Looking Back, Looking Forward

Modern classic. As a recovering all-black-wearing woman, I don’t allow myself to purchase anything black unless the item has irresistible details. Today’s outfit features one of those exceptions. It is a classic shift dress with updated features like puff sleeves, and a buttoned down front. The greatest thing about this dress is that it is tailored in a black embroidered eyelet—a chic floral cutout—over a white silky liner. A patent belt and red peep-toe pumps add finishing touches. Now, I am ready for a dinner on Friday night.

This dress was somewhat pricey for Marshalls at $79.99. But, it has a retail price of $348, and I love it!

Dress—Tahari via Marshalls

Belt—The Limited

Shoes—Tahari via Smartbargains



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  1. June 11, 2008 / 1:52 pm

    I WANT THAT DRESS!!! I am going to Marshall’s today. It is fantastic. You are my idol. $79.99 for that dress?

  2. June 11, 2008 / 2:06 pm

    La Belette Rouge: Good luck! I just bought it on Monday, and my store had about 4 of them. Isn’t that price unbelievable?

    I am hardly a fan of Paris Hilton, but she has been spotted in the sleeveless version of this dress.

  3. June 11, 2008 / 2:16 pm

    I don’t think I could have left it in the Marshall’s either. That dress is gorgeous…gorgeous…gorgeous. I really like it!!! WOW!

  4. June 11, 2008 / 2:42 pm

    Really, what an amazing dress.
    Elegante and stylish.
    The final touch given by the belt and red shoes completes the whole outfit. Great.


  5. June 11, 2008 / 3:41 pm

    *snatches dress off of you and runs*

    I love it! I want it! I need it! I wonder if they have any at my Marshall’s. I guess I’ll head there tomorrow and see. ;o)

  6. Anonymous
    June 11, 2008 / 3:48 pm

    ME TOO!!….I just love it…CAPIS

  7. June 11, 2008 / 8:02 pm

    Sara: Right! And somehow I managed to do just that. When I could not stop thinking about it (sick, right?), I went back, and luckily it was still there!

    Seeker: Thanks. I don’t know how I ever dressed without belts before. This dress looks much better with the belt. Hmmm…perhaps I should have shown the unbelted look.

    Oh that Girl: LOL! I hope you find it. This could work for the wedding you are attending. The silky/satiny underlay makes the dress fancier than the typical eyelet.

    Capis: Gotta love Marshalls! There are a couple Calvin Klein numbers that I’ve spotted too, but not in my size. So, I am officially on the prowl.

    Kira Fashion: Tahari sure knows what I like. And, Marshalls delivers it. Yeah!

  8. June 11, 2008 / 8:06 pm

    That dress is so cool鈥攃asual and smart all at once. I love the fabric!

  9. June 11, 2008 / 8:38 pm

    Thanks for stopping by, fellow Scorpio! This dress is aMAzing! You have a great eye 馃檪

  10. June 11, 2008 / 9:50 pm

    Enc: The fabric is a winner. I vowed not to buy any more eyelet, but this one was quite unique 馃檪

    Couture Carrie: Yeah. A fellow scorpio! Thanks for coming by. I totally enjoyed your recent yummy post.

    Fashion Frenzy: To Marshalls you must go! You just might find it in a store near you. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  11. June 12, 2008 / 12:44 am

    OMG, I love this dress. It reminds me of the Philip Lim one that I wanted so bad but couldn’t afford.

  12. June 12, 2008 / 1:29 am

    Always in Style: You know, I think I know the Philip Lim dress you are talking about. It had the same buttoned down front and was eyelet. I remember it in white though. Finds like this Tahari dress make me love Marshalls even more. Thanks for stopping by!

    Chic Stylez: Awwww thanks! I appreciate that a lot. I am especially excited to learn that you are in St. Louis. We have much to discuss about our local shopping experiences.

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  14. June 12, 2008 / 3:30 am

    gorgeous! i love black outfits 馃檪 i used to a go out only in black…still do most of the time, but I try to throw in some red, purple or white

  15. June 12, 2008 / 4:44 am

    gorgeous as always. I would like to mention your blog in an entry that I am preparing for tomorrow. I hope you don’t mind…

  16. June 12, 2008 / 6:08 am

    Wow that’s a really beautiful dress!! Just perfect!

  17. June 12, 2008 / 11:03 am

    Diva: Thanks!

    Lil Midget: Those splashes of color can add so much to basic black, right!

    Nywele: Mind? I am honored. Thank you!

    Danz: Thanks. I’ve noticed I have a strange fascination with tahari. Thank goodness off price retailers make that fascination affordable 馃檪

  18. Bajan Beauty
    June 12, 2008 / 1:14 pm

    Girl you are rocking that dress! I am gonna hit up Marshalls this weekend “crosses fingers” hopefully I can find it.

  19. June 12, 2008 / 1:41 pm

    Bajan Beauty: Thanks and thanks for stopping by! I am definitely crossing my fingers for you. If you find it, do come back and let me know.

  20. June 12, 2008 / 6:11 pm

    i love this dress. it photographs really well, too. so vivid.

  21. June 12, 2008 / 6:30 pm

    I adore that dress! Perfect modern classic- you’ll be able to wear it for years.

  22. June 12, 2008 / 7:54 pm

    Fresh & Fab: Thanks! I was a tad uncertain about the shape of the dress until I belted it at home. The belt makes such a difference. I don’t know what I was doing before I started wearing belts in this way.

    Budget Babe: I appreciate you stopping by. You’re right. The flash caught the underlay really well. It is boldly peeping through the eyelet.

    Melinda Melee: That is surely what I told myself–I’ve got to wear this to reduce the cost/wear ratio 馃檪 This dress is so classic and chic that it will be easy. Thanks for coming by!

  23. June 13, 2008 / 9:07 pm

    Great blog!! That dress is fabulous!

  24. June 16, 2008 / 11:17 am

    STUNNING!!! Had I not been otherwise engaged i would have fired up the G5 to take you out to dinner and dancing!

  25. June 16, 2008 / 2:01 pm

    Suzie C: Thanks for coming by Suzie!

    Imelda Matt: I’ll take a rain check 馃檪

  26. June 16, 2008 / 4:51 pm

    Fabulous dress, it looks wonderful on you that was a extra special find!!

  27. June 16, 2008 / 9:01 pm

    This look is super-cute. The red shoes is a perfect pairing to the dress.

  28. June 16, 2008 / 9:23 pm

    Budget Chic: Thanks. Boy was it ever!

    Jag: I appreciate you stopping by. The red shoes worked out quite well. I think I am going to try a colored belt the next time I wear it.