a great example.  It comes in a full range of sizes from petite to plus and is designed to fit a wide variety of body types.  It caught my attention when I read this LIY blog post and saw this picture of “the dress”:

It comes in gray and black, but this “fuchsia red” color jumped out at me as it is such a powerful, flattering color.  Let’s just take a minute to look at these women.  All different shapes and sizes, ages and coloring.  Wow.

Many of us are hesitant to wear a color like this…fearing that it is too bold, or stands out too  much.  I say  – challenge yourself.  Get out of your comfort zone,  recognize that you are powerful and bold and GO. FOR. IT.  Try it and see how you feel – and then let me know.

Now for the specs on the dress. It is a  crazy soft stretch-jersey and it’s ruched at the side to create elegant drape—and a more forgiving fit—for the body-con cut.

34″ regular front length; 36 1/2″ back length (size Medium)

32 1/2″ petite front length; 35″ back length (size Medium P)

Now, when I say this dress is versatile, I’m not kidding:

  • It can be worn alone with a statement necklace for a dressy look.  (This is the same necklace, the Sullivan, worn two different ways).
  • I added the Gibson x Living in Yellow Claire Cardigan in poppy for a contrasting tone- on-tone look I love.  The Claire has a very subtle stripe in it and the stripe color is the same as the dress…to my eye at least!  I think it works and gives some coverage while maintaining the bold color.
  • Add a black blazer or convertible  fly away cardigan and pumps for an office look.
  • It can also be worn with flats or trendy sneaks for a casual look.  And your jean jacket and a scarf make for a great seasonal transitional look too!

Last but not least, even though this dress has very strategic ruching,  a little bit of spanx under it is a good idea for smoothing and lifting;)

There you have it!  Enjoy the rest of your week and here’s to welcoming SPRING to our world.

And speaking of SPRING…if you haven’t already…there’s still time to join my SPRING 2018 STYLE SYSTEM.   Outfit Formulas begin on Monday April 9th.  I’d love to have you join us!  Click HERE for more info or HERE to go straight to the sign up!

Cheers, my friends.  Now go #justgetdressed.

xo, Beth




Leave a Reply 7 comments

Stacey - April 3, 2018 Reply

In a million years I wouldn’t have realized you could wear that dress so many cute ways!

    B.Styled - April 3, 2018 Reply

    It’s so soft and comfortable too!

Valarie - April 3, 2018 Reply

I have a “tea” this Sunday and was wondering what to wear. This dress with the poppy cardigan and a statement necklace, black heels will be just fine. I ordered 2 sizes in each item since time is of the essence.

Fingers crossed.

    B.Styled - April 3, 2018 Reply

    I hope it works and gets to you in time!!

    B.Styled - April 3, 2018 Reply

    I hope it works and gets there in time! I know you can call Nords after placing the order and ask them to try and rush it. Ordering 2 sizes is a great idea and they make returns so easy. Have fun this weekend! B

Amy - April 3, 2018 Reply

I bought the dress (in black). $49 and free shipping is a steal. Thanks Beth!

I hope Nordstrom realizes how often your recommendations drive sales (only for items that we need, after purging and doing inventory, shopping in our own closets, and purchasing with VERSATILITY in mind)!

    B.Styled - April 3, 2018 Reply

    Thanks Amy! My links are affiliate links, so they do pay me a tiny (literally pennies) commission, but it’s a win-win. Nords does such a great job…my favorite retailer to recommend! I hope you love the dress. The black on is the EPITOME of versatile. Thx for your support and hope you are doing well! B

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