Mary's Style Plan (Excerpts)

DRESSES
  1. Max and Cleo Ruffleneck Tiered Dress – This is a very flattering style.  I have one in a similar cut.  The Baltic blue color will bring out your eyes while adding color to a mostly neutral wardrobe palette.  This dress would combine nicely with the cardigan from Group One.
  2. Max and Cleo 2-Fer-Dress – I picked this one because it is very similar to one of your “love it” style picks from the questionnaires.  The ruffle neckline is very sophisticated and feminine, while the ruched skirt works as an excellent camouflage for tummy issues.  This versatile dress can be easily paired with the tweed jacket and marled cardigan from Group Two or the black cardigan or leather jacket from Group One.  A very versatile dress, you’ll get lots of fashion mileage from it while enjoying the feminine sophistication.
  3.  Jones New York Animal-Print Rosette Waist Dress – This little number combines the exotic flair of a leopard print with feminine detailing in the rosette waist.  The ruching serves to hide tummy issues.  This is a great all-season style that can be dressed up or down to go almost anywhere.
  4. New Directions Graphic Floral Print Gathered Waist Dress – The detail that first appealed to me regarding this dress is the flattering sweetheart neckline which at the same time serves to elongate the neckline while enhancing the bust.  The gathering at the waistline will help to create the look of an hourglass figure.  This one may require a shaper garment underneath, but it’s still a fabulous choice nonetheless.  The black and white graphic floral is very timely and will speak volumes about your fashion savvy, while the mark-down price of $9.98 leaves you smiling.
  5. Sangria V-Neck Dress – This pretty dress boasts two great figure enhancers: a  v-neckline while is elongating and slenderizing and a ruched bodice that helps to hide any tummy problems.  The style is seasonless, classic, and timeless.  This dress could be paired with the black cardigan from Group One to great effect! 
  6. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Ruched Sheath Dress – The timeless, classic sheath is  Updated here with tummy-flattering ruching, this is an all-season go-to dress  for anytime you want to look polished and sophisticated.  This dress will also be a fabulous foil for your pearls. 
  7. New Directions Solid Cap-Sleeve Belted Dress - This is perhaps the most classic and timeless of all the dress selections.  The universally flattering A-line cut will make you feel elegant and sophisticated.  The cap sleeves are kinder to middle-age arms than sleeveless styles, so that’s another plus for this hardworking dress.  It is a dress that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go in style.  Like the previous dress, it’s a great backdrop for your signature pearls.  For a couple of alternate looks, try pairing with the black cardigan from Group One, or to add a bit of edge, wear with the leather jacket from the same group.
  8. Alex Evenings Lace-Detailed Dress – There’s a lot to love about this dress.  All-over lace detailing, arm-flattering ¾ sleeves, and tummy-friendly ruching.  This dress is less versatile than the other selections in that it is an after five style, but if a great dress for special evenings out is a priority, then this one is a sure bet!

Dresses
Dresses
Dresses
New Directions
Multi-Colored Printed Dress
(multi)
$90.00 $45.00
belk.com
Max & Mia
Drawstring Waist Dress
(sienna)
$68.00 $39.90
nordstrom.com
Sophie Max
Stripe Knit Dress
(chili/wood)
$98.00 $48.99
belk.com
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Calvin Klein
Flutter-Sleeve Dress
(charcoal)
$118.00 $41.30
dillards.com
Max and Cleo
Ruffleneck Tiered Dress
(baltic blue/black)
$118.00 $19.98
belk.com
Max and Cleo
2-Fer-Dress
(white/sandal)
$118.00 $41.30
dillards.com
dresses
Dresses
dresses
Jones New York
Rosette Waist Animal-Print Dress
(leopard print)
$138.00 $48.30
dillards.com
New Directions
Graphic Floral Print Gathered Waist Dress
(black/white)
$76.00 $9.98
belk.com
Sangria
V-Neck Dress
(jute)
$80.00 $28.00
dillards.com
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Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Ruched Sheath Dress
(black)
$130.00 $45.50
dillards.com
New Directions
Solid Cap-Sleeve Belted Dress
(black)
$90.00 $45.00
belk.com
Alex Evenings
Lace-Detailed Dress
(black)
$140.00 $49.00
With so many great dresses to choose from, I know it’s going to be hard to pick only one or two!  My top pick is #11, the New Directions A-line dress.  A great little black dress belongs in every woman’s wardrobe and this one is hard to beat.

If using Group One as your core wardrobe, my second selection would be the Calvin Klein flutter-sleeve dress.  If going with Group Two as your core, I like the Max & Mia drawstring waist dress.

I will have to admit that I really love #8, the New Directions graphic floral print at the incredible price of $9.98.  You may want to consider this regardless of which group is chosen as your core wardrobe.  You really don’t come across a steal like this very often!