Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Too Darn Hot (See Jane Barely Wear)

Rory Beca dress (old, but newer version here), F21 shirt (similar), Pour la Victoire wedges, Super sunglasses, Mulberry bag (now on sale)

The best way to re-use a semi-formal dress?  Put a shirt over it and knot it.  The best way to keep cool on a summer day that hits a record high?  Wear said semi-formal dress to work because it's the lightest, most breathable silk ever (and put a shirt over it, because said semi-formal dress is backless).  Check out how I topped this dress with chambray last summer.



52 comments

Natali said...

Beautiful bag and sunnies!

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alison*elle said...

I love the way it looks with the shirt knotted over like that! And your Mulberry Alexa is just the prettiest colour!

xo, alison*elle

Andrea said...

Great idea!! Very inventive. ;)
xo Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

looks like you have if all g+figured out :) looking great in neutrals!

xoxo,

Fashion Fractions

Soulofashopper said...

oh gorgeous mulberry bag!!!! love the outfit too! xo, Alma
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Sarah said...

Very cute, perfect for summer!

Keep calm and carry lipstick.

Bog-Bog said...

Pretty bag!

Life's a shoe said...

what a petty outfit! I love your top and your bag!

Natalie said...

I'm in love with your bag! x

Natasha said...

Looks like you figured out how to stay cool. This is a very cute outfit and a great idea. But what I really like about this look is the Mulberry bag. Love it!

Natasha
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blue roses said...

funny you should post this today.... i am wearing a semi-formal cocktail dress with a very light linen blend cardigan over it. said dress has quite the low neckline, and all sort of "overflowth."

love the simple champagne colors.

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The Fancy Teacup said...

Loving all the soft neutral hues in your look. x

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Katie said...

this is beautiful! i love the neutral pallet for summer

latrDAYS
- katie

Katie said...

this is beautiful! i love the neutral pallet for summer

latrDAYS
- katie

pretty little things said...

lovely outfit! love the color palette! xo

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Kendall said...

So versatile, I love it! Looking great in this hot, hot heat :)
xo K
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Cristie Xu said...

love this color scheme!

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avenue ahline said...

love how you made this outfit causal

xoxo
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Closet Fashionista said...

Such a smart idea!! It has been SO hot lately...but I've mostly been inside, ha ha...
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Meagan Murtagh said...

girl, your legs are amazing!
and i love the idea of popping a shirt on an old dress.
god knows my closet is full of em.
xothe egg out west.

Emily said...

Fashion is so hard when it is hot. I love this outfit and it looks perfect to wear when it is so hot out.
Creamy

octoberchic.com said...

Love how you just knotted the shirt to give the silk dress a super casual vibe! Great idea.

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Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

love the bag and skirt
Xo Megan

Amy said...

That bag is so cute! and the outfit looks great too!

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Law Moda said...

Awesome idea. I'll be doing that this week, for sure.

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Sarah Jane said...

i love the knotted blouse look right now, btw great bag! happy hump day!

Erin said...

Totally with you on this! I've been wearing a lot of fancy-looking, chiffon-y dresses to work lately because they are the coolest, lightest things in my closet. My co-workers probably think I'm overdoing it. And I love freshening up an old piece by knotting a shirt over it. This is so pretty!

-Erin-
http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

Totally with you on this! I've been wearing a lot of fancy-looking, chiffon-y dresses to work lately because they are the coolest, lightest things in my closet. My co-workers probably think I'm overdoing it. And I love freshening up an old piece by knotting a shirt over it. This is so pretty!

-Erin-
http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

annacbie said...

SO loving the bag.

xo,
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Street Lily said...

girl i hear ya, i'm in Milwaukee and just sweating my arse off... but you look gooooood! :)

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April said...

Thanks for the tip! You look great :)

-April
http://pieceology.com

Elise said...

Brilliant! PS so jealous of your wedges...

Shikhu said...

Totally agree with you, the weahter is just too darn hot. This outfit has inspired me, I've got date night and now I think I finally have an outfit weather and event appropriate! So, thank you. Great post! X

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Natasha Fatah said...

I hear you, it is too darn hot here too. But you soft pastel colours, I'm sure are helping. :)

~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

Kelsey Elizabeth said...

I really like how high you tied the shirt, shows off your waist so nicely!

Laura said...

Too cute! Absolutely love this look!

Laura @ A Little Bit of Lacquer

The Storm Sisters said...

LOVE the wedges!

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Kacie said...

The tied top looks great with the high waisted skirt!

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Pao said...

Jane I just discovered your blog, new follower :)

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RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

You look so summer pretty....love the blush pink color theme!!

Rebecca
www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

Josie said...

Phew, looks nice and cool!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Alicia Lund said...

Such a great idea Anna... it's been so humid here too! You look darling as always! x

Amy said...

Such a great idea!

Amy

Leopard and Lillies

Sense and Sequins said...

Love the bag, senseandsequins.com

Ilse said...

This is what I consider effortlessly chic!New Follower!

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Ally said...

Love the tied blouse detail! It's easily becoming my new favorite way to wear a button down

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Luli said...

oh that bag is lovely.

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Alissa said...

Oh my gosh this is such a great way to style a formal dress again! I have such a hard time figuring out how to wear my formal dresses more often.

Jaclyn said...

What a great idea! Looks awesome

Kristin and Lindsay: Passport To Style said...

love this outfit!

-Passport to Style Team

Inez said...

Cute way to make a dress casual. Love the tied shirt.