March 2, 2012

Patterned Dress

I was driving home from work the other day and saw this wooded area with a gravel path.

I happened to have my camera, tripod and a newly purchased wireless shutter release remote (my other one must have grown legs and walked away. Or the cats decided to use it as a hockey puck. . .) so I pulled over to snap a few outfit shots.

I had to swallow my pride and smile at my tripod while cars only 40 feet away drove past, craning their necks to see what that crazy blonde girl was doing. 




Dress: Target (by the way, upon looking up the link to share here on the blog, I just realized that this is a maternity dress. And I'm not pregnant. So that's awkward.)
Sweater: The Loft, 2011
Belt: J.Crew outlet
Scarf: Banana Republic
Jewelry: Elisabeth Ashlie, unavailable
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target

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62 comments:

  1. so cute! and the dress is adorable even if it is maternity! It doesn't look like it. I always end up looking in the maternity section at Target too because the ladies clothes always just run into that section, so I keep going and I don't realize the section has changed!

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  2. I love love love this dress!! Who cares if it is maternity - there is something to be said about maternity clothes. They are always so comfy!! Happy Friday!

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  3. Great outfit and I love the dress...so cute!

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  4. I laughed so hard at this b/c I've bought a maternity dress (never been pregnant) and NOT realized it before I had worn it a few times. It happens to the best of us! lol.

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  5. I bought this dress the other day too. They do have it in a non-maternity style. I love how you accessorized it!

    http://www.target.com/p/Merona-Womens-Scallop-Trim-Woven-Dress-Assorted-Colors/-/A-13908718#?lnk=sc_qi_detailimage

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    1. OKAY! Maybe I bought the NON-Maternity version!! I'm crazy. THANK YOU for letting me know this. I'm going to change my blog post now.

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    2. I panicked a little when I thought I bought a maternity dress too so I had to check!

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  6. Hehe I've accidentally bought maternity clothes before :) This is such a cute outfit! I hope that someday I'll look as put-together and stylish as you do :)

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  7. That's a cute dress! It doesn't look like a maternity dress, though. :)

    I haven't gotten the guts to take outdoor pics yet!

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  8. Okay, I was in Target two days ago and saw the most awesome maxi dress in the maternity section. I seriously wanted to get it but I didn't and now I'm thinking that it's okay to buy it on accident but not on purpose? I do have a one year old and a two year old so maybe I can pass it off as previously worn maternity, but that would be lying I guess. To heck with it, it's cute I'm going back!

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  9. I adore this!! <3 <3 <3 Love the fact that you took the pictures and didn't care if people were staring.

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  10. I've also bought maternity by mistake, and not been pregnant! The sections do overlap and often items are tucked into the clearance racks, that I for one make a beeline for upon entering the store. Either way, you look fabulous!!

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  11. I still wear my maternity jeans from target even though I have already had my baby. The elastic on the sides make them really comfy and they are cuffed at the bottom which (I think) gives them a cute look. I don't think anyone can tell they are maternity, but who knows. People could be looking at me funny and I am in my own little blissful world of comfy pants :)

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  12. don't worry, I bought a maternity skirt from target the other day, on purpose and I'm not pregnant! I really loved the skirt and they didn't have it in non-maternity, I am going to make it work! lol

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    1. I am with you Jillian. I have bought items knowing they are maternity. I try to wait a little bit before wearing them in hopes no one notices they are maternity. That being said, I have tried some maternity items that really don't work on non-pregnant ladies.

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  13. I purchased a shirt from Target awhile back...wore it to work...and realized it was a maternity shirt. I'm not pregnant either. :)

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  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    PS - I rocked your "Double Bun" hairstyle the other night for dinner and got lots of compliments!! Thank you so much!!!

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  15. Haha, I've bought maternity clothes at Target before I realized they were maternity. As long as no one can tell, I guess it shouldn't matter. I've also bought a non-maternity dress to wear when I was pregnant, cause it was stretchy and didn't look weird. Clothes are clothes... The whole outfit looks really cute!

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  16. It's ok Kate....my husband always makes fun of me because I like how imperial type shirts and dresses fit my frame. It's utterly ridiculous I admit, most of my wardrobe would be suitable for a preggo, but hey, when I am preggers someday I won't have to buy any maternity clothes!

    Super cute by the way! Very inspired this morning :)

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  17. That dress is super cute! Even if it is a maternity version, it doesn't make you look pregnant. ;)

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  18. NO SHAME in wearing maternity! I"m NOT pg either...but I have on a maternity tank today...seriously my favorite tank ever! it's long and stretchy! And holds its shape!!!!!

    Great outfit...and EVEN BETTER that you set up shop on the side of the road! HAHAHA!

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  19. I think it looks cute even if it is a maternity dress - oh well!!

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  20. I am 12 weeks preggo and as I was looking at this post I was thinking man I wish this was a maternity dress and then.... I noticed your fyi on it being a maternity dress. I am so ordering this dress!

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  21. such a great look!! i like the dress! just came across your blog..really nice

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  22. I had my daughter 7 months ago, and don't need to wear maternity clothes anymore, but I still do, and I still have bought some maternity clothes. They are super cute and comfy and they are really long which is perfect for my 6' tall frame! :D

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  23. That's so funny. I tried on that same dress a couple weeks ago, and it wasn't in the maternity section, although I had to walk through the maternity section to get to the dressing room, but I didn't see it there.

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  24. such a cute outfit! i always end up at the maternity section after wandering through all of the clothes at target...and its always awkward when i find something i like and then realize it has the liz lange maternity tag on it.

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  25. That dress is so cute!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com

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  26. That's a lovely dress and such great photos! Who cares if it's a maternity dress...as long as it fits, right?

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  27. Bahaha! So funny! Even if it was a maternity dress, it would have been a win for you! Stylish and still useful when Baby Bryan is on the way. No harm in that!

    As always, you look impeccable! Happy Friday, Kate!

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  28. Hm I have bought dresses in the maternity section at Target KNOWING that it is a maternity dress but I'm not pregnant...is that bad? Haha, well I LOVE them, cause first they are super comfy, second, you can sometimes get them a million sizes smaller and feel awesome! Oh and third, one of these days I won't have to worry about changing my whole wardrobe for 9 months...;)Great buy, Kate!

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  29. I love the dress! isn't Target amazing! and I bought a maternity tunic from Target the other day on purpose and I'm not pregnant! sometimes maternity clothes can work either way-just have to go down a size!

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  30. That is SUCH a cute outfit! I've been reading for awhile, and this is one of the first I can see myself actually copying. Good work ;)

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  31. Maternity dress or not, you look great! I've been known to accidentally steer into the maternity section and like something only to have a friend or sister ask if there is something I need to be telling them... I don't have any kids yet either lol. Glad I'm not the only one. :)

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  32. I love that dress .... it looks awesome the way you paired it with a cardi and tights. Too funny about the maternity size - regardless it looks great!

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  33. Looks great...I always catch myself in the clearance section with a maternity dress and then I run...not really, but in my head I sprint away! and try to make it look like I was being smooth ;)
    love your accessories for the pretty dress...I need more floral prints in my life!

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  34. I <3 that dress so cute!!! I still love some of my maternity clothes even though my youngest is 3, they are just so comfy.

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  35. So cute! A while ago you blogged about those shoes and I never would have bought grey shoes (i'm pretty simple in my black boots or tennis shoes) but decided to branch out! I LOVE how they complement outfits. Still simple but add a nice touch, thank you! I am a visual learner and have appreciated having a place to come and see different style in hair, makeup, clothes, etc.

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  36. i AM pregnant, so i might buy this dress...good to know it will still be wearable post pregnancy! ;)

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  37. I Love This!
    totally doesnt look like a maternity dress!

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  38. Love it on you! I tried it on and it just didn't work for me!! Looks great on you!

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  39. cute! I sometimes buy the maternity shirts from Target and I'm not pregnant, nor have been. I like them because they are longer like I like. No one can tell the difference!

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  40. LOL I read on your twitter a few days ago when you stopped & took these pics! It was worth it! They're very pretty! lol <3

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  41. Oh you are just too cute! What a great photo shoot too, with the trees and everything in the background, lovely!

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  42. Darn it why are you so gosh darn cute! I am seriously using your blog as a reference to show my hair stylist tomorrow. So maybe I will look a little more cute too!! Ahhhh, and, I'm sooo not a stalker, lol. I just love and can relate to your blog! I like your style;)!!

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  43. ditto here....i like your style :)

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  44. I have been tempted to buy maternity before, since Target has some cute maternity dresses. I am 20 and obviously have not been pregnant before, but I would be afraid to wear it out somewhere and see a 9 month pregnant woman wearing the same dress!

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  45. Oh my word, I'm so glad one of your readers found out that this dress is also available in a non-maternity style. I recently picked it up, and I nearly had a heart attack when you said it was a maternity dress! I'm definitely not at that stage of life yet. :)

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  46. I bought this dress, too, in the black and white... not maternity! :) Looks great!

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  47. I still wear my maternity clothes and my son just turned 3! They are cute and after all you did spend money on them so why not wear them! I LOVE your blog!

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  48. Hi Kate - love the outfit. I'm trying to incorporate some color to my wardrobe to go with my go to's of black and gray. Are you wearing black or gray tights with this outfit? I love your blog and all the wonderful tips you have. Keep those great ideas coming. Thanks!! Marsha

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  49. You always dress so cute! I love the dress

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  50. I totally just bought this dress in the non-maternity section for $18 and then while reading through my blogs the other night saw that you paired with a Loft sweater I already own. Love IT!

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  51. I found your blog last month, and LOVE the hair tutorials!! Came back today, and am excited to find that you are wearing the same dress I bought online a couple weeks ago - I love it!! I plan on wearing it with brown boots, and a cardigan :) PS Love your blog :)

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  52. My youngest is one and I still wear some comfy maternity clothes! You look gorgeous! I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog through pinterest! I am learning so much from a real life woman! You're awesome!! :)

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  53. I have almost bought maternity clothes so many times because either 1. I didn't realize or 2. They were too cute! But honestly, I like my shirts baggy so who cares? Haha love the outfit!

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  55. That dress looks really good on you. My wife favors those cute maternity clothes designs. She likes light patterns and floral ones. I'll show this to her when she gets home.

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  56. Could you do a tutorial on how to tie scarves?
    P.S. I love your style! Thanks for sharing!

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