A Little Trendy Chevron Dress...

So the past few days have been a bit cooler and rainy around here (and a bit gloomy at times). So I figured why not bust out a dress with a bit of a sleeve in a fun print...

Trouble with most of these little trendy, crazy-printed dresses of this style is that they're honestly a bit shapeless and can look a bit "too much" where the print is concerned if it's a bit louder like this one.

Which brings me to my main accessorizing philosophy-- Use accessories to toughen up "sweet" outfits. This dress would also work perfectly on a 4-year-old (ahem in a MUCH smaller size). But with the right accessories, it works for my personal style and looks a bit edgier and appropriate for a grown-up like myself...haha.
Don't get me wrong, it's super cute on it's own, but when the print is this loud, sometimes it's just screaming for something to break it up a bit.

Since these types of dresses usually fall a bit short on me,  belting them and losing a few inches is definitely not an option.  Then we'd be left with a whole new set of inappropriate problems, guys.
So to make it work, I like to throw on a jacket to break it up a bit. Especially when the print is super loud like this one.

Ahhhh much better.

SO much more "me". Leather jackets are genius. If you have a nice lightweight one like this, you can throw them on anytime, anywhere and they always work. Especially on cool, rainy Summer days.

So a bit of leather, a spiky necklace, and a chain-handled handbag did the trick. No longer 4-year-old appropriate.

dress: Dress Up Boutique (shopdressup.com)
jacket: Tinley Road
purse: J. Crew Factory
necklace: BCBG
shoes: Forever 21


  1. I sure wish we had some cooler weather here in Houston! Love the outfit! :)

  2. That jacket is just the touch needed to complete that outfit. Looks great!

  3. I love hearing about all the backstory that goes in to each of your outfits. The reasons why you do what you do are so interesting, and you always look so polished.


  4. how cute!!! i need to find a dress like this! you look fabulous :)

  5. I love this, and I love that you toughened it up a bit. I think that if you tossed on a classic blazer and some basic heels it would be grown up but not to sweet either.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  6. Hahaha you are so right..I hate it when adding a belt makes the dress shorter than it should be haha.

    That leather jacket made it such a rocker-chic style. LOVE IT!
    Your blonde hair really stands out with the black ensemble!

    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries

  7. This is so pretty!!
    Check out my blog to see the dress I wore for prom :)


  8. Love that dress!!! I so love your style!!!

  9. love the dress.
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  10. Very nice .. I'll have to check out BCBG for accessories now ;-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

  11. the dress looks amazing on you :) check out my blog http://thebeautyblog2.blogspot.com/

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  13. Looks lovely :) Love the chevron design! And paired with leather jacket - gorgeous.
    Charlotte xxx Something Special To Say

  14. AH, I'd be too hot here in ATL to wear that jacket, though the rain is making it remarkably cooler. You accessorized the dress nicely!
    <3 Carolyn

  15. Loving it with the leather jacket!


  16. Love your accessorizing Tiff; great tips!