One Look, Two Ways: Blue Cocktail Dress


Based on the answers to my reader survey, I’ve noticed a definite divide amongst you, my readers, in terms of personal style. You answered nearly 50/50 on the personal style question. Half of you said you were more girly and preppy, with the other half leaning toward urban minimalism and trendiness. I’ve been thinking of a way to appeal to both sides of my readership, because clearly my outfits in the past have attracted both groups! I feel like my style sometimes bounces back and forth between those two as well, so it honestly makes perfect sense.

How can I combine both sides of my personal style AND that of my readership?

It dawned on me when I was at TBSCon. I should style one look two ways! Not only will the versatility and range of the piece be showcased in two unique outfits, it would help each of you to feel represented in my fashion posts.

I am kicking off my first #1L2W today with a gorgeous blue cocktail dress that so many of you loved when I gave you a sneak peek on Instagram.

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Way 1

I first styled this dress to appeal to my inner girly-girl!

I got the earrings from Charming Charlie at TBSCon. They are a light purple but look almost blush! I love how fun and bold they are.


These heels are a light blush suede. I love how comfy they are, and how they can go with nearly anything. I use blush as a neutral, and I think it will transition great into fall.

Finally, I finished the look with my floral purse. It’s no longer in stock, but I found some very cute and affordable options that are extremely close (linked here and here).

Shop This Look



Way 2

This time, I tried to make the dress more urban and trendy.

I picked out some fun 90’s slide sandals to add some casual vibes to the formal dress.

I added a cute patterned scarfΒ I got from Vera Bradley at TBSConΒ and aΒ jean jacket to further Β “dress down” the look.

Finally, I chose to use a cobalt blue purse to tie everything together and play into the color blocking trend.

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Styling this dress in my first One Look Two Ways was so incredibly fun for me – I cannot wait to hear your thoughts!

Leave suggestions for pieces I should include in upcoming #1L2W below πŸ™‚


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    Stephanie Konkle
    August 16, 2017 at 8:45 AM

    This dress is so cute! Love the color, it looks so good on you!

    xo, Steph

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    August 16, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    I love hpw you styled them both ways. I love versatility in pieces like this. The color blue/green is so pretty

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    Iliana Garcia
    August 16, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    I’m in love with this look! This dress is perfect for a date night and so fun. It reminds me of the red dancing emoji haha

    Iliana |

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    August 16, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    That’s a really pretty dress. I love the color and it looks great on you.


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    August 16, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    That dress is gorgeous on you! I love how you accessorize it too. Looks perfect for summer πŸ™‚

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    August 16, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    Gorgeous color on you πŸ™‚

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    Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    August 16, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    You look fantastic in that blue! I love the little scarf you included in look 2 – so chic.

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    August 16, 2017 at 10:08 PM

    This is such a genius idea with making sure all parties are satisfied with your styling! I am much more of an urban girl, but I think the girly and sophisticated styling is my fav. Regardless, both looks are beyond cute!

    xoxo Bryanna

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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    August 17, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    Haha, I belong to the “urban” half of your readers and love how you styled it a bit more urban and laid back, whereas I adore the pictures where it’s a bit more girly and feminine too. I think it’s a great idea to divide an outfit post into two to give suggestions of how to style it in more than one way πŸ™‚
    Thomas xx

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    The Frenchie Mummy
    August 17, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    this dress is gorgeous and suits you so well! I also love your shoes!

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    Ashley Zeal
    August 17, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    That color is gorgeous on you!

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    August 18, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    This dress is gorg! Such a pretty color on you

    – xo, Azanique |

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    August 18, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    There’s so much goodness going on in this post! I love that you’re appealing to so many kinds of styles just in the two ways you rocked that *KILLER* dress! I think the simple, girly first style was my favorite. But they’re both adorable!

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    Brittany S
    August 18, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Super cute! I love the neck scarf in way 2. Fun how you can take one dress and make it look so different!

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    Life of a Sister
    August 20, 2017 at 11:55 PM

    I love this look, and obsessing over any type of bandana right now!

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