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Frolicking Into Fall In Florals

October 4, 2017

Is it just me, or has the year flown by at supersonic speed? How is it October already? Scratch that, how is Summer already over? Thankfully, we will still get to enjoy warm weather for a few more weeks in my neck of the woods. That being said, I’m making the most of what’s left of the sunny days, before Old Man Winter makes his annual unwanted appearance.

If you’re an avid reader of Afrostylicity posts, you will know that off-shoulder/Bardot looks were all the rage around these parts this past year. I’m talking about everything from tops to jumpsuits, to dresses. If it was an off-shoulder design, it was a win in my books. Well, what better way to cap off the year than by showcasing a few more off-the-shoulder looks. Can I get an ‘oh, yeah!’ *fist pump*

Fun Fact: Did you know that the off-shoulder/Bardot look was quite popular as early as the 19th century?

If you are new to the Afrostylicity party, let me school you on why my love for Bardot/off-shoulder tops is second to none. I’ll sum it up in one sentence: They are fun and flirty, all while being sophisticated and classy. What’s not to love about this meshing of options?  Plus, even if your arms are not as toned as you would like, your shoulders will always look good.  Show off those shoulders, girl!

Fun Fact: The term “Bardot” is coined after the style icon Brigitte Bardot who popularized the off-shoulder style in the 1960’s.

I purchased this white floral dress months ago; however, believe it or not, I had not had a chance to wear it until fairly recently. You see, a clothes-hiding fairy that resides within my closet took it upon itself to displace my new dress soon after purchase.  It wasn’t until a recent closet downsizing episode that  I re-discovered and rekindled my love for the dress. Cheers to getting rid of unnecessary collections in one closet, and only keeping that which will be worn, aye?

Back to the dress…

Besides the off-shoulder design, I’m particularly fond of the midi length, the floral print, and the form-fitting cut of this beauty.  That pretty much sums up the whole dress, I’d say. Long story short, this dress is one of my favorites of the year. It’s a simple dress, but a head-turner nonetheless. The combination of cut, fit and length gives off a retro style icon vibe that is a major selling point.

 

NB. The fabric is lightweight and clings to the skin, therefore, I recommend wearing a body shaper within for an overall smoother silhouette.

What is an outfit without footwear and accessories, right? This time around, I opted for a pair of red, block-heel sandals to complete the look. In combination with the dress, the shoes provided just the amount of fun and elegant simplicity. The tassel detail on the heels gives off that extra dose of movement as you sashay until kingdom come. My accessories were kept to an absolute bare minimum, given my desire for the dress and shoes to be the center of attraction. Shine through uninhibited, oh ye perfect dress! A rose gold watch and a purple clutch sealed the deal without stealing the show.

This is a simple but versatile dress that can be worn to all manner of occasions, from the casual get-together to the dressed up shindig. So pretty much anything from lunch to a wedding on the events spectrum. The secret lies in the shoes you choose to pair the dress with. Slip into a pair of sky-high stilettos and you’re ready for a night on the town. Slide into a pair of wedge sandals and you’re all set for a more laid-back event. Throw on a pair of sandals and you’re all set for an evening walk along a lakefront. Toss your shoes to the side, and dig your toes into the sand on a beach stroll. Can you tell my mind is always thinking up different ways I can make a clothing piece work for me?

Style Hint: When deciding on a clothing piece, ask yourself if you will be able to get a ton of wear out of it. If you are unable to style it in more than one way, resist the urge to purchase the item on a “someday I can wear this’ whim. Trust me, your wallet and closet space will thank you in the long run.

This is yet another effortlessly sophisticated look, proudly sponsored by glistening shoulders and sculpted clavicles. Best believe I will still be rocking this beauty when the temperatures dip even further. Why? Because I can *chuckle* I will simply throw on some thermal wear,  slip into a coat, lather on some cold screen lotion on my legs and I’ll be good to go. I came to slay. That is all. 😀

As always, I’m here to share style insider secrets with you. To simplify your shopping process, I have this outfit and previously showcased outfits in one place. You can shop the entire look here.

Now go forth and be dapper!

 

 

 

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33 Comments

  • Reply Dada October 6, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Omg how cute arent you in that shoulder less dress!! And that pair of red shoes goes so well with! Wish I could wear that and look that fabulous!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:56 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I appreciate the compliment. 🙂

  • Reply Christie Brown October 6, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I can’t believe it’s October either, girl. 😮 Although, October is my birthday month so I’m not mad about it aha. This dress (the whole damn outfit, actually) is EVERYTHING! I love the colours against the white – so pretty. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:55 am

      Oh yay, you’re an October baby too! *virtual high five* Have a splendid birthday celebration. Thanks so much for your lovely compliment too. 🙂

  • Reply Karyn Locke October 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I’ve written it before, but who says that florals are only for spring? Given the right material and color, they’re perfect for anytime of year!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Virtual high five! I totally agree with you! Floral prints all year round is right up my alley.

  • Reply Rose October 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    That dress is hot!! I love the form fit! Your bag is also a nice compliment. I would love to have this in my closet.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:53 am

      I’d say get the dress while stocks last. It’s pretty affordable too.

  • Reply Judy October 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I can’t get enough of the off the shoulder look….or florals! Love the way you styled this 🙂

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:52 am

      Thanks so much for your compliment. 🙂

  • Reply Nadalie Bardowell October 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Love the shoes! They really pop, the dress is really pretty too, they go very well together!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you! I always try to infuse an extra pop of color in my looks.

  • Reply Keoshia October 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Yes summer went by so fast! I love this dress you styled it very well! I love the off the shoulder look!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:50 am

      Yes, the summer went by entirely too fast. I blinked and it was over! Thanks a bunch for your positive feedback.

  • Reply Mia October 7, 2017 at 12:22 am

    The outfit is just PERFECT! I love floral patterns, and this one looks awesome in you!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Thank you so much. Floral patterns are always a win in my book. 😉

  • Reply Amy Dong October 7, 2017 at 12:54 am

    You must live where it’s still warm – I’m already in hoodies this week 😉 You’re rocking the floral dress – it’s so pretty on you! Your hair and shoes are fabulous, too!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Yes I live in the sun belt of Texas. It’s still super warm out here. I’m loving it! Thank you for the lovely compliment. 🙂

  • Reply David Elliott October 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I do like the off the shoulder look. You do look great in it. I did not know that they referred to it as a Bardot look. But I would have known who the inspiration for that was as I am very aware of the great actress.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:48 am

      Thank you for the compliment. Yes, she was definitely a trendsetter in her prime.

  • Reply Nayna Kanabar October 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Your dress is really pretty and it is cut to fit so well. I love the ruffle neckline and floral print its very flattering.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:47 am

      Thanks so much for the compliment. You can never go wrong with off-shoulder looks.

  • Reply Amrita October 8, 2017 at 7:28 am

    What a pretty dress .I have a vloth hiding fairy too .Clutter !

  • Reply Amrita October 8, 2017 at 7:29 am

    What a pretty dress .I have a Cloth hiding fairy too .Clutter !But getting smarter now.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:46 am

      Haha I am glad to hear that I’m not the only one who’s been visited by the clothes hiding fairy. 😀

  • Reply Ana Ojha October 8, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I have a thing for floral dresses and you look absolutely gorgeous in your off-the-shoulder floral dress. I also loved your shoes!

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:46 am

      I appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Pragati Siddhanti October 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Really like your dress, and especially the way you carry it!
    Great blog btw 🙂

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:45 am

      Thanks so much for the great feedback. 🙂

  • Reply Erin Creeks October 9, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I never knew that about Ms. Brigitte Bardot. Good to know. 🙂 Love the look and you wear it so well.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:44 am

      I only just found out fairly recently too lol. Thanks so much for the compliment. 🙂

  • Reply Kiwi October 9, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    What a gorgeous pretty floral dress. I love it and fits your curves perfectly.

    • Reply Afrostylicity October 10, 2017 at 1:44 am

      Thanks so much for the compliment. 🙂

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