WIW 5/18: Turquoise mod print faux wrap dress and yellow doctor's bag

Here are two new pieces I loved so much that I didn't even bother to do a keep or return! Both of these came about when I bought pieces that weren't 100% right and decided to keep looking--I'm glad I did because I feel like they're perfect for me!

Initially I found a DVF wrap dress that was on my bucket list (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ucket-list) but it ended up not fitting quite right and was going to be a lot of Fuss Factor (to use Claire's term) to prevent indecent exposure. So back it went. Diana suggested I try a faux wrap style instead. And I was looking for Rae's MMK agate dress (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....etle-print) but they didn't have my size, and the DVF faux wrap dress was too voluminous up top (the eBay seller agreed to take it back minus shipping and 10% restocking fee, thankfully!) So I searched for a Michael Michael Kors faux wrap dress and found one in exactly the same tile blue color, but with a fun mod print:
I like the bolder print, prefer V neck over the cowl neck, and it's my size! It fits like a dream, the faux wrap is perfect for my apple tummy, and it's so comfy--I felt like I was wearing pajamas all day. The most fuss-free dress ever!

DH did not like the yellow Fossil satchel--he said it was too slouchy, too blingy and too casual looking. I also decided to return the black Fossil in favor of the more structured Ralph Lauren doctor bag from TJ Maxx.
So I kept looking and found this Dooney & Burke Dillen side pocket satchel in sunflower yellow:
It's perfect--structured, classic, streamlined, rich looking, soft leather, in my perfect shade of mustard yellow. I had seen a yellow Kate Spade Melinda satchel on yesterday's sample sale (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_gdfL.....purse2.jpg), but I didn't like the ostrich dots (it made it look like the bag had chicken pox), and it didn't have a shoulder strap. So I went with this one and am super happy with it! By the way, DH guessed the price of this DB satchel within 10 dollars (dang, he's good!) but thought the Fossil was $40 cheaper than it was, if that means anything. I'm just glad he told me to get this DB one (it's his Mother's Day gift to me)--as much of a Fossil fan as I am, I like this one much better than the Fossil. I think it will be much more work appropriate, but still fun for casual outfits.

Both of these were full price, but it's not worth getting the sale item if you're not 100% happy with it, right? I think these two are just perfect for me and totally fit my style--I'll get a lot of use out of them!

And then I was in matchy matchy heaven pairing the dress with this Emilio Pucci scarf that MaryK and I found when we went to Loehmann's last fall. It matches the dress almost exactly! I'm not much of a scarf person, but I thought it would be fun to wear it as a headband, and leave the ends long. I felt like I was channeling a 60's mod girl or 70's groovy girl (is this look more 60's or 70's? I can't tell!).

What do you think? Comments and suggestions appreciated!

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  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • Adelfa replied 7 years ago

    The dress looks amazing on your figure, and I love the print.

  • MNsara replied 7 years ago

    That is one adorable dress and you look terrific in it! I'm so glad you looked until you found the right one - style AND fit :-)

    With the cheerful yellow bag, you're the perfect picture of summer!

  • christieanne replied 7 years ago

    I like that bag so much better than the Fossil - DH was right! Much more classic than other.

    Dress is a good fit and print so all the dress trying and exchanging was worth it.

  • Kiwichik replied 7 years ago

    Perfect purchases.

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    Practically perfect in every way. Like Mary Poppins.

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    Patience CLEARLY pays, Natalie! That bag is a million bucks better than the Fossil! Wow and well done! On the dress, ditto!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Well there you go! High five for trusting your gut and holding out for the perfect items. You look great, of course, and I'm enjoying watching how the DH helps influence your style - showing any interest at all is a plus in my book! You are rockin' that head scarf as headband, too.

  • Lyn D. replied 7 years ago

    Love the scarf! Not only does it echo the dress but it has some yellow in it to go with the bag too!
    The dress is very flattering indeed!

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Shannon, Adelfa, MNSara, Christieanne, Kiwichick, lyn, Manidipa, Rae, and Lyn!

    Christieanne and Rae, DH does have a good sense of style and quality. A little more conservative and classic than me, but he has good taste. He jokes that whenever he picks out his favorite (like looking at a bunch of watches online), the one he likes best turns out to always be the most expensive!

    Still trying to figure out what decade this outfit is from. I know my mom wore psychedelic crazy colorful prints when I was a baby in the 70's. The scarf as hairband was a fun throwback.

  • krishnidoux replied 7 years ago

    You are right, this dress fits you very nicely, and looks good on you. I like the shoes you are wearing with it too.
    And the bag is a very good buy too. Congratulations!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago


    You wear a scarf in your hair with panache. I am pinning this outfit!

    High five Natalie's hubs for not preferring the Fossil bag :). Prefer this one by about a billion percent.

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    That dress and the satchel are really something! Perfect match for you! I love the fit of the dress. What size did you get? As a fellow apple, I might put it on my "to watch for" list. :)

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    It is definitely not worth buying something which is not quite right just because it is on sale. I love this bag hundred times over a Fossil one! The dress fits perfectly too. Double score!

  • marianna replied 7 years ago

    Wow! Truly a fab look on you!

  • Meredith1953 replied 7 years ago

    A perfect dress for you and I love the bag too! I am so glad it makes your heart sing!

  • Zapotee replied 7 years ago

    I agree with DH. I like the new yellow bag a lot more. Everything you have shown here is beautiful. I did return my bag too. Although I like the style - I often pair a casual outfit with a dressy bag and viceversa, I enjoy the juxtaposition- the color was not saturated enough for me. I'm still looking for a green satchel.

  • Amy replied 7 years ago

    You look lovely! That dress is very flattering on you. I love the new yellow bag too!

  • Vix replied 7 years ago

    Hi GP --

    Ole MKors was really "inspired by" Pucci there but you certainly benefit! I think the print, style, and colors of the dress really suit you -- good call on returning the others.
    Love it on its own with the sunny yellow bag.

    [I can't do wrap dresses either and probably need an intervention with faux-wrap sarong-style dresses these days but agree with you -- so wearable and comfortable, with the bonus of a sarong being a classic shape.]

    Personally I might save the leather jacket for cooler weather as it seems to need darker legs to balance out the substantial look above, but the dress can definitely "take" a black jacket/sweater of some type.

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Wonderful example of one of your FFBO formulas. The dress is terrific and the bag.....the bag is divine!

  • Joy replied 7 years ago

    YOur DH could have a second career as a fashion stylist! Wow!

  • cheryl replied 7 years ago

    I'm a sucker for pattern and love this one. The scarf in your hair looks great and I am totally loving the shape of that bag!

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Krish, Angie, Makrame, Sveta, Marianna, Meredith, Zap, Amy, Vix, Beth Ann, Joy & Cheryl!

    Angie, I'm flattered that you pinned me. Where are these pins--is it a Pinterest board? Do you think this outfit and scarf headband looks more 60's or 70's to you?

    Makrame, I got a size small and usually wear size 4-6. Definitely a good apple dress.

    Zap--too bad the green Fossil didn't work out. Have you looked at Kate Spade?
    This kelly green Mansfield Liv is on sale for $169!

    Joy--thanks! I'll tell DH the compliment! Agree with Angie and you all that DH has good taste!

    Vix--agree, the black jacket was a bit dark for summer--I'll try it with the white denim jacket next time!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    You can follow me on Pinterest to see your pinned outfits, Natalie. There is a Lookfab Blogs Board and your pinned outfits are there:


    The head scarf is more of a late '50s and early '60s look.

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