I featured this dress from Express back in May and wore it to my daughter’s graduation dance and parent party. I received compliments all night long.
It was fun to see my fellow moms, who are also in their early 40s, react to it being from Express. We shopped there in and fresh out of college, so the fact now, with kids going into high school, the stores is kind of back in the mix is wild.
So I thought I would show you exactly how I wore it (you can also see me in it here on Instagram).
If you have a baby or bridal shower, wedding, or just an extra nice date night, it’s a lovely option that looks so much more expensive than even its regular price.
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The pattern of the dress is both bold and subtle. While traditional leopard print can be a bit jarring, using muted neutrals makes this sophisticated. It feels very DVF to me. The flutter sleeve isn’t overwhelming. Because I’m a rectangle body shape, the sleeve extends my shoulders, creating the illusion of a smaller waist.
Typically, I see an in-your-face print and keep everything else simple. However, I had these inexpensive rattan earrings in front of me and threw them on as I left. I’m not one for bold jewelry, so this was way outside my comfort zone, but they were perfect. They are only $11 on Amazon, and though they are large, they are incredibly lightweight. I’ve worn them a dozen times now.
It’s available in XS – XL (petite is sold out). I sized up and comfortably wore a large.
For shoes, I wore an old pair of strappy neutral Via Spiga heels. Every time I wear them, I hop online to see if I can find a replacement pair with no luck. I would buy a dozen of them, so I always have them as an option. This pair from Michael Kors is similar in style for under $100.
Finally, I carried this clutch inspired by the cloud bag by Bottega Veneta (yours for only $2700). I found my version on Amazon for under $20. I picked it up this time last year on a total whim, and it’s one of my most loved and used bags.
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