outfits style summer

complementary

dress: Gap Outlet (2011) // blazer: Forever 21 // pearls: Nordy Rack // flats: Steve Madden
 I feel like a lot of women are on a constant search for the perfect striped dress. It’s a great weekend piece, but also transitions into the perfect staple for a lunch meeting. When I found this dress, I knew I would get a lot of wear out of it, and I have! But I’ve fallen into a rut.
I style this dress with cream accessories every time I wear it. And then I look really, really washed out. Not the intended look.
So I turned to blue. You know, the complementary color to orange? Yeah, that one.
While I do really love this particular shade of blue with my dress, I don’t think this is a winning outfit. The fabrics are so different that the blazer felt like an unnecessary layer (especially in 104* Texas…). It’s hard to tell in these pictures, but the dress is a really heavy cotton and the blazer is really light and prefers to hang open. Meh. You’ll be seeing this dress again as I try to remix it with pieces I already own. 
So what do you think? Does this work better than I thought? How would you style the dress?

PS. Check out my Summer Survival Kit guest post over on my girl Jenn’s blog With Luck while she’s away in El Salvador!
PPS. Sorry for the weird photos. My Camera+ app has been, well, crapp lately. Back to the inherent iPhone camera!

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