I hate switching out the clothes in my closet when the seasons change. It takes away precious time that I could spend doing something more fun with my husband or kids. I usually wait until the last minute, and then I’m scrambling to pull sweaters and jeans out of plastic bins and from other storage areas when the temps get cold and my closet is still full of summer dresses, skirts and tops.
This year, though, I vowed that I would start early. I’m glad I did because I found this little treasure of a dress that is perfect to wear to a fall wedding.
When I saw this dress hanging on the rack at Marshalls a few years ago, I immediately started to oooh and aaaah. Its beautiful muted colors of burgundy, royal blue, burnt orange and golden yellow were unlike anything I had ever seen on a dress before. When I tried it on, it seemed as if it had been created just for me. It fit in all the right places and the rouching at the side helped to camouflage those areas that I needed to keep under cover.
This dress has a classic sheath shape which I love. It is form fitting but not too tight, and it hits slightly above my knees. Many sheath dresses are made in a stretchy material so that they can conform to a woman’s shape and move easily with her. I think sheaths highlight the femininity of a woman’s shape, but don’t overdo it by being too revealing or body conscious. To me, the sheath is the perfect classic style dress.
I picked this shawl for several reasons. First, its blue-purple color matches the dress perfectly, bringing out its bluish colors even more. Second, I love the fringe details on the bottom of the shawl. That special touch makes this a bit more unique than your standard wrap. Third, the shawl adds an extra layer of warmth which is especially helpful during the fall when temps can range from warm to cool and even cold.
I kept my shoes neutral to keep the focus on the beautiful colors of the dress and shawl and to also elongate my legs.
My jewelry is also simple. I think the gold necklace and earrings add subtle shine to this outfit but don’t overdo the sparkle.
My bracelets are also gold but have stones that match the colors in my dress. These bracelets are extra special to me because they were made by my sister a few years ago. I love their simple yet elegant design.
Because a wedding is usually a fancy occasion, I added a dressy clutch. This one from Kohls has a slight shimmer of gold in it. Its small shape carries all of my essentials such as my lipstick, kleenex and phone. The purse comes with a long strap so it can be worn as a crossbody.
This is such an easy outfit to recreate with any type of dress and shawl. You can pick a dress with any mix of colors, just be sure to select a shawl that matches a color in the dress. Most of my pieces are old purchases, but I’ve linked to similar items below.
If you’re in that switching out phase in your closet, it might not hurt to look at some of your pieces in a different light. I’m always thrilled when I can carry an outfit from one season to the next with a change in accessories or the addition of a different layer.
This dress is definitely something that will now hang in my closet throughout the year. I can pair it with a navy blazer for work or a cream cardigan for church. For a casual look in the spring and summer, I can even see it with a denim jacket and flat lace up tan sandals.
Switching out my closet isn’t so bad after all.
What I Wore
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