(ABOVE)This dress came with a four-inch hem that I let out three and one-half inches. Great for taller girls! (I’m 5′ 8.5″.)

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Dress: Gretchen Scott, With 4″ Hem that I Let Out 3.5″ (Also With 4″ Hem J. Ashley Boutique; Alternatives Shoptiques) / BAG: Salvatore Ferragamo (Similar Ferragamo, 40% Off; Also in Navy, 40% Off) / SHOES: Guess, Old (Alternative 3.5″  Cole Haan Pumps, J. Renee Faux-Leather Slingbacks in 3″ or  3.5 “, or Tommy Hilfiger Slingbacks in 2 3/10″) / EARRINGS: Talbots, Currently On Sale (Pretty Alternatives Ross-SimonsKendra Scott) / WATCH: Michele (Similar Ross-SimonsBloomingdale’s; Pre-Loved, TheRealReal ) / BRACELET: Hammered Gold Oval Bangle, Gift From My Mother (Similar Ross-Simons) / Pearl Ring, Heirloom (Alternative Ross-Simons or David Yurman).

MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)

FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel, Vibrant Pink / LIPS/EYE AREA: Nourish Organic, Shea Butter / LIPS: Gabriel, Lipstick, Clay / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)

Saturday, September 3, 2016 / Video Post Notes

Dressing Up a Dress With Statement Earrings, High Heels, and a Metallic Bag

I don’t often wear dresses, mostly because I’m difficult to fit due to my long torso and height. Lately, though, I’ve been lucky to find some pretty ones that work for me. If you saw my Gretchen Scott blog/vlog, you’ll remember I discovered several cute dresses with four-inch hems. This dress is one of them! I let it out three and one-half inches and am so happy with it. The material doesn’t seem to wrinkle too much and is light weight, so it packs beautifully.

The great thing about dresses like this, which are classic and simple, is that you can style them to be dressy or casual. This one even has a ruffle you can play with to make your neckline demure or daring and plunging. I’ve styled mine somewhere in between, but I also love it plunging (I don’t have much to show!).

I chose to go dressy with blingy Talbots statement earrings (which are currently on sale), a gold Salvatore Ferragamo bag, and four-inch heels (see navy three and a half-inch heels here). But it would look adorable with flat sandals and a straw bag, too. It’s so versatile.

By the way, I can’t believe it’s already September. Oh my goodness, where did summer go!?

~Janis Lyn Johnson



(ABOVE) These Talbots earrings are currently on sale. Also see alternative earrings in lapis and pearl at Ross-Simons and in lapis at Kendra Scott.



(ABOVE) This hammered gold bracelet was a gift from my mother years ago. It’s from the 1970s, I think. See a similar looking one at Ross-Simons. Similar Michele watch also at Ross-Simons.



(ABOVE) I don’t wear high heels often, but I do love them for dressing up! These have a four-inch heel and are about 10 or so years old, but see a navy slingback with a three and one-half-inch heel here. I absolutely love these kitten-heel slingbacks from Tommy Hilfiger.


(ABOVE) The ruffle on this dress can be styled to make the neckline more plunging or less. I have it in between.



(ABOVE) I inherited this pearl ring (right hand on hip) from my maternal grandmother many years ago. It’s such a classic. See similar rings at Ross-Simons and David Yurman.




(ABOVE & BELOW) On my lips: Gabriel Lipstick, Clay. My earrings are from Talbots.


(BELOW) Get a look similar to the one I’m wearing–click on the photographs. On a smart phone? Click side arrow to see all items. (More color choices than shown are available.)

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