We all have our LBDs but do you have your little red dress? I’ve been having fun styling my red fit and flair lined dress by Calvin Klein. It’s always a favorite of mine for special events. This dress has twenty-four gores–can really swish & swing–and is so much fun to wear.
Using three stylings, I took my LRD from dressy to casual. Everything was shopped from my closet. I was determined today not to use black with this dress because, well, I just felt like it.
Act 1-Dramatic But Simple
Pearls always dress up the occasion. Could it be that I thought the bigger the better? I have a few normal pearl necklaces. However, when I saw these big pearl beads on sale for half price at Joanne’s fabric store, I decided that I needed one more pearl necklace. It took me a while to get around making it, but I think it’s quite fun and really makes a statement of,”Yes, I like pearls!”. I know what you are thinking,”those look heavy.” They are heavier than a normal pair of pearls but not that bad.
The shoes I chose for Act 1 are some cork and rose gold toned very high heels from Badgley Mischka. I picked these up a couple of years ago from eBay because I fell in love with the idea of cork shoes but didn’t realize how high they were. These are probably the highest heels I have but I can walk in them just fine. However, I don’t think I would spend a day shopping in these babies. I call these kind of shoes my “symphony” shoes because you spend most of your time sitting down at the symphony.
I carried the pearl idea out with a normal sized pearl bracelet and the gold was followed through with another bracelet and a vintage Rodo clam shell clutch.
Act 2-Playing Red Against Neutrals
I’ve been playing red against beige, brown and camel a lot this season. This is a look that I actually did wear to the symphony. It’s still dressy and the red is balanced out with three neutral players. This was done by adding a cream colored thrifted silk look polyester shrug, beige patent leather Nine West heels and a vintage cream Rodo bag. The jewelry was kept very simple with a few small gold pieces.
Act 3-The Experimental
Could navy be my new black? I was intrigued if I could interpret my dress as a skirt, add a cardigan and go for something a bit more casual. What do you think? Although, I could see this look in my mind, I didn’t put it together until right before we took the photo shoot.
The silk cardigan is by Pendleton. Back in the early 2000’s we took a trip to Oregon and being a wool fanatic, I made sure we visited Pendleton’s factory and mill in Pendleton, Oregon (where else?). I did come home with some nice wool pieces but this navy silk cardigan came home too. Of course, this cardigan isn’t available anymore, but you can find something similiar HERE.
The neckline of my dress peeked over the cardigan edge so this gave me a chance to throw on a silk jewel toned thrifted paisley scarf.
I chose my cobalt patent leather Leo clutch by Rebecca Minkoff. I’ve talked about my affection for Leos before. They are simple, versatile and during a clearance sale, very reasonable in price. This Leo design was closed out last year but she makes Leos in so many colorways and textures. It’s a virtual Leo garden on her online store.
My most important accessory probably are my glasses because I am as blind as a bat and have been that way since the fifth grade. I have soft contacts and wear them on special occasions but I do, I also have to use a pair of reading glasses .
I think glasses with transition lenses are perfect. They are like built in sun glasses. When outside, these get much darker than any of my sunnies.
This photo was taken a year ago last September at the symphony. If you notice, I wore the cuffs down rather than up.
Salvation Army’s Consignment Shop
My Calvin Klein dress was hanging forever at Joplin’s Salvation Army. This Salvation Army store is unique in that it has a mini shop within its larger store. The little shop is just for better quality items and they charge better quality prices. I probably overpaid for this dress but it just looked great and, at the time, I didn’t have a red dress. The price was $40 ( I know, very high for Salvation Army) but I don’t think it had ever been worn (or once at the most). The first time I saw it I didn’t grab it but I went back a month later and it was still there. For me, that was a sign.
You can still find this great dress on Amazon and in regular and plus sizes and pick it up for all your holiday events! Check it out. They also have it in navy and black.
What Colors To Wear With Red According To The Dress Doctors
I was so taken by The Dress Doctors, I created color charts from the their ideas and decided this would be a good time to re-share the red charts.
These color combinations were suggested a few decades ago but color theory doesn’t change that much. I think these charts could be helpful for a novice trying to figure out color schemes. I will note that I already break their rules because I love mixing tan, camel and brown with my red.
In case you want to check out the other colors (black, navy, brown, and green), there is a tab for them on the top menu.
That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
It’s been a while since I’ve created a still-life and had a bug today to create one. So here are a few items that I used in today’s post. I think it’s the only way to show the gold flecks on these shoes and that’s what really made me fall for them. Also, you can see how I lessen the weight on my pearl necklace by adding smaller beads in the back.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Now it’s time for my 2nd Loved 1st Friday blurb!
December’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup will stay open until December 32st..
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
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