The Dress Seen ‘Round the World

Black Dress Brown Boots

As a style blogger, it’s always hard to know which picture, trend or accessory will really strike a chord with your readers.  It can be a trial and error process, in which you “feed the machine,” so to speak, based on reader feedback.

I’ll tell you I’m still amazed by the outpouring of interest in ONE photo I included in my “A Few Fall Favorites” post back in November.  And when I say outpouring, I literally mean HUNDREDS of blog views from more than a dozen countries daily of the one photo above.  Who knew when I chose it what a magnet it would be to draw folks to the blog!

I believe the dress originally came from Anthropologie, however when I went back to try to find it, it’s no longer on their website.  But no worries… I’ve copied below a few similar versions that I’ve found and can give you some tips about what I believe makes the look so attractive to so many people.

Firstly, the feminine cut and details… The slightly cowled neck, tailored pleats, cinched tie waste and 3/4 length bell sleeves combine into a tres CHiC, ladylike look that just about any body type can pull off.  The black color is slimming and the longer sleeves provide a little warmth in these chilly months, in addition to covering some less-than-toned/tanned arms of winter {Anyone else guilty?  Gotta get to the gym!  Included in my NY resolution post coming soon…}

Secondly, I’d guess the thing that has resonated the most with readers is the black / brown color combo.  Once a taboo, the look currently is a definite fashion “do,” and I believe is here to stay.  I basically live in my light brown, Frye ‘Melissa Trapunto’ boots or darker brown dress boots this time of year and both look fantastic paired with black jeggings or leggings, little black dresses or minis with opaque tights.  It’s a regular, go-to weekend look that is super comfortable and can’t fail.

I’m also a big clutch gal and love the tan leather one paired with the similar colored boots.

Here are a few options that will achieve the same look when worn with tall brown boots:

Anthropologie Leona Tunic Dress

This LBD also is from Anthropologie and I think it’s darling with the keyhole neckline.  I’m also on a big opaque tights kick {and with my recent bold COLOR post}, you can guess how much I love the scarlet legs with the mary janes.  This is the ‘Leona Tunic Dress,’ it is $148 and you can find it here.

Ann Taylor Crinkle Crepe 3-4 Ruffle Sleeve Dress - $99

Here’s another option.  I’ve tried this dress on and I think it’s much cuter in person than it looks in the photo.  You’ll find it at Ann Taylor for $99 {down from $148}, and it’s just as cute in red as it is in black.  Notice the similar bell sleeves and rounded neckline.

Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Billy' Patch Pocket Shift Dress - Nordstrom

I LOVE this dress.  It has the same 3/4 sleeves, is about the same length and {the real winner for me}, it has POCKETS!  I go nuts for dresses with pockets.  This is a very simple design ~ also a winner for me ~ but the pockets put it over the top.  It is the Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Billy’ Patch Shift Dress and you can find it at Nordstrom for $258.  It also comes in red.

I never dreamed that one dress would create such a fuss!  I agree, though, it’s a great look and achieves the casual-but-clearly-put-together vibe that’s great for the office, a date or brunch with girlfriends.  Put your hair in a bun {my forever look}, pop on some big, black sunnies like these, and you’re a guaranteed show stopper.

Any other ideas why everyone from New Zealanders to Brits to Romanians to Austrians have come out of the woodwork to try to find it??

Claire Signature

3 comments on “The Dress Seen ‘Round the World

  1. i have that dress! i feel so stylish, and lucky. it is as great as it appears to be! (and yes, it’s from Anthropologie)


  2. Hi Elizabeth! Great to hear from you and thanks for the follow! And you’re one lucky lady 🙂 SO many people have contacted me looking for it after I included it in a post this fall. I know you look darling in it. And you’re so stylish – let me know if you ever have an idea for the blog!

    Hope you’re well and keep in touch…



  3. Hi! Just an update on the photo {and especially the boots in the top photo of this post “The Dress Seen ‘Round the World }! I have had GOBS of inquiries about the designer and name of those boots! While I mention my fave Frye “Melissa Trapunto” boots lower in the post, the ones in the photo are the “Loeffler Randall Emmy” boot in taupe. {Thanks to reader Natasha for this info!} Sorry for any confusion I may have caused!


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