Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Brighten Up the Little Black Dress: Neon Edition

I am one of those women who feel like I need to have a black dress for every season. I'm pretty pleased with my ponte knit dress from Eshakti for fall and winter, but I've been on the lookout for an appropriate spring and summer version. So, of course, I've been browsing Gwynnie Bee's selection because I can try lots of different styles without spending $100 on each dress. If it looks weird or bad, I can just try something else. I wasn't surprised when I really, really liked the Ciara Cinch Dress from the awesome Kiyonna.



This dress is super lightweight and jersey, so it's never going to wrinkle or stretch or shrink. I love the gathered ruching on the right side at the waist. Not only is it super flattering, but it also adds a special little touch to the LBD. I attended a social media conference Monday night, and I felt so put together and classy. I paired the dress with an old turquoise chunky necklace and a pair of turquoise heels. I loved the shade of blue with the black. While this outfit is very va-va-voom to me, this is not something that I would usually wear to a meeting or conference. But sometimes when you are doing something that  makes you nervous (like networking with a bunch of strangers), you need a power outfit to give you an extra boost of confidence.


Funny story, I actually bought these shoes last spring to wear with my LWD (little white dress) and pretty much copied this outfit completely from a post from last summer... But I was totally shocked to discover that my shoes are now at least a half size too big! How the heck does that happen? Has some of my weight loss come from my feet? That seems crazy to me because I've heard of feet getting bigger, but never smaller. 

Dress: Kiyonna c/o Gwynnie Bee
Shoes- Xappeal Rack Room Shoes (similar)
Necklace- New York and Co.(similar, similar)

One final note, yesterday in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack, I turned to the internet to find something happy and uplifting. And I found it here. I actually posted this several times last night, but I feel like it's worth posting again. Dove has a new commercial out in which an FBI-trained forensic sketch artist sketched women based on their descriptions. He never saw them; he just asked questions "What's your hair like?" "What's your most dominate feature?" Then complete strangers came in and described the women for a separate sketch. It was fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspiring to see how different your own perception of yourself is. Every one of these women described themselves with such disdain and disrespect- focusing on the negatives- moles, wrinkles dark circles; while the stranger saw a much different person.

It's so wonderful; I hope you will watch it right now. And ask yourself: "How would I describe myself?" It's a very eye-opening activity!

26 comments:

EvaNadine said...

you DO lose weight in your feet! when i was gaining weight, i turned to shoes and accessories when i felt like clothes were letting me down. surely those would always fit, right? but over the last few years, as i have been working to lose the weight, i've found that some of the shoes i bought when i was at my heaviest are now too big (some a full size!)! for the ones i cant bear to part with, i'm stuffing them like crazy with foot petals and other similar products.

BeautyStyleGrowth said...

That dress looks so good on you and looks slimming

Selah said...

That Dove commercial reminded me of a friend from college. She always had positive things to say about other girls. Every time she described another girl she would say "Oh, she's beautiful!" and then go on to describe the girl's best attributes. But everything she said about her own appearance was negative. Trust me, this girl was gorgeous! She looked like brunette Emma Stone, Michelle Monaghan, or British actress Ruth Wilson:
http://content8.flixster.com/photo/11/12/86/11128642_ori.jpg
I called her on it, and told her just how beautiful I thought SHE was, and she truly didn't realize how negative she was about herself. I hope my words stuck with her.

giftedteacher said...

You absolutely do get smaller feet. You don't necessarily lose weight in your feet, unless you had pudgy feet to begin with. When I weighed 326 pounds my feet were a size 10. Now that I have lost over 100 pounds my feet are back to their original 8.5 - 9. The podiatrist explained to me that is the surface area of your feet has contracted. As you lose weight, you no longer exert the same downward force on your bones and they don't spread as much. This makes your feet smaller overall. Not everyones feet shrink back to a smaller size, but it is quite common, among pregnant women too.
PS> Love the dress! Would love to have it! I am so disappointed that Gwynnie Bee is not in Canada at the moment:(

Feathers & Freckles said...

I just saw that Dove commercial and practically cried... it was so beautiful and touching! So, wait, does this mean you get to buy an all new shoe collection?! ;)

flaiz75 said...

You look fabulous! Every time I slip on my LBD, I feel plain, but I don't do the pops of color like you did. Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks also for sharing that commercial, on any other bloggers site, I might not watch (thinking it was more of an endorsement deal with the company/blogger) but here, you have this way of communicating that makes me want to stop and watch, and I am glad I did.

Roosevelt P. Moore said...

You are looking so fabulous and beautiful in this dress. Your dressing style is icon for plus size women who feeling upset by her plus size. Plus size womens clothing is the trend of clothing for plus size women that give perfect look to her appearance and beauty

Always Maylee said...

I watched the full Dove video earlier today and I absolutely love it. It got me a bit teary too, the message is so powerful and clear. I thought it was really well done.

You look beautiful in this black dress!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Gi Csome said...

Your feet do get smaller when you loose weight!! Mine did, and now that I´ve put on more than a few pounds again, they got big again. Good thing I didn´t throw away my old shoes. Let´s hope they get back to small in the near future ;)

Lisa Walter said...

I'm the same...I have to have an LBD for every season (and occasion?)

A.B. said...

Could be that your weight loss has effected your feet. But I know I'm a half a size larger in shoes in summer than in winter due to humidity. Try the shoes again in July and see if they fit you then.

Love the dress!

I actually hate that commercial. I think it's reinforcing that women have to be beautiful to be worthwhile in society. Plus coming from the same parent company that owns Axe with all those mysoginistic commercials I'll take what Dove does with a grain of salt.

Amanda said...

This has nothing to do with your current post, but I wanted to comment on a few of your previous posts about short hair. I cut all of my hair off last night. It was 8+ inches of hair! It was awesome, but also very scary and I'm still reeling. Blog post of my own to come, but thank you for being inspirational.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I posted an article last night on Facebook and Twitter mentioning those very points in regards to the Dove commercial. There was quite a bit of conversation on my Facebook page. Very interesting debate, as are some of the comments here.



I think most women are going to struggle with their looks regardless of the situation and society. It's unfortunate, but it's true. I see it every day with the teenagers I deal with. In fact I plan on showing the commercial tomorrow and having a discussion about it. It is disconcerting to realize that the parent company Unilever can be so contrary in their advertisements. But I think in the long run, anything that gets women talking about beauty standards, is a positive stepping point. That being said, I don't use Dove products, and I am not planning on going out and buying any ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Awesome, Amanda! I can't wait to see it! And thank you so much!

Dawn said...

The Dress looks fantastic, styled perfectly... A sophisticated look all the way around...the shoes the necklace...the confident hairdo; you totally worked it!! THANK HEAVENS for Gwynnie Bee, I am seriously in my glory and check out my virtual closet every day since joining!!

As for the Dove commercial, I want to thank you for sharing..I know the P/C way of thinking is that looks and beauty aren't important....I think this commercial is powerful in that it proves we as women are super critical of ourselves, and kinder to strangers. Our self critical thoughts and lack of self confidence can hold us back from so many things...I shared this on facebook and i urged all my friends to watch the commercial in its entirety. I hope it enlightens them as much as it has me!
Thanks again...LOVE LOVE LOVE your Blog!!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Dawn! You just made my day. And I totally feel you on the Dove commercial. I took it the same way you did- did you see the article that criticizes the commercial?

Sincerely Sammie said...

This dress is stunning on you! It's so figure flattering and I love that you made it pop with those blue accessories. :)

http://www.sincerelysammie.com/

Dawn said...

Quite welcome!!!
I didn't see the article that criticizes the commercial; but as is the way of the world, someone will always have a problem with something that is progressive and brings to light some truth...I'd love to read the article do you have a link?

A.B. said...

You're right, the conversation has to move to beauty standards and why they harm people (not just women). That way maybe generations in the future won't have to struggle with their looks because it really won't matter


I also want to note that the women featured in that ad were not very diverse at all: white, generally skinny, blonde, and young. Coming from a brand that wants to dismantle beauty norms they have a very small-minded way of doing it.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

jazzylittledrops.tumblr.com Should be one of the newer things posted. It's interesting and I think some valid points are made

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Here's the link to the article I mentioned in my above comment- jazzylittledrops.tumblr.com She makes many of the same points that you do, including the lack of diversity. That is something I didn't notice at all upon my first viewing- I think we are so "used" to seeing that kind of women that it's almost like background noise- not even noticeable (not that that is right by any stretch). I agree that the lack of diversity with the women featured is problematic.

ashleigh said...

I think it's a smart move to have one for cooler weather and one for warmer weather. I was eying an eyelet LBD for summer at goodwill but alas! Zip it did not. Your shoe size can fluctuate with you weight if you have lost any!
I haven't seen that commercial but now I am gonna go youtube it. Love this post Katie!
-ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Brynn said...

OMG OMG OMG GORGEOUS. Your figure was MADE for dresses, Katie! You look fierce and sexyyy!


theoriginalbrynn.blogspot.com

Tabitha M. said...

I love those shoes. When i started losing weight my feet shrunk a half size. I used to be a solid size 9 now I am in between an 8-8 1/2.

Crystal said...

Okay, I love everything about this dress and the accessories! So so so perfect! And totally something I would and have worn versions of.
~Crystal - www.talesfromthefatside.org

Charlynne Safo said...

This is lovely.

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