Sneakers and a Dress: attempt 1 (ETA: sneaks photo)

I'm calling this attempt 1 because the dress doesn't really work, and these pics make me realize that.

Still, it's what I'm wearing today, and I want to figure out a dress or two that actually work for me this summer.  (I'm considering altering this one actually, I think if I bring in the dress a little at the hem, it might be a more cocoon shape...)

Shown with sneakers, then with birkenstocks, since I'll probably spend half the day or more in the birks - even though these new-to-me vans are really comfy.

The pics are unflattering despite my taking the time to put on a dash of lipstick and mascara for the outside shot.  I added some nipple shields after taking these, but don't have the time to re-take pictures.  

Should I just ditch the dress?

ETA: Indoor pic with sneaks showing for Angie :)  (I didn't originally include this one since it hides the detail of the dress)

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  • crutcher replied 3 years ago

    I love picture 2 with the white jacket and the sneaks...You look cool and in command and ready for what your day brings...Great look!....

  • merwoman replied 3 years ago

    Oh you look gorgeous - especially pic3! Are you growing your hair?

    Now - on to the critique. To my eye the jacket doesn't work - just too boxy looking.
    The dress needs something to break up all that black - the neckline adds interest, but not enough.  Maybe one of those waterfall type sweaters? I'm also thinking the length needs to be a bit longer for your gorgeous legs? What's your sweet spot for skirt/dress length? For me it is just below the knee.

  • Jules replied 3 years ago

    I love your hair these days!
    I know you generally appreciate an honest answer. I would ditch the dress. It's not awful, but nor is it doing much for you. In the sun it looks a bit faded too.

  • abc replied 3 years ago

    Aren't pics so helpful? I agree with Jules re the dress AND your hair. :)

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for the careful critique Sue - I knew that posting this would result in getting some help.

    I definitely prefer skirts just below the knee, although I'm also okay with them 3-4 inches above (shorter than this)  It seems like Angie had said something about wearing skirts above the knee with flats to lengthen the leg line?  (at least, in my mind).

    And I don't think I'm comfortable in all black - I thought this might show enough skin to not feel like so much black, but you're right that it would be better with something to break it up.

    I'll hop out this afternoon and try a couple of sweaters with it.  My waterfall cardi is also black, but I have a sporty blue cardi that might be interesting....  

    What do you think about the shape and fit of the dress?  I'm considering using this one as a pattern (I guess because I like the neckline and the diagonal seams), and I could make a longer version in a color....  But I wonder if it's too sack-like and/or unflattering to bother...

    Sorry - my thinking "out loud" is resulting in a novel of mishmash thoughts.

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    And cross-posted with Jules and abc - thank you for your honesty!  I don't think the dress is actually faded (the light was awfully bright though), but I agree, I don't think it's very flattering.  Probably should move on toward other summer dresses, not try to make a better-color copy of this one.
    Thank you!

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    (And thanks for the compliments on my hair.  It needs a trim, but I'm liking this longer length at the moment. I'm thinking that I'll take it another inch or two longer even.)

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    I'd love to see the look so that I can see the sneaks, Amy. Pretty please and batting my eyelids. 

    You are sooooo on the right track. Hugs to you for being so fabulous. You made my day. xo

  • Ledonna N. replied 3 years ago

    Oh my you can make a cocoon shape, yes. I think that would be lovely for this dress also I like this neckline very much.

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Here you go Angie! :)  And Thanks Ladyone - I like to experiment, and this might be a good opportunity to try out that shape....

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Yay. Thanks.

    Thumbs up for sure. Nice black colour repetition, and the dress is at a super length. Nicely done, sweet lady. xo

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