Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pink Julep Style: 1 Dress, 5 Looks

When the lovely folks at Baukjen asked me if I'd like to style up their Pippa Stripe Dress, I jumped at the chance! Featured earlier this year on Pink Julep in Cool Mom Style, this is a soft, comfortable basic with endless styling possibilities that would compliment any wardrobe. I've styled the dress 5 different ways to show just how versatile the Pippa Stripe Dress can be this season!
The obvious way to wear the dress is on its own with a few accessories. Here I've added fur trimmed booties, Gap black tights, a pair of black jet drop earrings and an edgy patent clutch with a bit of heavy metal detail to give the look some edge. I would definitely wear this look for a night out or dinner with friends and the bonus is that it's so comfortable!
On a more casual note, this is also the perfect dress for day whether you're on a shopping trip, running errands or even the office, depending on how formal the dress code is. Trade high heeled booties for a pair of Tory Burch Revas - they're flat and comfortable, but the medallion detail gives them a little something extra. My TB Revas have a silver medallion, so I added silver chandelier earrings and a vintage silver cocktail ring. Throw a scarf around your neck, grab a more practical bag for the day ahead like a Longchamp Le Pliage and you have a totally different look!
If you're a regular visitor to Pink Julep, then you probably know by now that I'm a sucker for a boyfriend cardigan. I wear them with everything! I have two boyfriend cardigans that I favor, a black one and a grey one, both from H&M 2 years ago. One of my favorite styling tricks is to roll up the sleeves a little and then push them up so the contrast shows. It's an easy trick and so chic! For this look I chose an H&M boyfriend cardigan, a long necklace from Accessorize, some gold and wooden bangles I bought at a flea market years ago, black Western style booties from Dune and Tory Burch Logo Stud Earrings. I also traded the tote for a quilted bag with a tassel and gold chain detail from River Island. Since the nature of my work is very informal, I would most likely wear this look for an event or meetings - it's a perfect day to night look for desk to dinner with only a change of lipstick!
For the 4th look, I raided my husband's closet where I snatched his sweater vest that I simply threw over the dress for a completely different look. I also changed from the black booties to the same Dune Patrol D booties in brown. They are my favorite shoes this season, so naturally I have them in both colors! Even though it's the simplest of the 5 looks, this might be my favorite. It's super easy, mixes neutrals, breaks up the stripe pattern and there's just something fun & naughty about raiding a boy's closet! I would wear this look pretty much anywhere - I might actually wear it for Thanksgiving dinner this year at a friend's house since it leaves plenty of breathing room for a hefty feast.
The final look takes the same dress I'd wear with flats and makes it a little sexier. Adding a biker jacket takes any basic dress from drab to fab in a heartbeat. In this case, it's a knitted biker jacket I bought at H&M about 5 years ago, but a leather one would look amazing too! Because the jacket hits at the waist, it gives a slimming effect, which is great, especially for anyone who's wary of stripes. With all the zippers and shape that come on board when you wear a biker jacket, there's no need to over accessorize... I simply pulled out the gold in the jacket with a pair of metallic gold LK Bennett heels and gold stud earrings. This is a look I'd wear for drinks, dinner or an evening event, however the biker jacket works for day too. For practicality reasons, I'd simply trade the gold heels for a pair of black knee-high boots.

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Here are 5 other easy ways you could style the Baukjen Pippa Stripe Dress:

  1. Suit up: Throw a blazer over it with sleek, black heels!
  2. Belt it: Cinch the waist with a wide black belt.
  3. Collars up: Wear the dress over a crisp white button down shirt, roll up the sleeves and push them up.
  4. Skirting the issue: Wear the dress as a skirt by layering a black v-neck sweater over it.
  5. Mix prints: Play up the striped pattern by pairing it with polka dot tights for a stylishly bolder look!
How would you style up the Pippa Stripe Dress?
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2 comments

  1. Fantastic! That dress really is fabulous, and what you've done with it is amazing! Very inspirational. I actually have a similar post in the works (one dress styled different ways). Your post has made me excited to share it!

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    1. Thank you for your very kind comment and best of luck with your post! xx

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