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wear it now & later | modcloth’s positive painter dress

styling ModCloth Positive Painter Dress for summer and fall

After I included the Positive Painter dress in my roundup of ModCloth’s pre-fall arrivals, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The perfect shade of mustard, the unique floral design and color palette, and the flattering silhouette put it at the top of my shopping list. It’s a perfect example of a dress you buy now to wear immediately and again when the weather changes. Much as I prefer the 80 degree autumn we get here in Austin to actual fall and winter weather, I’m pretty excited to eventually pair this dress with tights in a few months! Until then, here’s how to wear this ModCloth beauty now and later.

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dress: c/o ModCloth // purse: Forever 21 (similar) // shoes: Forever 21 // necklace c/o francesca’s (similar)

First up is a late-summer look perfect for a dinner party, cocktails, or even a wedding. These lace-up block heel sandals have turned out to be a great purchase. I initially wanted something more like these, but thought I might get more wear out of the ones I bought. The heel is a little higher than I’m used to, but damn if they don’t look good with everything! (Example A, Example B, Example C)

I had a lot of fun choosing which colors in the dress I wanted to pull out in my accessories. I considered going with a neutral bag, but love the way the rust-colored florals play well with my burgundy purse. Had I had a light blue bag, I might have even preferred that, though (I at least found a wall in the color to stand in front of!), as it’s such a unique and summery pairing with the mustard.

I’m of the opinion that any color can be worn in any season when paired with other, contrasting colors. The cool light blue gives this dress a dose of summer you don’t usually see in fall clothes, making it a perfect transitional piece.

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dress: c/o ModCloth // jacket: Monkies Vintage // shoes: ooooold American Eagle (save, spend) // bandana: Madewell (similar) // purse: vintage Coach via Prototype Vintage

I have to be up front and say that my initial “later” idea for this dress was a total fail. I has based this entire post around wanting to wear the dress with my olive leather jacket. Both arrived on the same day, and boy did they not go well together! I think the cut of the lapel on the jacket ended up being much larger and lower than I was imagining, even though I’d tried it on before. I was happy to pull the light blue out again with my favorite vintage denim jacket.
Letting the colors of the dress really shine, I stuck with neutral accessories: taupe booties, a dark brown bag, and a navy bandana. I liked that these casual pieces dressed down my little frock enough to take it to brunch, even though it’s definitely nice enough to wear to a wedding on its own.

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