Wednesday, April 24, 2013

OOTD: How to Style Fit and Flare Dresses + Messy Fishtail Braid

Tulip dresses or "Fit and Flare" dresses have a really feminine cut and they're perfect for springtime weddings or bridal showers.  Perfect, that is, if you pair them with the appropriate accessories to keep you from looking like a cupcake.
The risk with these dresses is that they're so sweet, you could end up looking like a toddler wearing her Sunday best.  No thanks!  They have a naturally flattering cut because they nip your waist and then flare out a bit on the bottom - meaning this style dress works on many body types.  They're basically A-line's that hide problem areas!  I know a lot of women are very hesitant about this style dress because they feel it will make them look wider on the bottom - to those women I say, try - just try one on and see. You will thank me later ;)

The dress I'm wearing in this post is by Alexia Admor and it was love at first sight!  Because my tulip dress has a high neck, I opted to pull my hair up into a messy  fishtail braid.  I accentuated the waist with a gold belt to bring out the bright colors of the dress and paired it with unexpected espadrilles (these guys have seen a lot of use lately).  I think the most common shoe pairing for this style dress is a rounded pump, which I believe makes the look seem too juvenile, so I went a different route.

I wore this for a bridal shower last weekend and I couldn't help including some of the shots of the lovely day.

Loving a messy fishtail braid - great for keeping your hair tame in Miami weather.
Wearing a vintage turquoise and gold bracelet, as seen in this post. 




I'm wearing the Alexia Admor Fit and Flare dress in orange and pink.  (in white here) OR, depending on what site you look at, it is also called the Pleated Lace Tank Dress. Same thing.
The dress is pricey so you can opt for less expensive options like this one or this one. 



Beautiful cake.

Loved these!

Got this idea off of Pinterest - Little Essie Nailpolish shower favors, wrapped around mini nail files. SO CUTE!

The delicious menu from Chart House Miami - Eggs Benedict, Mini Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp (so good) and Tenderloin Benedict. YUM!

I added some cool filters in Photoshop to these two shots and I love how they came out. 

The Bride-to-be's statement necklace hand selected by yours truly :)




What I'm wearing:
Dress: Alexia Admor
Belt: Vintage (similar here and here)
Espadrilles: Steve Madden (soldout) (similar here and here)
Bracelets, Turquoise Heart Bracelet, and Stella & Dot Spirit Bracelet
Clutch: Asos Oversized Envelope clutch (soldout) Try the Danielle Nicole Mia clutch or Lauren Merkin Molly Clutch here.



Shop Fit & Flare dresses here:

11 comments:

Pip said...

The dress is gorgeous and love the color on you!!!

xx Pip

http://easyoutfitsbypip.blogspot.com

Annie said...

That dress is SO gorgeous on you! And love the braid...so pretty :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Lisa said...

love everything about your outfit love! you look beautiful! i'm obsessed w/ tulip dresses too myself they're so pretty and feminine! omgosh the food looks RIDICULOUS!! soooo delicious! and i adore the essie nail polish idea so cute!

Nathyness said...

The dress is gorgeous!! I would've never thought to wear a fishtail braid with it. Well, first of all, I don't even know how to do a fishtail. I've tried and tried, but to no avail. Love how it came out!

And the food looks so yummy. Love those flower arrangements too; they're so different, and so cute!

Alexandra Zakharova said...

Gorgeous braid!!!! Thanks for sharing such a nice post! Followed you on Bloglovin', hope you can do same;)
Have a happy time!

Best wishes, Alexandra
www.svetusvet.blogspot.com

Sam said...

You look so pretty hun, thats the most exquisite colour and a stunning dress. The shower looks like a fantastic event. Love the braid. Thanks for your visit.. Wishing you a great and productive week ahead!

Sam said...

P.S Followed you with GFC :)

Cassandra Liu said...

BEautiful dress and love the fishtail hair do!! I would love for you to check out my blog and maybe we can follow each other if you like? Welcome to join my giveaway too :-)

www.wear2day.com

Paint Me Blooming said...

Green and blue are so good together, i'm glad you did this association :)

xx

Kristen said...

I'm obsessed with these dresses! I am a bit bottom heavy and I feel like these dresses always fit so well! Love the way you styled it, the fishtail braid is perfect. Thanks so much for following along my blog, I am now following you as well!

P.S.
Thanks for the tip on the succulents! I think this may be happening to a few, I'm def going to start watering them less.

Eat.Style.Play said...

I'm trying to watch my weight...that cake looks so good though right now. I can't even say i'd get some because nothing is a good as wedding cake icing. haha. Anyway I love your messy braid!

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