That Marigold Midi Dress

I have been dreaming of a marigold midi dress all summer.  Ever since I spotted one in Anthropologie, I have been dying for one, but staying away because it is just not my color.

There are a few things that I have learned through blogging and one of them is: ONLY TRUST THE CAMERA.

I strolled into LOFT a few weeks ago and found this super cute dress and just HAD to try it on, even though I knew that the color doesn’t suit my skin tone.  I got in that lovely, perfectly lit dressing room and put this sucker on and suddenly marigold looked fantastic on me!  Well, no, it really didn’t.  It was those really awesome (pure sarcasm) lights they use in said dressing rooms and I got super suckered by it because I wanted a marigold midi dress so much.

So much so, that this enchanting (sarcasm) lighting also made me completely forget that at the current shape I am in, this neckline was probably also not my friend.  As super happy as I am that I’ve lost an entire size off my bra size (No, not sarcasm.  I am SO THRILLED about this and maybe I will write about it later), it is still not enough for this neckline and further combination of death:  marigold midi dress + bad neckline = Brenda disaster.

Warren hated it immediately, but I have to say I still LOVE this dress and color and neckline…just not on me.  After looking at the pictures and being disappointed, we both agreed that the same dress in some shade of red (paprika maybe) would have been a better choice.  A better neckline would have also served me well.   I am now eyeing this midi marvelousness as my next purchase.

The moral of this story is:

  1. Stick to what you know. I can’t do certain mauves, yellows and taupes.  As much as love all of these colors, it is never going to work.
  2. If you do get an impulse to make it work, take it home and take a picture of it in natural lighting. This will always be 1000% better than any store or inside lighting and trust me, sometimes we see what we want to see…even in the mirror (my worst enemy!)
  3. If you tend to have a larger chest, a v neckline or scoop neck are your best options.  I also love a trapeze, halter or Grecian neckline to balance things out.

Once I get Midi Marvelousness, I will probably recreate this outfit again.  As of late, I have been a “less is more” kind of girl; especially with accessories.  I absolutely LOVE everything about this combination though (brings out my inner Janice J).  And this choker!!!  I didn’t think I’d go back there again after the 90s but here I am…loving it.  I found it for only $12 at Nordstrom, but in-store only.

Sometimes, one just gots to get crazy with outfits!

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    • Brenda
      August 17, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you Brianne! You are the sweetest. I AM totally loving it! Maybe I will keep it after all 🙂

    • Brenda
      August 17, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Thanks cutie! xo

  1. August 17, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    I think this dress looks really great on you! You can totally pull off yellow!

    Fizz and Frosting

    • Brenda
      August 17, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you Lauren! I may settle for an eyelet marigold skirt from H&M I’ve been eyeing!

  2. August 17, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I can’t pull of this shade of yellow, but you sure look cheery! Cute shoes, too.

    • Brenda
      August 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

      Me either, but I wanted to try. Thank you, Tami!

  3. Brenda
    August 17, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    You ladies are all SO KIND! You are actually making me rethink this dress. Quick tip: don’t skip the “save for web” step in Photoshop EVER! The pictures turned ashy once I uploaded them the first time. I have OCD so I reloaded them all again LOL


  4. Brenda Biffi Baldovino
    August 17, 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Great Post Brendita! And you make Marigold look great 🙂

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks mom 🙂

  5. August 18, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Aww you are so cute!!! I just love this dress on you. yellow as been my go to colour this summer!

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      You are so sweet Bella, thank you!

  6. August 18, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Love this! You can never go wrong with yellow! <3

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Lacey!

  7. August 18, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    Why this looks lovely on you, love how you’ve teamed it with black accessories. I’ve also bought a choker recently, wearing it today I love the look, although by the end of the night it started to somewhat annoy me! Jacqui

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      Jacqui – Thank you so much!
      I TOTALLY know what you mean about chokers! I start feeling really claustrophobic with any jewelry if you can believe!? I’ve definitely started to tone it down 🙂 I’m totally loving this simple dainty one though…for at least an hour LOL

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:56 pm

      You are too kind!! Thank you!! xo

    • Brenda
      August 23, 2016 / 6:57 pm

      Thank you , Christina!

      My new fave hat from Zara (had no idea they did hats!) It’s my second black panama hat. I go through hats like crazy


  8. August 23, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Such a cute dress! That color is stellar on you!!