Hello My Little Targettes!
How adorable is this floral shirt dress?! The options are endless when layering a blazer over a dress for a seamless transition from the 9-5 meetings to an evening out, but it is important to understand the proportions when outfitting your look. Noting the length of the dress is pretty important to determine the type of blazer that will best accent the dress and your figure. The contemporary length of this dress with the flared back is pleasantly unexpected and can be pretty tricky to pair with a blazer if done incorrectly. Since the dress falls above the knee, pair a blazer which falls naturally below your waist to elongate your body and (this is super important) pair a belt with it to accentuate the waist to prevent the blazer and the dress from becoming too boxy. The combination of the blazer and the belt will add shape under the layers without loosing your figure.
Style Tip #2: All in the Sleeves
Push the sleeves above the elbow to mirror the amount of skin that is shown from your legs to create balance. In my opinion, there should always be a subtle symmetry in your wardrobe if you’re splitting your body in half, from the neck to the waist and the waist to the ankle for a super sophisticated look. It’s especially important since the oxford collar lays so closely to the neck leaving little skin for a more refined look.
Style Tip #3: Detail and Colour
Choose a blazer that has a little oomph to it to play up the femininity of the dress. I love a good pleated garment whether it’s a skirt, dress or blazer. The knife pleats on this navy beauty forms a smooth line which contours towards my body and then feathers outward. It’s a simple detail that gives the illusion of hips when layering a form fitting dress to add more shape and curves. The navy colour unifies the entire look and neutralizes the print if you are overly concerned that floral prints and color are too much of a fashion risk for your wardrobe.
Overall, these three tips for pairing a blazer with a dress will intensify this chic silhouette for a modern yet comfortable look.
Hope you enjoyed the three part series to avoid being a Target twinsie. These styling tips for incorporating Phillip Lim into your wardrobe will work like a charm. Kudos to the hubster, Lucas for making this look one of my favs. Signing off as the OscarPR Girl for Target.