dresses

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

Dressing Up A T-Shirt Dress

One of my favorite styles in life is a T-Shirt Dress. I like the grab and go ease of one that works for pretty much any occasion, especially in Nor Cal.  Which is apparent in all these previous posts I’ve done wearing a t-shirt dress.  When I ordered the Avon Ella Dress I, at the time, had plans of wearing it for Easter, but when it arrived I realized it was a t-shirt dress!  I wanted something a little more formal but in the process I realized you can dress up t-shirt dress for church, work, baby showers, wedding showers, spring flings… you name it spring event… All while being comfy in a loose t-shirt!

Step 1:  Shoes!

Step 1: Shoes!

Dressing up a t-shirt dress comes down to three things for me, shoes, accessories and a shaping layer.  Let’s start with the shoes... because let’s always start with the shoes!  In this case a classic nude patent pump from Nine West took my outfit more polished.  You could swap in your favorite classic flats with this one if you’re not a pump gal, or a clean nude heeled sandal for hotter weather.

Step 2:  Accessories

Step 2: Accessories

Next up, accessories!  A t-shirt dress is the perfect canvas for all your fun accessories, in this case we want to dress it up so what better than pearls and rhinestones!?  My pearly set is from Avon (which sold out but is coming back in stock this summer!)  A bit on the statement side this pearly necklace really just stands out and turns my OOTD very pretty.

Step 3:  Shaping Layer

Step 3: Shaping Layer

Lastly, a shaping layer.  What does that even mean?  It means that usually a t-shirt dress can be kinda shapeless, so, add in something that gives it some structure!  A jacket, a blazer, a cardigan or even a belt or scarf.  We’re looking to dress up a t-shirt dress so some structure does that.  The Avon Ella Dress has these fun ruffled sleeve details so I pulled out this long jacket/blazer with similar ruffled sleeve details in a perfect-for-spring blush color from Calvin Klein.  The pastel colors compliment while the jacket gives it that a polished finish.  Plus I like how the blush tone from the jacket pulls out the blush tone in the necklace.

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

An outfit ready for any Spring event!

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Fun Ruffle Sleeves On The Avon Ella Dress

Perfectly Pearly

Perfectly Pearly

How perfect is this look for any spring event!?  Even though I didn’t wear it for Easter I’ve been able too dress up this Ella dress or wear it casually.  This is the last campaign the Avon Ella Dress will be available so take advantage of such a versatile piece!  You can shop the Avon Ella Dress and pearly jewelry at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

What To Wear… With All!

Everyone needs one of those dresses that’s just easy to wear.  Something you easily wash, wear and enjoy!

Wear With All Dress

Wear With All Dress

mark.’s Wear With All Dress ($36) is just that.  It has an easy cut shape, fitted up top, banded waist and loose skirt… with pockets!  I mean any dress with pockets automatically makes it a winner!  It’s really just one of those dresses that’s a perfect canvas, that you can, well, wear with everything!  You can dress it up or down with your accessories.  I personally love it with a statement necklace, a few bracelets, patterned tights and pumps!

Wear With All Dress

Accessorized with the Over Ice Necklace and Sparks Fly Bracelets

The berry color is not only on trend, but flatters all skintones.  The Over Ice necklace ($30) from mark. takes things up a notch and the Sparks Fly bracelets ($20) bring in some more jewel tones.  Graphic Details Tights ($14) keep things grounded with the black but keep things interesting with the pattern.

Straight Up Sassy Heels

Straight Up Sassy Heels

An outfit isn’t complete without the perfect pair of shoes!  The Straight Up Sassy Heels ($40) also from mark. finish this look off.  The faux snakeskin heel gives just a little interest to the classic black platform pump.  mark. got these ones right, the platform is the perfect height to keep them super comfy!

Full look from mark.

Full look from mark.

You can shop the full look from mark. at my eboutique at http://ahessinger.mymarkstore.com  Get this complete full look for $140 with the Wear With All Dress ($36), Over Ice Necklace ($30), Sparks Fly Bracelets ($20), Graphic Details Tights ($14) and Straight Up Sassy Heels ($40).  The best thing is you can wear this dress a million different ways… try it with metallic flats and dainty necklace for brunch or with tall boots and a cropped leather jacket for a night out or keep the black pumps and add a black blazer to take it to the office… the possibilities are endless!