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It’s baaaaaack! One of my personal favorite series to put on in these parts, because shooting with my mom is just kinda a hoot.
Welcome back to One Thing, Ten Ways, where I take some of my favorite pieces that may be a bit more on the “unique” side and style them ten totally different ways. Why? Because I’m hoping it helps bring some easy outfit inspiration right into your own closet. It can be really hard to envision how you would wear a certain pair of pants or shoes, or a specific dress or top by just seeing it on a one-dimensional, one-outfit model online. So whatever your stylistic taste or tendencies may be, I’m hoping at least one idea hits home for you and ends up being that jolt you need to play around in your closet, get creative, and take a few fun risks in future shopping and styling.
SO. Can we talk about this cold shoulder dress for a hot second?
It’s my first cold-shoulder piece, and I. am. in. love. This coral cold shoulder dress is from Jettie Pearl’s Boutique – an adorable shop in Georgia with bright, bold, and *fun* stuff at more affordable prices than most boutiques. #yesplease
And it’s titled the “You look Wonderful” cold shoulder dress. You know what I love even more than flowy dresses? Flowy dresses with affirmative names. Because you don’t just look wonderful…you are wonderful! So why not wear a dress that’s meant to showcase that, amiright?? Beyond the name though, I put this dress on and fell in love. First off, while I have an obnoxious collection of clothes at this point, this piece is unique and is unlike any other dress – heck, any other anything – in my wardrobe. Second, had to go for that cold-shoulder trend at least once. (Am loving it.). Third, CORAL. It practically screams summer. You know what else screams summer? Loose, flowing boho dresses. And this is that to a T. Airy and breezy, meaning you can sweat a little while running around on a hot, sticky day, but your look won’t suffer. Can I get an amen?
I’m gonna throw this out there…use code TAKE20 to get your own Wonderful dress for *just over 25 bucks.* You know that Fifth Harmony song? Yeah, definitely worth it.
Now y’all know the drill…let’s talk the ten, from left to right, top to bottom.
COLD SHOULDER DRESS, 10 WAYS
One. Hipster chic. Is hipster still a “thing”? If so, I’m thinking oversized glasses and some slip-ons give this look that casual “I just hang out at the coffeeshop like this” vibe. Keepin’ it simple with the leopard pop sneaks to complement this major pop dress.
Two. Floppin’ around. You’ve seen this floppy hat around before…it’s just so perfect for this time of year! I paired it with a vintage floral locket and these brand spankin’ new studded Steve Madden sandals for a sort of edgier beach look. I think it helps the dress dual as a swim-suit cover-up, meaning you’re ready to hit the pool before a fun stroll on the boardwalk.
Three. Nautical niceties. (Too much alliteration? The limit does not exist.) Before I inevitably forced myself to style something t e n different ways with every post in this series, I never would’ve thought to throw a skirt on over a dress and call it a day. But it works. And according to a past One Thing, Ten Ways, the crowd favorite look was awarded to a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans worn over a fancier navy chiffon dress. Because this dress is so lightweight, it doesn’t feel too thick or weighed down with multiple layers down south, either. Actually, it feels great to nix a waistband and just loosen up my dress for that billowy top look!
Four. Retro glam. Pair big mint heels with big mint jewelry and you’ve got yourself a modern-day 70’s party. I think this look speaks more to the dress’ versatility, too; it’s easy to throw on sandals for near-effortless bohemian chic, but heels and accessories makes for a great dressed-up look! (Summer weddings, anyone??) It got the gold for fiance’s favorite.
Five. Dainty gold layers. Something about coral and gold together just works. When you’re pinched for time, just grab all of the gold layering necklaces in sight and stack ’em on. They stand out especially well since the top of the dress is a bit more open.
Six. Coming Up Florals. You know those places that are obnoxiously air conditioned in summertime? Of course you do. Because you walk in and BAM. The Tundra has arrived, and you’re sitting there in some cute little romper or sundress, freezing your buns off with goosebumps on every visible body part. Not cool (just blatantly cold). A big floral scarf can double as a lightweight neck accessory and sheer warmth for your shoulders in movie theaters, restaurants, the office…anywhere where the AC is just slightly more than your liking.
Seven. Gold Grecian. There’s just something about a thick gold necklace and gladiator sandals that reminds me of stereotypical ancient Greek or Roman goddesses. The same way fishtail braids and long purple gowns and ivy wreaths do – it’s a fun look. And this one is easy peasy – literally just toss on the chunkiest gold bar in your accessory drawer and some metallic sandals (the strappier the better), and you’ll be stepping in style.
Eight. Happiness. Since you guys know me by now, you know my coffee addiction. So I figured why the heck not incorporate my caffeine fix into my outfit? Coffee is everyone’s best accessory nowadays; couple that with just being “happy” and you’re set. I love black leggings and plaid slip-ons with this for a more toned-down look that is sheer comfort. Since this frock IS so flowy, it’s not exactly the best if you’re running around bending over or playing around with kiddos…unless you want the world to see your everything. Leggings means you can freely move around, sans inhibitions (or wardrobe malfunctions).
Nine. Summer whites. White jean jackets are really really cool. Am I alone here? I’m just such a sucker for a great denim anything, and white is summer. So I paired my favorite white denim jacket with my current favorite sandals from Target – they’re *the* most comfortable sandals, but they’re so stinkin’ cute and pretty.
Ten. Laidback bohemian. Remember these sunglasses? I can’t get enough of them! (As you’ll see in the quick video below…). Oversized sunnies work as a statement piece by themselves, but I threw on a long-chained turquoise pendant with metal fringe, because coral and turquoise are so so neat together. Plus, this dress was made for long chains and pendant necklaces!
(I’m wearing a size Small, so if you’re thinking of how it might look on you, there’s your sizing reference!)
How would you style a cold shoulder dress in summer? Which of these 10 looks is your favorite?
If you end up wanting to treat yo’self to a fun cold-shoulder frock of your own from Jettie Pearl’s, remember to use your exclusive discount code – TAKE20 – for 20% off your whole order! I’m also crushing on this romper, this kimono, and this maxi dress.
Take a second today to give thanks to the Big Guy Upstairs for the blessings, and take a second to tell your parents how much you appreciate them. And TAKE20.