K/R David Meister LBlueD, plus more shopping

This morning, I nipped across the border to make a few returns and pick up my exchanged items. 

First, the Halogen skirt in petite. I decided to try it instead of shortening the regular, and it is a much better fit over all. 

Pic 1: Petite skirt

Pic 2: Regular skirt

Note: they are the same colour IRL. It's just that the light is different today. 

In Pic 1, I am also wearing the Halogen western chambray shirt. Still on the hunt for a replacement for that BR denim shirt. The colour of this one seems better than the last chambray shirt and the details are nice. The price was very good so I am keeping for now; it will be useful to me and drapes a bit better than the BR shirt. 

In Pic 3 I have on the replacement Only Mine sweater (had to replace the one that came with a hole in the sleeve.) 

Pic 4 shows a VC mixed media top. Supposedly mixed media, but actually just a light knit. I wanted to try a different neckline from my usual and felt as if this V might be narrow enough to pass muster. Also, it is a high low, knit. It's a bit more fitted than I might have wished, but again, it will be useful in my work at home capsule. Colour makes me happy. 

My K/R question is about the David Meister dress. I think I got the last one of these at a huge reduction. Once again, I apologize for the light - no matter what I do I can't seem to make it bright enough so I have brightened one photo in the hopes you'll be able to make out some detail. 

Fit is pretty much perfect, I think. Quality is wonderful. But....is it too conservative and corporate and old-lady? 

Obviously, this would be a great dress for a funeral or any solemn sort of winter occasion. And I do not have a dress that fits that purpose -- although in a pinch I do have separates that could be put together in that way. 

But can this dress be worn any other way? Could I style it to look more contemporary? How? 

The price was very reasonable for the quality of the item. But if it's going to be an orphan, I could use that money another way, you know? 

Would love your thoughts. 

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  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    I like the petite skirt and the color of number 4 is a 15 out of 10 on you.   Love it!  

    The dress is a classic.  It seems that high quality, a great fit, a style with some longevity and a good price point is a call to see if there are ways to make it edgier or more exciting for non-funeral wear. Possible things to try include unexpected footwear, a less structured bag, scarves, a long necklace and less traditional toppers (cropped, asymmetrical, leather, etc.)  The animal print shoes are punching it up a bit.  I know you don't wear a lot of jewelry typically, so don't know if that will work for you. Maybe the right pair of winter boots would change it up also. Love the fit and color of it on you.  Even through the screen, it reads as a special dress.  

  • MsMary replied 7 years ago

    Let's see... how to phrase this delicately?  Suz, with your bangin' bod, there is no way on earth that dress could ever look too conservative or corporate or old-lady!  ;)  That said, I'd add a scarf (maybe the Magic Scarf) or a long necklace or even a belt if I wanted to punch it up a little.

    Like you, I have found the Halogen skirts are a much, much better fit in the petite sizes.  I have bought two in regular sizes because they didn't have the color in petite, and both of them are largely unworn, I'm afraid.

    Love the new top!

  • Traci replied 7 years ago

    I say YES to this dress!

    Here are my ideas so far for styling it:
    -bold chunky necklace
    -crisp white shirt underneath the dress with the collar and cuffs showing
    -knee high boots and leather jacket

  • Scarlet replied 7 years ago

    Great job on all your finds. The berry is fab! I am not sure about the dress. It is so flattering but it is reading very conservative to me for you.

  • donnat replied 7 years ago

    I like the dress. I dont think it is too corporate or old-lady. I think it is classic and elegant. It fits beautifully. I think you will have to play with it a bit to see how you could casual it down.
    I like the skirt in the regular length. My eye is starting to want to see hem lines a little lower. (thank you VC midi tube).
    The tops are lovely, the chambray drapes nicely. And the wine color is gorgeous on you.

  • Laura (rhubarbgirl) replied 7 years ago

    The dress is lovely, although it does skew a bit more traditional than you seem to be going these days. I like the idea of trying with a white shirt underneath, or booties or boots with an edgier jacket, leather etc. It would be a very appropriate item for winter 'serious' events and it's nice to have one of those in one's metaphorical back pocket, just in case.

  • Elly replied 7 years ago

    On you I think it looks subdued, but elegant and almost gamine.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Skirt, replacement sweater and chambray shirt are all absolute winners Suz - so fab for your wardrobe.

    The fit of the dress is spectacular and I have to agree with MaryK - you are FAR TOO GORGEOUS in the dress to look old lady! I think this is a very useful dress and everyone needs to have something they can grab and put on when an unexpected event transpires. You could definitely spice it up a bit with a scarf if need be but honestly, I think the simplicity of it is positively smashing on you.

  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago

    Agree with all about the dress. Stunning on you and not staid at all.   I really like the faux mixed media piece too.  The only thing I do not love (and I hate to say this because I think you went through some hassle to replace it) is the sweater.  Something about the colours with the dots, it's a bit on the cutesy side for me.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Leather jacket & booties.
    Caged sandals & a big (on you) cuff? 
    Valentino rock star pumps?

    Please keep the dress :)

  • Isis replied 7 years ago

    Love the dress!  I predict it's going to be a workhorse.  Keep!

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    Dress is a keeper. I kind of like the austerity of it alone, but it is a good canvas for shoes/ boots and jackets. I agree with Caro, a big cuff or statement necklace could be cool, but only of said jewellery was special and 'you', first.

  • Gaylene replied 7 years ago

    I'm echoing MaryK on the dress! And echoing all the others who like it just as it is--a sophisticated and elegant dress that looks stunning on you! Edgy is not the only way to look fabulous...

  • Sarah A replied 7 years ago

    Love all of it.... and did I copy you fall shopping list? I just picked up a chambray shirt and 3/4 sleeve blue dress! I think the seam detailing on the front adds a nice dose of modern structure here.

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Everything is a keeper Suz! Skirt fits better, denim top is terrific, other top is fab, and I agree the dress is not at all too c&c. A gorgeous blue long sleeved dress! The possibilities are mind boggling.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you all. The quality is really superb. And I have done a little playing in the closet since then trying to style it, and thanks to your suggestions, I am 100% convinced it's a keeper and won't be an orphan. More soon! 

    ETA: Donnat -- I hear you on the skirt length. I love my VC midis, too, and do prefer a below the knee length in general. 

    I can actually let this one down a bit if desired. The overall fit elsewhere is better. As for the length, after an extensive discussion, consensus was that in this particular skirt, an AT the knee length is more flattering on me vs. a below the knee length. It has to do with proportion if I want to wear booties. And since I pretty much have to wear booties and boots in my climate, I need to hem for that reality. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    The dress is absolutely killer. Don't waste another thought in that pretty little head thinking about it, Suz.

    And I like the new neckline of the top in #4. Looks fab. xo

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, Angie! I am now officially in love with the dress after playing around a bit more with it. I realized when I saw it -- SUPER high quality dress at 60% off --- ONLY available in this size -- the last time I saw this was with my Nicole Miller sheath, and look how well that turned out.  And this one was winter weight...with sleeves!! How often does that happen? I figured it was a sign and I had to try it. Now I have a new Dress Meister! This is is a beautifully made garment. 

    Now a question: should I let down the hem of that skirt just a touch? Now that the rest of the fit is a bit better, I think I might be able to stand an inch down. Would love your thoughts. 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    That frock was waiting for you, Suz. It had to be yours.

    Yup. I vote let down the hem of the petite skirt.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you! It feels good to see my judgement confirmed! So funny. I was going to hem the one...now I'm letting down the other!! :-) 

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    ....to achieve the same effect. xo

  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    That dress is drop dead gorgeous on you. I love the taupe dot sweater and am glad you're letting down the petite skirt hem a tiny bit. Perfect!

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    You are rockin' that dress sister! Fab to the infinite level. I like the petite skirt and you know I LOVE the dotty top!

  • jayne replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous skirt and I am over the top with the shirt in 4!  But I do love a henley!  Glad you kept the dress!

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Yes to everything.  Nothing to add that hasn't been said regarding the dress, but I wanted to say, as a V-neck girl that I love the new top on you.  Good for you for being opening and trying it on.  You're right than a shorter, narrower V is probably your best look.

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