Sunday, January 29, 2012

25 Days of Style: a Fashion Blog series -- Day 19

     Day 19 and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! And also, today is the third (and last) installment of last weekend's Zara shopping trip. This dress combines all the details that I love about a dress -- LBD, lace, poplin/peter pan collar, an A-line skirt -- and the fact that the dress fits like it's completely tailored! (This is the main reason why I love shopping in that store, all of the clothes fit like they're made just for me.) But lace is one of those fabrics that every woman needs to have in her closet. I know I say that a lot, but only because I'm trying to make a crucial style point. Lace is one of those fabrics that looks good on just about everyone. 

     What's great about this dress is the manner of how the lace is utilized in the garment. A lot of lace dresses out there, especially the ones that are in my closet, is lace all over. The lace in this dress is used on the very top of the bodice and the sleeves. The rest of the dress is made out of this black viscose fabric, which is a commercial form of rayon, but feels a lot like thicker cotton. The thick black fabric can easily hide your waist, especially where the skirt meets the bodice, so to highlight this asset I wore a skinny glitter belt. And speaking of fabric, that's another point that every stylish woman should know -- how to take care of your clothes. Unless you're that kind lazy slob who never takes the moment to properly care for your clothes, then chances are you're familiar with garment labels. They're the little tags that are sewn inside your clothes which tells you the material that the garment is made out of and how to properly clean them -- machine wash, hand wash, dry clean, low heat, dry flat, etc. Knowing how to properly care for your clothes is crucial in having them last forever. I know all of those things seem like common sense, but you wouldn't believe how many women out there don't even know what garment labels are. 

     As for the rest of the look, I styled my hair in a fishtail braid with an embellished pearl head band to keep it fresh and young, because the entire ensemble can look very old and churchy very fast with the wrong styling (not that anything is wrong with church especially on a Sunday.) Besides, when you're wearing a lace dress you want to look like Kate Middleton and not Margaret Thatcher. A little color on the lips, my trusted black suede pumps, and a spritz of my favorite perfume Miss Dior Cherie L'eau and I'm ready to head out the door. To learn how to find your scent and shop for perfume, click this. Happy Sunday! 

p.s. halfway through the shoot, I've forgotten about the belt so enjoy the medley of both looks! 

Love, KB

lace dress with poplin/peter pan collar by Zara 
glitter belt by Forever 21 
black suede pumps by Steve Madden
pearl headband by Natasha 
perfume by Miss Dior Cherie L'eau

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