Teal + Ferragamo Bow Flats


Ruffle crepe dress thanks to Ann Taylor, Burberry trench (similar), Michael Kors tortoise watch
J.Crew factory belt, LV Speedy 25, scarf and Louboutin cap toe pumps from eBay

On a separate note, I saw this dress a while back on a petite lady from Boston Magazine and fell in love with the color. The flattering shade of teal reminds me of tropical waterfronts, and the looser shift shape is easy to wear. True to most Ann Taylor petites sizing, this dress is roomy on me but works with a waist belt. A triple strap belt wasn’t the best choice, so the second time around I switched to something more delicate:
A few months ago, a box showed up at my door from the stylish Wendy, and I almost fell over with surprise upon finding these vintage Ferragamo bow flats inside. I had been hard-core eying the current Varina bow flats for over 2 years, but never pulled the trigger. These shoes are a signature style (Update – thank you Iris for letting me know I misidentified this style! These are actually the Vara low-heel pumps with a 1″ heel, currently still sold in beige) that Ferragamo has been making for decades with slight updates – the most noticeable difference between older and current versions is the curved shape of the heel. I love the sleek silhouette (good for narrow feet), the leg-lengthening nude color, and the feminine grosgrain bows with gold buckles. Thank you, Wendy, for adding a classic piece to my wardrobe that will be treasured for years!


Here’s the fit of the dress right out of the package and before a light ironing:ATtealdress

I’ve come to accept that Ann Taylor XXSP and 00P dresses will fit a bit roomy on someone with my measurements (like the recently-posted navy crochet lace dress) so if I want to wear the brand, I’ll need to get handier with self-alterations. Blouses fit a little better, and sometimes you can get lucky with knit dresses or skirts designed to be more fitted.
ATteal1Also, thank you all so much for your input on my last post (especially those who provided creative suggestions that I would’ve never thought of). I decided to keep both for the time being and will sell the ivory one only after careful consideration : )

I won’t be able to answer any comments, questions or emails until June. Thank you for your patience!

56 thoughts on “Teal + Ferragamo Bow Flats

  • Halle May 31, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Wonderful! The color of that dress is so crisp. & those flats are to die for.


  • newpetite May 31, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Love the teal color on you!

  • Tegan {enlove with life} May 31, 2012 at 12:38 am

    You outfits are always flawless! I love this one as well. Great look!

  • Anne May 31, 2012 at 12:45 am

    both the color of the dress and the classic style of the flats are so pretty on you! Do you know if they're still selling the flats in the nude color?

  • frikken DUCKIE May 31, 2012 at 1:04 am

    How do you sign up for these challenges??

    ♥ Duckie.


  • Suzie Q May 31, 2012 at 1:15 am

    That is a beautiful teal color! Beautiful flats! I love the bow detail

    Suzie Q

  • jenn~the stylish housewife May 31, 2012 at 1:20 am

    looooooove that belt! i can't believe wendy gave you those shoes?!?! they are TO DIE FOR!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • Genie May 31, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Jean, you're so classy and stylish! Wendy is so awesome for sending those beautiful flats, I love how you paired them up. The challenge sounds like fun, maybe I'll try it later this summer 🙂



  • Angie May 31, 2012 at 3:13 am

    i like the bright teal toned down with the neutral jacket and shoes. your double belt is so unique! i want to learn how to tie it. wow the dress wrinkled quite a bit and it looked way better after you worked your magic! glad to see you posting again jean~

  • Angie May 31, 2012 at 3:14 am

    oh and i just launched my blog sale (blog sale) featuring a lot of brand new to lightly used items that would fit petites. also size 5.5-6 shoes. it would be wonderful if you could scope it out and maybe share with fellow petite ladies! these items aren't getting the love they deserve in my closet. thanks so much!

  • SewPetiteGal May 31, 2012 at 3:55 am

    The teal looks perfect with Constance (but really what wouldn't look good with Constance?) and your new vintage flats – oh so gorgeous! You're in the home stretch of studying now and I hope everything goes smoothly – best of luck!

  • Liliana Costa May 31, 2012 at 4:43 am

    the dress is really beautiful, I love it! Love the belt as well, to break it, and my favourite the Burberry Trench!! And I think it helps that fact that you are a very elegant petite 🙂

  • Charlotta, Afternoon Apparel May 31, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Beautiful! The colour is gorgeus!

  • DaintyandDecadent May 31, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I am loving that color lately! So pretty on you 🙂



  • Elissa May 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

    such a great color on you! I like the outfit both ways

  • Natasha Fatah May 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

    That's a great dress. Really versatile!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Nelah May 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

    This dress looks kind of bland on its own but with magical stlying with a belt and a trench coat, what a transformation. I have a top in this same color and totally love it.

  • Kate May 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow, that is so nice of wendy – those are beautiful shoes! Gorgeous outfit, too – that teal looks great on you.

  • Always Maylee May 31, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Oh wow I love that dress, the color is just gorgeous! And the bow flats, simply adorable. You look beautiful!

    xo, Yi-chia

  • Fabulous Petite May 31, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Jean, the dress looks terrific on you and the shoes are just classic and to die for !

  • dietingfashions May 31, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Lovely dress! And the Varina bow flats are so cute!


  • Jessica Broyles May 31, 2012 at 10:58 am

    You look so great in that color, and I LOVE that belt!


  • Kathleen Lisson May 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    That scarf is great!

  • The_Leather_Skirt_Blog May 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    That dress is simply stunning!


  • Joy May 31, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    The color of the dress is really lovely and the accessories really complement the outfit! Just curious, but what camera are you using to take your pics? I'm on the hunt for a good camera and really like the way your pictures always turn out. Any advice would be great 🙂

  • May May 31, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    New Ferragamos are pretty pricey, but I scored a very worn pair off Ebay for less than $15, brought them to my cobbler, after about $40 of work, the shoes looked like new! Plus, he loves these shoes so that should say something. They are great for narrow feet and comfortable once broken in. What a great gift from Wendy!

  • octoberchic.com May 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    You're style is always flawless and so lady-like. I love it! And those flats and CL shoes are seriously amazing!


  • AubreyOhDang! May 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    i liked reading this: "A triple strap belt wasn't the best choice, so the second time around I switched to something more delicate." I would agree. I felt the triple wrap belt was too edgy for the ruffle & the color.

    I can't believe you're gonna sell the ivory AT lace dress. i rmbr the blog post after alterations and it looked amazing on you. parting is such sweet sorrow.

    also glad to see you participating in this PFC!

  • Kiwi May 31, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    You look gorgeous!
    Love the dress and the Ferragamo flats.

  • With Each Passing Day May 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    The dress sold out quickly here. One minute I saw it in the store then next minute it was gone. You have amazing taste in clothes. You always looks so put together and effortless.

  • ducksandbooks May 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    can we see more photos of your new shoes? and that funky 3 strand belt too, what great pieces!

  • Kat May 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I think you did a great job! I have the same belt! My only gripe is that it's one of those stretchy (on the backside) ones vs leather all the way around. Oh well. Looks great from the front!

  • Ping May 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    jean, that dress is so lovely and i really like the color against your skin. those flats are gorgeous!! so nice of wendy to surprise you.

  • Berty Morales May 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    You look stunning and I seriously love this entire outfit. It is very inspirational….xoxoxox

  • The Little Dust Princess May 31, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Again – I must express my love for this dress with the Hermes belt!

  • CY May 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Love the color on you & adore your natural beauty!


  • Fashion Blawger May 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I'm glad you participated in this challenge even though you did not have time to take new pics! These are awesome pics and although I love that wrap belt I prefer the Hermes belt with this dress.

    Hope to see you on my blog one day, hopefully some day in June? 🙂

    A Preponderance of Fashion

  • Janey Moore June 1, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Great look! I love that color. I really need to learn how to do alternations for now I'm keeping my local tailor in business.


  • faye lu June 1, 2012 at 6:51 am

    i love this colour on you jean!! i'm so inspired by how you find bargains from a variety of places — if you're ever in australia, i'd love to go shopping with you 😉

  • gigiofca June 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

    This reminds me of one of your h&m; try-ons filled w/color. This is 100x better. No offense on the other try-on. You just look smashing in this.

  • Rosie June 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Good luck with the exam! 🙂

  • Annie June 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    The color of the dress look really good on you. Love the flats!!

  • Raver Ria June 2, 2012 at 12:38 am

    your dress is amaze balls!

  • Jasmine of ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ June 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

    love the color of your dress! it's my fave color, and love the neutral accents.

  • Anonymous June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Sending you good thoughts for your exam! Hope you have treats and celebrations planned for afterwards!

  • Elena June 3, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Such a beautiful dress! you look stunning as always!

  • Bridget June 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Incredible color! I love that blue!

  • Jade June 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I love the blue with the brown belt. Great color combo!

  • iab June 4, 2012 at 12:47 am

    i love everything about this outfit!!

  • Riani Irawan June 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    That is a really nice color and really suit to your skin color.

    Love that!


  • MizzJ June 9, 2012 at 1:53 am

    My friend has a later edition of those Ferragamo flats and they are GORGEOUS! So jealous that you own a pair!

  • CamMi Pham June 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I love the second pairing it is better than first. It looks more classy.

  • Lisa Price June 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This outfit is just fab. Love the post – now following!



  • lynnie11 June 29, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Your outfit is gorgeous! Are those ferragamo Vara shoes comfortable? I'm thinking of getting a black pair. It would be great if you can let me know! Thanks heaps

  • Anonymous March 16, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Jean! I am currently looking into vintage ferragamo vara pumps. Can you let me know what size you are wearing? I am normally a 5 1/2 to 6 and hesitant to pull the trigger on these 6AA ones I found. Thanks!

  • Blossoming Lotus December 31, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    HI Jean. I got my H belt a few years ago and I never wear it. Please make a post about it! I want to put it to good use as it was pricey lol May you tell me what size belt strap you have and what colors and sizes are best to have it in? Also, what to wear with it? I only have a white/blue jean colored one in brushed nickel or palladium. Maybe my problem is that I don't know what to wear and how to color match in general…

    Please help me,
    hot mess fashionista

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