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The Unexpected Dress I Bought in Three Colors

Last week, I shared this ribbed body-con style dress in our Outfit Formula Series.

Before I hit “published,” I was a bit worried because, as we’ve come to expect from a lot of Amazon clothing, the product image is modeled by an otherworldly creature, who doesn’t mess with carbs, and has perky boobs a long slim waist and perfectly proportioned hips.

So, I can’t believe I even ordered it, but this year I’ve committed to going back and finding the old me, the girl that loved fashion and clothes so much that she decided to make a career out of it.

The girl who was never intimidated trying something on.

The girl who got dressed up for any and every occasion.

The girl who couldn’t fathom there being a time when she would battle with her body.

And while that girl is now 43, and that body has been through the wringer, I want to get back that spirit of having fun with clothes, trying new things, and for the love of GOD, embracing and loving my life-giving body, curves, and all.

So, as promised, for today’s Outfit in Real Life, here is me in said dress.

Dress, $38

I don’t hate it.

In fact, I really like it.

So much so that I now have it in olive, black and dark navy, which is what I am wearing above.

It’s a dark, dark blue, that really only looks blue when you put it next to black. In fact, it looks more blue in the photo than it will in person.

Am I wearing Spanx? You better believe it.

You have a lot of body-shaping options, I’m wearing this pair that go up to your bra line.

“I haven’t left the house without lycra on these thighs since I was 14.”

For reference, I am 5’10 and wear anywhere between an 8 – 12; in this dress, I took a large.

The dress is under $40 and comes in a ton of solid colors, DO NOT buy the color-blocked options; they are hideous.

Now, let’s break down the rest of the outfit because I found some GOOD stuff, all from Amazon.

Outfit Finishers

I love a coat.

I have too many, but I don’t care because I wear them and use them to complete an outfit.

So much of dressing well is in the layers and details.

So consider what you’re putting on top of your outfit. Having a few top coats on hand is a much better alternative than throwing your North Face on top of your dress.

And listen to me; this coat is INCREDIBLE. It is lined and has tonal buttons, so you have so much more versatility, and it’s only $60. 

I have it in navy (above), red, and black because that’s what I do; if I love something, I buy all the colors, especially when it’s this affordable. 

Next, the boots. I went with a slouchy style instead of the tall, slim boots I usually wear because I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone.

But go ahead an wear any of the tall, slim boots you already have.

If you’re looking to add something different, these are great. Available in a range of neutrals including tan (above) and black for just under $70.

They are surprisingly comfortable, the heel is high (3.5″) so be aware of that. I have a normal size calf and they fit well. They even have a band at the top that helps keep them up.

I love tan paired with navy, of course, you can wear black, no problem.

The tan adds depth and richness to the outfit and pairs nicely with this gorgeous little bag. 

I was influenced to buy the bag after seeing it on TikTok, and it’s another fantastic find.

It’s tiny, but your essentials will fit perfectly, and it’s well-made. It also comes with a nice strap to turn it into a crossbody bag if you want to avoid carrying it by the handle.

It’s available in this tan and black, which sells out fast but just came back in stock. 

Taking my cues from the hardware on the bag, I’m wearing my tried and true hoops in the gold 20 MM. 

The Unexpected Dress I Bought in Three ColorsThe Unexpected Dress I Bought in Three Colors
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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Tracy

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Wow ! I like the dress! Like you said I’m sometimes cautious or skeptical of some Amazon clothes but the dress and coat looked great! Thanks

Robin

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

I always struggle with Spanx slipping down. Have you had any trouble with this particular pair? Or any suggestions on how to buy the correct size?

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Sometimes their lightweight options roll down on me, but this one (link in the post) doesn't budge. I have to peel them off myself. And I just order my true size.

MB

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look great! Radiant! 🤩

Sueb

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

I am addicted to your site. I have been consistently trying many of your recommendations, whether fashion, beauty or organization tips, and almost without fail, they are all so great. Actually I can’t think of one thing I have tried that I regret. Thank you for your hard work and research. Love your advice!!

Susan

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Thanks Megan, I was able to read your post today. So much easier without the side banner. Susan😊

Lisa

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Thank you for the review of the coat--I was eyeing it on Amazon (the price!!), but wasn't sold. Now I am!

Cynthia

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

I don’t get the coat as part of an outfit. Don’t you remove it as soon as you arrive? As opposed to a cardigan or blazer?

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Because you look great walking around in it and it goes with the outfit.

Cathy

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look great and are an inspiration! I ordered the dress and coat (different colors). Can’t wait for them to arrive. Appreciate all your work sorting through it all to find the best options.

Darlene

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look wonderful in the dress. You use to make sure that you included multiple size ranges in the items you highlighted, but you haven’t been doing that lately. Neither the dress nor coat come in petite or plus.

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Only some posts can be size inclusive because most retailers/brands have limited sizes. And for integrity sake, I won't include an alternative that I don't have experience with. So in this case, I don't have a recommendation for a plus size or petite version of the dress. But over the past two weeks, we have suggested over a dozen plus-size options. So I'm really asking for some grace here, because I can only share what's available in retail.

Alicia

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look gorgeous, Megan! I’m with you on the coats. Glad to hear you admit it. I thought I was the only one!

Laura Clark

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look gorgeous! I, too, am in my 40s (47), body has taken a beating with kiddos in the last 6 years and am trying to love the body that has allowed me to survive so much stuff. I ordered this dress too and love it! Love your posts and style!

Marguerite

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

You look great in that dress. Love it! What other colours did you buy?

carol

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Love that dress on you!

Debbie

Wednesday 11th of January 2023

Would you mind sharing what size coat fits you? I think you look great in the dress!