Bold Prints + Grounded Neutrals

This is one of those dresses that I remember the exact time and place that I purchased it and my contemplation on buying it.  I was in Filene’s in DC (now you know we’re going way back) with two of my best friends from undergrad.  I was still contracting and had not started full on adult employment and I was torn on this dress.  On the one hand it is a great classic cut but it was so…bold…


Looking back I can’t believe I hesitated on this purchase.  I love this dress and it is one of my favorite go-to pieces.  Before I purchased this dress I tended to lean towards solid pieces and I can say that this dress was truly my gateway to prints.  While the print is bold it is in a neutral color palette of gray and navy with just enough pops of red to keep it interesting.  The classic shift shape makes it a classic but modern choice for the office.



If you need to add a topper to this outfit I would suggest a well-tailored blazer in a soft neutral over a cardigan to keep the sharp modern lines of the outfit.  This one has leather trim on the color and front pocket to add some interest.  A simple nude pump and a soft-hued chunky necklace finish off the outfit.


thelook Dress: Tahari, similar here and here| Blazer Elizabeth and James: similar here and here | Pumps: Enzo Angioloini, similar here  | Necklace, F21 similar here | Sunglasses: Cole Haan | Lipstick: Paula’s Choice Shear Cream in Rosy Glow


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