It's good to have a few versatile dresses in your closet at the ready for all sorts of situations. This dress from Universal Standard has been worn many times yet this is its debut on the blog. I love that it's a classic style with an edge thanks to a modern cut and mixed media (the majority of the dress is nubby matte crepe and the bottom is silky).
Dress: Petite Avenir Dress c/o Universal Standard (XS Petite) | Bag: KARA (on sale!) | Earrings: Cober Hoops c/o Jenny Bird | Booties: ASOS (old; similar, lower heeled option) | Lipstick: RMS Beauty in “Rebound”
In the winter, I wore this dress with opaque tights, a leather moto jacket and booties to a blogger event. I wore it with tights, heels, and statement earrings for a date night. It's been styled with strappy heels and sparkly earrings for a dressy event, and the other week I wore it with a pair of trendy sneakers. I love that it's loose, no need for special underpinnings and it's chic without being uncomfortable.
Now that it's spring, I'm wearing it with bare legs. I like the look of an ankle bootie to keep the look modern. However, this is the kind of dress that works with pointed toe flats, with pumps, with strappy heels or low wedges, with sneakers, even throw it on with a pair of Birkenstocks. The Universal Standard Petite Avenir dress only comes in black, but the regular also comes in teal and red. This dress is available in sizes 6-32.
And if you follow me on Instagram Stories (seriously, why aren't you?) you know I got my hair cut yesterday (which is the day of these photos). I wanted to find a way to make my hair more wash-and-go especially with summer coming. My stylist Billy at Scissor & Comb Salon in Takoma Park took my current cut, made the bangs thicker, trimmed the sides and bottom so it wasn't so square/heavy. As for the color, he added a chocolate brown at the roots and a gold glaze on the tips so it almost looks like it has been highlighted. For product, he added a bit of conditioner after the hair was cleaned and then a small bit of anti-frizz serum (this one specifically from Virtue). On Instagram, several of you DMed me asking about anti-frizz serums; below are the ones I have used and liked. My tip for such serums is use less than you think you need and then learn from that day. Too much can make your hair look greasy and be heavy and I think is why a lot of people don't like this kind of product.
Shop My Picks for Anti-Frizz Serums:
I would normally air-dry it, but he put me under the dryer hood since we wanted to see how it looked like before I left. I then came home and fluffed it more and added some dry texturizing spray (this specific one which I wrote about here) to give it a bit more oomph. I'm ready for you Summer, me and my tresses!