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What I Wore: Brushstrokes

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Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and toptop | skirt | bag | necklace | shoes

Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and top Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and top Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and top Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger wearing a Nic + Zoe brushstrokes skirt and topTop: NIC + ZOE (14) | Skirt: NIC + ZOE (14) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: c/o Dagne Dover (sold out; similar) | Y Necklace: Boutique in Rehoboth Beach (similar) | Pendant: Stella & Dot | Bracelet: Gorjana (similar)

When you're a style blogger, you spend a lot of time perusing online boutiques.  And sometimes things catch your eye that you know you don't need.  You tell yourself no, close the browser, move on.  But it keeps sticking in your head.  You go back, and the item isn't available in your size.  You say that's Life telling you that you don't need it.  And then three weeks later when looking for something completely different online you see it… and it's back in stock and only in your size and next thing you know you have a gorgeous two-piece gown in your closet and no where to wear it.

Yet.  With something like this in my closet, I will find an occasion.

That being said, this is far more versatile than it may appear at first glance.  This is two pieces and a non-formal or season-specific fabric.  The top would look great with black ankle pants, ivory wide-leg trousers, a black midi skirt, as a shell with a black, ivory, or khaki suit.  The skirt has a clean waistband and isn't too stiff so it can dress up and down nicely.  Pair with a metallic linen v-neck, a band tee, a crisp white shirt, a black turtleneck, a simple ribbed tank, a denim jacket or denim shirt.  Often times the pieces that seem the most statement-making can end up being the most worn in your closet.

 

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17 Comments

  • Patricia July 15, 2016

    I wouldn’t have considered this gown but being constructed in two pieces completely changes your options.

  • Eleanorjane April 20, 2016

    Wowza! You really rock a patterned maxi dress. That is a gorgeous outfit! If you look that good in something, you’re kind of obligated to buy it and find a way to use it, I think.

  • Laura Franzman-Botha April 20, 2016

    beautiful outfit Allie!!

  • Leah LW April 19, 2016

    What a GREAT look–and how good you feel in it shows! I love the fact that this is two pieces and therefore, as you note, so much more versatile. Way to rock it!
    Leah from http://www.thriftshopchic.com

  • Bridget Wall April 19, 2016

    This dress is fantaaaaaaaaaaaastic.

  • GoddessMel April 19, 2016

    LOVE. IT. And yay for pockets! Why is it that gown designers can get this right but standard retailers can’t? You look gorgeous Allie.

  • Maud April 19, 2016

    That’s just gorgeous!

  • Michelle Van Ellis April 19, 2016

    It’s fabulous, I love it!

  • Jodie Filogomo April 19, 2016

    Alli–I don’t know what you’re talking about—that has never happened to me (ha ha ha ha—I only wish I could say that with a straight face)!
    But I think it’s true, that sometimes the pieces you yearn for end up being very well loved!!
    This is gorgeous…and it makes me love it even more knowing it’s two pieces! And I’m thinking it’s a 5 star restaurant kind of date soon!!!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Sara F April 19, 2016

    I thoroughly agree. Another “Wow”.

  • Lorena Lorena April 19, 2016

    You look spectacular #likeaboss

  • Sprylie April 19, 2016

    Alli! What a great decision you made! I love it! And you’re teaching me something with your big print / maxi skirt wearing about the “rules” for short people — they are so wonderfully broken here and now I want to break them too!

  • Carole Chabries April 19, 2016

    wow.

  • Gay B April 19, 2016

    Oh, that dress is so pretty and looks so good on you! Good choice to buy it!

  • Emily April 19, 2016

    I love the dress! (But if I was nitpicking I would say the necklaces seem like overkill against the print)

  • DWJ April 19, 2016

    Oh I loooooove this! And it has pockets. Yeah I would’ve bought it too and told my husband to take me somewhere fancy 🙂

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