Friday, March 18, 2011

The Power Dress (Quickie Review & an OOTD)

Hey everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I've been better - Kate's caught a flu bug, so was running a fever the past couple days (isn't it nuts that babies can run a fever up to 103.9 degrees F, and it's still considered "not serious?") and yesterday, threw up on me so many times...well, I won't regale you with those details. She's vastly improved today - still not at 100%, but I call not vomiting once in the past 12 hours, a HUGE step in the right direction. 

Anyway, for those of you who are Nordstrom Card holders, this weekend is a triple-points weekend. I though in interest of that, I ought to post this dress I tried on there recently. I can't find it online to save my life - on any online retailer and I've looked! The closest I got is a white version of the dress available at Bloomingdale's, but if anyone want the details on the dress, leave a comment or shoot me an email, and I'll see if I can track them down. I didn't buy the dress (more's the pity) as I'm still on my shopping ban, but this is my idea of the perfect Power Dress for the office. 

EDIT: For those of you who'd like the details for this dress, it's the Rebecca Taylor Femme Fatale dress, in Steel Grey, and the sku# is 884092226612. The dress is currently priced at $350. As of 3/19, the Fashion Valley Nordstrom in San Diego had several in stock, in a range of sizes. Call your local Nordstrom or contact Nordstrom's customer service to order.

I'm wearing this dress in the size 2, and I loved it - it's sleek, strong, and feminine - but in a sleek and strong way. It's one of those dresses that says, "Yes, I'm a woman. Don't mess with me." The dress is made of a very substantial jersey fabric which does a fairly decent job of hiding most of my figure flaws. I really liked how this structured dress is cut and the piping/seaming that acts as detailing, as well as the gathered bust. My narrow shoulders and short waist worked against me a bit on the top of this dress (see the photo below), causing some gaping around the shoulders. It is, however, something the alterations department at Nordstrom can make quick work of, and it may even qualify as a free basic alteration (though I'm not certain of this). 

I'd style this with a contrasting blazer or cardigan and a belt - I think both skinny and wide belts would work well with it. It'd make a fantastic addition to any professional woman's wardrobe, and I'm a little sad I can't pick it up. Maybe, on some fluke, there'll be one still around in my size when this hits sale. 

Detail shot of the neck and shoulders on the dress - I'd probably have this one altered to fit my narrow-shoulders better.

And I don't have an OOTD today as I'm still caring for a sick baby, and I'd rather not risk my nicer things, but lucky for you, Kathryn sent me a quick snap of her outfit today:

Top: Volante Tee, Anthro (similar here and designer versions here and here - so beautiful! I die! -c)
Skirt: Tria Sweater Skirt, Anthro (similar here and an interesting alternative here)
Belt: J. Crew belt in Metallic Tulip (similar here and here)
Shoes: Lela Rose for Payless (similar here and here)

Oh, and just for fun, I have to share this little handbag I came across, while searching for something similar to the Volante tee. The color and the bows and the gold hardware! So lovely!

Thanks for reading!


  1. This is my first time stumbling across your blog - you both look so chic! That dress does strike me as fitting the power dressing wardrobe quite well - I love the strong, tailored silhouette, but it's still completely feminine. It's a shame about the shoulders, but I wasn't aware that Nordstrom did free alterations in some cases...I'll definitely look into that. Kathryn's outfit is gorgeous - I absolutely love the touch of the gold belt (but, then again, I'm a sucker for anything from J. Crew).


  2. I hope Kate continues to improve and feels better soon! The dress is absolutely gorgeous as well. Sigh...I wish we had Nordstrom up here in Canada! Also love Kathryn's Volante/Tria combo. So pretty!

  3. I totally feel you on the sick kid thing! Yesterday, I was so excited that we had like 10 puke-free hours, but then it came back at night. Today was better, mostly because there was no food going in, so nothing could come out.

    Anyway, that dress is gorgeous, hopefully you'll be able to find it on sale after your shopping ban is over!

  4. I've been lucky enough to acquire Nordstrom's free alteration service and it was so sweet. Their designers know how to take care of their customers.

  5. I have to agree with you Florence. Her choice of belt embellished the dull skirt and it also accentuated her waist, making her sexier.

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  6. The gray outfit could be complemented with a bag of a light shade of brown, which further boosts its simplicity.

  7. It's too late for me to shop that Femme Fatale dress. I'd love to have that dress in a bright color. Kathryn looks cute in her outfit. The belt completed the outfit.

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  8. To be honest that outfit looks sexy on you. Simplicity at its best in my opinion.