Newsroom Fashion: Dressy

by - February 26, 2016

Both of these dresses have been hanging out in my closet for a couple of weeks, which is rare because I'm the type to wear new clothes the very next day. One entire side of my closet is dedicated to dresses. They're such an easy way to look put together without trying too hard. I wore these at the beginning of the week before all the terrible weather and aftermath my area had.

One of the things I look for when buying new items is they're staying power. I'm not big on trends, especially if they're pricier. I tend to look for pieces that aren't going to go out of style after one season. Both of these dresses will have a lasting place in my closet.

I really can't believe it's taken me so long to wear this dress. I absolutely love it - from the almost '50s feel to the pattern and how it fits. This dress requires no help to look effortlessly chic. I paired it with my new go-to nude pumps and pearls. I would wear this dress on a date night, to a wedding or really any other occasion. It's lined, has a hidden back zipper and didn't wrinkle easily. I'm wearing a petite 8, and I should note that I didn't pay full price.

Dress - The Limited
Shoes - ShoeDazzle

This dress my husband actually picked out and ordered from eBay. He paid less than $10. It's a nice soft, stretchy material that stayed comfortable all day long (however, it definitely showed off my food baby after lunch). Because of the halter-style neck, I wouldn't wear it without some type of jacket for work, which is why I pulled out my favorite blue blazer. I got it several years ago from Charlotte Russe for less than $30. The three-quarter ruched sleeves make it easy to wear all year round, and it has a cute bow detail on the back. My shoes were a clearance Target find several years ago.

Dress: eBay
Blazer: Charlotte Russe old (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Target old (similar, similar)

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  1. Hi, Ashton!

    In my opinion this is the best set of outfits so far. The technical aspects of the pictures are also better than ever. You and your husband have great taste in clothing and you put together two stylish outfits for this post. I love the blue print dress and agree that it has a retro 50s look. You are smart to shop traditional rather than trendy. You are also skilled in achieving different looks using varying combinations of blazers and accessories. You look very slim considering that you recently gave birth, Ashton. These outfit posts illustrate that you have achieved a balance in your roles as wife, mother and career woman, and that is the thrust of your reinvented blog.

    Here in Florida we have had a very wet and windy winter. We were under a tornado watch yesterday. I hope that it won't turn into one of those springs with numerous tornado outbreaks.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Ashton!

    1. Thank you so much, Shady! I was on a lot of medicine after I had the baby, including a diuretic that helped me slim down really fast. I'm not back to where I want to be just yet but I'm working on it!

      As for the pictures, I hope they're about to get even better. I'm going to be working on a new setup this coming week.