February 7, 2012

Today's Everyday Fashion: Shopping Inspiration







































This inspiration photo has been haunting me for months. I couldn't afford the actual dress, but I knew I had to find a look-alike. I recently spotted one online and it was exactly how I hoped it would be when it arrived. It's a semi-thick sweater dress in a dreamy camel color, with seams that give it a slight ruching. I paired it with my new Stella & Dot necklace for a friend's birthday celebration on Saturday night (and snapped this photo on the way out), and I plan on wearing it later with boots and leggings for a more casual look. Have you ever been inspired by a magazine ad to buy a similar item?

Inspiration photo: Shopbop
Dress: Moda c/o MJR Sales, $21 (search term: Moda Ruched Crewneck Dress)
Necklace: My Stella & Dot website, $228
Shoes: Restricted from Endless, $40
Purse: Juicy Couture via TJ Maxx, $70
Ring: My Stella & Dot website, $49
Watch: Michael Kors, family gift
Bracelets: Banana Republic, $20 and My Stella & Dot website, $49


1. Arden B black ruched dress, $59
2. eDressMe gray ruched dress, $56
3. Forever 21 black ruched dress, $27.80

40 comments:

  1. i love that dress! i want to get it but am not sure which size... can i ask, what size did you get?

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  2. I purchased that dress from MJR Sales, and when it came, the sleeves (and especially the shoulders), were constructed completely differently.  Not a very flattering look on me, unfortunately, but the dress looks great on you!  I'm curious if yours is constructed the same way, or if I just didn't read the description of the dress close enough when I purchased! Thanks so much!

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  3. I like your take on the outfit even better than the inspiration photo!

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  4. gorgeous dress! you look stunning.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks Melissa! I'm a size 2 in dresses at Express, XS in dresses at Banana, and I got a size S in this dress. Since it's form-fitting, I didn't want it to be too tight and look like a stuffed sausage. :-) I was very happy with the fit when it arrived!

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  6. That is so strange Natalie! :-( Sometimes things will fit slightly different than what they show on the mannequin, but I was really happy with this particular dress!

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  7. LOVE this outfit! I'm not too sure about these colors on me, but they look awesome on you!

    The necklace sort of reminds me of a top you pinned on pinterest {http://pinterest.com/pin/227150374925317546/} I'm loving it!

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  8. Thank you! And yep - I am loving anything tribal. I also pinned a picture of this exact necklace in that folder! :-)

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  9. Hmmm....when I looked at the dress, it only came in S, M, L.  I'm guess you would be the small then?

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  10. They might be sold out of the XS, but I have other Moda dresses in XS so I know they make that size.

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  11. I am loving the color and fit of that dress on you!!!  It is perfect!  You definitely found an almost identical dress to the picture!  Great necklace too!!!  xx

    Pip
    http://chicstayathome.blogspot.com
    http://lucianobybethaddis.blogspot.com

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  12. Hi! You said that you would be pairing this dress with a pair of leggings for a more casual look. What color leggings/shoes are you thinking? I have the toughest time styling leggings but I love them! Thanks for your advice!

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  13. Mary, I only have black and navy, so most likely navy leggings with brown boots!

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  14. oh, ok.  I ordered a Medium!  I hope that's not too big...

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  15. What a great dress!  And you have the best collection of necklaces!

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  16. This is a great dress. I love mini dresses with long sleeves. The Forever 21 on is adorable.

    Tiffany
    http://shoeschampagne.blogspot.com

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  17. I absolutely love this look for you!! The necklace pairing is perfect!

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  18. This dress is hot!!! You look great.  What's the name of the exact colour that you're wearing? 

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  19. Good question. I don't remember for sure and the color is not listed in my email order confirmation. The product # is 405999, though. Currently none in stock but if you find one in the next couple days (MJR's stock changes quickly) and it matches that #, then it should be the same!

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  20. That is a hot little dress and you look amazing!! I like your version even better than the original look! 

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  23. I looooove your necklace :)

    xx
    Julie
    http://lovecardelia.blogspot.com/

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  24. you look amazing with this dress!. i have a blog too it's called the chic and  cheap.
    http://thechicandcheapblog.blogspot.com/

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  25. i like your versions even better!!

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  26. I like yours ten times better! 

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  27. Ok 1. CUTE DRESS! I am in love with it! and 2. your legs are KILLER! What work out do you use? or are you just blessed with amazing legs?
    xoxo
    Chels

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  28. did you wear special undies with the dress? they look so sheer on the MJR website! looks fab!

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  29. Nope. Didn't seem sheer to me in person at all! The seams in the back also kind of go across your butt, making that part of the dress even thicker. :-)

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  30. So sweet, thank you! You may have already seen this post, about my fitness story? I don't do anything specifically for my legs, but I do love to workout and be active, and I also think wearing heels helps tone them. :-) http://www.jseverydayfashion.com/2010/09/my-fitness-story.html

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  31. Love that dress! That is all I have to say. I love it!

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  32. These make your legs look fantastic...they steal the show here!

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  33. J.. I loved your take on the outfit a lot more and you look so great and put together. That necklace is a killer but $228 :(

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  34. I know I totally splurged on this necklace!! Here are a couple cheaper options for ya: http://shop.stelladot.com/style/b2c_en_us/festival-til-dawn.html?s=jspage http://shop.stelladot.com/style/b2c_en_us/casablanca-bib-necklace-188.html?s=jspage

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  35. The dress looks gorgeous on you; better than the inspiration photo. You have such a great figure! I never would have thought to use an inspiration photo before reading your blog.

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  36. notimeforstyle.blogspot.comFebruary 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I love your use of colors and I think you're doing a great job posting all this outfits! Very useful blog, thank you!

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  37. So sweet, thank you! 

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  38. I bought this in dark pink and wore for Valentine's day with black tights and black pumps :)

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