Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In The Red

It's been a long time since I've done an outfit-post. At least it feels that way. Conceiving an outfit, putting it together, donning and photographing clothes are joyful experiences for me. They create a peaceful serenity. They're also fun. So today I carved time out of a busy day to restore balance to my psyche.

Since I've been away for a while, I made an extra effort to impress you. What's more impressive than the boldest of colors -- fire-engine red? That's the hue of a new dress I picked up thrifting yesterday; it cost only $12. Plus, I love its attitude -- mature yet playful. Like me.

What do you think?  Too bold or just enough?


 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. You look wonderful in red.

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  2. You look so classy and gorgeous! You make me want to reenact The Women . JUNGLE RED!

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  3. A dress like that is never too bold. Looks great.

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  4. You look beautiful! Right out of the setting of a fancy gala!!

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  5. Yay! So beautiful. Come join me at Anne's 52-pick-me-up Red party!!!

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  6. Stunning! I love it! The neckline is so flattering.

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    1. Isn't it?! I fell in love with that the second I saw it.

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    2. I have worn this style several times over the years, it makes you feel sassy and sexy. I love how you see a peak of shoulder, beautiful frame for face and neck and what it does for the decolletage! Beautiful without being slutty.

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  7. You look movie star ready! That definitely is a great neckline for you.

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    1. Thanks. I'll soon be appearing in my latest motion picture called "Mermaids From The Sea."

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  8. This dress fits you perfectly. 💃

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  9. Red is always bold (not 'too much', or 'too little' there, just bold) so wear it with the attitude to match and you'll be fine.

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    1. Thanks, Tiina. I'm workin' on the attitude!

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  10. This is a great colour and style on you. The portrait neckline is super-flattering, age appropriate and helps balance your wider shoulders. The peplum fills out your narrower hips and makes your waist look tiny! Fabulous! I expect to see you in this next time we meet up! ;-P

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    1. I look to you, Sheila, to explain to me why the Sun shines. Your expert analysis is perfect and I never could have done it myself.

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    2. Aw, thanks, sweetie. :) None of us has "perfect" bodies, so we need our clothes to work on our behalf. If we know what we want our shape to look like (usually we aim for the hourglass), we can then find clothes to help achieve that.

      For tops, you should look for V necks and U necks, but not a boatneck (they go straight from shoulder to shoulder, and make wide shoulders look wider). For skirts, a fitted waist plus any fullness from there will give you the illusion of hips. You also have killer legs, so a pencil skirt will also look great on you (but then you'll want a blousier top to balance your top half).

      It's all about experimentation - we keep on learning that way!

      Hugs,
      She

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  11. That is my favorite of all necklines. :D What a great find; you're fantastic in it and it looks like a great fit! Aren't dresses that are mature and and unapologetically feminine grand?

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    1. PS I can't wait until I find me something like this. I also have broad shoulders and narrow hips, and I agree with Sheila that this cut is awesome to show them to perfection.

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    2. Yes, they are! I just never thought I'd find one for myself. Sheila's analysis is spot-on. This dress adjusts the shape of my body to a magical degree.

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  12. You must be so much fun to thrift-shop with - you find the most gorgeous things! That red is beautiful on you, and the choice of necklace is great - it accentuates without competing with the pretty neckline.

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    1. That was my goal for the necklace -- to fill up a lot of empty space without calling too much attention to itself 'cause the neckline is the star here. Thanks for reporting I succeeded. And I hope I'm fun to thrift with but, sadly, I'm almost always alone. I wish I had girlfriends who'd go shopping with me. Then we could have tea and chat about our favorite TV shows.

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  13. That is a great find and makes you look sooo sophisticated!x

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  14. Just enough...you look beautiful, classy and smokin' hot!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.com

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! Coming from you (a super-hot mama), that means a lot!

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  15. Ahhh, I love it! Matching reds is really hard, but you nailed it with those shoes!

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  16. Wow! Spectacular! I think you're getting so much better at dressing your body to accentuate your positives. This is just wonderful on you. The colour, the fit, everything! A++ on this one lady!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  17. OMGoodness!!!! This look is absolutely stunning on you dear Ally! I LOVE the neckline and everything else about it ... Good find!

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  18. Oooooh I just LOVE it. Such a classic gorgeous style and looks great on you.
    Daphne.

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  19. Beautiful shoulders! The necklace is also stunning.
    Don't know how you do the heels, but each to their own! :-D
    Xo Jazzy Jack

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  20. That dress is stunning on you! Also love the color--it suits you beautifully. $12--GREAT score! Hope you're enjoying your summer, my sweet. XOXO

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  21. Oh red is always stunning on any women and you look stunning in yours!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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  22. You look great in red, your whole outfit is beautiful.

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  23. I think that dress looks totally FAB on you! Great cut, great color. And I'm totally jealous of your legs. Rawr. <3

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  24. Red is one of my favorite colors. You nailed this and you're so on trend with the off the shoulder look. Everybody on the Internets keeps telling me that off the shoulder is where it's at. Now, I see proof.

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  25. I am so sorry i am late to responding ( i thought I had). I love this dress, the color, the fit,, and the playful attitude. I also love that it could be worn to formal occasions as well, but your happy expressions has this dress looking fun! Love the red shoes!
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com

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  26. How utterly ravishing!!! You look like you're ready to end a super swanky evening gala or, perhaps, an event at the White House. Gorgeous!!!

    ♥ Jessica

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  27. WOW so elegant... what a beautiful look/outfit. Very very sophisticated!!

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  28. Well, look at you! You look gorgeous! This color is amazing, your hairdo is chic, and I love that necklace.

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  29. Oh wow, npw this is chic and glamourous. Beautiful colour on you. Love the necklace too. And the shoes. Very well done.
    Greetje

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  30. Absolutely perfect, but even those are not sufficient words to describe this exquisite look. You can do no wrong, gurrrllll. :)

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  31. Um, I don't know why my comment posted FOUR times, but Blogger won't let me delete, so I'm going to go with GUSHING here lol.

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