Spring in full bloom: Candied tweed + floral dress as a top

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J.Crew dress in “Garden Floral” sz reg 00 (this year’s version – use SALE30 for 30% off everything)
Burberry trench sz 2 (similar), Ann Taylor skirt, Pour la Victorie wedges (similar by PLV)

I’ve lived in Boston for 8 years, and I never remember loving springtime so much. In contrast with recent events, the blossoming trees and beds full of tulips look prettier than ever. I felt inspired to dig this little floral number out of storage, and make the strapless style be suitable for work.
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Faux-pearl necklace from Nordies Rack (similar on eBay), Coach bag (review)

I absolutely adore this “Garden Floral” print, and was excited to see via Gigi that J.Crew brought it back this year at their factory store, in a more work-appropriate style. I showed 3 ways to style this dress last year, and am rounding it out with #4 – worn as a top.
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I fell in love with this candy-colored tweed skirt from Ann Taylor last fall, but it only came in regular sizing. Since costly alterations would be required regardless of size, I tried to hold out for a better price. Pencil skirts that have no pockets or other details are easier to re-size, but I wouldn’t recommend tailoring something that’s more than 3 sizes up from what you usually wear (any darts or curves in the cut would not lie in the right place post-alterations). I ended up finding a sz 4 on sale, and spent about $20 to have the waist and sides taken in.
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Since the floral plus colored tweed is on the busier side, I finished off this outfit with my trusty neutral trench (best wardrobe purchase ever) and a pair of nude wedges. Nick dislikes these saying “they just look like feet,” which is precisely why anyone seeking a leg-lengthening effect might enjoy them. I originally saw the patent version on Blair, and did a double take when my size popped up on a sample sale site (invite). Unfortunately I got the last few pairs of these at the time (for two friends), but Nine West has a similar option in patent, starting in size 5.5.

beige shoes
(Anne Michelle sandals, Louboutin cap toes, Ferragamo Vara pumps, PLV wedges)
From Instagram

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PS – Thank you so much to everyone who came out to Marshalls Fenway yesterday, despite the Sox game plus a wave of humidity! Anna, Bonnie, Jen, Adriana, Brinkley (?) and your chic mom and cousin, Paula, Hannah, and several other awesome (& such smart!) ladies – I had a great time meeting and chatting with you all!


48 thoughts on “Spring in full bloom: Candied tweed + floral dress as a top

  • Reply Olyvia May 10, 2013 at 12:54 am

    The location of your photo background is breathtakingly beautiful! The blossoming trees are so vivid! One thing I miss about areas with 4 seasons (since I live in the desert). Your outfit matches the background too, love it!

  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 1:00 am

    You should wear your Manolo Lisane's or some more interesting shoes with this outfit. I agree with Nick; they look like feet. Hehe. I guess if you think the Manolos would be too matchy match or busy, navy strappy heels would look cute. I'm sure you could find a style that lengthen the legs. Other than the shoe opinion, I heart your blog and you!

  • Reply Steffi May 10, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Lovely outfit and what a gorgeous set of pictures! I don't usually wear floral dresses but I really love the pattern of that dress. So chic and well, not curtain-y lol.

  • Reply Suzie Q May 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The blooming flowers are so pretty! Such a clever way to make a work appropriate outfit with a strapless floral dress. I love the bright cheerful colors of the outfit, and that tweed skirt is so fun with the various colors intertwined in it!

    Suzie Q

  • Reply Nicole May 10, 2013 at 1:22 am

    You look great – as usual! Love the idea of wearing a dress as a top and add another skirt for creating a totally new look! Wonderful!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  • Reply newpetite May 10, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Beautiful pictures! Love the bright pink cardigan you are wearing here. Is that also from Jcrew and recent find?

  • Reply SewPetiteGal May 10, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Love this mix! Makes me want to dig out my matching pencil skirt and see what I can pair with it 😉

  • Reply kcomekarolina May 10, 2013 at 3:41 am

    stunning location!

    xoxo from rome

  • Reply Charlotte FFH May 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

    You're so elegant and the location is breathtaking!
    Amazing pictures 🙂


  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Awesome plv wedges! How how much were they on the flash deal site? Do they run TTS?

  • Reply Shira May 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    This is gorgeous! The photography and the outfit:)


  • Reply mary May 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

    the photos are so lovely I had to comment! love the floral theme and how you matched the tweed skirt with the floral top.

  • Reply Always Maylee May 10, 2013 at 9:54 am

    The blooming flowers and trees really are gorgeous this time of year in new england, isn't it. You look absolutely beautiful, love the tweed skirt.

    xo, Yi-chia

  • Reply Petite-ish May 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    These are the most amazing photos! Serious kudos to you and Nick. And you look beautiful as always 🙂 We're looking at wedding photographers right now, and let me just say, your blog and others have set the standard for good photos really high

  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Hi Jean, it was great to meet you in person at the Marshall's event!

    Also, I love the combination of textures and colors in this outfit. Have a great weekend!

    – Jen C.

  • Reply D. Chan May 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

    This outfit is perfection! Love the pattern on pattern, great way to welcome this spring weather :).


  • Reply littleone617 May 10, 2013 at 10:22 am

    You should be a personal stylist, Jean. I live in the Boston area too and would love to know all the places that you frequently shop. Do you have a trusted tailor in the area?

    So sorry I missed the Marshall's event yesterday, but a girl has to work in order to save up for some serious wardrobe rehab. I would have loved to meet you.

    It has been a particularly beautiful spring in Boston. Your pictures are always gorgeous!

  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Whoo hoo I got a shout out! It was great to meet you too — the event was a success! And by success I specifically mean me winning my big ole bag of freebies courtesy of marshalls. Hee Thanks again!

    I was doing my make up this morning and when I was doing my brows, I thought of you and Khatu. This is what I use: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lancome-le-crayon-poudre-brow-powder-pencil/2786623 .. but I buy mine off ebay because its about $10 cheaper. Still kinda pricey, but eyebrows are important! They frame your face! 😉 I am using the ebay one right now and it is legit.. not some knock off. I think there's only one seller that sells it right now. The color I use is "sable".

    Anyway, hopefully you do another boston get together soon! Maybe over some of that sunday gravy with linguine! 🙂


  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hey long time since u have done a video … Why don't u do a summer must haves or dresses video, something like u did last year… Waiting to see u on YouTube 🙂

  • Reply lisacng @ expandng.com May 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The photos are amazing, showing off the blooms and also your outfit and great style #4 with the dress as top.

  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Hi Jean, I love your posts as always and I've been a reader for a few months now. My hubby and I will be visiting Boston for the first time around July 4th. Do you have any good recommendations on restaurants and places to visit? Is there any good authentic Chinese food over there? We live in Dallas and always crave for good Chinese/Asian food!!! I appreciate if you can give me some recommendations! Thanks in advance!


  • Reply Anne May 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Love how you're using a dress as a top and how it fits perfectly underneath your skirt. What I like best is the bright magenta pink cardigan that goes along with your outfit.

    xo Annie

  • Reply simplybeccablog May 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a beautiful post Jean! I love how the colours from your dress, skirt, and cardigan matched the colours of the backdrop. Love the combination :)!

  • Reply Kathleen Lisson May 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful nude heels!

  • Reply Sincerely Sammie May 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I love the print mixing here!

  • Reply Anonymous May 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Yay! Thanks for the shoutout, Jean! It was great chatting with you! It was an awesome event except I'm a terrible guesser! haha It was also great meeting some of the other bloggers and readers.

    This outfit looks great! I've used this awesome dress under skirt technique many times…but I still struggle using a dress as a skirt, which I think you've made a few great outfits out of. I will keep trying!

    Hope to see you again some time soon!


  • Reply Lyndsey May 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Does wearing a skirt over a dress not feel incredibly bulky?

  • Reply Jackie May 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I love that print of the J Crew dress! I have the phone case and I've gotten so many compliments that it makes me want to pick up the dress too.

    I don't know that I'd pair it this way because it would make my hips look huge, but this looks great on you!

    xoxo Jackie

  • Reply Anonymous May 11, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful outfit!
    Love, love, love the Burberry trench! I do agree with Nick on these particular shoes due to the material.

  • Reply Imogen May 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I love tweed and I love florals. So this is perfect. What a stunning skirt.

  • Reply Anonymous May 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous! And I'm envious of the weather. Here it's skipped the spring and we were finding ourself in summer right after the winter (europe). :S I could wear my trench only for a week.


  • Reply Rosie May 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I agree on the weather! (Counting 9 years of Boston springs for me 🙂 ) It usually seems to go from freezing to hot without much spring-like weather in between. The trees and tulips in the Public Garden and at Copley are stunning.

  • Reply Petitefemme May 12, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Very nice ! In love with your blazer 😉

  • Reply Jojie Yabo May 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    hi Jean, your pretty as always. I hope you will be back in Cebu City, PH…i would love to see in person…give my regards to Nick

  • Reply Sophia May 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Jean! I just had a quick question about your Anne Michelle sandals. Do you think they run TTS? I've been stalking that style on eBay for a while and one popped back in a size 6 (I'm usually a size 5.5). Do you think this would work, or should I hold out for a size 5.5? Thanks so much!

  • Reply michelle May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

    wow that outfit looks so great on u 🙂



  • Reply ZEE May 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The setting + outfit work so well together.


  • Reply wishyouwerehere photo May 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    simply beautiful photos. I like the contrasting colors and looking forward to seeing more Boston spring photos from you!

  • Reply Fer May 13, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    beautiful palette of colors! love the matching.

  • Reply Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What an amazing scenery, the contrasting flowers are absolutely breathtaking! I live in Arizona, where the only season is summer :(. I loved your pairings, the colors are great together. Keep on doing your great work, thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    The pictures are perfect! So clear and so perfectly colorful:)

  • Reply Midori May 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    "they just look like feet" hahahhahah. i'm guessing he hasn't seen these http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8083765763_4ed731f60d_o.jpg or these http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8466/8083765655_6db7a4e8a4_o.jpg

  • Reply Olivia J May 13, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Such a classic view! The background is beautiful!

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  • Reply Xlovehappyx May 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    i like that Ann Taylor skirt
    and Boston does look beautiful in the spring

  • Reply Pearls and Beyond May 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Cute floral top! The cherry blossoms are breathtakingly beautiful!

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  • Reply Sandy a la Mode May 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

    love the pattern mixing in your top and skirt! and these pics are beautiful!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Reply rodelmalopez May 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    …like the style…they are beautiful keep it good job

  • Reply namita sharma August 10, 2013 at 5:08 am

    All dresses are incredible. I like your style.
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