Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What I Wore: Color Makes Me Happy

 Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com

Color makes me happy!  Colorful outfits make me dance around and sing like a Disney Princess.  If you've been reading the blog, you already know this.  Bright hued frocks delight me!  So it should come as no surprise to you when I say that this vibrant dress from Gwynnie Bee kept my winter blues at bay for quite some time.



Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com

Postcards is a Gwynnie Bee exclusive brand, so you need to be a GB subscriber to add this dress to your closet.  (The colorful Ikat skirt I wore in this post is also by Postcards.)  I think the "fit and flare" title is a little misleading as it doesn't have that classic fit-and-flare silhouette, in my opinion.  The upper portion of the dress is a bit blousy, while the skirt is more of an A-line.  I am wearing this dress in a size 24, which I feel is pretty true to size.  (This dress is available in sizes 14 to 32.)   The armholes were just a bit big, but overall it was a comfortably roomy dress without being shapeless.  What helps the shape is an elastic waist band and matching chiffon tie belt.

Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com

The dress is lined, with the snakeskin and ombre print overlay ending a few inches below the lining.  This hit me at right above the knee on my 5'9" frame.  I thought it was a pretty perfect length for this more blousy, flowy silhouette.  I do wish the neckline was more of a V-neck, or just more open at the top. I added this sparkly Vera Wang necklace to draw the eye instead.

Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com

Obviously, I was totally enamored with the colors!  The blues of the snakeskin transition to an ombre blue, purple, and green.  The colors are vibrant, contrasting, and gorgeous together.  Because of the purple and slight hint of fuchsia at the bottom of the snakeskin print, I was inspired to add this equally vibrant and contrasting shrug.  I think it helped to balance out the print and color of the dress and also balance the way the dress looked on my body.  Nude wedges elongated my calves and didn't compete with the rest of the colorful frock.

Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com
Hailey is wearing the Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress from Postcards/Gwynnie Bee. - DivineMrsDiva.com
Island Sea Fit and Flare Dress - Postcards via Gwynnie Bee
Fuchsia Shrug - Avenue (Similar here)
Bead Graduated Necklace - Simply Vera Wang via Kohl's
Dexter Nude Wedges - Payless


Tell me about your favorite colorful ensemble! What kind of outfit makes you the happiest?  I'd love to know what you think!



5 comments :

  1. I personally would have quoted some Icona Pop, slightly modified: "I'm from the 70's but you're a 90's bitch...."

    I do like the striped blouson dress, and I like the higher neckline (BRB shopping now, hahaha). It's sad that maxi skirt was so cling-tacular...the color combo is cute. I also am not a fan of those shapeless tops with tight sleeves.

    My problem with blazers is that my shoulders and back are too broad and my arms are too long for most women's jackets. Stretchy helps, but I still feel entirely too butch in a blazer. You saying shoulder pads reminds me of what my friends and I used to do with them...you cut them out, then you stick them in your bra. Win/win. ;)

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  2. I like the color combo! I personally tend to like higher necklines, I'm not really sure why. I think because then I can wear scarves or necklaces and the neckline isn't competing? Also, that way, I don't bend over and flash people, lol.

    The armhole issue was consistent across all the GB brands, unfortunately. At least it looks like they're doing better with the prints & cuts of dresses. Really, though, the armhole issue is a problem with numerous brands....I've had the problem with Kiyonna, Igigi, and SWAK, too. ASOS Curve is the only company that really seems to get the armholes right in larger sizes.



    Me personally, I haven't felt all that colorful lately. Black is just so easy, lol. I have been loving some Desigual scarves, though....you can get them on Amazon & 6pm (they're way cheaper on 6pm, usually). They set off the pile o' black nicely. Also, scarves totally make it look like you have your shit together, outfit wise, even though what you have on is a really boring dress and boots. Hehehe.

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  3. haha There is always room for black and basics. I feel like I don't have enough black and basics because sometimes I just want to throw things together and not plan out every little bit. Sometimes I want easier outfits that I don't have to fuss over too much. I think I stopped buying black when we had the furkids because I didn't want to sticky roll everything....I don't know. But scarves are total magic at taking a basic look and amplifying it to something special. I love that!

    This armhole situation wasn't as bad as some of the other ones. It was mild compared to Prototype and BB Dakota. But still, it is a consistent issue. I haven't really noticed it with Kiyonna and SWAK personally, but a majority of sleeveless stuff I get from GB has giant armholes.

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  4. hahaha That is a PERFECT solution for shoulder pads. I do need the extra padding for sure! lol

    I do still love the color combo of the skirt and tee look. I think if I size up in both, it could work. Next time I go to Target, I am going to see if they have a 4X in each for me to try. It was a very minimal amount of clothing and size options I had to work with at the time. Did you get the striped dress??

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  5. I ordered it, yes. :) I also ordered some blue-print pants. I'm into printed pants lately for some reason...

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