My Wardrobe Today – Friday

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Ikat Print Cotton Sateen Sheath DressMaggy London
Black Cardigan – Only Mine via Nordstrom (no longer available – similar)
Black BeltRalph by Ralph Lauren
Black Leather PumpsNine West “Madeup” (currently on sale!)
Gold and Crystal Bracelet – Anthropologie via eBay

Today I got dressed and my husband said, “Looks as though you are channeling Michelle Obama.”  It's funny how a cardigan belted over a sheath really has become a signature look that we associate with the First Lady.  I love the look, and love how it can take a sleeveless dress and make it more appropriate for a business setting (or the cooler months of the year).  This dress I am LOVING – the Spring trend of Ikat prints, a style that can dress up or down and hey, what woman doesn't love a dress with POCKETS???

I had to replace my black patent belt from Ann Taylor – it just got too big and it wasn't a style where you could make another hole.  I like this one, the curved buckle is a nice change and I am on the middle hole so I could lose more and it would still fit.

And I am really liking the bangs now that I washed my hair and got to play a bit with it.  A nice change for spring!

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72 Comments

  1. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Allie this outfit is gorge!! I love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Look at you in color! Love that dress. I am always sad when I try on Maggy London–hemlines are far too high for my frame. Perfect for you, though!

  3. Anna
    March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Fabulous dress! Owls? Penguins? Either way, cool!

  4. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    that’s a fantastic outfit, you look great!

  5. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Looove that ensemble. Such a fabulous outfit!

  6. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Wow! Let me say it again: WOW! This is one very hot look and as my kids say: “You are totally owning it!”

  7. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Absolutely love that dress! Seriously, it’s so gorgeous!

  8. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    What a great outfit! I love the bold dress.

  9. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    De-lurking cos I couldn’t stop myself from saying – what a wonderful outfit. Love it!

  10. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    You look absolutely fabulous, love the dress ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I just had to chime in here with everyone else. This out fit is FABULOUS! I’ve got a sleeveless dress with some green/red/white/black and now you’ve inspired me to wear it sooner rather than later.

    I’m also loving the bangs.

    Speaking of belts, I have a cute leather one I got that’s too small. I could take it to a cobbler I guess to punch a new hole in it, right?

  12. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Yep, a cobbler should be able to do it no problem. Gosh, I have even done a DIY with an ice pick, though it’s not as polished looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    this looks great on you! you look fantastic in so much color! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Such a cute look and I think your figure looks amazing!

  15. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Great outfit – I love the dress/cardigan combination. It makes dressing easier! You’re looking very fit and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I agree with everyone! This look so amazing. Your new bod is really evident in this outfit! Love it.

  17. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I’m totally in love with this outfit!!! The pop of color is awesome and you look great in it too!

  18. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    WOW is not enough for this look.
    You are rocking it !! You look fabulous, well done.

  19. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    This is one of my favorite outfits on you EVER!

    You. Look. Uh. Maze. Ing.

    Love everything about it!

  20. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    I am in LOVE with this dress! It is beautiful and you look amazing! You are such an inspiration!

  21. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    This is one of my favourite looks of you, ever! I’m reading from Canada so I get jealous when I see that you can wear outfits like this at this time of the year!! I adore reading your blog and you give such great advice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. March 24, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    Love this on you! Fits you perfectly and you look so slender! The weight loss really shows in this outfit!

  23. March 15, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    Love this on you! Fits you perfectly and you look so slender! The weight loss really shows in this outfit!

  24. March 15, 2011 / 1:28 pm

    This is one of my favourite looks of you, ever! I’m reading from Canada so I get jealous when I see that you can wear outfits like this at this time of the year!! I adore reading your blog and you give such great advice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. March 15, 2011 / 11:42 am

    I am in LOVE with this dress! It is beautiful and you look amazing! You are such an inspiration!

  26. March 15, 2011 / 9:10 am

    You look gorgeous in that dress! The colors look great on you and you look fantastic. Love it!

  27. March 14, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    This is one of my favorite outfits on you EVER!

    You. Look. Uh. Maze. Ing.

    Love everything about it!

  28. March 14, 2011 / 6:42 pm

    Your husband’s jaw should have dropped open as he was saying AWESOME!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

  29. March 14, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    WOW is not enough for this look.
    You are rocking it !! You look fabulous, well done.

  30. March 14, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    You are pullin’ out some fantastic looks lately! This is so flattering on you and the print is awesome!

  31. March 14, 2011 / 3:49 am

    AMAZING dress- definitely a closet staple! You look gorgeous and I am such a huge fan of your chic style

  32. March 14, 2011 / 1:38 am

    I’m totally in love with this outfit!!! The pop of color is awesome and you look great in it too!

  33. March 14, 2011 / 12:22 am

    Wowza, lady, you are looking marvelous! I am having serious dress envy!

  34. March 13, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    I was JUST eyeing this dress the other day for a wedding I’m attending in May – decided it wasn’t ‘fancy’ enough for this event, but love the colors and print. Gorgeous, lady!

    Kat
    gingerandthegeek.com/kitty-corner

  35. March 13, 2011 / 6:48 pm

    HA, it IS a little Michelle! And how perfectly you channeled her amazing style. GREAT PRINT. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. March 13, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    I agree with everyone! This look so amazing. Your new bod is really evident in this outfit! Love it.

  37. March 13, 2011 / 6:06 am

    Great outfit – I love the dress/cardigan combination. It makes dressing easier! You’re looking very fit and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. March 13, 2011 / 12:25 am

    First, the bangs look wonderful.

    Second – oooooh, I love Maggy London, especially vintage Maggy London, have you tried on any of her vintage silk sheaths? To die for! And this dress looks so good on you!

  39. March 12, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    Fan-fan-fantastic look. I love how you are bringing in such great colors and prints into your looks now.

  40. March 12, 2011 / 12:55 am

    Such a cute look and I think your figure looks amazing!

  41. March 11, 2011 / 11:38 pm

    This is super put-together! I am LOVING that dress – everything about it; the print, the shape, the pockets! Cute new bangs, too!

  42. March 11, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    bangs, how pretty! i like the new look.
    pockets are good. i consider it a bonus when a dress includes them.

  43. March 11, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    this looks great on you! you look fantastic in so much color! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. March 11, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    Another fab outfit! Whatever fashion mojo you’re ingesting, I’ll take one to go. Luvvit!

    Bx

  45. March 11, 2011 / 8:43 pm

    The dress is gorgeous! I don’t get a Michelle Obama vibe, but you definitely look great!

  46. March 11, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    Yep, a cobbler should be able to do it no problem. Gosh, I have even done a DIY with an ice pick, though it’s not as polished looking. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. March 11, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    I just had to chime in here with everyone else. This out fit is FABULOUS! I’ve got a sleeveless dress with some green/red/white/black and now you’ve inspired me to wear it sooner rather than later.

    I’m also loving the bangs.

    Speaking of belts, I have a cute leather one I got that’s too small. I could take it to a cobbler I guess to punch a new hole in it, right?

  48. March 11, 2011 / 7:38 pm

    Well last night I got home, took off my tights and belt, untucked my shirt and just wore that around the home.

    I have black yoga pants & a pair of black knit harem pants I’ll throw on with the top I already have on. If I know I will be cooking or doing something with Emerson I may change into a long-sleeved tee or casual sweater with it.

    I’m THAT WOMAN who gets dressed for the market. Even if it’s jeans and flip flops, I at least wear a necklace and makeup ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 / 7:35 pm

    I love this outfit! You look amazing! I love watching what you wear. I was on the Nordstrom site. saw that dress. never would i have thought to buy it until i saw how awesome it looks on you.

    what do you put on when you get home from work? your post last week about getting rid of all of our crappy lounge wear has had me thinking. if i did such a thing, i don’t know what i’d put on when i get home from work. this past tuesday i had to go to the grocery store right from work. i was wearing a super cute ATL dress and cute brown boots. i ran into a neighbor who said ‘look how cute you look. i never see you dressed’ i see her every day after i get home from work and am taking our dogs for a walk. i’m ALWAYS wearing sweats and a ponytail. i was kind of embarassed but my after work attire needs some work, i guess. -shannon

  50. March 11, 2011 / 7:34 pm

    You look absolutely fabulous, love the dress ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    Wow you are looking great! Congrats on all the weight loss and you really rock that dress! I don’t think I’m brave enough for that much pattern.

  52. March 11, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    De-lurking cos I couldn’t stop myself from saying – what a wonderful outfit. Love it!

  53. March 11, 2011 / 6:03 pm

    What a great outfit! I love the bold dress.

  54. March 11, 2011 / 5:24 pm

    Absolutely love that dress! Seriously, it’s so gorgeous!

  55. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    This is one of the THE BEST outfits I’ve ever seen on you! Gorgeous! Love the dress!

  56. March 11, 2011 / 5:16 pm

    Wow! Let me say it again: WOW! This is one very hot look and as my kids say: “You are totally owning it!”

  57. March 11, 2011 / 4:52 pm

    Amazing outfit. Totally love it.

  58. March 11, 2011 / 4:44 pm

    Looove that ensemble. Such a fabulous outfit!

  59. March 11, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    that’s a fantastic outfit, you look great!

  60. March 11, 2011 / 4:27 pm

    Too funny Anna, the print does look like owls! Emerson this morning said I had turtles on my dress!

  61. Anna
    March 11, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    Fabulous dress! Owls? Penguins? Either way, cool!

  62. kam3t
    March 11, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    Allie – you look great!! You can definitely tell that you’re lost a ton of pregnancy weight. You go girl!

  63. March 11, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    Absolutely stunning!!! I have been stalking that dress on Nordies. It looks amazing on you!

  64. March 11, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    ALLIE! You are STUNNING in that dress, lady!

  65. Anonymous
    March 11, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    Holy hourglass batman!! You go!

  66. March 11, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    What a fabulous print! You look crazy gorgeous lady!

  67. March 11, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    Look at you in color! Love that dress. I am always sad when I try on Maggy London–hemlines are far too high for my frame. Perfect for you, though!

  68. March 11, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    Allie this outfit is gorge!! I love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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