Happy Sunday Mer-Babes! I totally fell off the whole Halloween train this year, I'm kind of sad about it but also kind of not. Instead of a costume post that you can only wear once a year I am bringing you something way more useful. I feel like we are so quick to separate pieces of our wardrobe into seasons that we miss out on amazing styling opportunities. This floral dress is one of those pieces that can easily be boxed up into one category, its spaghetti straps and floral print can make it seem like summer wear, but the velvet and navy aspects of this dress can help it work far into the colder months.
I got this dress (shop similar here and here) my sophomore year of high-school, I wish I could say that was a really long time ago but it wasn't, it was 2013. The whole 90s obsession hadn't begun at this point, but as the trend-spotter I am, sixteen year old me knew that this dress had major potential. The other day I was rummaging through my closet and I was so excited to find this dress, it is seriously on trend right now. Previously, I had worn this dress on its own or with a sweater over it as that was quite hot in 2014 (see the post if you dare, but please don't laugh). This time around I gave it a 2016 update, by layering it over a simple Madewell long sleeve tee (shop here) and a pair of over the knee boots (shop similar for only $60). OTK boots and a slip dress is a killer combination I didn't see coming, this slit is so extra, the OTK boot tones down the leg exposure while still showing off a little thigh. I love throwing in a piece that is a little unexpected, so I grabbed this Clare V. clutch (shop here), the light leather draws major contrast to the navy dress. I doubled up on delicate chokers wearing a velvet (shop here) and a rhinestoned (shop here) one, of course no look is complete without oversized hoops (shop here).
I decided to change up my beauty look a bit, I traded my go-to wings for some falsies by Kiss (shop here). I love the extra pop that false lashes give! Even though I have massive lashes theres nothing like a pair of falsies. For my lips I am loving this matte lipstick by Ulta (shop here), it is super hydrating and had tons of pigment, I am wearing Mulberry. For my hair, I decided the embrace the third day grease and added Triple Sec by Dry Bar (shop here) and a little styling gel. This gave me a hint of the "wet hair" look without going overboard.