Silk floral print dress 2 ways – for work and for a wedding

ellayellow

Before purchasing this dress on final sale, I had some doubts. Strapless pieces are historically not the most comfortable nor versatile items in my closet, but I was convinced to get my worth of wears out of this one. I wore it to work paired with a slim blazer and waist-accenting belt, and a simple necklace plus neutral pumps. If you never take your blazer off at work, you can even wear a non-strapless bra for full comfort throughout the day.
ellayellow1

Nordstrom rack faux-pearls (similar), H&M; neon heels (from last season)

For a party or special occasion, I would let the simple yet elegant silhouette shine, and just add some strappy heels and a necklace to fill in bare chest space. A neutral or cognac brown sandal would work fine, but I loved how these bright ones brought out the neon in the print. I look forward to wearing this outfit to a hot-weathered wedding later on.
ellayellow5

ellayellow2
ellayellow3
For almost every purchase I make these days, I have grown accustomed to making tiny tweaks at home in order to perfect the look. The dress, blazer, and shoes in this post all worked fine without alterations, but each underwent some adjustments that (in my opinion) really elevated the look or perfected the fit. I hope to share some behind-the-scenes photos for this post soon.

For Daily Posts

Leave a Comment

96 Comments

  1. Those shoes are the perfect choice!!!
    XOXO

    http://www.princessmartha.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  2. Kat wrote:

    This is a great post. I'm actually looking for something to wear both to work… and of course… to a wedding 🙂 Saw this outfit on you on Instagram! Loved it then too!

    kat
    aneyeforfashion.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  3. Um. Gorgeous!!!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  4. Michele wrote:

    Love those neon heels! What's your nail polish called?

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  5. Alice wrote:

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous!
    The flowers are so vivid and bright. I feel a little happier just looking at them 🙂
    I was just at J. Crew the other day but unfortunately didn't see this dress. If I had, I don't think I would have been able to resist buying it!

    I love the outfits you created with this dress Jean!
    The yellow blazer you used really complements the the vibrancy of the dress but the nude heels and belt definitely tone things down a little. This outfit would be absolutely perfect for a formal occasion (like work) during the spring or summer. I'm sure it would also be a nice change from the usual boring pantsuits and whatnot found in offices 🙂

    As for that outfit you created for parties, I am in awe.
    Those highlighter yellow heels are amazing. I must have them! They look so funky and happy next to the dress. Everything about your outfit makes me want to jump up and dance like a lunatic but I shall spare my poor felow humans of that awful sight. Hahahaha.

    All in all, I must say that this dress definitely works for you.
    You made two amazing outfits out of it that I definitely need to draw inspiration/learn from.

    You are too amazing Jean.

    ~Alice

    P.S. Hold up. That dress has pockets?
    Okay then. Time to go hunt it down….

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  6. Janki wrote:

    I like how you are looking to add versatility to all your pieces– it helps us stretch our dollar, buy more quality pieces (for more wear), and cough up the money to get our pieces altered perfectly. In one of your earliest posts you talk about wanting to add more accessories to your look. I like how you are helping us see how a few key pieces (chunky necklace, pop of color belt) can bring the look together. And, your look is elegant but isn't trying too hard.
    It's easy for us to just stick with basic black/grey suiting for work. I may try to add some color or work in a dress too. Great job. When you have "time", would love to see the DIY on those H&M; shoes.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  7. newpetite wrote:

    Looks gorgeous with and without that blazer!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  8. Wonderful summer ensembles and great way to showcase the dress! I've had my eye on those Theory blazers for some time; but, I had no idea H&M; had a similar (presumably cheaper) version!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    I agree with you Jean I always try to avoid strapless also. In recent posts I notice you get a lot more brave and adventorous with colors and prints! 🙂

    Jean if you don't mind me asking what's your monthly budget for clothings and shoes and accessories? Please don't get me wrong, I am not trying to be nosey or judging you. I just know you work in the finance field and probably are pretty concious about your money while maintaining your style! So I want to know if you have any advice to give. I would, of course, like to add new pieces to my wardrobe every month but the fact is, I normally go 3-4 months without getting anything. I know other girls also have to consider money for make up or hair, etc and they add up quick! Maybe you can considering write a post about that? Thanks!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  10. Joanna Le wrote:

    The print and colours of your dress are absolutely gorgeous! These posts just remind me of how disappointing the CDN price of J. Crew is, :(.

    http://www.xjole.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  11. LOVE the floral/pearls!

    Check out our latest blog, The Glitter Life: http://theglitterlife.wordpress.com/!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    gorgeous photography! you look fab, too!

    Stella

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  13. Simply stunning! The colours are so beautiful I'm sure you'd be cheering up the whole office if you are wearing that lovely set to work! 🙂

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  14. What a gorgeous dress, I love the colors. You look beautiful. Love the yellow blazer.

    xo, Yi-chia

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  15. Amazing prints of the dress! I really like the blazer too! 😀

    backtofive.blogspot.com
    backtofive.blogspot.com
    backtofive's twitter

    xoxo backtofive

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  16. You know, if you want to hem your pants (straight hem, nothing fancy), you can buy this kind of no-sew fusing tape, which is like dried glue strands in a ribbon. You cut the length of the no-sew tape to your pants to be hemmed, and iron with a lot of steam.

    I never take my pants in for simple hems, only for major alterations, it's saved me a ton of $$$$

    http://sewing.about.com/od/fusibles/ss/fusibleoptions.htm

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  17. I'd love to wear strapless dresses, but they NEVER. EVER. work out for me. Even with a strapped bra, they manage to slide down because my lack of a bust.

    It looks fab on you!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    What size are you wearing?

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  19. Amazing 🙂

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  20. Samantha wrote:

    How did you learn to do your own alterations? I'd love to not have to pay for someone to hem pants that are always too long, etc.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  21. So pretty! I'm trying to get as much use out of my clothes as well wearing them to work and on weekends. Luckily I work in a more casual environment anyway. Your new job seems to allow you to be more creative and wear more colourful things!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  22. This dress is so great and truly works both ways! You are gorgeous!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  23. Suzie Q wrote:

    Love this look. It's a beautiful floral dress, and the yellow blazer and strappy heels really add to the outfit! Can't wait to see the behind-the-scene post!

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    http://www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  24. Tiffany wrote:

    Beautiful and elegant. Love your blog!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  25. Lejla wrote:

    Love it! The dress is so versatile it's great 🙂

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  26. nikolia wrote:

    nice and stylish look!love the dress!
    хх

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  27. Mady wrote:

    love the dress! the pattern is amazing! with the blazer on emphasis more the dress…

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  28. damn girl, i hope my medallion ella dress will get this much wear. I hope to be inspired by this post for my upcoming wedding plans.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  29. I love the jacket! Just got one last weekend at HM. I will post it soon at Fashion Koketi ( http://fashionkoketi.blogspot.com/).

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  30. Katie wrote:

    i'm impressed with those neon heels! i never usually look at h&m; footwear, but now i will 🙂

    katie x

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  31. Unknown wrote:

    You look gorgeous with your hair so effortlessly curled/waved!!! BTW love that you make your own little tweaks!!! Maybe next you'll do a whole look from scratch? Jean the designer!! lol 😀

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  32. I'm certainly not brave enough to wear a strapless dress to work (nor do I think I could get away with it)! Both looks are lovely and I'm glad to see those neon shoes again!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  33. LAURA wrote:

    i WISH i could wear that to work hah!! great dress…im lovin florals right now!

    Laura x

    demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  34. Eva Wu wrote:

    beautiful. i love the jacket!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  35. Julia Yan wrote:

    You look gorgeous!! I loveeee your yellow blazer!

    I have this dress too and I just wore that to my aunt's wedding. I matched that with a yellow necklace and silver heels (got a pic on my blog if you're curious =p), but I really like your pearl + yellow heels combination! I've been very tempted to wear that to work but unfortunately my company is more on the conservative side…

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  36. Jen wrote:

    Gorgeous dress and the way you put it all together is beautiful!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  37. Julia Yan wrote:

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your makeup and lighting in the first picture – what lipstick do you have on?

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  39. Ping wrote:

    jean, you look so good in both outfits. i'm normally not a fan of that yellow, but you look amazing in it. i like the blazer without the ruching.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  40. GORGEOUS! i really love it with the blazer and belt! great print!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  41. Emily wrote:

    Very beautiful dress, love it both ways!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  42. I love the combination of colors on this dress. It's perfect for day to night! I love the neon yellow heels you paired with it!

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    I have this dress and I absolutely love it!! I am also very short (5 foot exactly.) The Ella dress from J Crew is my favorite cute and I think I have it in every pattern that J Crew has made it in. I suggest not wearing a bra at all with the dress.

    Posted 7.25.12 Reply
  44. Amy wrote:

    Can't wait to see what adjustments you made. I also love that blazer. I have a feeling if I had seen it in the store I would have passed over it, but once I see it on you I want it for myself!

    veryamy.com

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  45. You look so beautiful in both versions! I really love this as a special occasion dress – and I would never have thought of getting my money's worth by making it work attire as well – 2 very amazing looks – I love it 🙂

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  46. Anonymous wrote:

    so beautiful!

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  47. I love how you styled up this dress. Prefer the work look myself, but they are both great.

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  48. I love the lighting you used. The first picture is stunning.
    bohoclassicrock.blogpost.ca

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  49. The dress looks great with the blazer!!

    pinktistic.blogspot.com

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply
  50. Petite-ish wrote:

    You look gorgeous in this summery look!

    Posted 7.24.12 Reply

Get the newsletter!

What updates would you like?