Canary Color Rush

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


          At first glance, this outfit may look as if a Buddhist monk's robe was spliced, thrown over a textured dress, and cinched at the waist with a belt.  However, I promise you, there was definitely a thought process behind this look, and today I am going to walk you through how this look came about, as well as, share a few shopping tips along the way.  

         Let's start the story at the beginning.  A couple of weeks ago, Zara was having a sale and, like any good fashionista, I went to check it out.  As soon as I walked into the store, I was focused, in the zone, and on a mission to find pieces to feature here on Elizabeth, Marie, and Me.  Whenever I shop in a large store such a Zara, I like to skim through the clothing racks and run my hand lightly over the items.  This saves me a lot of time and it helps me to only spend time on items that tickle my fancy.  If a specific color, print, texture, or embellishment interests me, I'll pull out the item and do a full inspection, and either keep it or put it back on the rack.  
         The first piece that caught my eye was this semi-sheer maxi dress.  Usually, I shy away from maxi dresses because of my "fun-sized" stature, but I tried it on and, to my surprise, it fit like a glove and it wasn't too long.  *(Shopping Tip: If you are in love with an item, but you think it won't fit, just try it on anyway.  And for all my petite gals out there, if a dress or skirt is too long, remember that you can always wear heels or take it to a tailor and have it altered.)  What intrigued me most about this dress was that there were rows and rows of striped sections of fabric pieced together.  It is stunning on its own, but I wanted to find a jacket to layer on top of it to create more interest to the outfit.  After trying it on, I went back onto the sales floor in hopes of finding the perfect outerwear piece.
         Alas, I searched through the jackets, sweaters, and coats, and I found nothing.  At that point, I gave up on the idea of finding the soulmate for this dress, and that I would have to venture to another store if I wanted to complete the look.  I held onto the dress and searched for other pieces to style other outfits.  I later found this canary-colored wrap dress nestled within a rack of yellow and orange pants, thinking it was a cardigan-like sleeveless kimono.  (I didn't realize it was actually a dress until I saw the inner snap buttons when I tried it on again at home.) Since the colors were a perfect match, I layered one over the other on the hanger just to see how that would look.  I loved the way the structured shoulder pads contrasted with the cascading layers of fabric that flowed neatly over the maxi dress.  In order to keep my waist from being drowned in a sea of fabric, I knew I needed a belt.           

           Let me tell you, the Zara sale was amazing because not only were the two dresses discounted, but so was the belt.  It may be hard to see, but this woven cream belt actually has a clear plastic buckle in the middle.  It's a subtle detail, but I think this accessory adds the perfect "cherry on top" effect that marries the two dresses together while tricking the eye into believing that they were made for each other.  I then went back to the fitting room and tried on the trio, and I fell in love with this look.  It was a bit different, but I could totally picture it on a famous style blogger during New York Fashion Week.   

         To finish off the ensemble, I chose to wear my cat-eye Gucci sunglasses, simple gold earrings, and the matching bracelet.  The gold-tone metal brought out the warmth of the yellow and added just a touch of glimmer.   

          As for the purse, I chose my favorite summer macrame bag.  The texture of the natural fibers mimics the woven belt as well as the pattern and texture of the maxi dress, don't you think?

          No outfit is complete without shoes, so I opted for these neutral platform heels to add a few inches to my height and to keep my dress from grazing the ground.  

          That officially completes this outfit look.  Whew!  That was a pretty long explanation.  If you made it all the way to this section of this post without skipping a section or two, I applaud you!  I truly hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know in the comment section below what you think of it.  Until my next post, I am sending you all lots of love from my heart to yours!

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Maxi Dress: Zara (Similar Here)
Short Dress: Zara (Similar Here)
Heels: Steve Madden (Similar Here)
Belt: Zara (Similar Here)
Purse: Topshop (Similar Here)
Sunglasses: Gucci (Similar Here)
Earrings: Ralph Lauren (Similar Here)
Bracelet: Ralph Lauren (Similar Here)




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