Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Variations on a dress: black & white

One of my dear readers asked me for suggestions about accessorizing this very lovely Talbot's dress. Since the dress is uncomplicated and classic, a variety of ensembles is easy to envision!

And the dress is no longer available from Talbot's, but that does NOT matter; the lessons here apply to any dress that is simple enough to provide a background for the accessories.

Dress – Talbots, cardigan – Valentino, pumpsBottega Veneta, bag – Christian Louboutin, pink jacket – River Island, hand-painted bag – Les Envers, & black flats – Marc by Marc Jacobs

Dress – Talbots, gold bracelet – BijouxBar by Vivien Frank, clutch bag – Uroco, sandals – Wallis Fashion, earrings – Jennifer Loiselle, black bag – Kaleido, pumps - Lauren 
Dress – Talbots, silver hoop earrings – YooLa, clutch – Dareen Hakim, sandals – Onex, bracelet – Lee Angel, backpack – Studio Harlen, sandals – Matt Bernson

Dress – Talbots, yellow cardigan – Awear, yellow belt – J. Crew, flats – Madewell, turquoise cardigan – Maxmara, multi belt – Tillys, turquoise sandals - Carvela


  1. You find the most amazing accessories! What an eye you have for detail and beauty!


  2. Janice, you do have the most amazing eye for details: texture, attitude, color, and on and on...

    Maybe I can post again with my new MAC--


  3. This seems like a perfect example of "high-low" mixing. I have found that Talbots has collections of nice basic traditional dresses...often at really reasonable sales prices (like as low as $50!)...add a few posh, classic accessories (that are timeless and well designed) and you are on trend and smart and thrifty too.

    Brilliant selections here...I especially like the last two. Thanks, Janice. Best to you, Dorothy

  4. I really like the different belt possibilities you show for this dress. Very nice! BTW, I have spend time over the last few days re-reading your blog (and the comments) from the beginning. It's probably the 4th or 5th time I've done that, and each time I learn more and more from you about style and wardrobe. Many, many thanks!!

    1. I like to reread the posts too. I am trying to absorb this concept so it is innate and not a mental calisthenics. I bought the French Chic book, but I like Janice's posts the best. Karen

  5. Thank you for showing us how versatile a dress like this can be.

  6. That is really interesting. You are a very talented blogger.Really looking forward to read more.

  7. Playa FashionistaJuly 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I especially like the print clutch in this post. A cute, feminine touch that feels current & modern.