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Thrifted Michael Kors!

June 29, 2011

I have to say, this personal dress/skirt with heels challenge is going surprisingly well. Now I wake up in the mornings and only have a moments thought about putting on a pair of pants. Then I shake my head and force myself to think of a dress or skirt combination. To be honest I’m loving it. There is something absolutely wonderful about dressing in this uber-feminine way every day. It’s also making me realize that some dresses and skirts are actually comfortable enough to wear all day long without longing for the moment the dress comes off and comfy clothes go on.

Of course the nice weather helps. It’s easy to dress up when the sun shines in your window each morning inviting you to embrace one more day full of promise. Are you taking advantage of the nice weather to step-up your wardrobe choices? Are you wearing more dresses or skirts? If so, in the comments leave a link to your favorite recent outfit! I’d love to see what you are all working with.

Tip: Think twice about those pants you’re reaching for. Push yourself to think of a dress or skirt combination the next time you want that broken-in pair of jeans.

Dress: Dress Barn
Sweater: Old Navy
Shoes: Michael Kors (from Second Time Around)
Bracelet: Forever21
Earrings: New York & Co.
Necklace: ForLove
Ring: Mimi Boutique

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  • Reply houseofpinheiro June 29, 2011 at 5:48 am

    looks great

  • Reply Kelly June 29, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Love that dress! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I also have to push myself outside my comfort zone to wear dresses but always so glad I did. And, you know, you are not going to look back on your live & wish you wore your favourite dress less …

    Kelly xo
    Elegantly Academic

  • Reply perdita June 29, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Fab outfit. I love skirts, although I do feel that assuming ‘trousers = masculine and scruffy’ sells them short (and then they DO become the scruffy, lazy option) so I rarely do 1-type-of-clothing challenges. That and I can’t wear heels for a few months due to a back injury. :(

  • Reply Pam @over50feeling40 June 29, 2011 at 6:48 am

    I think skirts and dresses are the best professional summer wear!! So much cooler and easier to style than pants. This dress looks incredible on you and its such a pretty color!!

  • Reply amy June 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

    you look lovely in that color!

  • Reply Hope June 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I love everything about this outfit. The color combination is on point and you look beautiful today! I think this is one of my favorites. :)

  • Reply Tara June 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Great outfit…you look so elegant! I really need to wear dresses/skirts more! They truly are more comfy!

  • Reply Lili @ Relatable Style June 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

    DUDE! I love this dress! And the overall styling! Great job 😀

    Relatable Style

  • Reply Kimi June 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Wow, that dress looks AMAZING on you! I love it. You got it at Dress Barn? I never find anything cute there (granted, I’ve only been there once or twice – the name is so unfortunate. Dress BARN?? Really? Why not Dress Emporium, or Dress Boutique?)

  • Reply Ang - Love at First Shoe June 29, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love everything about this outfit. That dress is adorale!

  • Reply Courtney June 29, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Love this dress and heels and combo – the dress is just so pretty! The weather in my neck of the woods has been pretty erratic lately (rain, shine, etc.) so I’m sort of still in my spring transitioning to summer wardrobe…

    xoxo ~ Courtney

  • Reply Linda June 29, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I already told you via Twitter, but I love today’s outfit– the subtle pattern on the dress, the cheerful stripes on the cardigan, THOSE SHOES! xo

  • Reply Pheobe June 29, 2011 at 10:01 am

    That dress is absolutely stunning on you! I agree with you that dresses are not only very girly, but very comfortable as well. They’re also very easy (don’t have to think about pant + blouse combo), just one article of clothing to put on and, viola! you’re done :)

  • Reply Rachel Tatem June 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I totally know what you mean: it is a fun challenge to put on a skirt/dress. When I think easy so often I go for my go to bottoms of the summer (tailored Bermuda shorts) but skirts can be just as easy!

  • Reply Dana June 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    This dress looks amazing on you! I love the vintage flair to it and the way you paired it. I love yellow and coral together. I think it’s awesome you are stepping outside the box and wearing more skirts. I love skirts and wear them much more frequently than pants, so wearing pants would be the challenge for me. Actually, I have been wearing more shorts, which is something I haven’t done since I was a kid. It’s exciting pushing yourself to do something new, more often.

  • Reply Loren June 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

    This dress is seriously awesome. The color looks great on you! I love wearing floaty skirts in the summer. The way they move when you walk is almost like having a built in fan for your legs.

    I’ve got two go-to skirts for summer.

  • Reply Rocquelle June 29, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love this!!! Dresses with full skirts are my favorite; this one is gorgeous on you!!

  • Reply A Fine balance June 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

    what a beautiful dress and colour!

  • Reply Melissa June 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Oh my goodness…I’m the complete opposite, I have to push myself to wear pants! I rarely do anymore, I stick with mostly dresses and sometimes skirts, but hardly ever wear pants.

    That dress is lovely on you! The shape, the color, everything and I especially love it with the yellow cardigan! You look beautiful!

  • Reply Robin June 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    What a beautiful dress! Good luck with your personal challenge!

  • Reply Sally June 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Such fabulously bright colors!

  • Reply Dancing Branflake June 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Yay for dresses and skirts! You look fabulous!

  • Reply Keely June 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love that dress so much! It’s such a pretty color and silhouette on you and the added striped cardi is really fun. I often go for jeans, but now that the weather is warmer I grab dresses. I do need to dip into my skirts a little more often.

  • Reply Minister of Style June 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Katy you look wonderful in this outfit! so very feminine and fresh…love, love it.

  • Reply Martina Lynne :: The Life Academic June 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Yeah, this is simply fabulous. There’s something so wonderful about the dress/skirt and heels wardrobe — even though I wear flats (biking in heels is a challenge!), I still feel 100% more ladylike and put-together in a skirt.

  • Reply Jill June 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Wowzas! This dress is absolutely stunning on you!

  • Reply Loren June 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    This dress is seriously awesome. I love skirts and dresses in the summer. The way the fabric moves when you are walking is almost like a built in fan for your legs 😉
    These are my ‘go to’ summer skirts.

  • Reply Sherry Jarwin June 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    This is a beautiful combo on you! The color of the dress really makes your skin glow. I love your hair in the soft, short style! Cheers!

  • Reply GRIT & GLAMOUR June 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Aw, this is so pretty and feminine! Gorgeous, Katy. The style is super flattering, and I really like the perspective of these photos.

  • Reply Terri June 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Katy–I haven’t commented in a while, but this is really, really pretty.

  • Reply Courtney June 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    What a great find!

  • Reply Anja June 30, 2011 at 6:29 am

    that is a seriously sweet combination. Loving the dress and it looks very cute with that cardigan. I am still a bit scared of mixing two patterns, but you once again inspired me to try something new :)
    Loving the shoes as well, definitely a great find!!!

  • Reply Alex Elizabeth June 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    This dress is so pretty. I am in love with the color. All the accessories go really well, too (shoes!!)– I can’t decide if you’re looking more J.Crew or Kate Spade!

  • Reply Stephanie July 2, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I really like this dress. The dress looks like something you would buy on ModCloth. I always thought of Dress Barn as this dowdy suburban store, maybe because it was portrayed that way in The Devil Wears Prada. I’ll have to check out my local Dress Barn the next time I go shopping.

  • Reply Alana July 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I love finding designer things in thrift stores!

    Yesterday I went to Value Village (Canadian version of Savers) and found Chanel shoes. I couldn’t believe it.

    You make me want to try harder and dress up more!

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