For me, this dress was one of those pieces that didn’t really stand out on the rack or even when tried on, but came to life with a little styling. I loved the idea of a flirty print in a classic black-and-white color scheme, but the dress alone on me was very youthful. When layered under a blazer or top, however, it became more of a fun accent piece versus an explosion of bow-mania. I’ve also worn this to dinner simply with a black faux-leather jacket and some black opaque tights and booties.
I’m wearing a sz XS and it fit well throughout except the waist was a little low for me. To remedy this, I shortened the straps ~ an inch on each side (in the fitting room pic below, the shoulder straps are already clipped up).
The dress is unlined and the quality is average for H&M.; The material is 98% poly, 2% elastane (pretty stretchy) with small ridges/ribs. The bow print on both sides of the torso is cut off at some awkward places, but is mostly concealed when worn under a jacket or blazer. There is a very short metal zipper at the upper back.
Below right: dress strap inside-out to show the easy alteration
I had red pumps on my shopping list this year for adding a pop of color to more subdued outfits. I purchased these J.Crew ones on eBay, and the color in-person is more orangey – should’ve learned my lesson by now ordering shoes via auction sites! Here are a few other options in more optimal shades of red suede, each with good customer reviews:
This cropped sweater is from ASOS Petites, but it sold out by the time I received it (product link in case it pops back into stock). When shopping online for cropped tops to be worn with dresses or high-waisted skirts, I suggest measuring from the top of your shoulder to your natural waist to make sure the shirt won’t be too short. This top for reference is 15.5″ long. For work, I always still wear a black camisole tucked in underneath with skirts to avoid inadvertent flashes of belly. Some affordable options that could be styled similarly: