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Fantastic Finds: A Printed Wrap Dress

Apologies for the crickets around here.  Our dog, Sophie, had to have surgery last week to remove an infection in her jaw.  So, with Kyle out of town, I have been on nurse duty, cleaning wounds and the like.  But Sophie’s bouncing back, so let’s talk about this week’s Fantastic Find.

As previously discussed, until I lose some of this post-law school weight, I am all wrap dresses, all the time.   Summer is coming to a close, so I’m slowing down any summer purchases.  But when this $98 Iris Wrap Dress popped up on Ann Taylor, I had to have it.

In addition to wearing wrap dresses to conceal some weight gain, I’m also wearing a LOT of color this summer.  Reds, yellows, greens, bold prints — not my usual Olivia Pope-like feast of pale neutrals.  Why?

Because I think when you’re wearing a bright color, you stand out in the best possible way.  You look good, and you feel good.  It’s like a sartorial anti-depressant.  When I wear my bright yellow AT wrap dress, I feel like my mood improves.  And I got so many stops in D.C. from people asking where I got the dress, which is always nice.

This bold, orange dress from AT has a similar effect.  On the weekend, I wear it with gold flat sandals.  For work, you could add a white blazer and belt with a pair of nude-to-you pumps.

This is a great dress because it’s impactful, but easy.  You can just throw it on when you need something that you know looks great and fits great.  It also has a femininity to it that’s really fun.  I wanted it so bad that I didn’t wait for a sale, but since it’s AT, I’m sure a sale is coming soon.

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  1. Jules says:

    that’s why I wear all the colors, all the time 🙂
    It feels much more special and confident in a way that doesn’t rely so much on ‘hiding’ things.
    Or a really ‘out-there’ necklace or pair of sunglasses.
    Love this dress!

    July 16, 2018/Reply
  2. Mandi says:

    I’m really loving all of your AT picks as of late!

    July 16, 2018/Reply
  3. Elys says:

    I love the phrase “nude-to-you” – thanks!

    July 18, 2018/Reply
  4. Lindsey says:

    And the AT dress is now 40% off! Woo!

    July 18, 2018/Reply
  5. Kk says:

    how do you get the flutter sleeves not to bunch under a blazer?

    July 24, 2018/Reply
    • Belle says:

      These aren’t a real voluminous flutter. But with a heavier flutter, I recommend clipping them flat with a bobby pin.

      July 25, 2018/Reply