A “Vested” Interest

Ahh, the Tiered Stripes Dress. How long did we all wait for it to hit sale?

Wearing: Dress-Anthropologie Tiered Column Dress, Vest-J.Crew Factory, Necklace-J.Crew Ram Pendant, Belt-J.Crew Factory, Shoes- Anthropologie Point of LIght Oxfords (Chie Mihara Foreso), Earrings- Anthropologie

I believe it was almost a year, no exaggeration whatsoever. Am I right? Would it be fair to say I had a vested interest in this dress? Yes indeed. And it paid off. Purchased on sale with the extra 25% off, this dress was $59. Sha-zam!

I own this same dress in a tank version, the Layered Column Dress, that I’ve worn more times than I can count. I wore it very pregnant, here and here. I’ve worn it many times since but haven’t caught it on camera. The black and goldish tone stripes coupled with the asymmetrical layers on the dress are totally slimaflaging. Camouflaging + Slimming. I totes just made that up. Catchy though, eh?

The red color of this Tiered Stripes Dress isn’t quite as forgiving as the black Layered Column, in my opinion. It’s a bit body-con, like “Bow-chicka-bow-wow”, if ya know what I mean. And welp, to be frank, sometimes….us ladies, well, we belly bloat….like once a monthish, (or in my case, once a week, after an awesome eat-fest of Chick-Fil-A fries with special Chickie-Fil-A sauce…..good gracious, it’s heaven, and totally worth the bloat;).)  Back on track….

Bloating + body-con dress = I can’t wear that right now. Bummer. However….

Bloating + body-con dress + deceiving the eye with a sweater vest and animal printed belt = Yes, Definitely yes.

Plus, I think adding a color and a printed belt to mix with the stripes just made it fun. And I like fun. Fashion should always be fun.

Did any of you take the bait on any of the column dresses? Bloat-hiding tricks you wish to share? C’mon Ladies….we’re in this together. (Cue spitting on palms and shaking hands.)

xoxo Molly

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6 Responses to A “Vested” Interest

  1. kristine

    I couldn't wait for the sale to hit, so I bought the black tank dress last January. Love it! I love the way you've styled this! Now that I see the added versatility, it makes me wish I had picked up one with sleeves as well. The vest layered on top is absolutely perfect! You look great!

  2. I love this look. So chic and preppy! I may be the only person on the planet that this dress does NOT work for. I tried on the plum color and it was MOST unkind to my post-partum body. So, I admire from afar…and you rocked this look.

  3. I passed on all of the column dresses, unfortunately. I'm kind of regretting that now. I especially love the plum color.

    You look fabulous, as usual:) You are the queen of creative style tricks!

  4. museempress

    I love love love how you styled this dress! So much so that I am now on the hunt for a column dress. I was not interested until now.

  5. Stunning styling, Molly! So fun and unexpected :)

  6. JanRussell

    This is such a clever way to slimaflage! I picked up the Ines Column Dress, but plan to go old school with some heavy armor underneath ;)

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