Wednesday, January 16, 2013

on // off duty


Dress: Proenza Schouler (last seen here and here); Shirt: J.Crew; Shoes: Celine; Bag: c/o Rebecca Minkoff; Sunglasses: Karen Walker; Watch: Michael Kors

I often get asked how I decide which pieces to invest in and which ones to pass on -- something that I'm, in all honesty, still trying to figure out myself as I get older. I am, however, a firm believer in finding and ponying up for statement work dresses -- ones that can easily transition from a day full of meetings to cocktail hour afterward with just a few simple accessory changes. This dress in particular, a Proenza Schouler beauty I stalked for weeks before it went on major sale, is a great example of how just a few simple layers (under or over the dress) can make a huge difference in the overall aesthetic of the outfit. I felt polished at work but could easily ditch the button up shirt for dinner for two later on. 

Photos by Klassy Goldberg

35 comments:

  1. THE CUT OF THIS DRESS TOTALLY MAKES IT!
    SHEREE XX
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  2. The hemline! Divine!
    -Alexandra
    Www.rhymeswithfashion.com

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  3. Such a cute outfit! Totally love that dress! The fabric is gorgeous! You look fantastic!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia

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  4. I like this dress very much!

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  5. Stunning dress!
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
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  6. Ooh, I love the idea of a shirt under a dress. I would never have thought of something like this to wear, and you pull it off beautifully.
    xo, Maria

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  7. I do this a lot, layering a shirt underneath the dress. I love your dress.

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  8. I love the dress!!! xo, Christina

    www.styleclouds.de

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  9. such a nice dress, love the print and length.

    xo
    http://pinksole.com

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  10. that dress is so stunning!

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  11. Love the collared shirt underneath - this dress is gorgeous & definitely worth the money :)

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  12. That dress is fantastic!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  13. gorgeous gorgeous dress!!!! :) xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  14. Beautiful dress, and I especially love the asymmetrical hem!

    Kendra
    http://closetconfections.com

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  15. I love that dress, it is sooo unique!!
    xx
    Amanda
    http://denimanddaydreams.blogspot.com/

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  16. You look fantastic in this dress! What an amazing piece. - Megan www.step-brightly.com

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  17. I love this work appropriate, preppy take on this dress!
    xo
    Meg
    www.sealed-with-style.com

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  18. perfect dress!! love the combo with white shirt ♥
    kisses from

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  19. love this dress more every time you wear it. definitely worth the investment!


    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  20. I really dig this dress! I think dresses are a great staple in a wardrobe for sure. Your styling always inspires me, love those white pumps!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndSalt.com

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  21. The texture of this reminds me of a vest that belonged to my mom that I wore as a teenager. Ahhh the memories!
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  22. I agree with you, when I was younger I would just buy a lot of cheap & cute things without really thinking about how often I'd get to wear it.. but now that I've matured I realized that I gravitate towards "investment pieces" and think twice about buying something to see if it can be versatile!

    -Sarah
    The Weekend Diary

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  23. Well said. Some items are defintely worth investing than others. Sometimes it is a learning process and there will be money "spent" during this process lol

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  24. I agree with you about what items to invest in. I think pieces that are truly special and functional should be good quality, while other things that are super trendy and might be a wear-once item should be from somewhere like F21 or Zara.

    Caitlin
    re-mix-her.tumblr.com

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  25. this dress is so fun! but with how cold it is i'm kind of freezing thinking about wearing dresses right now!

    Off Kelly's Hanger

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  26. It truly is a great dress, I understand completely!

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  27. I always find stalking certain items can be good in the sale, shopping trying on and keeping really great finds on a list and then wait for the prices to drop a little or research discount codes is a great way of getting fashion for much less. so bravo for your wonderful dress!

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  28. oooommmggg this is amazing! i love this times a mill!

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  29. I love the texture of the dress!

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