Bell sleeves are everywhere right now. I seriously thought they would look completely ridiculous on me, but I tried on a black bell sleeve dress at Nordstrom and fell in love. I found a few at different price points and the idea for a splurge/save/steal post was born!
I think the lace sleeves on this Free People dress are really pretty. (I also think this color is really pretty, but it does come in black too!) I think Free People is kind of ridiculous sometimes, although I like a lot of their stuff. My main issue is that they're expensive but they give you hardly any fabric! I haven't tried this dress on, but I'm 99% sure I'd find it to be too short, because that seems to be how most of their dresses are made.
This is the dress I found at Nordstrom and tried on. I saw it in the store and I was mostly just curious. I honestly though it would look extremely ridiculous on me, but I loved it! The length is also reasonable. I'm not a fan of the tassels tied like they are above. This dress is currently on my wish list. (Below is when I tried it on, though you can't see it too well since it's just a mirror selfie.)
This post was originally going to just be splurge vs. steal, but I was at Target over the weekend and stumbled across this. This is seriously an exact dupe for the 'save' dress. I was surprised, because most Target dupes I see are based on bigger brand names, not just the random brands in the BP department of Nordstrom. I didn't try it on, but I'm kind of tempted to order both this and the save dress. If I like the more expensive one a lot more/feel like it's significantly better quality, I'd return this one. But maybe this could be a contender and I could save twenty dollars!
I guess the moral of the story is that the most expensive option isn't always the best one, and Target always has spot-on dupes!
I just found out yesterday that Rachel and Astleigh are hosting the Every Girl Link-Up today and the theme is outfits that go from day to date! Personally, I think one of the above dresses with a great pair of booties would be a perfect outfit! Really, I'm partial to dresses with booties for pretty much any occasion, and I think the outfits are usually more versatile than pairing a dress with flats or heels.
similar) and mixing blacks/browns with the scarf and booties too! (Sorry about the mess behind me!)
booties combo for my rehearsal dinner. And look how many other ladies are wearing dresses with booties?! I'm telling you, it's a perfect combo. My dress is crazy comfortable. I don't know how to describe it but basically it feels like pajamas. And it's long enough that I'm not worried about showing anything off on accident. (My dress is no longer available, but there is a very similar dress by the same maker here, here, and here.)
For my birthday dinner I wore this dress and (shocker!) these booties, but I didn't get a picture. It was a twenty minute walk to the restaurant and twenty minutes back and I was totally fine. The booties get my seal of approval for comfort for sure.
What do you think of the bell sleeve trend? What about dresses with booties?
Don't forget, Monday is Julie and I's monthly Tell Us About It link-up for November! The topic is favorite Thanksgiving traditions! Hope to see your post linked up. :)