Friday, February 21, 2014

Red Dress








     During a quick walk through an discount store, I spotted this Rag and Bone red dress looking lonely and on a rack of deeply discounted items. It was $44 and I thought why is this here? Just one dress, well made, in my size and a color I adore. I know you all have been through this, looking for a dress for a special event like a wedding and there's not one thing that fits or is the right price. It was an easy decision to buy this item. Paired with a consignment purchased coat, it's still cold here in Minneapolis, and worn with a necklace from BCBG.  Then finish with the Riana Handbag by Maxwell Scott, I'm ready for my next time a wedding invitation arrives in the mail. 

     I could not find the exact necklace online which I'm wearing in this post. Here's some other great statement necklaces from BCBG which would be a fine addition to any dress. 

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67 comments:

  1. I just received a wedding invitation today. It'll be in Omaha and I don't think we'll be going. Do you want to go instead? ; )

    The contrast between your elegant urban style and the industrial backgrounds is always fascinating, especially seeing the accessories laid out against concrete or other rough surfaces. It's a beautiful dress, but I love the handbag best!

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    1. I'm closer and got the dress!! Thanks Val for commenting about the contrast.

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  2. Ann, you look so beautiful in this dress!! Just WOW! It fits you perfectly - just like it was custom made for you. I love how you paired the dress with gray tights - such an elegant combination! The first photo is gorgeous - very sensual and lovely woman you are! I hope invitations will come in bunches! :) (And as a writer, I appreciate the story - a lonely dress, and now it found a friend, how sweet! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I have many nephews in their late 20's so when I saw this dress, I'm guessing some weddings are coming in the near future. Thanks for your sweet comments!

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  3. Great Outfit!! Love the chain!!
    XOXO
    Sandl
    http://prizmahfashion.blogspot.de/

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  4. Ann, this is fabulous! I love your red dress (great find!) and paired with your elegant Maxwell Scott bag and statement necklace it is one of my favourite looks.
    Your photos and unusual background are of a perfect quality, kudos to your husband! And the model of course...

    Annette | Lady of Style

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    1. There's so much snow, three foot tall drifts, that it is inside for all pictures. We have been experiment with a diffused flash in the last few posts. These pictures are at the studio building.

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  5. A beautiful dress, love the design and color. You look very elegant with it. The coat, bag and necklace are magnificent. Great outfit.

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  6. So chic and fabulous...I cannot believe what you paid for this dress. It was made for you and this whole outfit is stunning and perfect for any special occasion. What a great look, Ann!

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  7. I love the spot you found to shoot this outfit! Fantastic. The textures and flooring are an artist's dream : )

    That dress is gorgeous and it fits you like a glove. Plus red is just so dang classic, and of course great on blonds.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. My studio building houses about 200 different artist spaces. So many places to take pictures but low light. Learning more about using a flash. Thanks Suzanne, I know you would love this building!

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  8. What a great find, and you've styled it beautifully! Chiming in with everyone else to appreciate the artistry of your photos and wonderful selection of backgrounds.

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  9. That dress is stunning on you. I would have bought it too.

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  10. I´m sure it was a easy decision to buy these dress. for me a red dress is a fantastic statement und hey for this priece...
    You look great in these combination.
    Have a good weekend

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  11. What a beautiful dress - lucky you! I have a wedding coming up at the beginning of June in Virginia so I am starting to look for dresses.
    Unfortunately most are sleeveless and I would love something like you are wearing but in a lighter fabric for the summer. Maybe I'll be lucky like you and score the perfect dress!

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    1. So many sleeveless dresses. I don't understand why, it's cold in the winter. I see the newscasters here in Minneapolis wearing sleeveless dresses while the men have on full suits during the winter. Hope you find something great! Let me know what you find?

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    2. Say Rebecca are you up for a dress with pattern? I can recommend the Adele wrap dress by BCBG. I'm 5'4" and I size up to a medium to get a bit longer and not so low cut in front. It has sleeves and is nice summer fabric. I one on in an August post. Just looked at the site and there's a nice blue print of $99. Many times you can get another 30% discount on clearance. I just bought a similar one, in blues, for $50. I don't know if this would work for you but I thought I would mention it!

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    3. Thanks for the info. Ann! I will definitely check this dress out. As a matter of fact, there is a BCBG store next to work.

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  12. You are a stunning woman! That dress looks amazing on you and the accessories are more than perfect. I know you were turning heads the day you wore that dress.
    xo
    Carelia

    MySmallWardrobe.com

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  13. What a GREAT score! That dress is gorgeous, as are you. :)

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  14. Ann you look so gorgeous. It's a very lady like and sophisticated ensemble. The colour is perfect for you. AND it has sleeves.. you know that is almost a miracle in retail at the moment:) And you won't believe but I think I had the exact same coat!! It didn't work for me so I passed it on to a friend.

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  15. Ann that red dress was just waiting for you, as the colour and fit are just so.Love your photographs, they are always inspiring.

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  16. What a great dress and I love how you used the statement necklace as your focal point. Everything about this outfit is stunning. And what a great find - this dress was meant to be yours.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  17. Why is this here? For Ann Wood, of course. I'm surprised it didn't have a hold sign on it with your name on it. It suits you to a T! And again,. you've chosen a photo shoot location to rival any high fashion magazine! Okay, I do love the size of your photos...they show the details to perfection!

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  18. You are so right in buying this dress. It is like the ultimate little black dress in a more exciting colour. Looks perfect on you. Lovely necklace too (I am much of a necklace lover).
    Greetje

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  19. like a true lady..
    xx
    http://littlemisstwiggy.blogspot.com/2014/02/little-lady.html

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  20. So chic ! a wonderful outfit, with best wishes.

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  21. You look fantastic Ann! This dress fits you perfectly, good job you got it! The bag is also to die for !! Hugs, Beata xxx

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  22. At first glance I thought the arrow was an avant garde extension of the dress or belt, just don't turn corners too quickly. Great location, as always. This colour is wickedly lovely. Bargains like these don't come every day. Good one.

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  23. The dress, the bag and all.. you look like a modern day Jackie O! Perfect for wedding and other formal events

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  24. How often we women find a lonely dress on a rack wich is just waiting for us!! :-) And it's really impossible to resist! Your dress is so beautiful and red is a very vitaminic colour...so , congratulation for the pick! The combination with gray is one of my favourites. Great necklace and bag too...

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    1. Thanks Dan, I could see you wearing this dress too. Do you wear red, maybe a different color?

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  25. really nice necklace and so elegant dress!

    xxx

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  26. That is a gorgeous dress, Ann, and looks like it was made for you. Great find! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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  27. This dress is great and fits you so well - I wish I had been so lucky to find that in my size. :) If you're interested, I host a weekly Fashionably Employed Link Up (live on Mondays) and I think this would make a great addition. On a separate note, I grew up in St Paul and now live in Chicago so I can relate to the cold weather and indoor posts - ugh! But you still managed to make those indoor lighting shots look great. I also love the turquoise and mustard outfit you posted a few days back (another great Link Up contribution, if you'd like). Thanks for sharing!

    http://www.basictrainingcorporatestyle.com/2014/02/chunky-sweater-for-warmth-fashionably.html

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  28. Classic and elegant....is what this look is all about!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  29. I love the red with your coloring - and your haircut is so great!!!

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  30. Lady in red, you will be turning heads everywhere you go!! A stunning look and your photos are fabulous!! Beautiful coat with great details and belt.

    Have a fashionable week!!
    Stay warm and cozy!
    ♥ carmen

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  31. Ok I knew BCBG did shoes but, I had no clue there were necklace by them too. My Word! I guess that is what I get for hanging out in thrift shops instead of Malls. hahahaha. I love how you photographed the necklace while on the floor. Great ingenuity! Thanks for the compliment on my hair. Coming from you {i love your hair} that is a great compliment! Have a fabulous Monday, my friend!

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  32. Anne, when things happen that way, it is meant to be. $44 for Rag and Bone...I can't believe it! You look great!

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    1. I know Glenda, someone must have had it hanging in the closet for awhile and returned it. I bought it the TJMax. The weather has been so cold here, I'm guessing dresses are not selling very quickly.

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  33. You look fabulous, Ann. I love your red dress, it's a warm red and a classic piece. With the neclace and the bag, your outfit is stunning.

    Catherine

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  34. beautiful inspiration...... blog fashion+40 http://bastonidifashion.blogspot.com/

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  35. Red dress perfection, dear Ann
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  36. The dress is a great find! The color and fit are perfection. And your exquisite taste for coats and jackets is once again displayed!

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  37. So pretty on you Ann! And I love the necklace.

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  38. What a fantastic steal for that dress and it was made just for you! This setting is quite wonderful, I look so forward to all your artistic ways of presenting a wardrobe.

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  39. Ann, you look simply stunning in this dress! Such a perfect fit, such a beautiful colour and such an elegant design. And what an amazing necklace! The only thing you need now is that invitation.

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  40. Still cold in Minneapolis made me laugh a little - it's still cold in Louisville! As in Minneapolis cold!! Uh yeah, I'd grab a Rag & Bone red dress in my size for $44 if I ever saw one in a consignment shop as if it was just waiting there for me and only me!! What a score! Love it with the black and white coat and simple black tights and shoes. Perfection!

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  41. Hello , wow after looking at some of the pictures, I can think of several things. You look beautiful! I love your coats, and because I am in NC I am glad not to be in the snow! I am a fan of that shade of red, that darker red looks stunning. I am somewhat new to Visable Mondays, so if you have time to visit me: www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com . I will follow you and look forward to your posts

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  42. You have discount stores where you can find RAG & BONE where you live!!!? Well, that is just beyond wonderful, and you did grand! Lovely on you and a well deserved bargain! You'll be ready for a wedding or any other occassion with your taste ... good example here! Great with the necklace ... just wonderful, and the bag is grand. Popped over to their site and they make some beauties, don't they?

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  43. I think the dress was still there, because it was waiting for you. :-) The color ist perfect and I like the way you styled it very much. Also the necklace... And I want to say thank you, that you pinned my last outfit on pinterest. Thats a great pleasure for me.
    Conny
    Pants and Tops

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  44. Who doesn't love a red dress? LOVE that handbag as well, the rich brown goes nicely with the dress.

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  45. This is a dress that you will get so much wear and enjoyment out of. It is perfection on you. I love the accessory choices you made as well.
    Have a fantastic time at the wedding or wherever your dress will take you!

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  46. You are so gorgeous it's unbelievable, makes me want to go classic in the way i dress! Will I be as gorgeous as you?

    Arianexo

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  47. What a great dress! Your outfit is so great!

    -Hannah

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  48. this is such a great chic look, i in fact wore something similar on valentines day. red works wonderfully on you! xx

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  49. LOve the necklace, it really makes the dress come alive ... it's always about the accessories!

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  50. You look really great in this! Love the necklace!

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  51. That dress is so sophisticated on you, and the colour wonderful against your pale skin. Just gorgeous with that striking necklace, perfect for romantic valentine's dates!

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  52. Gotta love a great statement necklace!

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  53. I'm in love with that necklace! Super cute post!

    -Karin
    Come visit my blog!
    http://karinstyles.blogspot.com/

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  54. I'm not sure what I love more...that gorgeous red dress, or that amazing jacket! You look great! Thanks for linking up to Sunday Style…be sure to join the fun again tomorrow!
    Jenny at PlanePretty.com

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  55. Fantastic necklace! Thanks so much for linking up for Passion For Fashion!

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  56. Absolutely gorgeous dress, Ann! You look stunning in it!

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  57. you look even more elegant than usual!!, love your dress, amazing color!
    besos

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