Go Ahead Put Your Red Dress On

Dress: c/o Dobbin Clothing | Necklace: Leona Pendant c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot | Watch: c/o WatchCo | Bracelets: Nordstrom (similar), Nordstrom (similar), had forever | Glasses: Derek Cardigan 7003 c/o Coastal.com | Shoes: Ivanka Trump

One thing bloggers get flack for is wearing too many c/o (courtesy of) items. How can a reader tell your true personal style or find you inspiring when you have a completely gifted outfit? I guess it depends on the blogger, but over the years I have learned to not accept every free thing that is offered to me. It does water down your personal style, it makes you seem less credible… and between you and me it is a pain to them take these gifted items that aren’t really your style and try to style them in a good way for the blog. I have had mornings when I have cried over not knowing how to make a garment or accessory look decent, and I feel guilty to my readers and to the brand that was kind enough to send it my way.

I don’t feel guilty wearing gifted items. One, it’s a lovely perk for working hard on this blog, but two it’s such a great chance to showcase lesser-known amazing brands. I for one may never have known about Dobbin Clothing if they hadn’t contacted me and sent me a dress. Dobbin Clothing has now become such a fave of mine – high quality garments made with fine fabrics from European mills but created here in the US of A.  They pride themselves in making tasteful stylish workhorses for your wardrobe.  The women behind Dobbin Clothing are just as lovely as their creations too!

So yeah, there’s a lot of c/o above… but every c/o up there is one you have likely seen before or will likely see many times again because I love the pieces and I find they fit my personal style. Each piece above I would purchase with my own money if I was able.  I think with blogs, it’s less about how one gets a garment or accessory and more about how they style it and whether it fits their style and message.

UPDATE: Like this dress?  This is the “Nora” by Dobbin Clothing, and they are offering all Wardrobe Oxygen readers 20% off it, in black or red.  Use the code WARDOX20 at checkout to get 20% off the Nora Dress in black or red.  No expiration date, but this code cannot be used in conjunction with the first-time buyer code.

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  • Sonia

    I’ve never heard of Dobbin either, but feel compelled to look into their website after reading your positive review and seeing the classic styling of this dress. Love the color and seams. I find that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving a “made in the USA” firm a plug.

  • Jennifer Bullock

    that is a really nice red. Love the neckline. How heavy is the fabric?

    Closet Refreshment

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    It’s ponte knit, and a medium/standard weight I have seen at other retailers.

  • Lorena Lorena

    I had never heard of this company before – and one of the things i love about reading blogs like yours is that other brands – other than those so well known that have tons of cash to invest in advertising – those smaller brands get a chance and and also we readers also get a chance to see that there is sooo much more out there-! I am sure i have said it before but your look stunning in red. I bet you got a few compliments today-

  • Suzanne Carillo

    You look fab in this and the shoes are an inspired choice. I love leopard with red.

    bisous
    Suzanne

  • http://www.mischiefmydear.com/ Ashley // Dramatis Personae

    Totally random, but I really want to you to get a red wig & wear this dress for a Joan Hollaway-Harris Halloween costume.

    The end.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Awesome! My coworker told me I was very Themla from Scooby Doo today with the hair and glasses. I liked that too :)

  • http://www.mischiefmydear.com/ Ashley // Dramatis Personae

    oooh! That’d be a good one, too. (Why is my brain thinking about Halloween already? No clue. But it is.)

  • Dee

    You look fabulous in that dress! After reading your post, I think you hit a home run with this dress and styling it to look like you.

  • http://franish.blogspot.com/ Franziska

    I never feel like you are “selling out” or whatever when you were a lot of c/o because I know you where whatever the hell you want, and if it’s free, even better! I don’t have a lot of c/o pieces but I honestly try to never wear more than 1 c/o item an outfit because I’m afraid my readers will think it’s no longer attainable fashion…even though the c/o items I have received I wear over and over again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/happytrails699‎ Marla Robinson

    I love the color of that dress. So pretty.

  • Guest

    Oh, I want that dress! Any Dobbin coupon codes? There’s one for first-time buyers, but I’ve already bought a dress from them before.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Oh darn, don’t have one now, had one for last month. Stay tuned, I know she’ll let me know as soon as one is available and I will be sure to share it as soon as I know! :)

  • CMH

    Oh, I want that dress! Any Dobbin coupon codes? There’s one for
    first-time buyers, but I’ve already bought a dress from them before. Their clothing is wonderful!

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Oooh they are having a flash sale on their site today only on select styles, and they just contacted me letting me know you can use the code WARDOX20 on the Nora dress in black or red and get 20% off. Cannot be combined with the first-time buyer code, no expiration.

  • http://www.wardrobeoxygen.com/ Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen

    Dobbin is having a flash sale on their site today only on select
    styles, and they just contacted me letting me know you can use the code WARDOX20 on the Nora dress in black or red and get 20% off. Cannot be combined with the first-time buyer code, no expiration.

  • CMH

    That’s fantastic! Thank you. I will be going there to buy the red right now. :)

  • http://ladyofstyle.com/ Lady of Style

    Alison, since you first got in touch with me and I am following your blog, I am convinced that you and your posts are absolutely authentic and you wouldn’t wear or present anything that’s not you and not your style.

    This dress is fabulous and you look stunning!

    Annette
    Join my giveaway: Fabulous clutch
    Lady of Style

  • Abby in Ohio

    I love Dobbin Clothing! I received their black Juliet dress as a birthday present in November.