I’m so used to wearing drapey clothing lately that I forget that I have curves under there. I wouldn’t say that I’m super curvy by definition but let’s just say that if I were a business card I’d have rounded corners. Needless to say my husband really likes this dress (and rounded business cards *wink, wink*). Little does he know that there is a secret layer of spanx under this little dress. Sometimes a girl’s got to have her secrets — and that’s a secret he shall never know. Girl code. 

I’ve been so drawn to neutrals lately. Black, white, tan, grey — if it’s slightly drab, then it’s on my list. But the thing about neutrals is that they can be quite boring when alone, but when put together they can really make a statement. I’m thinking that there is some philosophical, parts-to-a-sum meaning in all of that but for now let’s just talk about clothes.  Deep thoughts can wait for when I don’t open my post with underwear. 


Dress: Aritzia

Jacket: Old Navy

Shoes: Madewell

Tote: Madewell

Necklace: JewelMint / similar

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  1. Brooke says:

    This dress is beautiful on you. Love the addition of denim, and those shoes are so mod!

    xo honestly, b.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  2. Simple Easy Style says:

    I LOVE this outfit! You're right neutrals can be boring but there's something about an outfit mixed with different neutrals and it looks effortless and chic.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  3. Natali says:

    Simple and comfy casual outfit, I like it!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  4. that dress is so feminine! well-paired neutrals are my daily uniform. love the denim touch…
    and thanks for making me laugh! love your sense of humor.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  5. Jessica Gitler says:

    such a simple outfit, yet so perfect in so many ways!! I can't get over how fast your hair grows … it is so super long already!!

    Jess Cause Blog

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  6. This dress is gorgeous on you! You have the perfect amount of curves! And I love it with the denim too. So simple yet so chic.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  7. Anastacia Uriegas says:

    Kendi, can you tell us how you get that just-the-right-amount of wave to your hair? I always get it too flat or too frizzy.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  8. Gina says:

    love this dress – I think I need it…and some spanx for those secret curves :).

    09.19.13 · Reply
  9. jesse says:

    a girl's got to have spanx. i don't mind if everyone know, but no one can see me wiggle myself into those bad boys.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  10. Kendi Lea says:

    I can for sure. I curl it with a 1" curling iron away from my face then I brush it out. Whatever falls I just curl again and then brush them out until they are just soft waves. Do you use pomade? I use a water-based one and it just helps keep the curl but doesn't make it stiff or sticky.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  11. Jenny says:

    which spanx do you wear? i have the hardest time finding the right paid that doesn't end up with VPL!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  12. Cute neutral outfit, love the tote! xoxo

    NEW post up…

    09.19.13 · Reply
  13. paisleyapron says:

    How on earth do you wear Spanx in this heat and humidity? I am still trying to figure out how to not sweat through two sets of clothes a day in north Texas heat.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  14. Katelyn says:

    Those shoes are adorable! Cute as always Kendi πŸ™‚

    09.19.13 · Reply
  15. Renate Kupse says:

    A lovely look and I loved the way you wrote the post. This is some nice inspiration! And its calming to hear I'm not the only one with such fashion secrets πŸ˜€

    Renate from

    09.19.13 · Reply
  16. Travel Mindset says:

    those shoes- need!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  17. Anastacia Uriegas says:

    Awesome, thanks!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  18. Abbey says:

    Your hair looks gorrrgeous! Perfect look. πŸ™‚

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  19. Haha spanx are a girl's best friend, for sure! Love this dress on you, so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    09.19.13 · Reply
  20. Gorgeous look! Those shoes are amazing! You are workin it, girl!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  21. Brie says:

    love the analogy!!! stealing it.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  22. Amber says:

    Love the cognac and denim together!
    I just got a similar American Apparel dress! But it's too hot here for the dress or to be wearing shape wear underneath.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  23. mary powers says:

    You look FAB! You have a great figure and honestly it's refreshing to follow a REAL blogger and not one that's all bones.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  24. rhiannon says:

    you look amazing! and i love those shoes!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  25. fashcollections says:

    This is a perfect, classic outfit.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  26. Such a perfect simplistic look, I love it!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  27. Hope Howland says:

    Girl Code… LOVE IT! Spanx= Girl's Best Friend….

    09.19.13 · Reply
  28. Chrissabella says:

    Love this post … and even more this look, so simple but yet stunning!

    Greetings from London,

    09.19.13 · Reply
  29. I've been loving neutrals lately, too. Maybe it's a transitional weather thing.

    p.s. i'm glad i'm not the only one who 'needs' spanx.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  30. be still my heart, those madewell shoes!! I've been fending off the splurge on them for months now, you're not helping my cause!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  31. STYLE-SQUARED says:
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  32. Nikki (fashionfindsonadime) says:

    Oh my gosh, I adore those shoes! Perfect color!


    Fashion Finds on a Dime

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  33. Madeline Murray says:

    Love the dress, plain but gorgeous !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

    09.19.13 · Reply
  34. Androbel says:

    Love the dress and the way it looks with that tone of brown/tan of your bag and shoes.

    Love your blog.



    Take a look at my latest post here: πŸ™‚

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  35. Kendi Lea says:

    I think that I'm so pissed at how the humidity screws with my hair that I forget about sweating in spanx. Honestly though it doesn't bother me and I'm inside most of the day so a/c always helps πŸ˜‰

    09.19.13 · Reply
  36. Olivia says:

    I just ordered this bag! So excited to style it after looking at this outfit.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  37. Sarah says:

    Loving how you styled the dress with the denim jacket. Gorgeous.

    The Purse Snatcher

    09.19.13 · Reply
  38. sealedwithstyle says:

    Love this chic, simple look. Perfect for a girl, like me, always on the go!
    xo, Meg

    09.19.13 · Reply
  39. rachna sharma says:


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  40. Stacey says:

    Simple outfit but you look really pretty in this. πŸ™‚

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  41. pretty little things says:

    I love this neutral look — is so simple, chic and looks comfy at the same time! xo

    09.19.13 · Reply
  42. Anastasia says:

    The bag is of my dreams!!! xxx

    09.19.13 · Reply
  43. YoungMild&Free says:

    I can't believe that jacket is from Old Navy. Love it!


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  44. Lainie says:

    i love this dress and i love the spanx shout-out! i've been eyeing something similar (this waistband seems so forgiving)

    09.19.13 · Reply
  45. Nikell says:

    Love this look! The bag and shoes pop nicely against it all. I've been in the mood for the same hues lately.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  46. Mica says:

    That is such a nice dress – easy to dress up or down, very practical piece. Neutrals are fantastic like that πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

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  47. Good look for in between seasons, but lets be real there really is no "seasons" in TX, but got to love the great state anyways πŸ™‚

    09.19.13 · Reply
  48. anastasiaC says:

    you are so inspiring – love this look!!

    09.19.13 · Reply
  49. Renata says:

    Lovely! What spanx are you "not" wearing!? i'd love your recommendation for your favorite and most versatile.

    09.19.13 · Reply
  50. ashleigh says:

    LMAO.I think he knows now.

    09.20.13 · Reply
  51. Hahaha! Best post ever, loved the spanx bit.

    09.20.13 · Reply
  52. PS you look foxy!

    09.20.13 · Reply
  53. Liz says:

    im loving neutrals lately too! love your outfit

    09.20.13 · Reply
  54. Lexi says:

    Your bag and shoes are to die for!

    xoxo Lexi

    09.20.13 · Reply
  55. Monika Jones says:

    I love that kind of dresses! You look great!

    09.20.13 · Reply
  56. Festive Girls says:

    The perfect Fall outfit!

    Jen & Kelly

    09.20.13 · Reply
  57. I have a similar dress and it has been on some major repeat since the weather started cooling down! It's such a good neutral piece.

    09.20.13 · Reply
  58. Agi says:

    Love this great casual dress!!!!!! Great look.


    09.20.13 · Reply
  59. Sara says:

    That dress looks great on you! And your Spanx secret is safe with me!

    09.20.13 · Reply
  60. Chloe says:

    Your bag is gorgeous. You're such an inspiration!

    09.20.13 · Reply
  61. kforkarli says:

    killing it as always. Who knew grey could look so sassy? I have a pair of 'kind of spanx' and I cannot find them anywhere! I may have to lash out on a new pair and pray they will not give me that funny muffin belly under my boobs. I know, great imagery right? Also, does this 'tote' hold a laptop?

    09.22.13 · Reply
  62. I really love that Madewell tote and matching shoes! It's the perfect tan color. Great post!


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  63. mariya01 says:

    It is really great for you to comple all these vim commands. I salute

    and thank you!

    Rado Cell phones

    09.23.13 · Reply
  64. katrina mae says:

    Kendi – I just saw your post on this awesome dress – not sure if you'll see this or not – but I'm curious to know – does the dress run true to size? Or is it a little clingy and a size up is good? I can never tell with these jersey knit style dresses!? Take care!

    10.21.13 · Reply
  65. Kendi Lea says:

    Hi Katrina! I sized up because it did cling to me. So I'm usually a medium and I'm wearing a large. Hope this helps!

    10.21.13 · Reply
  66. libraryish says:

    Thank you for replying to this, Kendi! Totally helps!

    11.16.13 · Reply