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Holy Shift!

chevron shift dress_banana republic_arturo chiang_pradaThe wedding season has officially kicked off for me, with the first one of the year taking place last weekend in the ‘burbs. The weather was perfect; sunny and warm, but not too hot. It was an early ceremony followed by an outdoor reception underneath the tents. With the weather forecast and venue in mind, I knew I needed a dress that would be comfortable: a) in the heat and b) for all the dancing that was sure to follow. I mean, how can you stay seated while Gangnam-Style or Call Me Maybe is playing?

As you may have noticed from my prior posts, in general, I tend to lean towards the fit and flare style dresses or basically anything that cinches at the waist. So it is pretty out of the ordinary for me to have selected this shift dress. I usually shy away from shifts since they are mostly loose fitting with minimal definition at the waist. I sometimes feel like it just hangs from my body or ends up wearing me. But every now and then, I’ll try one on to see if I’d react differently (similar to my orange situation).  I was drawn to the neutral tones and chevron print. I figured, when in Tel Aviv…… To my surprise, I loved it. I think the reasons why this shift worked was: 1) the length: having it hit a few inches above the knees left more leg to bare; if it had been any longer it would have cut me off and made me look shorter, 2) although straight all the way through, the width of the dress was not any wider than my hips and 3) the fabric was not flowy, so it did not hang as much on me. My go to nude pumps were the perfect match to this ensemble. To break up the pink monotony, I decided to mix it up and added another print with my yellow floral clutch; with the off-white being the common denominator. Again, give things you normally would not, a try. The results could be surprising!

Outfit Details:

Chevron Shift: ka y, $60. This was a boutique I came across while in Tel Aviv. For some stateside options, I checked out Piperlime for you found a number of shift dresses for under $75. Solids, prints, bold colors, muted colors, there are many to choose from.

Aviators: Prada Outlet, $129. Piperlime has a selection of aviators for $100 or less. For a few more styles at a lower price point, browse Lord & Taylor’s selection.

Pendant Necklace: Present from my mom when I was in my early teens. When accessorizing, consider wearing something that has meaning to you or a story behind it. It’s always a great conversation starter! Bauble Bar carries a wonderful selection of pendant necklaces starting at $20.

Bracelets: Evil Eye Bracelet was a pick up in the markets within the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, $55. Check out Jewel Be Mine and its version of the evil eye bracelet, $15. The pink faceted bead stretch bracelet  is from Twilight (North End, Boston), $35. Take a peek at the faceted stretchy bracelet set, $8.80 or faceted stretchy bracelet, $4.99, both from Forever21.

Rings: Trio of gold stackable rings by Gorjana-Griffin from Rue La La, $29.90. Bauble Bar carries twist ring trio in lilacmint and tangelo at $28 a set (free shipping both ways). Each set contains one gold band. The gold band I am constantly wearing is my dad’s wedding band. Try the gold classic cigar band also from Bauble Bar, $36 for a similar look. Lastly, the open pyramid ring is by gorjana-griffin from Rue La La, $29.90. Piperlime has a solid pyramid ring by Hive and Honey which is now marked down to $15.99.

Floral Clutch: Banana Republic, Price Unknown. I have had this clutch FOREVER and still love it as much as when I bought it. If you are in the market for a floral clutch, here are a few to consider: (1) Dried Flowers Clutch, Anthropologie $79.95 (originally $148) or 2) Woven Fireworks Clutch, Anthropologie $49.95 (originally $78).

Patent Nude Pumps: Arturo Chiang from Vince Camuto Outlet, $30-ish. For a few alternatives, check out Lord & Taylor’s  selection of nude colored pumps, many of which are on sale.

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