Monday, July 30, 2012

My Authentic Style

If I could be a girl, this is how I'd dress.

I found this polka-dotted cutie in a thrift-store for $6.99.  The dress reached out to me and opened its arms.  I couldn't help but embrace it.  To add color, I pulled out my red bag.

The reason I like this outfit so much is because it's me.  It's my style.  It's what I would wear if I was allowed to dress like a woman in public.  Can you see that?





 


44 comments:

  1. I LIKE your style--its a great dress (I love the bit of a flip in the hem) and your styling.

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  2. This is perfect for you! I think it is definitely your style! You look fantastic, and I love your fun red accessories!!

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  3. Mmmhmm. I can totally see you wearing this to the office and around town and everywhere, really.

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  4. Who says you're not allowed to dress like a woman in public?! I say go for it! You look adorable :)

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  5. Looks great, really like the how the red handbag looks with the dress, very pretty

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  6. I love the red bag! Pops of red are one of my favorite accents.

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  7. This has to be one of my favourite outfits on you, Ally! If I saw you walking down the street in this (and I could totally see that), I would give you a big smile and say, "You look awesome! Great dress!"

    This really IS your style - very female, but not too girly. It's classy. Well done, my dear. :)

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  8. Oooh! This is very you! I especially love the red bag with it. Fabulous, classic, chic. Your body language in these photos show a lot more confidence than some of your older photoshoots. Rock on, Ally!

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    1. Thanks, Megan. I noted the same thing and realizing the truth of your point makes me feel really good.

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  9. This is so classic. Black and white polka dots with red accents? I love it! I agree that this really fits your personal style. The dress is great!

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

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  10. Such a great dress - it's very elegant!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  11. Wow! That is a fabulous dress and so on trend with the polka dots. You gotta love a classic black and white dress. The pop of color with the handbag is the perfect finishing touch.

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  12. Absolutely your style. Short enough to show off your great legs and belted at the waist. With a fun print. It's definitely you and you look great in it!

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  13. Wowza, Mama. Lookin' good.

    This cut especially around the shoulder looks great on you. Chic yet whimsical. LOVE!

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  14. Hey Ally,
    I agree with the others about your body language in this dress. You look soo happy and confident. I am also a huge fan of polks dots! Great outfit post :)

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  15. My lady, you are truly, truly lovely. I would totes want to swap dresses with you on this one.

    I love, love, love seeing authentic you. *standing ovation*

    Well, virtually. And I'm standing on a chair while the kitten I brought back from my blogger meetup with Megan hangs from the hem of my skirt :o

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  16. This is such a wonderful classic summer look! It's so great when you see something that immediately resonates as "my look"!! I love the patent pumps and red bag too. A perfect outfit!

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  17. This has to be one of my all time favourite looks you've worn Ally. The dress is perfect, on trend, figure flattering - you've totally nailed it!
    Have a fab Tuesday Hun xoxo
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  18. You really look amazing! The dress is so stylish and polished, I love it on you. Plus the red bag is an awesome touch of colour.

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  19. that's such an adorable polka dot dress :)
    would you like to follow each other?
    A
    xx
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  20. Yep, that is absolutely what I would have pegged as your style too. Fun, but still mature (as opposed to too youthful), feminine but not frilly. Love the red handbag.

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  21. I think this is my favorite outfit of yours so far, Ally. I love the shift on you. The graphic classic print, and the color combo all speak to me as well. If this is the real you, I say, dress for you more often! xo. -Bella Q

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  22. You've styled yourself into perfection, Ally. So classy... and with the little flirty edge of a hem and a splash of color it shows your wonderful personality. Love the addition of the belt too.
    I can see you sashaying into some fancy restaurant for an elegant ladies luncheon.

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  23. It fits you perfectly too. I'm hoping you have a lot of opportunity in your life to wear your beautiful feminine clothes. You deserve to be loved in a community where you can rock your style like you do on your blog. Here's a big HUG from me. ;)

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  24. Thanks, guys. Your remarks are touching.

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  25. You must be a fun type of girl, because that's what polka dots say to me...fun...fun...fun! The red purse is a great addition.
    Looks like this is one of your all time top outfits judging from the other comments. This dress is a keeper!

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  26. I was rocking the polka dots yesterday (with red pants, of course) because I wanted to make my Monday a little brighter. It worked! :)

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  27. You look like a million bucks !
    I have to say that you'd be a very stylish lady.

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  28. ooh i love it! its kind of retro yet totally modern at the same time

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  29. What a classic look - you can't go wrong with black, white and red. :) I love the choice of belt and those patent shoes. So chic!

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  30. As I was scrolling through my blog list, this outfit stopped me dead in my mouse tracks. It is so lovely and I can see why you would love it. It is so very chic and appropriate for so many occasions. I think this is my favorite of your outfits. You just look like you are so comfortable in it.

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  31. This dress is gorgeous, Ally! You have such great taste. We should embark on a thrifting adventure one afternoon, seeing as you're just around the corner.

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  32. love the dress so much! it is so you indeed. polka dots looks charming you! I won't write anything about your legs or about your smile - you already know my thinking and adores!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  33. Maybe rather than going out and trying to "blend" with people in a public place, it would be a start to just dress up and then go for a drive? Then when you feel secure doing that, maybe stop at a gas station for a drink?

    I think we think of going out "dressed" as being this thing that is so big that it is overwhelming. Maybe smaller steps would be more achievable.

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    1. You're entirely right, pal. Small steps gain us experience and confidence.

      The particular steps I'd like to take now are socializing with close friends in semi-public spaces (like our homes). I grew tremendously from the party we had in May and want to continuing moving in that direction in smaller groups.

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  34. classy with a bit of fun and excitement...i like it! the dress is a great shape and fits you like a dream. great find and great buy!

    ps. i would love for you to join us girls should you ever be in the area :)

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  35. Yes, yes! This dress is PERFECT on you. It fits not only your body but your soul :-) I know in my heart that someday you will wear it proudly and comfortably in public.

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    1. Awww... that's such a nice thing to say. Thank you, Louise. I try not to dream too big for fear of disappointment, but we need to aspire.

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  36. As someone who has been out in public for many many years now I would encourage you very strongly to step out without fear or trepidation. Not only do you look credible and feminine but you also dress to blend and not to shock. People will have no trouble believing you are a woman but first and foremost you need to believe it yourself. This is the key....you need to understand and feel in your heart that you are out there being yourself. Relaxed and proud.

    Once you get there you will be amazed at the comfort and joy that you will feel. Take small little steps out and take it slow and trust that all will be well
    You wont go back in the closet ever again and with each step feel better and better about who you are!

    Joanna
    www.joannabefree.blogspot.ca

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  37. I love your style! I'm a polka dot lover. :)
    You look wonderful in your style.
    XOXO
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