What to Wear: Red Dress

What to Wear: Red Dress

Anne has a big night on the town coming up soon:

I am a stay-at-home mom who admires your sense of style! Your blog is a wonderful glimpse into a world where fashion is appreciated and not selected merely for its washability. 🙂

I have 3 kids ages 3, 2, and 6 months and have been simply overwhelmed by motherhood since my most recent son’s birth. I am ready for a dress-up night on the town in February, when a college girlfriend of mine is getting married. My husband and I have booked a room at a swank hotel in town, and I want to look stunning for him and for me, not to mention the college gang. 🙂

I have the dress but am looking for some accessories and shoes that won’t break the bank. I am rather short (5’5), so shoes with a heel that elongate my legs would be great. Also, I live in the tundra of Minnesota, so if it’s not a bank-breaker, I would consider some type of elegant cover-up to add some warmth to this sleeveless dress.

If you have the time, could you offer some desperately needed guidance to a desperate housewife?

What a pretty dress! I love the feminine, vintage feel. Matching the red with gray and gold is an unexpected and elegant combination. A much better pairing than with black (too severe) or white (too santa):

Dress – Grand Canal dress in deep red silk with a ruffle on the collar. Currently on sale for $80 $40.
Shoes – Arturo Chiang pump with gray patent leather and a gray suede bow on sale for $36, down from $120. The substantial heel is a good match with the vintage style of the dress and will make your ankles look thin. If they don’t have your size, keep looking. These shoes are on sale everywhere.
Coat – Gray wool coat on sale for $50. This is something that you can definitely wear again and again.
Earrings – Statement earrings on sale from Anthropologie for $30
Clutch – In gold for $28.

Have a great time being swanky! PS: Hi Katy 🙂

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  1. Meghan at 5:50 pm

    I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU… I’ve had my eye on that dress for awhile, and it just went on further sale to $40, so I snatched one up quickly! Thank you for the reminder!! 🙂

  2. Heather at 7:07 pm

    I snapped up one of these dresses just now, too!
    Emily, Anthropologie should give you a cut!

  3. Anne at 9:45 pm

    Thanks SO much, Emily! I am busily clicking and ordering away. 🙂 I can’t wait to glam it up in this stunning ensemble. Plus, now I’m internet-famous. Does it get any better? 😉

  4. Jess at 11:10 am

    Ooooh I own these Arturo Chang heels (I live in London but bought them on sale in New Orleans when I was visiting my brother’s fam for New Year’s) and every time I wear them I get tons of compliments! Nice pick…)

  5. Emily at 4:37 pm

    I bought this dress on your suggestion, too and it came today. It is so cute. Great find!

  6. Anne at 8:45 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that your recommendations are even more brilliant in person!! These earrings are perhaps in the top 5 most beautiful things I’ve owned, and the purse is so glam. I can’t wait for the wedding…it’s this Friday!! Thanks, Emily!!