WIW 5/10 & 5/11: Patterned dresses are my FFBO too (w/ Rae paper doll)

I found myself agreeing with Kari (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ack-outfit)--printed dresses ARE the perfect Fast Fallback Outfit! They're what I grab when I'm in a rush or don't want to spend time thinking about mixing and matching separates and creating an outfit. It's an instant all-in-one outfit!

1-2. This is my version of Kari's FFBO scribble dress. And here's the debut of my black doctor bag. This is the perfect bag for this dress, as it doesn't compete with the pattern but still is dressy and structured. I wore this to work and then to a wine and cheese social to meet other parents at DD's new school (she starts K in the fall). I wanted to wear something nice and a little bit dressy, but not too fancy or intimidating fashion-wise.
Laundry by Shelli Segal pink, white and black draped waist dress from Bluefly
Black H&M tank as a cami (since I was going to work)
Ralph Lauren black "doctor" Newbury satchel from TJ Maxx
Indigo by Clark black Mary Jane pumps
White House Black Market silver and black pendant

3-4. Today I'm doing Rae's paper doll suggestion for me--purple sheath dress, cognac leather jacket and boots. It seemed more like a fall outfit, esp. given how warm it was today, but I had orders to follow! The dress is sleeveless so it was fine without the jacket. This is another good FFBO dress--it's not printed but has a textured polka dot pattern. This is one of my most favorite dresses--it really flatters my apple figure.
Adrianna Papell purple polka dot sheath dress from Nordstrom Rack
Lafayette 148 cognac leather jacket from Nordstrom Rack
Timberland Stratham Heights cognac heeled boots
Bronze and orange stretch cuff from Forever 21
Fossil floral satchel

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  • ManidipaM replied 8 years ago

    Yay! You kept the doctor bag!

    LOVING it's sleek, businesslike attitude with the youthful mary janes and the big-girl dress.

  • Kirti replied 8 years ago

    I really like the patterned dress but the purple one is stunning :-)

  • Kiwichik replied 8 years ago

    Oh wow Rae was right that purple sheath dress is a knock out with the boots & cognac leather jacket & is quietly discreetly sexy without the jacket

  • christieanne replied 8 years ago

    Rae was a good stylist on for your purple dress - and it does look really good on you - in the boot/jacket pairing. Save that one for Fall and wear some textured tights and you are set.
    I like the fallback dress as well - very nice for the occasion!

  • Meredith1953 replied 8 years ago

    Gorgeous dresses and the purple is divine with the cognac jacket!

  • Angie replied 8 years ago

    #4 is mega KILLER. I just love the simplicity.

    But the other outfits are 10s too :)

  • sarah replied 8 years ago

    VERY pretty outfits!

  • cciele replied 8 years ago

    I'm also a big fan of dresses as FFBO. In fact, I don't wear skirts because it takes too long for me to style them :)

    The purple/cognac outfit does read "Fall" to me too but who cares -- you look great in it!

    Love how the black accessories complement the first dress too. That's a very flattering cut.

  • Amy replied 8 years ago

    Natalie, you look beautiful in both dresses. #4 is exquisite.

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    Love both dresses, Natalie. Purple and cognac are on my list of color combinations for fall!

  • MNsara replied 8 years ago

    Brilliant FFBOs :-)

    I must remember this idea for myself!

    You look especially fab in that Adrianna Papell one - SO flattering!! I think I saw that in your makeup thread, but forgot to say how absolutely fab you look in it! The sweater covers up some of it's fabness, but sometimes we need the extra layer.

  • rae replied 8 years ago

    Love it! I didn't realize which jacket i had chosen! How fun. You have the best dress arsenal.

  • Midwest Girl replied 8 years ago

    You look beautiful in both dresses!

  • replied 8 years ago

    Perfect FFBO, you look great.

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