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.

Honorable Mention:

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?


  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!


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


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