A few weeks ago I ordered the ASOS Curve Mesh Insert Knitted Dress, and I had been considering how I wanted to style it to wear out. I kept looking at my accessories, and just not feeling that anything went with it the way I wanted. I decided to use some old accessories of mine that don’t get used often and some accessories from my mother’s collection to inspire these looks. I kept the same dress with the same tights for each look, but I changed my accessories, hair, and make-up to create three distinctive yet simple options. I also only paired the dress with two accessories for each different look.
Blogging has definitely pointed out to me that I have not invested money into my accessories. I have mostly gold jewelry, long necklaces, and big cocktail rings. Over the next year, I hope to add to my accessories so that I can change my looks more often.
The first look is pearl inspired. I got this great weaving pearl headband from ASOS (no longer on site), and put it together with my mother’s pearl bracelet.
I also attempted to create an up-do, although my hair is about an inch or two too short to really achieve anything great! And I wanted to go with a pink lip to play off the romantic pearls.
I love my mom’s pearl bracelet. She’s had this bracelet for a looooong time, but I have no idea the origin.
The next quick look was inspired by my wanting to use some long owned but unused accessories. I had initially bought this belt from Torrid to go with a summer dress, but got it so late that the summer weather had already gone. (Only the black version is left.) I love the woven detail on the belt and initially wanted to wear this with similarly colored oxfords, but once I saw it all together it was a definite no-go. I still need to figure out how I want to work in my oxfords to another outfit.
I wore this ring from Evan’s that is actually too big on my finger (no longer available). While I like the color of the ring, the stone is really large and sometimes just feels like too much on my hands. Especially because my fingers are SO short. (Excuse the horrible nail polish. I haven’t kept up!)
For the third look, I knew I wanted a necklace that had shine and was closer to the neck. I really would have loved to wear a bib necklace, like this one from J.C. Penny, but since my jewelry collection is so limited, I had to hunt in my mother’s dresser.
I ended up finding this chain necklace in my mom’s dresser. One end had a flower and the other had a plastic gem.
It only turned out okay. In hindsight, the red lipstick was a bit.. well, red, and the clutch is a bit boring.
I would really love to find some pieces that made this dress better for going out on the town at night.
Overall, I really love this mesh dress. It could have possibly looked better had I worn spanx, but I really had no time or patience for that. The mesh itself is really nice. Sometimes it appears gray in these pictures, but it’s not as jarring in real life. I feel like there are tons of more ways I can play with this dress, including different shoes/tights options that I didn’t mess with this time.
Which look did you like best? How would you wear this dress?