|dress||–||Zara (found at Goodwill, similar)|
|trench||–||Target x Altuzarra (similar)|
|heels||–||Zara (similar in leopard, similar in black)|
|earrings||–||dress barn (similar)|
|ring||–||Charming Charlie (c/o)|
|lip||–||Burts Bees – Napa Vineyard Crayon & Pucker Lip Shine|
Fortune has been smiling on me, or maybe it’s the city of Chicago in general. The weather is insanely gorgeous, the Cubs just won the World Series, and I’ve been unearthing an astounding number of gems from Goodwill’s racks. I’m going to need a bigger closet at this rate. I found this fit-and-flare dress from Zara there just a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to take it out to dinner.
Dinner is awfully specific, you might say. Why not dancing? Or bar crawling? Or to a show? While I like the way you think, I want to take this dress out to dinner because it’s the perfect dress to wear to dinner. It’s the perfect dress for dinner because it’s so forgiving. The last thing you want to wear to a fancy, multi-course affair is a tight dress that will leave you feeling (and looking) stuffed after the appetizer round. Fit-and-flare dresses are perfect for a night of indulgence.
I didn’t title this post “the perfect dress to go to dinner” though, did I? Apart from being forgiving, the other wonderful thing about fit-and-flare dresses is that they make your legs look long and graceful as those of an en pointe ballet dancer. To maximize this effect, select a dress that flares straight from your natural waist, as this one does on me. A word of caution, though: you want the length of the dress to fall to your mid thigh. Don’t go shorter, or every time you bend over even the slightest amount you’ll share with the world the color of underwear you selected. A girl should always have a few secrets, they say, and that should be one of them.
The fact that fit-and-flare (or skater, as they’re sometimes called) dresses are unbelievably fun to twirl in is just an added bonus. A relatively neutral colored on like this one can be styled for any season, and I already have a vision of how I’ll wear it in the winter. I’ll accent it with a bright cardigan, pull on some patterned tights, and cap the whole thing off with some soft suede boots. And obviously a nice bold statement clutch would be required.