LOL! No, I’m not rolling out to Trader Joeâ€™s dressed like this. Tomorrow I’m going out to dinner with El Hub for our sixth wedding anniversary, and I’m trying to figure out what to wear.
I’m thinking it would be a good time to finally take my birthday dress out for a spin, the French Connection Banded Cap Sleeve Minidress in Grey Steel I scored on deep discount at Nordstrom last month.
One of the reasons I like the dress is because it’s similar to this $780 (!) Herve Leger, which is way, way out of my budget.
The French Connection version regularly goes for about $180 — still a lot — but if you can snag it on sale like I did…
Some of the reviews online mentioned that it runs small, so I decided to order a size up, and I’m glad I did. But since it’s a very body conscious style, I still squeeze myself into some Spanx before slipping it on.
The dress does have a little stretch to it, but not much. It tends to flatten certain areas out, so if you want to showcase the girls, for instance, this might not be the dress to do it in.
Just for kicks, I tried it on with a pair of silver Marc Fischer shoes from a couple years ago and a Kate Spade bag, but I’m not really feelin’ the shoes with the dress… Something about ’em makes me feel extra short!
I may stop by DSW this afternoon to look for a nude pair. Gotta love the old nude heels trick to make the legs look longer.
What’s your go-to outfit for big nights out? And what do you like about it?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,