Lessons in Style

11.9.11c{Dress,Similar Blazer, Similar Boots, Bag} I’ve had this dress for a while but haven’t quite known how to style it. Mainly because it’s t-shirt material and while t-shirts look good on my top half, they don’t always look good on my bottom half. Really when I stretch any type of thin material from my top to my bottom, I’m going to feel iffy about it, especially when I eat or sit. Two of my favorite things to do. The solution: layers. I’ve put so many layers I bet you didn’t even realize that there was a dress under there. So what did we learn today? When in doubt, layer.  Class dismissed.  (Bonus points for any answer involving ‘Spanx’.)

  • http://iamarefinedyounglady.blogspot.com Laura

    this is simple, but i really like it! i’d also like to see it with a bright scarf… maybe again in the spring?

  • http://www.justanotherdayinourshoes.blogspot.com/ Jannira

    I bet you feel so fabulous in that outfit because you definitely look it!!  I looooove this outfit today!  I want those boots!  Okay, coveting over.  :)

  • http://thedemuremuse.com/ katrina of thedemuremuse.com

    I’m scribbling notes as I read! I’ve always shied away from long t-shirt material dresses for the same reasons. I only really see them around summertime and the possibility of layering for the fall doesn’t even occur to me at the time.

  • http://www.rachelthehat.com/ Rachel

    Haha, Your classes are the bes!Every days a school day! You look amazing as always Kendi :)

  • Dilyn Duffey

    i love the stripes! i totally know what you mean about stretchy material over the butt and thigh areas lol, i’m not ready for that either, but then every time i see someone else doing it i LOVE it! so maybe it’s just my brain :)

  • http://shefoundstyle.wordpress.com/ betsy

    I think no matter what the body type, we can all relate a bit with the t-shirt-on-the-bottom-half-problem.  Your solution – brilliant! 

  • http://melody-mae.blogspot.com Melody

    I agree with you…layering is the BEST disguise! 😉 Oh and you look adorbs!

  • http://www.nataliecottrell.blogspot.com/ Natalie Cottrell

    Love it! Layering is my favorite.

  • http://bevyblogs.blogspot.com bevy

    I feel the same way about the T-shirt dress. Spanx are always a good solution, but then of course it throws off the whole trying to be comfortable in a T-shirt dress thing. Either way, you did great with the outfit.

  • http://thekrossroads.blogspot.com Emily

    This is probably my most favorite outfit ever. EVER. And that’s saying something because you’ve worn some killer get-ups.

  • BrielKrystek

    Great outfit! :)

  • http://www.cathykhayes.blogspot.com/ Cathy Hayes

    Loving the layers! Totally helps with horizontal stripes when you have a bit of a bubble butt like mine! :) 

  • Amanda DeWit

    I have that same blazer! I love Target … and layers.

  • terramcbride

    I’ve always wondered what happens to the bits of a woman’s body at the edges of the Spanx. Is everything sort of squeezed out to that point? If not, how do the magical Spanx hold all of that gooey goodness in? It’s questions like these that keep me from trying Spanx and, instead, ‘sucking it in.’ 

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Sometimes these bits travel north and I get an extra set of boobs. Sometimes it squeezes out around my thighs. Spanx, albeit magical, do not make things disappear. Only reappear in a less noticeable place.

  • rhiannon

    love all of the layers! you look super adorable.

  • Daina

    That is my favorite scarf! I find myself wearing it all the time. Love this outfit!

  • http://senseofcents.blogspot.com Michelle

    Very cute.

  • sarah

    Striped dress + scarf + classic blazer = perfection. You look amazing!


  • Rissy

    hahah I just the other day was told by a friend I looked like I’ve lost weight… I was tempted to say “ha! little do you know what’s going on under this sweater, dress, and tights” 

    when in doubt- spanx it out 

    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Yes, sometimes what’s going on behind the curtain is much more complicated than the actual show. Spanx forever.

  • http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com/ SkippySays

    Lol, spanx are the worst! You look awesome in that dress Kendi- I love it!

  • Lindsey

    I totally agree! Love this outfit! You look great!

    Lindsey Turner

  • forallthatjas

    super cute and comfy looking!


  • Shala

    I have a striped dress t-shirt material dress that I do the same thing with! Looks great!

  • http://dailyjenn.tumblr.com Daily Jenn

    Lovely outfit :) Layers are the answer to everything. You look gorgeous!

  • http://www.thefashionlens.com/ Alyssa @ The Fashion Lens

    Love your outfit!  I love stripes, especially uncomplicated, comfy styles.  And I’m rockin’ the layered look today too :)

  • http://www.rebeccawithanr.blogspot.com/ Rebecca Hammond

    Dear sweet layers are a girls best friend. The black and white stripes with your brown accents are fabulous. And that scarf looks so comfy!

  • MotorCityMoxie

    How to you stay so fly everyday?


  • http://thedapperbun.blogspot.com Mary Ann

    I was thinking you’re bold with the horizontal stripes – you look great!

  • http://www.mrsmosh.com/ Jeanatte Salazar

    I absolutely love this outfit. One of my favorites by far.

  • http://violetsandcardamom.com Violets and Cardamom

    The striped dress with the blazer looks great!

  • http://krystynfrye.wordpress.com/ Krystyn @ Ever Midsummer

    That is such a darling way to make it work! Bravo, ladyfriend.

  • Little Red Purse

    I usually wear a bulky sweater that covers at least half if not all of my bum. I know that feeling.

    xo L.

  • http://stephaniejessen.blogspot.com/ Stephanie Mygrant

    Great tip about the T-shirt dress!  I have one just like that, that I never know how to wear.  Now I do, so thanks!!  

  • eliza

    love it. dresses with blazers for the win.

  • Cerrisse85

    Love the stripes!

  • http://www.styleclouds.de/ Styleclouds

    Beautiful! The dress is very pretty and I like how you combined it! xo, Christina


  • Kylee

    Love to layer and I love that dress. I have a tshirt dress that I wouldn’t dare wear by itself….and this solves my problem!


  • http://www.girlbythelake.com/ Girl by the Lake

    I love this ensemble! I would have to say that, when I think Fall, I think of outfits like this.

    Perfection Kendi!

  • Angela Nicolosi

    I have a dress that is similar that I also do not know how to wear! thanks for the advice 😀 You look beautiful! 


  • http://www.halfwayheroine.blogspot.com/ Lindsey

    Oh, I definitely agree! Layering is my best friend a lot of the time. You look fantastic! 

    Lindsey Soup

  • http://www.statementsinfashion.net/ Collette Osuna

    I just left a comment…its been eaten, lol….I have a similar dress just hanging in the closet after god knows how long its been there….Ill give your idea a try:)

    my Icelandic Design Knit Hat Giveaway!!

  • http://newpetite.blogspot.com/ New Petite

    LOL! I was going to suggest you to try it out with Spanx :-) Love the stripes on you!

  • Marcela S.

    this is awesome, something I would wear

  • http://davidjessicamccash.blogspot.com Jessica

    Favorite outfit ever {and I’ve been following you for months!} : : )

  • https://alivia-et-aliae.squarespace.com/ Alivia

    Most definitely have the same problem with stretchy fabrics on my bottom half. Really just my bottom, hah!
    I adore this outfit, though. Well done!!

  • Siena Style

    i love your look!
    kisses from prague
    have a wonderful day

  • Hannah

    I am obsessing over this dress, and I think you styled it perfectly!


  • Natalyascloset

    You look absolutely stunning, as usual!! XOXO, http://www.NatalyasCloset.com

  • http://acrazywalkonthesafeside.blogspot.com/ lori

    love this look!! i struggle with that material.. ill have to try layering… :)

  • http://www.butshoppingmakesmehappy.blogspot.com KK @butshoppingmakesmehappy

    Haha you are so funny, Kendi. You make me laugh out loud. And I’m so glad to hear that a girl as slender as you also feels self conscious about stretching t-shirt material across your bottom half. I thought that was only a curvy girl problem. You look awesome. Plus you are still rocking that dress + blazer look I love. Kristen Wiig would be proud. :)


    • http://kendieveryday.blogspot.com/ Kendi Lea

      Kristen Wiig would be proud. :)

  • Jess

    i really really like the way you layered this dress up, I mean, all those stripes can get scarey …. but you look fabulous!!

  • Sonia

    Love this outfit and stripes on you.Spanx forever!

  • AlissaBurton

    I was just about to say, before I read your text, how hard I find to style in my striped dress and this looks great!

    Great photos, great post!

    alissa b

  • http://twosixandcounting.blogspot.com Liz (26 and Counting)

    My first thought was “wow I need to get that skirt”! Clearly you fooled my eyes with your layering experiment. That or I need glasses.

  • A R Hawkins

    Loving the black and brown combo!!!


  • Rachel Luke

    WAY cute outfit!


  • http://joyfullyweary.blogspot.com Rachel Kaylynn

    Love how you styled this, I really want a striped skirt/dress now!

  • http://lovealamode.wordpress.com/ Rachel from Love a la mode

    I’ve been wanting a blazer exactly like that!

  • http://catedashwood.com Cate

    Great – now I want to run to the store and get a black-and-white striped dress just so I can wear this outfit!! I would also add to your rules – when in doubt, throw on a blazer. Can’t go wrong.

  • GreetingsfromTexas

    Love it!

  • Jaclyn Hartman

    <3 the bag

  • Lindsay

    What a great outfit! I’m glad you were able to find a way to style the dress and school us in the process!


  • http://tinyglimpses.blogspot.com/ Meg P. W.

    I love stripes, and I covet this dress! You’re rockin’ it. :)

  • Antonia

    You are adorable!

  • Josephine Roggi

    this is one of my favorites! love it!

  • http://twitter.com/CessOviedo Cecilia Oviedo

    Lovely way to break the dress out! I so feel you on the iffiness on the bottom but you made it work perfectly! Really love your bag!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • http://i-dabble.blogspot.com Cara

    I’m glad to know others share my iffiness about jersey bottom coverage! This dress looks fantastic on you, and Iove the rolled up sleeves of your blazer and the mix of brown and black in this look.  Lovely as always! 

  • Puppy74

    I love this outfit, really classy and very simply styled. 10 of 10!

  • http://www.themrslovesclothes.blogspot.com The Mrs.

    Cute post…it made me laugh out loud.  Love b/w stripes with brown….it’s on my “to wear” list.

  • NBren

    Loving how you styled the brown and black together! Great as always!

  • http://wakeupandsmelltheazahar.blogspot.com Isi W. Azahar

    Totally agree, that kind of t-shirt dresses are pretty hard to wear on the bottom part. I wouldn’t describe it better.

  • Kaylin Britta

    Agreed on the t-shirt dresses being hard to wear, but they’re just so darn comfy!

  • http://www.madelinequaint.blogspot.com Madeline Quaint

    Oh, I’d love to wear this as it is! :)

  • http://cupoffashion.blogspot.com Song Anh

    I think some people are afraid to mix black and brown or black and blue together but your outfit is a great example of the right way to pair the two colors!

    Cup of Fashion

  • http://callofthestyled.blogspot.com callofthestyled

    Really nice! Brown and grey so rarely look good together, but you make it work perfectly!


  • http://www.sofashionistica.blogspot.com Jessica

    Thank you teacher!  Oh and I must remember to wear spanx when opting for a t-shirt type dress to cover any unslightly bulges, which ladies, we all know we have some. Oh yeah, and the layering tip, very good advice will take it to heart! 

  • Yoonielove

    I love the combination of the blazer and stripes!!!


  • http://whichmewillibetoday.wordpress.com/ Bridgette

    I always thought that stripes were nautical and for the warm weather but these stripes are seasonal and stylish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2019698 Krystal Elaine Knight

    Great ideas! I have a very similar dress, so now I know what to do!

  • http://www.undefinedliving.com/ Gabrielle

    I love that you’re so confident to even try to wear something that you’re not 100% sure about! I wish I had more daring, because I know that no matter what you’re wearing, confidence is key!

  • Justine

    I love it all! especially the bag

    Just Better Together

  • Carrieasmith S

    Love it! Styled perfectly!
    Style in the City

  • Sara Smith

    This look is great. I am a huge fan of black and white stripes and well done mixing black and brown. You are such a pro at tackling things like that.


    Sunny Blonde Studio

  • http://myrunawaystyle.blogspot.com Hannah

    Haha you always have great style! I absolutely love this layered outfit! Good work :)

  • Looks So Fine

    It looks great on you (as always)! :)  You make it look so effortless.  I love the color combinations! 

  • http://sincerely-samantha.blogspot.com Samantha

    I really love this look. You are very brave for wearing  those bold stripes, I could never pull it off even if I was double spanxed! I also love how you are showing the proper way to mix brown with black.
    sincerely, s

  • whitney

    you look awesome!!  and anyone who says they feel confident with only t-shirt material on their junk is LYING!  very important question: what lipcolor are you wearing?  i am trying to get brave enough to try a strong lipstick but i have fair skin and the dark red doesn’t work on me but I think your color might!

  • http://stylishsass.blogspot.com/ TAKippy

    Spanx are fantastic, and so is that dress!  That whole “no horizontal stripes on the bottom half” rule can suck it, because you look fabulous.  Truth time, though: Did you die in the Texas heat in this?

  • http://inourhappyplace.com/ Marie

    I feel schooled on black and brown too! Love it.

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge I’m having a giveaway…

  • http://peppermintandivy.blogspot.com/ Tariro

    I love that dress! I agree, layers are the way to go!

  • quim

    Love this!  Looks great, teach!

  • seaparrot

    You are so lucky. My ass and hips could never survive those stripes. You look incredible. Of course.

    Lauren @ Sea Parrot

  • http://glamcake.net Devon

    Layers are my lover. Not really, but it would be really cool if they were. 

    Your layers are lovely, and the alteration was, in fact, on purpose. I feel similarly about T-shirt dresses, though I love them in theory. I bought a T-shirt maxi dress from Target on a whim not too long ago (I lied, it was like 6 months ago) and have yet to wear it, because I cannot get over how it manages to make me look both large and not at all in charge. This dress, however, makes you look great.

    And I love those boots. I keep meaning to buy myself a pair of knee-high brown flat boots. :)


  • Emilydharwood

    LOVE this look! You are ALWAYS adorable!! Will you share the color of your lipstick??

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01145255556079280278 Collette Osuna

    I have a similar dress, still hanging in the closet after god knows how long its been there….Ill give your idea a try!!!

    Enter my Icelandic Design Knit Hat Giveaway!!

  • asecondglanceblog

    This is so much more intelligent than Spanx. You’ve got your thinking cap on! You look great. 

  • http://www.mylifeinthecurvylane.com The Curvy Girl

    Love this look!

  • Olga

    Love this outfit! Great dress!

  • http://girlsnextbestfriend.blogspot.com J’Ann

    Such a gorgeous outfit!

  • http://twitter.com/polkadotsnsilk Chelsey Jacobsen

    OK, this has been bugging me for a while now, so I figure I’ll just come out and ask.  Have you done modeling?  Because I’m 90% sure there’s a giant picture of you outside one of the shops at my mall.  Or I’m just crazy.

  • http://www.polkadotloveletters.blogspot.com jackiemae

    I would never have known that the dress was t-shirt material— A+ for a great disguise :) 

  • TheresaTran

    Gorgeous!! Very cute outfit. (:


  • Caterine Snelson

    I really like that dress actually! it looks like so comfy but yet so stylish…and btw your hairs looks awesome! :)


  • megan

    best class ever…I’ve never learned so much :)  Loved it…I may have to give it a try :)

  • http://www.glamandeggs.blogspot.com/ Glam And Eggs

    I’m loving mixing brown and black lately! This is great! You look beautiful! 


  • http://www.life-muse.blogspot.com life-muse

    Another awesome way to wear stripe dress! Love how the belt and stripes go together :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15795276216564721099 hannah

    I have a similar dress and I end up wearing it on hot days around the house. I think if I had your figure I'd be flaunting it! You look gorgeous In the outfit :)

    My styling tip: make sure skirts are the most flattering length for your figure. That usually doesn't mean knee length…

  • Heidi Hopewell

    Ohhhh I’m feeling all kinds of inspired with this outfit! LOVE IT!

  • Anonymous

    You look amazing!

  • http://www.delightfullydarling.com/ Teresa @ Delightfully Darling

    I love these stripes! This outfit is one of my favorites! You look amazing :)

  • http://www.puttingmetogether.com Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    I love the black and brown!  And major kudos to you for wearing a stretchy dress–with stripes, nonetheless!

    Enter to win $30 to Stella & Dot!

  • http://www.designers-artists.com DNA (designers+artists)

    I think it’s a hit.  Stripes if worn correctly according to your comfortability can be very put together especially with the right blazer.  Looks great!

  • Erin

    Seriously AMAZING. I adore this look so much! One of my favs!

  • http://musingonbeauty.blogspot.com Mariella (Musing on Beauty)

    Gorgeous! I rarely post (though I read the blog religiously) but I had to say that this is GORGEOUS, even more so because I totally understand how hard to wear that kind of fabric can be, particularly if you add the stripes factor. Now I feel like I really want one! :-p

  • Thelifeafter

    Love the combination of black and brown.

    The Life After

  • http://glass-of-fashion.blogspot.com Katie

    black/white stripes paired with brown is one of my favourite combos :) it looks ace on you.

    Katie x

  • kleitow

    Love black and white stripes!  The outfit is amazing!!!

  • jugglingchic

    You look amazing! I tried Spanx after I had my third baby and it didn’t go over to well!

  • AllisonK

    What a great classic look! Love the striped dress and mixing black and browns together :)


  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com/ Carolyn

    I literally squeaked when I saw this outfit. I love it!! It’s basic yet put-together…totally something I would wear. Nicely done!


  • http://life-between-films.tumblr.com/ Shala

    great outfit! i’m buying that dress right now… :)


  • Jenny in Colorado

    I loved this so much I just ordered the dress. I hope I got the right size because I have a feeling a lot of your readers are going to be getting this ; )

  • Katie

    This is my most favorite outfit you’ve had!

  • Kimtarby

    Love it!!

  • http://www.thekeypieces.co.uk/ Lou

    I love the dress. This outfit looks great on you.


  • http://www.the-f-girl.com The F Girl

    Cute dress. I know what you mean about those t-shirt dresses. They tend to ‘ride up’ don’t they? Lovely combination with the blazer and scarf!

  • http://www.healthyandhomemade.info/ Healthy & Homemade

    Great way to style this dress Kendi you look fantastic!

  • Evelina Chang

    Ooo – I love the way you layered the shirt dress! I have a similar problem with my polka dotted shirt dress, so definitely saving as inspiration. :)

  • http://irishbellegrad.blogspot.com/ Irish Belle

    I can’t get over how much I love this outfit. I love the layers.

  • Ashley Blossom

    By far, one of my FAV-O-RITES.
    Love, love, love.

  • Ashley Blossom

    By far one of my FAV-O-RITES. 

    Love, love, love.

  • http://the-owlgirl.blogspot.com/ Nicole D.

    Love the layering.  I like the combination, yes, actually didn’t notice that it was a dress. Thanks for the class. Great outfit! 

    XoNicole  The Owl Girl

  • http://work-it-blog.blogspot.com/ workitChristine

    Layers are the answer! I noticed it was a dress, but I think your bottom half is lovely!

  • Kelsey

    I love love that dresss!! I love the whole outfit!

  • http://twitter.com/closetfashionfx Courtney Miarka

    I love the way you styled the dress! I’m a spanx believer, myself.  Shapewear is never underrated!  So cute:)

  • http://twitter.com/jenas86 jenas86
  • Whitney Sherrell

    I screamed when I saw this! I loooooove htis look!

    And Spanx, honey, I have a whole tune dedicated to why EVERY woman needs Spanx! lol


  • http://dressedinmascara.com/ Lyndsey M

    haha, you are hilarious! you look gorgeous, this is like the absolute perfect fall outfit (one of which i could NEVER pull off with a dress like that!) omg what would the world do without spanx.
    lyndsey of http://hellolyndseyyy.blogspot.com

  • http://witwhimsy.com Meghan

    love this whole look!

  • askeezzy

    Loving The Outfit, So FAB. 

  • girlbhindthereddoor

    You are so naturally beautiful & have such an addicting blog!  I just made my own & spent a freakishly long time looking at yours.  I obviously love the outfits you post but your writing is what sets you apart.  You’re hilarious!


  • Esonia Knight

     Kendi OMG I seriously love that ensemble. Where is the bag from?!

  • http://www.erinscurrentlycoveting.com/ Erin Haberman

    I love this look, especially your pop of color in your lipstick, its so pretty!