Wear It Five Ways : H&M Ruched Front Dress

I had mentioned this dress in an earlier post…I hastily tried it on when I first saw it but the size 2 would not zip up past my waist. It had been a tough day at work and the thought of trying on at least two more sizes did not appeal to me. I begrudgingly placed the dress back on the rack and went to purchase my other loot.

I had a twitter chat with Hanna the next day and after much consideration I decided to go back and get it. I got it in a size 4 but can definitely size up for comfort.

This dress turned out to be much harder to style than the previous purchase. The color is not particularly flattering for my skin tone but I do like the details. At $29.95 it was hard to turn down. I think the only look I would feasibly wear with some confidence is the first look.

Look 2: J. Crew Canterbury Bells Cardigan in XS,
Look 3: Ann Taylor LOFT Habutai Flutter Sleeve Tee in XXSP
Look 4: Topshop Moto Jacket in size 2
Look 5: Stella McCartney for Gap Tulle Skirt in L
Look 6: Ann Taylor LOFT Petite 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan with Bow in XXSP
Look 7: Ann Taylor LOFT Habutai Flutter Sleeve Tee in XS

And Cee, thanks for reminding me because I forgot to post these pictures. The dress is not meant to be strapless. I didn’t like how it looked originally because I felt so strapped in by the straps. I also belted it to replicate the look in the ad.

I don’t think I can justify this purchase as a versatile one but it is unique and at less than $30 I can live with the possibility that I’ll find an occasion for it one day.

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