What I Wore — Magenta Body-Hugging Dress, Color-Blocked Booties, and Chunky Necklace
Before Loehmann’s shuttered its doors in New York City, I managed to swing by its store on the Upper East Side and snag this magenta-toned Rachel Roy dress at 80% off retail. My good friend Dante was by my side and, since he’s a bit of a human calculator (we’re talking Rain Man status!), he quickly calculated that the dress would cost $60. I quickly tried it on and, once he nodded approvingly, I scurried off to the cash register and paid for my new purchase. My friend, meanwhile, paid $1 for one of the Loehmann’s letters on the wall (I believe it was the “N”). Funny, right?
Anyway, I loved this dress instantly because of the intensity, jewel-like quality of the color, the body conscious fit, and the plunging neckline, which reveals a bit of cleavage without feeling overly risqué. The piping along the side panels, meanwhile, helps to emphasize the female form and create more of a slimming effect. This is the kind of dress you can wear to a hot date or to the office (though, if you work in a conservative environment, you’ll likely want to top it off with a tailored blazer.
Yesterday, I decided to take my magenta dress out for the day and so I came up with the look shown here. It was still pretty cold outside, so I wore black tights with the dress and, to add a bit of flash, I chose a pair of disco-flavored booties from Blonde Ambition. I bought them during a big Karmalooop.com blowout sale, but hadn’t yet had the opportunity to wear them, so I was excited for them to make their debut. The booties’ color is almost an exact match to that of the dress, but they also feature black and gold lines for a color-blocked, geometric effect.
Similarly, I accessorized with a mammoth Lydell NYC necklace, featuring oversize chain links adorned with strands of faceted purple beads. To give the look a bit of balance, I paired the necklace with small but playful, gold-toned, feather-shaped earrings by Kendra Scott. The earrings have a single purple stone at the center, where the eye of the feather would be located, so they worked nicely with the ensemble.
It may have been cold and windy outside, but at least I felt hot!