Did I buy a dress because it looked like princess/duchess Kate’s engagement photo dress? Maybe. Did I name it ‘The Kate’ and only refer to it as her royal highness? Yes, yes I did. 


In all seriousness, Kate was right. I did need a classic navy blue dress in my closet. Places I’ve worn it to so far? The theater with my mom, a wedding shower, and to work. It’s the one dress I have in my closet that I don’t have to question its appropriateness. That makes the rest of my dresses sound…well questionable, but I mean really how many wedding showers can you wear cat dresses to? 

Also what is my obsession with navy and black lately? I can’t be stopped. (Exhibit A, B, C)


dress: topshop at nordstrom (in-store) / similar 

shoes: β„… Ivanka Trump

Purse: Kelly Wynne

Sunnies: Similar

Necklace: bloom

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  1. Very pretty! I am rocking a dark blue dress with black tights/boots combo today too but yours is much more stylish and mine is much more, uhhh, sweatshirt-ish? Like a sweatshirt became a dress so I can wear it during PMS. πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful! Pretty sure her highness will approve! As soon as I saw the first pic I knew which Kate you were talking about, the dress is so classy and in deed very appropriate to go anywhere!

    Cee. β™₯
    Code Overdressed

  3. What a gorgeous dress – I love not only its colour, but the cut, sleeves and length. Absolutely appropriate for any occasion.

  4. LOVE the navy and black together!! How's your elbow, looks like you can extend your arm now, wooohoooo!!

  5. you do need a good navy dress – we all do. also, you look like kate so this is extra appropriate for you :).

  6. I'm sure it takes a while πŸ™‚ I was looking for your styling the sling, lol!

  7. I'm SO in love with this dress + your styling of it is superb!! Love that you named it "The Kate" I'm absolutely enamored with anything she wears & that darn hair of hers!! Can't believe I was late to the "Labradorite Necklace" party… gosh it sold out fast, no surprise, it's so pretty!!

    By The Shore, a life + style blog

  8. haha, my first thought when I saw this outfit was that it looked like Kate's dress. It looks absolutely breathtaking with that necklace!

  9. Your hair looks so elegant like that! And I am totally in favor of black and blue together. Especially with that hair. Did I mention I like your hair also.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  10. I am a huge navy and black fan! This dress is so chic and versatile – no wonder you love it! πŸ™‚

  11. Oh this is fantastic.. Love a great classic… It's gorgeous and a great addition to the little dress category where black gets all the attention.. now it's blue for the win!

  12. Love this outfit! Could you please share where you bought your tights? I have an office party this weekend and have been struggling to find the perfect black tights to pair with my dress – I'm looking for something just like the ones you're wearing. Please and thank you!

  13. Stunning dress that should of course be referred to as her royal highness.

    x x

  14. i'm amazed that you're able to straighten out your arm! when i fell off my heels and broke my elbow i couldn't move that sucker for weeks!

  15. Yeah, I'm starting to think it was wayyyy less worse than the er made it out to be. I can straighten it if i've worn it in a sling most of the day, I just can't rotate it. But I've heard that from a lot of people, they didn't recover for weeks!

  16. I *think* these were from we love colors. (http://www.welovecolors.com) They make really great tights that last for years. They are pretty thick and opaque. American Apparel also has some really nice ones that last as well! If you need some quick, I've had good luck with Gap tights as well.

  17. I adore this Kendi! I totally went to Banana Republic the day the Issa collab launched and bought the Kate lookalike dress, but I think I life your version even more!

  18. Oh my goodness, I love this so much!! I have always really liked deep blue with black, and this outfit is no exception. You look lovely!

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