Sometimes you find yourself in a store, looking through the racks when an item seems to just call out at you like this gray grid dress did for me. Like the botanical print tunic I wrote about last week, this dress was also purchased on Black Friday at Loft Factory Store. The dress’s classic style and the simple yet bold grid pattern are a winning combination that give it the versatility to fit in at work, at play, or when having fun.
Dressed Up For Work
In Up Down All-Around, I usually share my work look first so that is what you see below. No matter the occasion, I nearly always wear a jacket or a cardigan and this is especially true for work. I opted for my light gray knit moto style jacket which, coincidently, I bought at the same Loft Factory Store last Spring.
Dress – Loft Factory Store, not sold on-line (option 1, option 2); Jacket – Loft Factory Store, not sold on-line (similar, another option); Shoes – Aldo, thrifted (similar style, another option); Purse – Maxx, thrifted (option 1, another choice)
My tights have a subtle grid pattern but on the diagonal and my footwear choice for this look was inspired by last month’s Color My World featured color combination of gray and brown. I like how this shade of brown stands out against the gray and yet helps to balance out the details.
Dressed Down For Play
At first glance, my gray grid dress seemed a natural for professional attire but could I make it work out of the office as well? Mixing patterns in unusual ways, like plaid-on-plaid, is a great trick for creating a unique look that is fun and perhaps a bit funky. While not exactly a plaid, the grid pattern is “plaid adjacent” so pairing it with a green plaid fringed scarf might be one of those “not sure what you did here, but I like it” looks.
Add a cozy waffle knit cardigan with heavier weight knit tights and winter weather-ready boots and the gray grid dress is ready for fun and games (or maybe some holiday shopping).
Dressed For Fun
A faux-fur collar cardigan and a bit of sparkle make this dress ready for something special like a gallery opening party or a girls’ night out (and why not both?). And if the night includes spending time with two other bloggers, it’s all the better.
This cardigan was one of my thrift shopping spree finds from last September and the gray suede boots have been in my closet for years.
If you read last week’s post then you know about artist and blogger Anne Bray’s Fashion Rainbow exhibit and you also know that I am one of the muses for her blogger portraits (second row, far right behind us in the photo below). Another thing you know from reading last week’s post is that along with the opening party for the exhibit, there was a mini bloggers’ meet up which consisted of Anne, myself, and Michelle from Shelbee On The Edge. You can read about part of our time together in last week’s post. On Saturday, Michelle and her friend Amy spent the earlier part of the day shopping in Santa Monica and then they met up with a high school friend of Amy’s in Venice. Later in the evening, the three of us met up at the gallery for the official opening party of the Fashion Rainbow exhibit.
We were hungry afterward so we grabbed a bite to eat and Amy’s friend met up with us for a drink. I can’t remember the last time I had a girls’ night out like that and I had a great time getting to know these wonderful women.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s post is Amy (not the same one from above), the creative force behind Amy’s Creative Pursuits. Amy is a fifty-something lifestyle blogger that writes about paper-crafting, gardening, decorating, fashion, and travel with an occasional recipe thrown in every now and then. The look Amy shared in the post she added to the link up is so rockin’ and so fun.
Has clothing ever spoken to you and what did it say? How do you maximize on the “cost per wear” of an item? What items in your wardrobe are doing double or triple duty taking on work, play, and/or fun?
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