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 : )

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

    Love that!


    Posted 6.8.12 Reply
  2. iab wrote:

    i love everything about this outfit!!

    Posted 6.4.12 Reply
  3. Jade wrote:

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

    Posted 6.3.12 Reply
  4. Bridget wrote:

    Incredible color! I love that blue!

    Posted 6.3.12 Reply
  5. Elena wrote:

    Such a beautiful dress! you look stunning as always!

    Posted 6.3.12 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

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

    Posted 6.2.12 Reply
  7. love the color of your dress! it's my fave color, and love the neutral accents.

    Posted 6.2.12 Reply
  8. Raver Ria wrote:

    your dress is amaze balls!

    Posted 6.2.12 Reply
  9. Annie wrote:

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

    Posted 6.1.12 Reply
  10. Rosie wrote:

    Good luck with the exam! 🙂

    Posted 6.1.12 Reply
  11. gigiofca wrote:

    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.

    Posted 6.1.12 Reply
  12. faye lu wrote:

    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 😉

    Posted 6.1.12 Reply
  13. 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.


    Posted 6.1.12 Reply
  14. 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

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  15. CY wrote:

    Love the color on you & adore your natural beauty!


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  16. Again – I must express my love for this dress with the Hermes belt!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  17. You look stunning and I seriously love this entire outfit. It is very inspirational….xoxoxox

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  18. Ping wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  19. Kat wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  20. can we see more photos of your new shoes? and that funky 3 strand belt too, what great pieces!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  21. 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.

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  22. Kiwi wrote:

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

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  23. 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!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  24. You're style is always flawless and so lady-like. I love it! And those flats and CL shoes are seriously amazing!


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  25. May wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  26. Joy wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  27. That dress is simply stunning!


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  28. That scarf is great!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  29. You look so great in that color, and I LOVE that belt!


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  30. Lovely dress! And the Varina bow flats are so cute!


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  31. Jean, the dress looks terrific on you and the shoes are just classic and to die for !

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  32. Oh wow I love that dress, the color is just gorgeous! And the bow flats, simply adorable. You look beautiful!

    xo, Yi-chia

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  33. Kate wrote:

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

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  34. Nelah wrote:

    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.

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  35. That's a great dress. Really versatile!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  36. Elissa wrote:

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

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  37. I am loving that color lately! So pretty on you 🙂



    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  38. Beautiful! The colour is gorgeus!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  39. 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 🙂

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  40. 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!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  41. Angie wrote:

    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!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  42. Angie wrote:

    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~

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  43. Genie wrote:

    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 🙂



    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  44. looooooove that belt! i can't believe wendy gave you those shoes?!?! they are TO DIE FOR!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  45. Suzie Q wrote:

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

    Suzie Q

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  46. How do you sign up for these challenges??

    ♥ Duckie.


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  47. Anne wrote:

    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?

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  48. You outfits are always flawless! I love this one as well. Great look!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  49. newpetite wrote:

    Love the teal color on you!

    Posted 5.31.12 Reply
  50. Halle wrote:

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


    Posted 5.31.12 Reply

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