Lessons in Style

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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’.)

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  1. Laura says:

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

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  2. Jannira says:

    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.  🙂

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  3. 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.

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  4. Rachel says:

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

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  5. Dilyn Duffey says:

    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 🙂

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  6. betsy says:

    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! 

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  7. Melody says:

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

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  8. Love it! Layering is my favorite.

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  9. bevy says:

    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.

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  10. Emily says:

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

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  11. BrielKrystek says:

    Great outfit! 🙂

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  12. Loving the layers! Totally helps with horizontal stripes when you have a bit of a bubble butt like mine! 🙂 
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  13. Amanda DeWit says:

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

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  14. terramcbride says:

    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.’ 

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      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.

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  15. rhiannon says:

    love all of the layers! you look super adorable.
    http://www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  16. Daina says:

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

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  17. Michelle says:

    Very cute.

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  18. sarah says:

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

    http://www.lipstickandruffles.com/

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  19. Rissy says:

    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 

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    • Kendi Lea says:

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

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  20. Lol, spanx are the worst! You look awesome in that dress Kendi- I love it!
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  21. Lindsey says:

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

    Lindsey Turner
    http://thriftandshout.blogspot.com

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  22. forallthatjas says:

    super cute and comfy looking!

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  23. Shala says:

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

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  24. Lovely outfit 🙂 Layers are the answer to everything. You look gorgeous!

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

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  26. 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!

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  27. MotorCityMoxie says:

    How to you stay so fly everyday?

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  28. Mary Ann says:

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

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

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  30. The striped dress with the blazer looks great!

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

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  32. Little Red Purse says:

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

    xo L.

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  33. 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!!  

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  34. eliza says:

    love it. dresses with blazers for the win.

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  35. Cerrisse85 says:

    Love the stripes!

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

    http://www.styleclouds.de

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  37. Kylee says:

    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://2anchor.blogspot.com

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

    Perfection Kendi!

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  39. Angela Nicolosi says:

    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.simplysimpleang.blogspot.com

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  40. Lindsey says:

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

    Lindsey Soup

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  41. 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:)

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  42. LOL! I was going to suggest you to try it out with Spanx 🙂 Love the stripes on you!

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  43. Marcela S. says:

    this is awesome, something I would wear

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  44. Jessica says:

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

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  45. Alivia says:

    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!!

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  46. Siena Style says:

    i love your look!
    kisses from prague
    have a wonderful day
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  47. Hannah says:

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

    http://www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  48. Natalyascloset says:

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

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  49. lori says:

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

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  50. 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://www.butshoppingmakesmehappy.blogspot.com

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  51. Jess says:

    i really really like the way you layered this dress up, I mean, all those stripes can get scarey …. but you look fabulous!!
    jess
    http://www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

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  52. Sonia says:

    Love this outfit and stripes on you.Spanx forever!

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  53. AlissaBurton says:

    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://www.alissab.us

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  54. 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.

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  55. A R Hawkins says:

    Loving the black and brown combo!!!

    http://www.fatandfierce.com

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  56. Rachel Luke says:

    WAY cute outfit!

    xo
    rachelsayumi.blogspot.com

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

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  58. I’ve been wanting a blazer exactly like that!

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  59. Cate says:

    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.

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  60. GreetingsfromTexas says:

    Love it!

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  61. Jaclyn Hartman says:

    <3 the bag

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  62. Lindsay says:

    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://www.wearingitall.blogspot.com

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  63. Meg P. W. says:

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

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  64. Antonia says:

    You are adorable!

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  65. Josephine Roggi says:

    this is one of my favorites! love it!

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  66. 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

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  67. Cara says:

    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! 

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  68. Puppy74 says:

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

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  69. The Mrs. says:

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

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  70. NBren says:

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

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

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  72. Kaylin Britta says:

    Agreed on the t-shirt dresses being hard to wear, but they’re just so darn comfy!
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  73. Oh, I’d love to wear this as it is! 🙂

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  74. Song Anh says:

    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

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

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  76. Jessica says:

    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! 

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  77. Yoonielove says:

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

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  78. Bridgette says:

    I always thought that stripes were nautical and for the warm weather but these stripes are seasonal and stylish.
     
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  79. Great ideas! I have a very similar dress, so now I know what to do!

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  80. Gabrielle says:

    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!

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  81. Justine says:

    I love it all! especially the bag

    Just Better Together

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  82. Carrieasmith S says:

    Love it! Styled perfectly!
    Style in the City

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  83. Sara Smith says:

    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.

    xx
    Sara

    Sunny Blonde Studio

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  84. Hannah says:

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

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  85. Looks So Fine says:

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

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  86. Samantha says:

    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
    http://sincerely-samantha.blogspot.com

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  87. whitney says:

    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!

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  88. TAKippy says:

    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?
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  89. Marie says:

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

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge I’m having a giveaway…

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  90. Tariro says:

    I love that dress! I agree, layers are the way to go!
    xo,
    http://peppermintandivy.blogspot.com

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  91. quim says:

    Love this!  Looks great, teach!

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  92. seaparrot says:

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

    Lauren @ Sea Parrot

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  93. Devon says:

    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. 🙂

    GlamCake

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  94. Emilydharwood says:

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

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

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  96. asecondglanceblog says:

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

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  97. Love this look!

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  98. Olga says:

    Love this outfit! Great dress!
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  99. J'Ann says:

    Such a gorgeous outfit!

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  100. 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.

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  101. jackiemae says:

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

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  102. TheresaTran says:

    Gorgeous!! Very cute outfit. (:

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  103. Caterine Snelson says:

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

    Caterine 

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  104. megan says:

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

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

    http://www.glamandeggs.blogspot.com

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  106. life-muse says:

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

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  107. hannah says:

    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…

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  108. Heidi Hopewell says:

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

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  109. Anonymous says:

    You look amazing!

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  110. I love these stripes! This outfit is one of my favorites! You look amazing 🙂

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

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  112. 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!
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  113. Erin says:

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

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  114. 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

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  115. Thelifeafter says:

    Love the combination of black and brown.

    The Life After

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  116. Katie says:

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

    Katie x

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  117. kleitow says:

    Love black and white stripes!  The outfit is amazing!!!
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  118. jugglingchic says:

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

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

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  120. Carolyn says:

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

    Caro
    http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com

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  121. Shala says:

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

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  122. Jenny in Colorado says:

    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 ; )

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  123. Katie says:

    This is my most favorite outfit you’ve had!

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  124. Kimtarby says:

    Love it!!

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  125. Lou says:

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

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com@thekeypieces

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  126. 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!

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  127. Great way to style this dress Kendi you look fantastic!

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  128. Evelina Chang says:

    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. 🙂

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

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  130. Ashley Blossom says:

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

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  131. Ashley Blossom says:

    By far one of my FAV-O-RITES. 

    Love, love, love.

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  132. Nicole D. says:

    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

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  133. Layers are the answer! I noticed it was a dress, but I think your bottom half is lovely!
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  134. Kelsey says:

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

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

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  137. Whitney Sherrell says:

    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

    Whitney
    http://www.MyStylishFriends.blogspot.com

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  138. Lyndsey M says:

    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.
    xx
    lyndsey of http://hellolyndseyyy.blogspot.com

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  139. Meghan says:

    love this whole look!

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  140. askeezzy says:

    Loving The Outfit, So FAB. 

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  141. girlbhindthereddoor says:

    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!

    http://girlbhindthereddoor.blogspot.com/

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  142. Esonia Knight says:

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

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

    XO,
    Erin
    http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com

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