Lively Winter: Patterned and Printed

In collaboration with Belk, here’s a look at taking simple silhouettes with prints and patterns to fit a contemporary lifestyle. To give you inspiration, I styled two diverse dresses that can both interchangeably be suitable for several occasions.

Crossing Borders: Walk in style
If you're like me and want to go for a bolder, yet practical style, an easy to wear ensemble would be this Vince Camuto dress. It's essentially a perfect example of stepping out of conventional boundaries—a motley blend of printed textures, such as snakeskin, and traditional patterns like stripes.

The best bits: being able to shine brightly with neon accents, because who says that neon hues are only for the summertime? If you’re an intrepid fashion maven, then be confident and daring, not doubtful!

Easy transitional styling tip: change out the hosiery and go bare legged! Swap out your heels for wedges or add a double skinny belt and lightly blouson the top portion of the dress to wear as a more casual ensemble.

Winter Styling Belk Dresses
Lace: Floral and Fitted
As a keen lace wearer, there are not too many lace styles that I haven’t tried at least once. And, even with lace being timeless and such a versatile fabric, there are still some people who believe lace to only be fitting to a particular occasion. But, nowadays, the reality is that there are multitudes of ways to wear lace and with modern styling to fit any occasion. From work to cocktail hour, you’re covered!

In this Donna Ricco dress that I chose to style, it illustrates how colour plays an essential role in experimenting with lace. If you’re a novice and not generally a devoted lace lover, I would invite you to try it in your favourite colour, perhaps even wearing it in a thin layer underneath a blouse. This is also a particularly feminine style that flatters the figure.
How to style bold patterns lace
The best bits: this style can easily take you from day-to-night, and adds a wee touch of mystery for the demure fashionista, given the built-up neckline.

Easy styling tip: need a quick fix to meet for after work cocktails, add a leather jacket to this dress to make this into a city-savvy outfit. You will still feel stylish and not overdressed.

What do you think of these dresses from Belk? Which style is your favourite?
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The goods:
Printed dress-Vince Camuto (similar), and Lace dress-Donna Ricco-Provided by Belk, Shoes-Charles David, Cropped jacket-Michael Kors, Handbag-MMS, Legwear-H&M, Jewellery-Ladyofashion, Beaded clutch-Burlington. Shop more looks from Belk here!

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