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ModCloth dresses for weddings or work

A friend of mine is getting married a few weeks before we are in August, and has asked her six bridesmaids to wear a red or orange dress of their choosing.  Of course I want to make mine!

For inspiration, I went to ModCloth, thinking--red dress, outdoor wedding... I'm seeing a retro 50's full-skirted number!  I found some things...

But instead of just finding inspiration for a solid-colored or simple, bridesmaid-ey dress, I found (of course!) so many cute summer dresses and more!

I don't have much use for cute summery dresses these days, however; so I was excited to see lots of work-appropriate dresses on ModCloth.  I love their funky vintage style, but how can you wear it to work?

I remembered I like to look at ModCloth every week or so, when I'm sewing a lot and particularly summery things, since they have so much great stuff and tell you "New today!" and "New yesterday!" so you can keep track of what you've seen and what you haven't.  Here are some more of my faves of the wear-to-work persuasion...

They've done it again... an amazing retro-inspired look that's totally wearable in 2011.

Do you have any tips for balancing a vintage-ey look while being professional at the same time?  Sometimes I find myself stuck in the black blazer trap... black blazers go with anything and make you look polished.  But I can't wear mine every day.  Tips?


  1. Cardigans. I live by them.

  2. Cardigans are great. Emma Pilsbury-style, maybe!

  3. I love the navy dress with the green bow! Cardigans are a must, especially for when you enter those office buildings in the summer and the temperature drops by 30 degrees!

  4. Those red dresses are fabulous! I'm looking for a dress to wear to a Sunday afternoon wedding in June and this is what I had in mind! I'm scared to make my own dress for the event, but maybe I will give it a try.
    I can't wait to see what you do.

  5. I have a heater in my office to solve that problem... tee hee! I keep it on almost all the time and it keeps me warm since I have a very low internal thermometer.

    @tamdoll, try making yourself something now and if you don't like it, you'll still have time to find something storebought!

  6. Kristen4/01/2011

    I agree, cardigans are a lifesaver, I need more of them.
    Also, I love shrugs. Especially just cover up a strapless, or little strap dress.
    Also also, I like the cropped jackets. These make me feel especially vintage-y and I get alot of compliments when I wear them. For me, they compliment my body shape better than a blazer, which often makes me look like a little kid playing dress up since I am super short!

  7. I agree with everyone else, cardigans would definitely work! Also, is there a 'rule' at your work that won't allow you to wear different colors?? You could always wear one serious piece with a brighter 'fun' pattern or color. Ex: a bright, ruffled, etc shirt with a pencil skirt. Or a colored skirt with a simple button down shirt.

  8. I have a red version of that grey number at the top of the bottoms pics. (With the low flat neckline, I don't know what that style is called)
    I can't remember who makes it but i found it for a dollar a couple days ago. I have been wondering how to pull it off (Super slim fitting and red makes me a bit nervous) but I love the idea of a cardigan. Thanks Elizabeth B. But now I am thinking cropped jacket like Kristen mentioned. Great post!




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