Transitional Spring: Camel, silk blouse + Theory dot dress

navy dots cream blouse

J.Crew schoolboy blazer (now 50% off), Theory dress thanks to Cee, thrifted silk blouse
Prada Saffiano bag, Ann Taylor pumps, earrings from eBay, Talbots navy tights (similar for less)

Despite yet another snowstorm raging on outside, I’ve just about had enough with winter workwear and heavy layers. I’ve been slowly transitioning to lighter fabrics and fun prints, like this silk dot dress courtesy of the stylish & thoughtful Cee. She mentioned that the waist of this dress was high for her 5’4″ frame (which works out nicely for someone several inches shorter!), and asked if I wanted dibs before it got donated. I’ve always loved this dress on Cee (here and here), and was more than happy to give it a new home.
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Similar dress options from left to right: (1) Anne Klein, (2) Forever21, (3) Target, and (4) Taylor:


As it still averages a brr-worthy 30-40 degrees here, I layered up both under and over the delicate silk. I used an ivory collared blouse to accentuate the soft spots, and my trusty neutral blazer + bag to pull the look together. This thrifted blouse is several sizes too big and waiting in my alterations queue, so the fitted blazer also served to conceal that fact. Worry not, there was also a wool coat over all of this.
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Not sure how I went so many winters without navy tights…but once I got my hands on a pair, I couldn’t put them down (also shown here). They’re a less-harsh alternative to black, have a preppy vibe, and go surprisingly well with most colors. Just make sure the shade is a darker navy rather than a lighter blue. Mine are from Talbots and lasted about 10 wears before getting some pulls. Forever21 also has a dark navy option (& 8 other colors) that is $6.80 with very good reviews.
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Readers – Are you a fan of navy tights? Please share any recommendations for a good quality, dark blue option : )
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