Casual Cocktail Dressing

Tonight,  I will be attending a cocktail party.  Given the location of the event, the dress code is likely cocktail party casual.

I want to wear a dress, so I think I will finally sport a new one I purchased recently in Dillard’s.  I haven’t been in Dillard’s in years.  I spend so little time in the mall here that I rarely venture to the side of the mall that houses Dillard’s.

Anyway, the day I ventured into the store, Dillard’s was hosting a major sale (65% off many things).  Lucky me, right?  I found a hip Kensie printed tiered dress.  It had layers upon layers of a striking leafy print and a bold, exposed zipper in the front.  It was originally $108, but with 65% off, I purchased it for $37.80.

For tonight’s event, I will play up the rocker-chic-meets-dainty-ruffles vibe by pairing the dress with my studded espadrille wedges.  I will take a black blazer in case it gets chilly.  Et voila!

Dress—Kensie via Dillard’s
Shoes—Kelsi Dagger via Marshalls
Blazer—Banana Republic
Watch—Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
Pearl Earrings—Overstock (now

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. June 17, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    I love the Kensie line, such fun unique clothing. That dress is very flirty and pretty.

  2. June 18, 2011 / 2:07 am

    you look fierce! I love your smile and confidence

  3. Annie
    June 20, 2011 / 1:50 pm

    Hi, Love your cocktail outfit…
    I have a quick question…Have you worn or shown the new stripe blazers?…horizontal stripes black and white?…I found one that I am debating and wonder if you think this stripe look will be around for awhile?…It looks really cute with white jeans…THX

  4. June 20, 2011 / 5:54 pm

    Thanks @Mallory! It worked out well at the event.

    @Sing: I used to think Kensie was a juniors line, so I never bought anything until now. It really is such a hip line.

    Awww thanks @Amina!

    @Shasie: When I saw the dress, I immediately knew the shoes would be the perfect complement. You probably do that a lot too right.

    @Annie: Yes!! I love stripes and definitely wear them all year and every year. I have a stripe jacket from the Loft that I have featured in a few posts. Definitely check them out! A stripe jacket is quite versatile and can add pizzazz to many looks.

  5. June 27, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    I had the pleasure of running into this dress at Filene's Basement today. I remembered this post and love the blazer pairing. I picked it up for $24.99. Thanks!

  6. June 27, 2011 / 6:02 pm

    @Micki: How fabulous! You will look amazing in it. I would to live in a city with a Filene's B. 🙂