October 27, 2015

Yes, Another Shirtdress Outfit - From the Archives

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Dress Banana Republic, boots Franco Sarto (Marshalls), hat Urban Outfitters, bag Ebay

I came across today these pictures in my email today and decided to post them on the blog. The reason being that I am wearing here the same dress as I did in the last two posts so I figured, three is the charm. Since I did already two posts in the same dress, why not do the third one too, right? It also gives one more suggestion on how to wear the shirtdress. Granted this was taken back in September when the weather still felt like summer and I could go bare legged and with exposed shoulder. It's not that warm anymore here in Canada (maybe Vancouver) but I am sure those of you lucky enough to live in warmer climates, can still appreciate this outfit. 
This was a no-makeup, casual Sunday brunch with a friend in a very cute little spot Wish near Yorkville. It's also perfect for dinners, especially date nights. I wore the dress  more casually letting it fall of my shoulder (bare shoulders were all the rage this summer), over the knee flat casual suede boots and a cute oversized Urban Outfitters hat. Simple and chic look. 
P.S. Sorry for not taking these shots before we ate the food and it actually looked presentable, but I waited for my friend too long so brunch cold almost be called lunch, by the time she made it there, and I was famished,  hehehe. This is also the moment my phone died but I will try not to recall the bad times.

Which of the last three outfits is your favourite?

Ciao!

Aleksandra <3
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October 21, 2015

Oversized Shirtdress Styled for Cold Fall Weather: Fall Layering

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Dress Banana Republic, boots Aldo, jacket Zara, bag Ebay, bag accessories Ebay, gloves H&M (similar H&M), scarfs H&M, sunglasses old



I have received quite a few requests to post some warmer fall outfits, which sure enough makes sense, as it’s getting pretty cold in Canada. We are still having a gorgeous fall, but it’s getting chilly. And as I always do, I tried this year as well to stretch out the summer season for as long as possible. But it’s time to put on some layers and get warmed up.
I always talk in my blog about alternate ways to wear an item, in particular how to transition it from one season to another; but rarely do I get to show you all of those different options. In my last post, I talked about how you can dress up a shirt dress in different ways. Well, today I chose to wear that same exact dress but differently. Firstly, I did not have it cinched at the waist but opted to wear it loose and oversized. This trend is very big for fall but you have to be careful not to look sloppy. If you are wearing an oversized item, make sure your other pieces are fitted and you are wearing a structured bag, as this will give you a more polished look.
This was a warmer fall day but I still wore several layers. I wore a black fitted cotton dress underneath the shirt dress, with black tights and over the knee boots (wohooo I finally found a pair that fits me! Long story). I wore a leather jacket and piled on couple of leopard print scarfs to keep my neck warm from the wind. You may think wearing a sweater may be warmer but having 2-3 layers of thinner items on you actually creates insulation from cold and wind.
So tell me now, which way of styling the shirt dress do you like better: today’s look or the one in the previous post?
Thanks for checking in!
Ciao!
Aleksandra <3

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October 7, 2015

How to Style a Shirt Dress for Fall

 Dress Banana Republic, boots Just Fab, sunglasses Ray-Ban, scarf H&M, bag unknown (Marshalls), rings H&M, bracelet (gift)

Fall is in full gear. Trees are changing their colours and I am starting to dread waking up in the morning. Mornings are cold and dark. Luckily weather has been beautiful this fall. I'm off to Chicago this coming weekend and luckily the weather will serve us right.

You know how much I love fall clothing and layering, right? I said that one too many times :). I absolutely love fall colours: mustard yellow, burgundy, all of them. Though today's outfit is not really in fall colour, it's still fall appropriate. One staple that everyone should have in their closet is a shirt dress. You can wear it casually on the weekend or dress it up for the office. This soft blue dress is from Banana Republic. I scored it while on sale (wohoo!). It is so versatile that you can wear it many different ways. For today's post, I cinched it at the waist with a scarf. Scarfs have been everywhere last few months and they certainly provide a great alternative to a belt. As they usually come in different patters, they provide an element of surprise to your outfit and make it that much interesting. I opted for wedge fringe ankle boots, as I was going out for a dog walk and morning coffee run. Fringe boots give it a more relaxed feel. If it's chilly out, why not throw on an oversized cardigan or a leather jacket? Don't like leather jackets? Denim will do just as well.

I have also worn this dress un-cinched. It looks somewhat as if you are wearing a nightgown, but pairing it with dressier stilettos and a structured bag, it keeps the look still very put together and office appropriate.

This dress in particular is quite loose so I also got to wear it as a light summer jacket/trench coat. I wore it with skinny jeans and a T-shirt, but it will work just as well with a light dress. And how about using it as a cover up when you go away south for a vacation?  Just think of how many ways you can style it and how much wear you can get out of it!

Who's off to buy a shirt dress this weekend?

Ciao!
Aleksandra <3
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