Remodeled LBD

Dress (Limited); Blouse (Target); Watch (Michael Kors);
Earrings & Tights (Nordstrom); Shoes (Naturalizer)

Nicole Lai Photography

There is nothing wrong with a little black dress - it's simple, classic, and always chic.  Today I wanted more out of of my LBD... I wanted pattern and texture - and needed more warmth.  The addition of a blouse and patterned tights created an update to this dress worthy of a whole new outfit.  Updating a classic item can have the same impact as a good home remodel. While the integrity of the piece remains, the renovations can create an upgraded style with more visual interest... ultimately resulting in increased curb appeal ;)

  And right now my Dad is most definitely shaking his head at that analogy...


Ashleigh said...

I love the shirt under the dress. You can definitely work that look for...work lol. And then remove the top and switch the shoes for a night out!

EIDesign Glamour said...

lovely !!!!
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The Dainty Dolls House said...

Beautiful! x

Ashley said...

You're right...you can never go wrong with a little black dress. I like how you added texture to it to "update" it. Very cute!

Annie said...

Ha...I love your analogy :) I love the layering, and those tights look fabulous with the LBD!

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Allie Sim said...

Love this look, and Target really does have the best stuff that blouse is adorable!


Lady of Style said...

Great idea to wear a blouse under the dress.
Thank you for this inspirational outfit!

Lady of Style

TaraMixandMatch said...

Perfect layering here...and I love those tights!

Mica said...

Lovely dress - really like it with the patterned tights! :)

Away From Blue

Natalia A said...

Great dress - the pleating is beautiful. And I like the idea of pairing it with a blouse very much. x

Rachel said...

Love those tights- everything looks so good layered!

Citrus - Refreshing Fashion said...

ooh fun tights! :)

XO Meghan

Helene said...

i am rocking a LBD today! I should have spruced it up like you did...!

Lauren said...

Great layering! I especially like your patterned tights!

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Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

The shirt looks great with the dress. And the patterned tights add texture and visual interest. Love the analogy with home and curb appeal! :)

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

The shirt looks great with the dress. And the patterned tights add texture and visual interest. Love the analogy with home and curb appeal! :)

Alissa said...

My dad would die if I used that analogie, but I TOTALLY got what you were saying!

whitley hamlin said...

Heather, LOVE this.... long tall drip of water.

Kajal Maharaj said...

Lovely dress, great post!

Anonymous said...

I love your dress, you look gorgeous and also your tights are fun!


Bethie The Boo said...

The extra warmth is definitely necessary right now! Warm weather is coming as soon as tomorrow though!

I do like how you took your LBD up a notch and I really like your patterned tights!

TheTinyHeart said...

Love how you styled the LBD with the shirt and tights to make it work appropriate!

The Tiny Heart

Always Maylee said...

You look classy and beautiful!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Alyssa said...

You're a stunner, lady! Ever girl needs a LBD–bonus points if it's on you can mix up a bunch of ways like this one. Gorgeous!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Gret remixing of your wardrobe! I love the patterned tights!


Ginny said...

Cute analogy :) I really like your styling, you look super pretty!

Kim Alston said...

Love the shirt underneath! Your booties and textured tights look great with it.

weheartbeautyblog said...

Very cute! Loving those tights!

xox Lara www.weheartbeautyblog.com

Everythings Always Sunny said...

You're adorable love that dress!


ѕαяα-кяιѕтιη said...

Beautiful outfit and pics!

Agnes Mayer said...

I love how you play with different ways of styling simple pieces Heather. Love this.



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aki! said...

Whenever I try to layer like this, the clothes bunch up and I end up looking very frumpy. You have skills!

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

Love the blouse under the dress! The patterned tights are great with it too.


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awhite said...

Whether good ol' Dad agrees or not- I love the analogy! And so true. :)

You look super chic!


Kate Greer said...

I loved that you reworked your dress into an entirely new outfit!


smk053078 said...

You always come up with the MOST fun and creative looks!! Love this about you!

Diana Marks said...

love how you paired this dress with a blouse!

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Renae at simple sequins said...

Heather! So funny about the yellow Target ties for our guys....! Would you believe I don't have a LBD? I have a long, (mid-calf) big, black dress from Eddie Bauer that is something the Amish would wear. and I do wear it to church in the winter, because it is warm. hahahahahaha
This dress looks charming and warm! I loved the curb appeal analogy.

Harp Playa said...

Sounds like you have been watching far too much reality TV!

the dad

Gaby de Modacapital said...

You look so pretty! Love the dress! :)

Jill J @ Classy with a Kick said...

Love the layering and tights...it's so fun to take a basic item and change it up a bit! :)

Classy with a Kick

Juneli said...

Loving how you remodeled the classic LBD, Heather!
There is nothing like adding wear value to an item of clothing!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

Nicoleta_B said...

Such a lovely look, my dear!




ps.Check out my lates post about the looks I like most on STARPIQ

Catherine said...

I love that analogy! So true! You totally changed the look of that dress. And I love those patterned tights! Although if you're like me, I'm over tights big time right about now.

Terri said...

You look fantastic! I love that dress with the chambray top.


Style-Delights said...

Love the layering here! You look absolutely gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

I love the polka dots, SO pretty!

Sparkles and Shoes

Glitter, Inc. said...

I live in LBD's! The patterned tights are a great addition!
xx Lexi, Glitter, Inc.

Pamela Leon said...

Such a cute outfit, love the print of the tights! It adds a cute touch.

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Have a lovely day!


Niki Caron said...

I love the idea of wearing a shirt under a dress! Plus I love the addition of texture with the tights! And I agree that it adds curb appeal ;)

Allie said...

This is such a great look! I'm seriously loving it!



Trenchcoats to Tiaras said...

Lovely look! I think I might be in love with that shirt now... It looks very comfortable and pretty.


Kristina said...

Loooooove those tights, super cute!

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LyddieGal said...

Another great remix - I love getting more wear in more seasons by layering pieces like this!
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gorgeous outfit!


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viola wan said...

you are so thin, honey. Eat more.:D

Abigail said...

I love LBDs too :) I have quite a few of 'em on my closet!

Hope you can drop by mine, too. Would love to hear what you think of my newest post on Azzaro 2013 collection. Would you like to follow each other? Just give me a heads up dear!


Adriana Lucia said...

Lovely outfit girl! Your tights are cute!!


A J said...

Fun tights! I rocked an LBD with a button down under it recently too, I really liked how it changed the look!


Karen Ng said...

Loving your tights!! So pretty

Xx Karen

silvergirl said...

I think your additions were brilliant
Love the color of the cuff popping out against the black

Anonymous said...

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Bri Marie said...

Gorgeous tights! I think those are my favorite patterned black tights I've seen!! Hopefully we don't have to be wearing tights for much longer tho...come on spring!

Karen Curtis said...

Love the "remodel." (wink) Sexy tights seem to make anything that much hotter!I like this look!


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Erin said...

Love those tights!