Thursday, June 21, 2012

Buttons & Bows

Today's look has a few componets: it helps us dress down a dressy dress while combining a few current trends: tomato red, denim, pops of color and arm parties.
Recognize this dress? It's the Kate Spade Jillian dress I wore for my MBA graduation, but today it's getting a casual make over! Here's how I took it from dress to day...
With the Jillian dress, a little bit of layering can go a long way! I paired a button up shirt under the dress  to dress it down a bit!
Arm partys are all the rage right now! So as always I piled on the arm candy with lots of bracelets, bangles and bling!
A pop of color is always a great way to make a statement for spring! For this outfit I choose a turquoise necklace and turquoise gum drop studs for that perfect pop! 
Denim is also really big right now from colored skinnies to chambray tops. For this look, layering a denim button up under the jillian helped dress it down!
Tomato red was all over the spring runway from prints and patterns to bold solids! It is a super easy trend to try, play it safe by pairing it navy, denim or brown, or be bold by pairing it with turquoise (like me) or even yellow!
 I finished the look by neutralizing it with gold.
Shirt: Banana Republic Denim Button up. Dress: Kate Spade Jillian Dress (sale!). Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane All Eyes On You Necklace. Necklace: Vintage Kenneth Jay Lane Sparkle Necklace. Earrings: Kate Spade Gum Drop Studs. Bag: Kate Spade Gold Scout. Shoes: Vince Camuto Oxford Booties. Ring: Kate Spade All Wrapped Up Bow Ring. Arm Party: Kate Spade Idiom Bangles, Juicy Couture Buckle Bangle, Kate Spade Lady Marmalade Bracelet, J.Crew Pave Link Bracelet.



  1. Love the dress darling! Stop by sometime! Kori xoxo

    1. Thanks Kori! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite kate spade dresses!

  2. Courtney, I love the look but it would be too hot for Houston right now. I will file it away until fall. I have tried layering under a Jillian before but the scoop back kind of bugged me with a shirt under it. The shirt kept poofing out. What is your secret? Maybe mine was too big to layer. I will try it again soon and post it on my blog... maybe today!

    1. Thanks Sandee! If you are having bunching problems try a think chambray shirt (mines a thick denim one and it was kind of challenging for me). Since I was a dancer back in the day I live in bootie shorts (like spandex work out shorts) I always wear them underneath all my skirts and dresses. As weird as it sounds, I have a high waisted pair (I think they are volleyball shorts?) but when I layer, I tuck the undershirt into the shorts to keep it in place! If shorts aren't your thing, try a ballet belt, it looks like a work out headband but it fits your waist! You can wear that over the shirt but under the dress to keep it flat on the back and prevent the bunching! I hope this help!

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    1. well it is denim meets kate spade... what is more Katrina then that!? You should invest in the black jillian dress!!!


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