7.17.2012

The Ugly Dress





Dress (Carole Little find at Marshalls); Shoes (Nine West); Sunglasses (Charming Charlie)
Ryan Seidel Photography

When I first saw this dress all I could think of was my grandparent's hideous 1970's plaid couch. And then I noticed the button up/short sleeve style that I love... and how much I like black and brown together... And maybe it was the association with my grandparents, but even the pattern started to grow on me. Since no one was looking, I threw it in my "try on" pile - and when I put it on, everything about it just worked. Apparently hideous 1970's couch is a good look on me! And that is the story of the ugly dress. It certainly wasn't love at first sight... but we were meant to be together :)

40 comments:

Annie said...

your heels are so beautiful and the dress fits so well!:) not ugly!

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still being [molly] said...

oh girl i LOVE it! i think it's gorgeous. it's so flattering on you!!

still being molly

Lilli said...

cute dress and heels!:)

Chahrazad said...

I love your dress. It has something classy. Love it! Looks good on you.

x
www.cherryfactor.blogspot.com

My Scrambled Style said...

Nice story about the ugly dress :-). I love this dress. Looks nice on you.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Xo
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Carla said...

Haha. Love the story of the dress. It actually looks good. Also, I'm loving those cut-out pumps. - Carla

Ivana said...

Seriously, I would love to have such a sofa, that dress pattern is simply amazing! You always make me crack up :) And you look fantastic, no matter the childhood memories :)

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

TheTinyHeart said...

Haha, it's too cute to be an ugly 1970s couch!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Daniella said...

I love the print of your dress and I also love the very chic black and brown colour combination!! Great look sweetie :)

Take care, Daniella xox

Sarah Stright said...

This is possibly one of my favorite dresses ever. I love the pattern- maybe a little couch like, but it looks amazing. And those shoes are perfect with it. Thank you so much for linking up for the blog hop. We were so happy to have you!

Harp Playa said...

Your Grandma is not going to be happy about that comment!

The Jones said...

I'm digging this dress...because it's got that 70s-does-40s vibe...super ladylike but kinda funky. The shoes look amazing with it too, amp up the retro feel.

<3 CAMBRIA
jupefashion.blogspot.com

two birds said...

i often buy things that are "so ugly they are cute". this isn't the case for this dress, though. it looks great on you!

Bethie The Boo said...

It does feel retro but in a good way! I really like it and I love it with those shoes!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

you are too funny! i love it and it looks great on you!
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Tasha said...

I love it! But then, I've got a thing for patterns lol I know when I go shopping with someone, nine times out of ten I pick something they think is horrible and when I buy it I'm begged not to wear it out with them. When I do though, they see that once it's on it's actually amazing and as long as it's paired with the right shoes and accessories it looks great! That's what I love about style so much, everyone is unique!

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Hannah @ Tattoos and Pearls said...

I love this pattern. I totally get the 1970's plaid couch vibe and I think that is why I love it so much. Sometimes I buy things because they are ugly- which really makes no sense but I do it anyways.

Hannah Tattoos and Pearls

Patrycja Photography said...

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Diana said...

The beautiful ugly dress i would say)) xx

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Juneli said...

Your ugly dress is beautiful on you, Heather, good that you two bonded!!
Love
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Rachel Lynne said...

Lol, I love reading your posts Heather :) And isn't it crazy how sometimes something just looks awful and then you throw it on and you're like YEAH I can rock this! I LOVE this dress on you :) So pretty!

And happy hour so I can get some puppy advice SOON please?! :)

xoxo,
Rachel
Rachel’s Lookbook

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

I definitely have clothes like that! They slowly grow on me and then become my favorite pieces.

xo everything-pretty.com

Collections said...

The pattern on that dress is fabulous.

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Amy said...

I love this post. I have had that same mindset many times. It looks amazing!

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Kultur und Stil said...

I know this feeling, I also have it sometimes when I see things and then at second sight, I completly fall in love with them ;-)
The dress looks great on you! Maybe you could also combine it with a pearl statment-necklace and a chanel-lookalike blazer, then it would be the perfect chic-french-madame look!

xxx Anita

Christi Lynn said...

your shoes are to die for! I love them.

newpetite said...

I love the dress on you and those shoes are so cute!!

Katie- Hems for Her said...

I didn't think couch at all! I love that dress, but maybe because I have a VERY similar skirt... Guilty as charged. This is a super nice outfit. I love it!

Rhonda said...

I have never guessed that this would be so nice on! I would have left it in the store! Love the shoes!

fleurani said...

Heather, you look absolutely gorgeous and that printed dress, it's so chic and vintage :-). Good thing you tried it on. Those heels are the perfect match for that pretty dress :-)

<3 Ani
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nancy @ adore to adorn said...

I think this dress is so far from ugly! I love it on you!
xo,
nancy

http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

Suma said...

Def NOT an ugly dress!! The shoes are amazing as well. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog. Would love if we could follow each other.
xo
SUma

design roundup said...

This looks great on you! I like it! It't not ugly at all! Love the shoes too.

Nico Saich said...

I love pieces like this! The ones that look fug on the hanger but look utterly amazing on. You're looking great heather!

-Nico

www.SatinAndSalt.com

InĂªs de Castro said...

Ahah, it does not look like an old couch! I agree with Nico, it may not be the prettiest dress, but it looks amazing and the colors are great too :)

Lotus Blossom Design said...

i could imagine on the rack not so cute but on you very cute xo

Bravoe Runway said...

I don't think this dress is ugly at all! I like the design and the pattern, it has a tory burch vibe, although she'd prob use an orange and navy combo and add a gold chain link belt, hike the price up to $498 but whatever...this looks great. I really like it, and I am glad you bought it :)

Ashley at flats to flip flops said...

Love the shoes..perfect summer heels! Now following along!
Ashley:)

dani said...

Aw I don't think it's ugly at all - but I totally get the grandma's couch reference. ;) Haha. Good think it fits like a dream! You look great!

Cat Arenzana said...

I love that dress on you! The pattern is awesome and well, it fits you perfectly! And the shoes . . . oh, be still my heart.

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