Look 1. This dress could definitely take you into the Holidays if you leaned toward red (or burgundy!!) with the accessories and then it seems perfection for Spring and Summer as well. For having the greatest odds for the greatest number of wears in a lifetime, I decided to lead with this one. Also, I bought a dress cut from the same pattern last year and it is one of my favorites. Deceptively figure flattering. Dress | Earrings | Bag | Shoes

Look 2. Honestly, this is my favorite look. It is perfection for Fall with the ochre and navy. I think one shoulder is so sexy and flattering. Also, diagonal striping is a jedi mind trick for slimming. This little navy bag is maybe a little extra, but you get the drift. Dress | Earrings | Bag | Shoes
Look 3. Classic. Put this one on repeat and wear it a million times. First up, a halter tends to flatter most figures. And, this one has a major Gucci vibe going down with the pussy-bow. The pussy-bow is having a moment this Fall for sure, but is definitely a classic element. Also, I have the feels for this because flat sandals. Here, I the buckle hints at the detailing at the neck. But, a formal flat sandal with a formal maxi is, to me, the apex of comfort and an insurance policy for an enjoyable night. Dress | ShoesEarrings | Minaudiere

Formal Consideration

I've been helping several girlfriends pull their looks together for galas and balls coming up on the social calendar. And, it struck me, there's never been a more affordable time to find a fab frock for a formal fête (yesssssssss!!!! alliteration!). There are a ton of options out there that won't break the bank.

My feelings are this to keep it under budge: go high-lo. Often you can doll up a maxi dress from an affordable source with a formal feel with elegant and, maybe, finer accessories. Likewise, just because you spent a major chunk on your dress doesn't mean that the bag and earrings can't be from Zara. I mean, keep 'em guessing, right? If it all looks right, no one will wonder how much you spent. They just want to know where you got it. Word.

Watch the Shop this week! I am loading in a million fab finds for fall (twice in one post?????!!!!!).

Look 1. Dress | Earrings | Bag | Shoes

Look 2. Dress | Earrings | Bag | Shoes

Look 3. Dress | Shoes | Earrings | Minaudiere

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