What I Wore: Garden Party

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Wardrobe Oxygen outfit post featuring Taylor Dresses floral maxi wrap dress and fringed bag Wardrobe Oxygen outfit post featuring Taylor Dresses via Gwynnie Bee and Handbang Heaven Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a floral wrap maxi from Taylor Dresses via Gwynnie BeeDress: Taylor Dresses via Gwynnie Bee (same dress in plus size, similar dress in straight sizes) | Shoes: Bella Vita c/o Shoebuy (similar, similar) | Bag: c/o Handbag Heaven (similar, similar) | Silver cuff: had forever (similar) | Necklace: c/o LiveTheLook (similar)

This dress is why I love Gwynnie Bee and continue to be a member year after year.  I've been eying this dress at Nordstrom for over a month but wasn't sure if I'd wear the dress often enough to justify the pricetag.  When I saw it available at Gwynnie Bee I rushed to put it in my virtual closet.  It arrived Friday and I wore it that evening when we went to Annapolis for dinner.  The dress runs long on me, so I paired it with my most comfortable summer sandals for walking along the docks; this bag makes the dress look more boho than summer wedding.  I love this dress and don't plan to return it any time soon; if I love it enough to keep it, I'll be able to purchase it through Gwynnie Bee at a price cheaper than standard retail!  If you'd like to try Gwynnie Bee for yourself, click this link for a free 30-day trial of the service!

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  1. LisaN
    August 7, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    Very pretty dress! and very pretty on you!

    I have been looking at Gwennie Bee since following your blog, and I finally decided to try it out, the one month free did me in. I am hoping this will solve my work travel dilemma. I work from home, so comfy clothes and jeans all week long are my thing. I only get dressed up for going out on the weekends. But 4-5 times a year I end up at the mall, picking up ‘office appropriate’ clothes for trips to the office – cross country. And those items end up in my closet, unworn afterwards. Le Sigh.

    Fingers crossed.

  2. jewele
    August 5, 2015 / 10:38 am

    It’s been in my virtual closet since it was highlighted as a new addition on GB. Alas, they haven’t sent it to me yet. Fingers crossed!

  3. Happinessatmidlife
    August 4, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    This dress is AMAZING on you!! I love the sheer bottom which makes it so summery and care free.



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  4. Jessica
    August 4, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    That dress looks better on you than the listing on Gwynnie Bee. Because of this post, I added it to my closet!

  5. Lisa
    August 4, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    I love this look on you! I would really like a dress like this but I struggle with maxi dresses on me. I’m about your height but am heavier and everyone I find just is not flattering (read: looks comical) 🙁 Any advice?

    • August 5, 2015 / 10:11 am

      I bet it doesn’t look as comical as you may think. I find choosing lighter weight fabrics with good drape (chiffon overlay, matte jersey) and solids make a big difference. Prints can be overwhelming and many jersey and cotton maxi dresses can end up looking like a wedding cake. Also length makes all the difference; unlike formal dresses with casual maxi dresses showing a bit of shoe can be balancing. Most dry cleaners have a serger to be able to lop off an inch at the hem for very little.

      • Lisa
        August 5, 2015 / 4:16 pm

        Thanks Allie! I’ll keep looking for just the right one 🙂

  6. Sarah Mann
    August 4, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    looks great!!!

  7. GROSS
    August 4, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Bet your glad to have Gwynnie Bee since you fatted out of all the rest of your clothes.

    • August 4, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      It is a wonderful service when you do have a fluctuating figure which I have and have never denied or been embarrassed to admit. Thanks for endorsing one of the many benefits of Gwynnie Bee for me!

  8. crtfly
    August 4, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Sooo beautiful. Please, please keep the dress. The dress looks better on you than it does on the model at Nordstrom or Gwynnie Bee. You do that so often, look better in an outfit than the model does. How do you do that????


    • August 4, 2015 / 4:21 pm

      I think because models have to put on dozens of different looks in one day and don’t have the ability to adjust their look and accessorize to show their personality. But thank you Chris!

  9. Michelle...
    August 4, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I actually gasped when I saw the top photo. You look gorgeous. And it’s not just the dress (which is amazeballs by the way). It’s you. You are my favourite fashion blogger.

  10. Lindsay
    August 4, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    This dress is perfection on you! The color, the style, just perfect! I think it might be worth the splurge. If you get eventually tired of the maxi style, you can always have it hemmed to the knee in the future and then it would be great for work, with tights and booties, with flat sandals for day, etc.

  11. Charlotte Peck
    August 4, 2015 / 9:29 am


  12. lindaloui232
    August 4, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Wow, Allie – I love this dress on you!

  13. August 4, 2015 / 9:13 am

    This dress is so perfect on you. I’d totally wear it because I love that I could wear a “real” bra with it, and it’s long yet sheer at the bottom! And those colors—-have I told you lately that color looks great on you (I know you were missing me saying that!) . jodie

    • August 4, 2015 / 9:22 am

      The dress is clearly made for a taller person; while it doesn’t gape under the arms there’s two safety pins at the bustline to keep me from falling out and the length is impossible without higher heels. But gosh the colors are fantastic and it is so nice to find dresses that accommodate “real” bras! 🙂 I love me in color too, Jodie, don’t mind hearing it from you! There’s a battle between a rainbow of a wardrobe and keeping things small and simple. Dresses like this are a great way to add color, but I think it’s also quite versatile (dress up for a wedding, wear with a denim jacket, etc.). 🙂

  14. August 4, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Just gorgeous, Allie. xo

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