WIW: Remember this dress?

One of the perks of having lost a bit of girth is some of my older items are coming out of the holding zone and finding new life - this wrap black/white print dress is one of them. There were a few of us who purchased this Maggy London dress when it was an Angie pick 3-4 years ago. So fun to put it on again!

On top of this graphic print dress, I added a denim vest - I thought it would be a fun juxtaposition between a fairly classic style dress and a bit of distressed denim. The vest is actually one of my older denim jackets that I just hacked the sleeves off of. I like the cropped length for a vest.

I chose my black Clarks sandals, citron handbag, white watch and black/white specs to finish off the outfit. 

Does this work? Or does the combination of this dress and denim vest look off to you? I did try the dress as well with my white denim jacket and admit that looked better but I thought the vest would be a fun option. As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Dress: Maggy London
Vest: Brody Jeans (thrifted)
Sandals: Clarks
Handbag: Sergio Ferretti
Watch: thrifted

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  • Olivegreen replied 5 years ago

    So nice it does not even need the pop of colour, it is stand alone great.
    And I like the pop anyway.
    Stealth cool. It's a thing.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Yay, I love that dress on you!

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    I like it w the vest. I have a similar one. Now I have more styling options, thanks!

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  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Yes, I remember it! Still going strong to my eyes, bossed to a vest denim jacket, fab shoes and pop of yellow bag, included! Yeay!:-)

  • donnat replied 5 years ago

    It is nice to see items coming out of holding. It looks very nice.

  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    I like it with the vest Shannon.  Sure, it might look "better" with the white jacket, but it would have such a different vibe.  And sometimes it's the vibe that wins!  Plus it's fun to wear things in different ways.

    And congratulations on fitting into this again :)

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Fabulous, Shannon! You look terrific in that dress, which I truly love. I do like it with the denim vest, too. Perfect. 

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback regarding the denim vest with this - it's a little out of my comfort zone for sure. Always fun to try something different isn't it?

    Olivegreen - "stealth cool" - lol :)

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    I think the denim vest looks good with the dress.  I also like the colorful bag with it.  Interesting that you just cut the sleeves of a jacket.  I'll have to keep that in mind.

  • carambola replied 5 years ago

    Love it! I have that dress too and you are making me want to rush right out and get a denim jacket to go with it. 

  • replied 5 years ago

    ooh - nice!  A white denim jacket would be too predictable and expected - in my opinion, anyways.  I really love it styled this way - it injects the outfit with your personality and is far more interesting this way. Nicely done!!! Funny, I was toying with the idea of hacking up one of my jackets too - even want to try taking the bottom/waist band off too.  

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Sara - the jacket was a thrift find so I figured I really had nothing to lose by cutting off the sleeves.

    Carambola - thrift stores usually have denim jackets I find.

    Lisa - I like the idea of cutting off the bottom band. This jacket is cropped so not needed but with a longer length, that would be a great idea. Go for it!

  • celia replied 5 years ago

    Has it been that long that Angie suggested that dress? Time really flies.
    I think you look modern and happy in this combination. Always good to see your outfits.

  • Missey replied 5 years ago

    Shannon- gorgeous, fun, and well played!  As always, your smile makes the outfit :)

  • clairelv replied 5 years ago

    that looks great ! so a suitable suit is so important for a person . we should learn more about this 

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    I remember this dress and always liked you in it - so glad it finds the second life now!
    Fab outfit with the vest and the citron bag is the icing on the cake!
    You are on the roll again Shannon!

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Are you kidding me? yes this works! It looks wonderful in general and in every detail.

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Love this dress and you look great.  Wonderful styling.  Speaking of dresses, do you mind me asking the fate of the Metalicus dress?  I wondered if that was perhaps more comfortable to wear now?

  • Karin L H replied 5 years ago

    Great look! The items really work together and that dress looks SO good on you!

  • harmonica replied 5 years ago

    Great to see you again! Love that dress and the accessories!

  • dakotacheryl replied 5 years ago

    That vest adds a "cool" factor to that dress..love it, and the way you've accessorized !!

  • torontogirl replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous dress!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Deborah - aaahhhh yes....the Metalicus dress....well to be honest I have yet to wear it but I do still have it. It was too snug when it arrived - wearable but waaaaaay too body con for me, you know? It's still a bit too body con for me but getting better. I'm thinking of trying it with my long black EF vest or a blazer and seeing if that makes it more comfortable for me to wear. But I'm not giving up yet!

  • goldenpig replied 5 years ago

    Yay, waving to my Maggy London dress twin! (I still have mine too!) Love it with the citron bag! The denim vest is so creative.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    So nice to open up YLF after 5 days off and see your smiling face!  You look terrific in the dress, and a denim topper is a great way to play with new "finishes" for the outfit.  Black and white is so versatile!  The sandals look terrific, too!

  • Deborah replied 5 years ago

    Glad to hear you still have the Metalicus dress:). One of mine is very body con too and honestly I would never be skinny enough to feel ok about it so I do the same. I layer! And it works a treat.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Fantastic outfit, Shannon! And good job, fitting into a beloved dress again. I definitely like the distressed vest, and I would also like the white denim jacket, for a more classic look.
    Note to self: must take the scissors to that old denim jacket that is hanging in my closet!

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