Dresses with grown-up hemlines, fall edition: part 1

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I’m crazy for the weird-but-wonderful color combination here.

This floral has such a gorgeous neckline.

A basic black wrap dress with pretty flutter sleeves.

So feminine, but with nicely clean lines.

I’d wear a thick leather belt with this fun leopard print.

The lipstick red here is so good, and I like the gracefully asymmetrical hemline.

I am similarly taken with this keen yellow dress; it drapes really nicely and looks more expensive than it is.

I like that this shirtdress is all business up top, with a little fun at the hemline. I also think the print is stupendous.

This is so much more Lady than I usually go, but I just think it’s so pretty.

 

And this dress is obviously quite ladylike, but it’s got a bit of toughness too.

Just a good red floral at a nice price.

White on a black background is so excellently graphic here.

And yet another floral, this one with bright, happy bursts of green.

I adore the flirty neckline here, and the sweet swingy skirt.

 

They styled this dress with a kind of distracting necklace, but I think it’s good enough to transcend that.

A clean-lined-but-statement-y dress with a very becoming shape.

I don’t typically go in for one-shoulder anything, but this really works for me.

This isn’t available in many sizes, but the smocking is so cute I had to include it despite that.

This feels very office-to-cocktails to me.

And this is nicely sophisticated but still low-key.

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16 Thoughts on Dresses with grown-up hemlines, fall edition: part 1
    Tamara
    2 Oct 2018
    2:06pm

    I’ve been styling every dress I own with my Tamara Mellon “go west”
    Booties so it’s fantastic to see the same featured!! Now I need to go get the details on that first one…

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    Christina
    2 Oct 2018
    9:38am

    Good morning! I’ve been having some technical issues accessing your site and wanted to put them on your/ your web developer’s radar in case there’s an issue. Lately when I try to go to your homepage it always takes me to the homepage from September 17th (that Monday’s post in on top). The only way I can navigate to your current posts is by clicking through the newsletter. There also isn’t an option to click on October in the archive drop down menu. I’m not sure if I’m the only one having this problem, but I’ve tried it on two computers and had the same result. I also tried sending an email to let you know and it got bounced back. Thank you as always for this wonderful blog and community!

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      Kim France
      2 Oct 2018
      10:43am

      I’ve alerted my tech people, thanks for the heads up.

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      Allison
      2 Oct 2018
      3:15pm

      I’ve had the same issue and thought it was me – thanks, Christina! I’ve been using another browser and that’s been a good workaround for me for a stretch.

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    c.w.
    2 Oct 2018
    11:12am

    That AllSaints dress is everything. I’m not certain I could/should wear something sheer and no doubt the length would be overwhelming on me, but still…oh the agony!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      2 Oct 2018
      3:02pm

      For SURE you could pull it off, c.w. – especially with your gorgeous hair! Get the dress shortened.

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    kirstjen
    2 Oct 2018
    12:15pm

    What is the technical difference between velour & velvet? I’m curious…

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      Keirele
      2 Oct 2018
      2:31pm

      If I remember my fabric science class properly (which I probably don’t because I barely ever went) … Velour = synthetic fibres like polyester. Velvet = natural fibres like silk.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        2 Oct 2018
        3:00pm

        I always think of velour as stretchy (and obviously, I wasn’t attending class, either!)

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    Kathi
    2 Oct 2018
    12:58pm

    I would wear the first dress to the grocery store, the recycling center and the vet to show it off and to get the cost per wear down. And I love how most of these are styled with tough boots – the AllSaints are screaming my name. Superb post, can’t wait to see part two!

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    Debra
    2 Oct 2018
    10:15am

    Wow! All of these are FANTASTIC!

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    Helga
    2 Oct 2018
    10:17am

    I too had the same problems with the site as Christina

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    Mamavalveeta03
    2 Oct 2018
    2:56pm

    I am SO not a floral print person, but I LOVE those dresses! Especially the 2nd one and the ones you Ganni – they’re putting out some pretty stuff. And I’m really digging “keen.” Good word. 😉

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    HickfromStyx
    2 Oct 2018
    4:21pm

    I noticed three-quarter sleeves slowly creeping into outerwear in the summer. I am getting tired of this length in blazers. Taking the next step into trench coats seemed a step too far. I hope they stop the madness before winter coats get sucked into the vortex. I will be shopping in menswear stores if that unfortunate day arrives.

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    JCobb
    2 Oct 2018
    9:09pm

    That Ralph Lauren dress is calling my name…it’s ladylike, yes, but it’s also tough and goth and I want to wear a tough leather jacket with it.

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    melsybelsy
    3 Oct 2018
    6:50am

    Yes please! All of them!! I am in love with the second floral from the top – I’m sad that I have expensive taste. Great post – thanks for inspiring.

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