fall outfits style

where black meets color

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dress (worn as top): Target (similar) // pants: Forever 21 // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar) // necklace: Land of Salt

Photos by Briley Noel 

Counting this post, this dress has been worn 4 times on the blog (here, here, and here). That number seems absurd to me, because I’ve worn this dress like once a week since I bought it. And you know what happens when you wear the same dress every week for ten months? It shrinks
I thought I was going to have to give up my favorite article of clothing, but found inspiration from Brandi of Run Style Run, who frequently layers short smock dresses over pants–and makes it look so cute (see examples: one, two, and three). I’m pretty sure I’m going to wear this outfit just as often as I’ve been wearing the dress itself. Seeing it worn with pants here, I can’t even imagine wearing it as a dress again because it’s just gotten to be so short! 
As I mentioned in my fall style inspiration post, I’m really into monochromatic dressing this season. It’s something new for me, seeing as I’m usually the queen of color-blocking. I like that it’s something I can play with in levels without having to commit to wearing all-black-every-day. This is more of a subtly monochromatic look, but I plan to experiment with more outfits on the color spectrum soon! 
Have you ever salvaged a too-short dress by wearing it with pants? How do you feel about monochromatic outfits?
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