Earlier this spring I snagged this navy fit and flare dress at Charming Charlie for less than $20. I can’t believe how well its held up–better than many dresses that cost twice that much. The best thing about a dress like this is how versatile it is. It’s basically a blank canvas–it’s a neutral color… View Article

3 Ways: Navy Fit-and-Flare Dress

Season: Summer

DRESS – Charming Charlie ($19!)
SCARF – gift (similar)
SANDALS – Vionic
HANDBAG – StyleWe (similar)
SUNGLASSES – Loft (similar)
EARRINGS – Charming Charlie (similar)
RING – Moonstone Magic (c/o)
LIP – Burt’s Bees (Niagara Overlook)

Earlier this spring I snagged this navy fit and flare dress at Charming Charlie for less than $20. I can’t believe how well its held up–better than many dresses that cost twice that much. The best thing about a dress like this is how versatile it is. It’s basically a blank canvas–it’s a neutral color and a classic shape–so you can do whatever you want with it. In that spirit, today I’m sharing it styled three different ways: for erranding, a night out, and work.

Erranding

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I’m on a major bohemian kick right now, so I’ve been reaching for all my chunky jewelry and printed scarves. Moonstone Magic sent me this ring last summer and I have to say it’s been one of the best gifted items I’ve ever received. It’s held up quite well and I’ve used it heavily in the last 12 months.

This scarf was a gift from a family friend who, to be honest, I never knew very well. We exchanged gifts for Christmas, and she got me this scarf, probably because it’s generic enough to be a safe gift, and I absolutely loved it way more than she expected. That was years ago and I still wear it regularly

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These Vionic wedges are recent additions to my collection after my beloved Kate Spade wedges finally bit the dust. I wore them to shreds, more or less. This time, I decided to go with something both cute and comfy and I’m already pleased with my choice. The sole of these sandals is a cushy orthotic, so I have no trouble walking long distances in them. Seriously, Vionic is the best–and no, they don’t sponsor me. I’m totally obsessed with them.

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Do you ever lose something like a piece of jewelry or a pair of sunglasses, mourn its loss, then ecstatically discover it in a handbag or a coat you haven’t used in months? That’s exactly what happened with these sunglasses. I pretty much haven’t worn them since February, but found them in my saddle bag a few weeks ago and felt absurdly excited about it.

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Evening

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DRESS – Charming Charlie ($19!)
HEELS – Zara (similar)
CLUTCH – StyleWe (similar)
EARRINGS – boutique in Madrid (similar)
NECKLACE – Charming Charlie (similar)
RING – Charming Charlie (similar)
RING – Moonstone Magic (c/o)
LIP – Burt’s Bees (Niagara Overlook)
TOES – Loft (similar)

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So. This dress errands well, but it also dances and spins well, don’t you think?

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I saw a solid color maxi styled like this, with a giant geometric necklace, not too long ago and I’ve been itching to steal the idea. What do you think? It feels sort of mod and bold to me.

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Workwear

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DRESS – Charming Charlie ($19!)
CARDIGAN – Halogen
LOAFERS – Vionic
SOCKS/LINERS – Berkshire
WRISTLET – Mywalit (c/o)
WATCH – Kate Spade
RING – Ann Taylor (similar)
LIP – Burt’s Bees (Sedona Sands)

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Throw on a cardigan, like this soft one from Halogen that I own in several colors, and you can easily transition a dress like this too work.

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I like to throw on my comfy loafers for work outfits because I spend most days at my standing desk. Recently, Berkshire sent me some samples to try out including their Comfy Liners and I really like them. I’m wearing them here though you can’t see them. They help keep your feet dry and blister free when you’re wearing flats or loafers like this and you don’t want to show any sock. I highly recommend them.

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If I inspired you with the versatility of this particular dress, head to Charming Charlie where they’ve got it in black and red and white stripe. They’ve always got this pattern on rotation in different colors.

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