Now, it is becoming unusual for me to stray too far from black, grey, or white with my everyday looks but, when I do, I find that jewel tones are the most flattering alternative. Red, in particular, is one of those colors where there is a flattering version for every skin tone. Think red lipstick–whether your skin is fair with bluish undertones, a warm golden color, or chocolate brown, there is a red lipstick shade to flatter your unique tones. Much the same, a bold red or berry dress can be just as versatile–a piece you style and re-style over and over because it’s oh-so-flattering.
Rachell Parcell Dress Review
I purchased this dress from the Rachel Parcell collection sometime around the fall of last year. Truth be told since fashion blogger Rachel Parcell is known for being tall and thin–and because she models almost all of the pieces in her clothing line–I hesitated to purchase, knowing that I am much shorter and the fit of the pieces would likely require extensive alterations.
As it happens though, the description on this particular dress noted the length was more of a “mini”. Since the silhouette was trapeze style (Loose all around), I figured I could get by, noting that the shorter length should be about right on me. When I received the dress, it was definitely larger all around than I would typically purchase, but with a hem and rolled sleeves, the fit wasn’t all that bad.
Separately, during communications with the RP team, I’ve been told that a petite line is in the works–though I wasn’t given a timeframe. With the extended sizing, we petite ladies will hopefully have better luck with more styles in the future.
Styling for Work
I loved this dress because of the ease of transforming it into completely different looks. It is not overly formal, nor overly structured, and therefore can be worn in a multitude of ways depending on how you accessorize it.
My office setting is what I consider conservative, so I opted for a neutral pump and classic satchel to carry me through the workday. (If I’m ever unsure of how to style for work, a neutral pump and simple accessories seal the deal.)
Other Ways to Style for Work
- With NEUTRAL PUMPS, a STRUCTURED TOTE, and LONG NECKLACE
- With a NECK SCARF, LONG BLAZER, and LOAFER SLIDES
- With KNEE HIGH BOOTS, a LEATHER TOTE, and CHUNKY BRACELETS
Styling for a Night Out
In yesterday’s post, I wore this dress for a typical day at the office–especially now that we’re amidst 60-degree temperatures again in Pittsburgh. With only a few small changes: black tights in place of bare legs, a statement necklace in place of a silver pendant, and suede wedge booties in exchange for nude pumps, I have transformed this flirty trapeze dress from day to night.
My style is, as you know, conservative–not what one would consider daring–but adding black accents is a go-to when dressing up any outfit. No matter what, black will always look dressy and chic.
Other ways to Style for a Night Out
In addition to black, this simple dress plays well with edgier fabrics (like leather and suede) and classic prints (think leopard, stripes and floral). This is a piece you can have fun with, so let your creative side go a bit nuts!
- With TIGHTS, a STATEMENT NECKLACE, and BOOTIES
- With over-the-knee boots, A LONG VEST, and LAYERED BRACELETS
- With HEELED SANDALS, a top knot, and a LEOPARD CLUTCH
Styling for the Weekend
Weekend style is all about comfort and ease. Insert a pair of worn-in ankle boots, and a favorite faux leather jacket. I would wear this for casual lunching or shopping on the weekend, or even a Friday night happy hour. It’s one of those looks that isn’t too much or too little–a nice in between, I’d say.
Other Ways to Style for the Weekend
Pull out your favorite comfy pieces, and layer them on with this simple dress. Your accessories will turn this look into something completely new, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Here are a few ways I intend to wear this dress:
- With a FAUX LEATHER JACKET, sUEDE ANKLE BOOTS, and a CASUAL BAG
- With brown OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS, a DENIM JACKET, and a MINI CROSSBODY
- With FLATS, a LONG CARDIGAN, and an OVERSIZED TOTE
Photos: Rose Colored Creative