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Ask BB: How to Style A Brightly Colored Day Dress

Would you happen to be able to lend me your styling expertise? I just scored a great deal on an Apt 9 dress from Kohl's. $29.99. Marked down from $50. It is fuchsia, hits me right at knee. I am short. Just under 5'3". Sort of a satiny material but not cheesy. Anyway, could you recommend shoes and jewelry and handbag? I always love seeing the looks you put together and the links to the items. A versatile look for dinner out, brunch and summer wedding. —Barbara

I love your new dress, the color is bold and the silhouette is chic and versatile enough to work for day or night. Here's how I'd style it for a Sunday brunch, dinner date and casual summer wedding.

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1. Sunday Brunch: For a laid-back breakfast with friends and/or family, toss on a dark denim jacket and nude sandals with your dress. (I couldn't find the exact dress online, so I'm using a different Apt. 9 for Kohl's dress to illustrate, but the same principles apply.) A cargo jacket or cardigan would work well, too. Draw inspiration from this look on Reese Witherspoon and add a fedora and wayfarer shades for extra cool points.

2. Dinner date: Pair your dress with a black blazer, black heels and a black clutch for a sophisticated evening look. This simple formula works equally well with a black leather jacket and just about any other statement-making heel. Add black tights if it's chilly.

3. Casual Summer Wedding: For a daytime wedding, add a polished white blazer and strappy pale gold heels, two classic and elegant pieces that you can wear over and over again. Dress up your look some more with eye-catching jewelry and a chain strap purse.

How would you style Barbara's dress? xoBB
I have the same dress! I bought it for a wedding. I plan on wearing it w/nude peeptoe heels, gold earrings (haven't decided yet), gold cuffs with a floral/multicolor clutch.
Or, playing off the bright color in the same way Cameron Diaz did in one of her awards gowns, bold turquoise jewelry
#1 Amelia on 2011-05-02 18:08 (Reply)
love your suggestions, especially the turquoise. i know the look you're talking about re: Cameron, it's one of my all-time faves!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-05-03 14:44 (Reply)
love this post! thanks girl :}
#2 Kelsey (Homepage) on 2011-05-02 18:13 (Reply)
I really like these kind of posts. They are my favorite. Good ideas!
#3 Traci on 2011-05-02 18:53 (Reply)
I agree with Traci...I love when you do these kind of posts. They are inspiring, and make me think about how I can pull different pieces into my wardrobe. You are awesome, BB!!
#4 Emily on 2011-05-03 08:39 (Reply)
Thanks for the feedback, ladies!
#4.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-05-03 10:46 (Reply)
I love to wear my summer dresses with an easy breezy open weave sweater and strappy sandals.
#5 Ruthanne on 2011-05-03 11:52 (Reply)
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