I have to be honest, dear readers, that I’m a little bit sad about bringing you today’s #MyGoodwillFind.  The reason is that my loss, is your gain.  You see, I found this gorgeous Theory dress on our most recent Modage Style bus tour.  I was super excited because it fit my style to a T:  able to be dressed up or down, can be worn year round, appropriate for work or the weekend, in short, a winner.  Plus, it’s designer!  I happily trotted off to the fitting room, but when I tried it on, it just wasn’t right.  It fit, but it was just a little too small, and I knew it was going to be one of those dresses that would just hang in my closet and never see the light of day.  So instead of consigning it to a sad life in the closet, I bring it to you for your buying pleasure.

First off, the cut of this dress is perfect.  It’s a size 0 and would fit a size 2 as well.  The scoop neck top is not very deep, so it’s perfectly appropriate for work.  The short sleeves will keep you cool, but if you need to throw a cardigan over top to deal with the AC, the sleeves won’t look weird and bunchy underneath.  It comes right in at your natural waist, making it look the smallest, and the folds at the top of the skirt help hide anything you might want hidden in that region, if you know what I mean.  It has belt loops, so you could easily accessorize it.  I’d go with a black, silver, or teal belt.  The length hits at the knees, which I find is my most flattering length, and will be  long enough to comply with most any workplace dress code.  Finally, the dark blues are subdued enough for corporate America but can be perked up with the right accessories if you have a more creative dress code.


Theory Blue Dress


Let’s talk about how I’d style this dress.  For work, if you wanted to keep it simple, you could go with silver toned jewelry and grey shoes.  In the winter, switch it up and add black tights and black heels with a black blazer to keep you warm.  If your workplace is a little more casual, the neckline makes it easy to add a statement necklace.  I’d look for something that had one of the two blues in it, but not both.  You don’t want to be too match matchy.  For the weekend, keep it simple with flats or sneakers, a fun coral lip or cheek, and a chunky silver bracelet or ring.  In the winter, throw on some leggings, boots, and a wrap cardigan and you’ll be set.  My favorite thing about this dress is how versatile it is.  With the right accessories, it can go from the cubicle to the coffeehouse and everywhere in between.
Y’all, don’t let this designer dress get away!  Let me know how you’d wear it in the comments!