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Let’s Get Dressed for a Diner en Blanc

Yesterday, I helped pack your bags for a trip. Today I’m focusing on something a little more specific: the , inspired by the French Diner en Blanc. It has everyone stressed! I decided on my outfit soon after the theme was announced because I already owned something suitable (white pencil skirt, sheer top [#13], and a white statement necklace), but now I’m second guessing it. I wish I were going a little more dressy, and what I really want to wear is the lacy little number below. What about you?



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    CapreeK
    January 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    OMG, that first dress is amazing!!! Is it too late to return the one I have? ;)

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    Elizabeth
    January 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This party has really set off a “what to wear” panic! I wish I’d committed to Alt, because I have the perfect outfit…

    Your options are really lovely! Even in a sea of white, that lace dress would be a head-turner.

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    Carolyn
    January 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Ah I have been lusting after the Nanette Lepore white lace dress for my rehearsal dinner … it’s a justifiable necessity …. right? Right?

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    Amanda
    January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my word, no. 4 is gorgeous!

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    Polina
    January 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Lovely dress!

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    Katy
    January 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    In love with the lace dress! A rehearsal dinner is definitely reason enough to buy it! Me, work at home mommy, not justifiable… :(

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      Making it Lovely
      January 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      I don’t have anywhere to wear it either, except this one time to Alt, hence I have not purchased it. It’s SO pretty though.

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        Carolyn
        January 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        So what everyone is saying is that I should REALLY buy this dress. Rehearsal dinner in May? And every Saturday night from now until then?

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        Making it Lovely
        January 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        That’s what we’re saying.

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    Courtney K
    January 12, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    The first two dresses are gorgeous! I’m wearing a cream to the floor dress that used to be my Grandmother’s that I love, but never have enough places to wear. See you at Alt!

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    Melissa
    January 12, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all the items on the top – both those dresses and the accessories/shoes. I swoon.

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    colleen
    January 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    It definitely has me panicked. The only season-appropriate white thing I have is a valentino evening jacket I scored in a sample sale, but it’s so serious! It’s definitely the one wardrobe thing that has me stumped.

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    myhonestanswer
    January 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I love that dress, but I don’t know if it’s a bit weddingy? I suppose you always run that risk with a white theme!

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    Johanna
    January 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    This post is so pretty and has so much eye candy. What’s a girl to do?

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    houseofearnest
    January 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I’m seriously on the fence about what I have picked out… now especially because your picks are SO cute they make me want to switch!!!

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    Molly the Waffler
    January 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m attracted to the tie-neck blouse, though I wonder if the cut would make me look preggers. But maybe paired with fitted black pants…

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    Maggie
    January 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I am literally wearing that dress #1 (which was my new year’s dress) to this very event. The sequins definitely take away from its whiteness as they are quite browny gold, but big fat whatever.

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      Making it Lovely
      January 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I think people are being fairly liberal with the all-white theme. Come find me so I can see how cute you look in person!

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        [email protected]
        January 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

        Um. Awkward. I’m wearing that same dress!

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        Making it Lovely
        January 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Oh, it will be fine. I bet there will be a few duplicates, since everyone is shopping at the same time for an event with a limited color palette!

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        Maggie
        January 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

        Ha! Well, Amy, at least I’ll know who you are then, right?!

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    brianne
    January 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I’m with you. I picked a white cable knit sweater dress I already own and I’m starting to feel like I’m going to be the frumpy one. That piperlime dress is IN-credible!

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    [email protected]
    January 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Agreed. Plus, I love a good twinsies (or more!) situation.

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    Small House Life
    January 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I’ll take #4 dress with #7 shoes and #5 earrings.

    I love to look at gorgeous clothes like these but rarely actually wear them..

    dee :)

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    tracy
    January 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I’m wearing an off the shoulder shirt/dress (first time rocking that look) with black leggings & a cute beige feather headband. Have you seen some of the new jewelry at Banana Republic lately? It’s super cute. It’s kinda got a Kate Spade vibe. (I picked a cool B&W cuff)

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    mari
    January 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I love this post and the previous one! I looking through your Pinterst board now!

    Just curious on what you consider as your body ‘type’? I have felt in the past that I can’t wear jcrew because I am curvy/hourglass. But maybe it is time to stop in and try a few things on. It’s been a few years.

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      Making it Lovely
      January 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

      I’m very curvy/hourglass, I have a tummy that can easily make me look like I’m expecting. I need clothes with a defined waist, feminine proportions, and I avoid shifts and tunics. I look much better in a slim, pencil skirt (like the shape of #4) than I do in a flouncy one (like #1 and #19).

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        mari
        January 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Thank you! Me too.

        Any chance you would consider doing a post on somewhat cute snow boots? I’m living in the midwest again and I’m old enough to pick warmth over ballet flats when it’s zero. :)

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    Jen @ Rambling Renovators
    January 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Dress #4 is sublime. I’ve bought a dress with a jewelled neckline and am pairing it with light grey tights and grey wedge shoes. I’m hoping to wear the dress more than once. I like how white can make you feel tan – especially in the dead of winter!

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    Rachel H.
    January 13, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Ok, I have no clue when it comes to fashion. I actually have to go to my husband’s office holiday party (it’s always later in the year) tomorrow (eek!) and have no clue what to wear…I have shoes similar to #6 pictured, but what is the rule with open toed shoes? Can you wear them in winter? With or without panty hose? Help, please!

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    Jessica @shimmerkai
    January 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I love that tie-neck blouse- thanks for sharing! Getting an outfit is definitely on my to-do list this weekend

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    Rachel H.
    January 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Also, can one wear boots with a skirt/dress? I don’t own any boots, but I also don’t like heels…what’s your take on flats with dresses/skirts?

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    Sara
    January 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I love the sparkly heels!

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    Jonica
    January 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    ditto on the white lace dress love! it’s gorgeous.

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    jana
    January 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Hello hello! I’m going to ALT too…scored a last minute ticket (yay!) and have just been racking my brain for the white outfit…I am prone to spilling things too so, hopefully it will stay white haha. I opted for a beige, blush, cream, nude heels look…so we will see…I can’t wait to meet you!

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    Jessie
    January 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    SO stressed about this dinner!! Plus I have a new bun-in-the-oven belly that just popped a bit, so my choices are limited further! I might have to stay in and order room service that night :(

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    Claire
    January 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Hi Nicole. I’m having trouble getting through to a lot of the links for the clothing items. It seems to be the ones that link to rstyle.me. Any idea why? Could it be browser (IE) or location (Canada)?
    I was curious where the white jeans are from.
    Thanks!
    Claire

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    [email protected]
    January 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    That lace dress made my heart skip a beat. How beautiful!

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    Dee
    February 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Lovely choices! Stumbled upon your blog. :-)

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