Giving the Cold Shoulder: Part 1 Dancing in the Rain

I was wandering down the aisles of Target with my friend the other day, when she stopped and picked up a blouse. Quizzically, she said “I really don’t get the cold shoulder look, I mean I like my shoulders but I’m not sure I want to accentuate them like that.” I laughed and said “I just ordered a dress with cold shoulders, so I guess we’ll see.” Truth be told, it wasn’t my first choice but someone I kind of like (read my husband) picked it out of the options I presented him with from Pink Blush. And, if I’m not dressing for him, for whom am I dressing? 

Here’s what though, the dress is so comfy. It’s a soft jersey material in a dusky blush. It kind of floats over my skin in a soft, silky way. One thing to note is that this type of fabric, though soft tends to wrinkle either. A quick mist and a tumble in the dryer fixes that right up. I find all the clothes worth wearing tend to wrinkle eventually, so it’s a small price to pay. The dress is the perfect length for date night out or a day running after small children or maybe even a little of both. The crocheted back gives a modest glimpse of skin. How about the cold shoulder look? Read on. 

The verdict on cold shoulders: they’re cute and flirty and a little bit southern. I feel like this style is more at home in a field of wildflowers than a city street (but tune in tomorrow to see if first impressions last). It gives me a definite cowgirl feel that could be accentuated with the right accessories. It’s soft and feminine with just a little ruffle thrown in there. Does this style have staying power? I don’t know. I feel like it may be a fad but what fun is fashion if you don’t give into the fads once in a while. 

Over the next three days, I’m going to show you this dress three ways- anyway you style it, it’s feminine, flirty, and oh so comfy (have I mentioned it has pockets?!?!). 

Up first: Country Chic

This dress is very flowy. Which is great, I love flowy. A lot. But, I felt like it could use some structure. Enter the belt. It defines the waist but keeps the drape (which by the way is amazing) and flutters of the dress.

I wanted to go a bit cowgirl so I threw on some suede booties and they were perfect for two reasons. One, look at them, they’re like the perfect casual chic neutral shoes. Two, as soon as we left the house to go shoot this it started raining. We’re not talking about a little rain either, we’re talking torrential downpours. It wasn’t going to deter me, because, well, I’m a mom and I put on makeup and curled my hair (totally a sure fire way to bring on the rain). If I got a little wet in the process, well, at least I was wearing the right shoes for it. 

The last element for this look was casual accessories. As you’ll notice over the next few days, I went gold. Even though I’m usually a white gold, even sometimes rose, girl, I felt like this dress screamed for the warm tone of yellow gold. Here, I kept the accessories understated- a pair of gold modified hoops, a beautiful vintage ring, and a wrap bracelet. Tomorrow, you’ll see what happens when I go a little less understated (sometimes more is more right?). 

Until then, here’s what happens when it rains on your photo shoot: you dance! 

Dress: Pink Blush

Shoes: Sofft, similar

Belt: Mossimo 

Earrings: Loft

***I received this dress as a part of Pink Blush’s ambassador program but all reviews and opinions are my own. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. To keep the integrity and authenticity of my blog, I do not accept money in exchange for reviews.***

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