Thursday, April 28, 2011

Petite Fashion Challenge #7: The Little Black Dress

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photos taken outside Kitchen Dog Theatre

Dress: Express Dress (old) - $18 (similar)
Belt:  scarf taken from abercrombie jean skirt (similar)
Necklace: eShakti Turquoise Stones Necklace - $25 c/o eShakti (buy) (similar) (similar)
Watch: Michael Kors "Small Runway" Rose Gold Watch - $127 with gc (buy)
Shoes: Guess Factory Silver Mary Jane Pumps (old) - 5.5 / $55 (similar)
Purse: Chanel M/L Lambskin Purse Replica - gifted from uncle (similar)

Today's post is an entry for this month's Petite Fashion Challenge (PFC), hosted by the lovely Jessy of The Little Dust Princess!  Here are the details of the challenge:


Challenge: "The Little Black Dress" 
A little black dress (LBD) is essential in every woman's wardrobe. It's always great for back-up if you run out of outfit ideas for a night out. Adding a pop of colour to your LBD will change up its look and make your dress a little less boring. For this challenge, add a pop of colour (or two) to your little black dress to change up the look. You could add anything from an accessory to a blazer, or even nail polish!
If you know me, you know I love colorful outfits (I started the Color Brigade for a reason!).  That's why when I read the month's petite fashion challenge as wearing an all-black dress, I kinda freaked.  SO. MUCH. BLACK!  Figuring out an outfit that was to my liking was definitely going to be a challenge for me.  :)

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I found this little black dress on clearance at Express a couple years ago and, for less than $20, I figured it was a good buy since it was something that I could wear to work and not feel like I was overdressed (the modest knee-length hem and elbow-length sleeves are key).  But, in order to not look like I was going to a funeral, I had to jazz it up with a few fun pieces.

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I used a fun multi-colored scarf and used it as a belt to add a little bit of visual interest to the all-black dress.  Not only does it add a good dose of color but it also cinches in the waist and gives the dress some shape.  I then took advantage of the blue-ish colors of the scarf and added a chunky turquoise necklace.  In general, I try not to layer necklaces onto cowl neck tops, but the shape of this necklace actually closely matched that of the cowl neck so it kinda worked in this case!

Some fun-colored shoes finish off the outfit.  While my new Menbur sequin shoes would have been perfect, they would've been too much for the office.  So I chose the next best thing:  some silver Mary Janes.

Oh, and the hair?  I totally learned this half-bun / donut technique from Angga.   :)

Don't forget to head on over to Jessy's blog to check out the rest of the PFC #7 entries!

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65 comments:

  1. so gorgeous!! love how your included accessories with such great amazing pops of color. :)

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  2. When I saw your first picture, I was thinking OMG!! she is so freaking adorable with that hair!! she need to give us tutorials on how to do it, and when I read at the end you got it from my tutorial!!! YAY!! I was so excited, I'm almost jumping up and down LOL (mostly because I cant believe anybody would watch my crappy video LOL )

    Anyway back to the black dress!! I have been looking for some inpiration to wear black dress!! I also have some that sitting inside my closet that been waiting to be wear again, and I think turquoise and the belt scarf is such a good idea!! You look so freaking adorable and cute, I have to say it is so fresh seeing you wearing black dress, you look so elegant!!
    <3
    http://reserveradefashion.blogspot.com

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  3. saw your tweet, you made it just in time! love the necklace.

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  4. I love the blue wall :) Your pictures look awesome! I wear my scarf as a belt for this challenge too. Great job, Kileen!

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  5. lol, i was a tiny bit late. finished the entire post in 30 minutes. i
    think that's a new record for me! :)

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  6. Kileen, we used so many of the same items! Same scarf, Chanel, and an old Express dress. Great minds think alike? :) LOVE this look on you, but most especially the background. Perfect shade of blue to play off your outfit.

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  7. sartorialsidelinesApril 28, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I just love the touches of color you've added - so pretty and cheerful!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  8. I am really loving all your recent photoshoots! You have a great eye!

    Great color choices for the dress!

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  9. omg, we totally did use the same A&F scarf!! mine was from so long ago (5+
    years!) that i'm surprised we both have it. WE ARE AWESOME. :D

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  10. thanks! i was surprised how nice the blue background actually turned out in
    the pics! :)

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  11. i love it ALL! girl...the turquoise statement necklace is my FAVE! Side Note: Hope to see you at the Blogger meetup this Saturday : )

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  12. yup, i'll be there bright and early. :)

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  13. I LOVE this dress on you!! WOW! You have such a cute little figure. The scarf belt is beautiful and I love your hair and necklace...SCORE!! I can't wait to meet you on Saturday! Kiah

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  14. JustineJustBetterTogetherApril 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I love love loooove this oufit!

    Just Better Together

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  15. Black and turquoise are such a stunning combination! I especially love the bright blue background - really makes your outfit pop even more - GORGEOUS!

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  16. I love the scarf belt, it really does liven up the black and make it so much less overwhelming.

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair like this- and I'm so glad you threw some Kileen color in with the scarf when styling the LBD. You look fabulous!

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  18. So chic and cute! I love the ribbon.

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  19. your tutorial was great!! i absolutely love the new hairstyle. :)

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  20. You are so great at incorporating color into outfits.
    You even incorporate a blue wall in! ;)

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  21. The turquoise necklace totally makes the outfit! I knew you'd come up with something colorful for this one. ;)

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  22. Love how you made it your own! The necklace and belt keep it from looking drab...oh and I love the bun you learned how to do!

    Aesthetic Lounge

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  23. Haha you and Cee ARE outfit twins! So cute and I adore your hair (can I just say I love your bangs for the 100x times?)

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  24. Love it!!! So cute I wish I had the energy to get extra glam looking for work I wake up with no energy and stick to my blazers lol

    http://lizbeth612-onceuponashoe.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oh I have to pick out my outfit the night before. I totally don't have any creative juices in the morning! :)

    Kileen

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  26. well you certainly rock this dress, beautiful lady! love it. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

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  27. That scarf belt...ingenious! Love the colors of your outfit...it's so cheery! =)

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  28. Super cute! Love the scarf and the necklace.

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  29. you are so elegant:) love this classic look!

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  30. I love the scarf! That is such a creative way to dress up the LBD.

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  31. I love the way you acessorized this dress, especially your shoes!

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  32. Great outfit! Fabulous accessories- the perfect POP of colour.

    x
    Michelle
    www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

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  33. i realllly love what you have done with the scarf! too cute :) xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  34. Psychedforstyle.blogspot.comApril 29, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    The necklace and sash are stunning! And your hair look gorgeous! xoxo Kiki

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  35. Kileen I LOOOVE how you tied the scarf! I have to get more creative with the scarf tying. That is a really versatile LBD :)

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  36. I love the way you accessorized this perfect black dress. AMAZING. Lovin' your blog, just found it today!

    Ask the Duplex

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  37. Love the simplicity of this look
    I think it looks very Princess Kate if I may say so.
    Brett

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  38. Great scarf! At first I thought your necklace was a top underneath. Love that pop of turquoise! The blue of he background just ties it all together nicely!

    Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

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  39. So pretty Kileen! Love the pop of color in the belt and necklace! :D

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  40. The aqua accessories are great! love the necklace

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  41. wow, that background is perfect for this outfit! the scarf is simply lovely and how creative of you to belt it like that :) oh, and i abs. LOVE that bun. wish i can see the back of it??

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  42. background is a great pairing for the LBD.

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  43. love the ways you added color to this LBD!

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  44. kileen your hair is so pretty up like this!! it really showcases your bangs and your pretty face :)

    love all the turqouise accents!!!

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  45. Brilliant! Loving your outfits!

    -slayerbabe

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  46. Girl! You look amazing. I love your hair!

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  47. I really like how you added color with the belt. The necklace is so cute too! I love how big, and chunky it is.
    My Heart Blogged

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  48. nice job on jazzing it up ;) and love-the-bag, still.

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  49. I'm a fan of wearing items many different ways & love that you implemented that in your showcase here (with the scarf as a belt). These colours are so beautiful, the teal and green against the black makes it look fresh & sophisticated! Enjoy your weekend! -xo
    Madison
    Ladyofashion

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  50. Great dressed-down LBD outfit! I've yet to try the scarf as belt thing, but it sure looks classy here.

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  51. I love how you tied the scarf as a belt/sash! I'm actually really loving the backdrop of your picture with the bright blue walls! where is that? I'm loving the background of your pictures lately! You must live in an awesome city!

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  52. this is outside the Kitchen Dog Theatre .
    never been inside, but the outside is awesome! :)

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  53. Green? That's a first! I love it! You pulled this off very well and I adore your hair.

    Thank you for participating! : )

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  54. great choice on the splash of bright cerulean blue! :D

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  55. Super cute! Love the scarf and the necklace.

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