Accessories Challenge!

I love Twitter, if you hadn’t already figured it out. Sometimes I wonder what people want to read here, and then someone tweets me with the perfect suggestion!

It was SassySmart a.k.a. Shane who came up with the idea for today’s post. She owns this pretty Anne Klein shirt dress, only in white. She usually puts it with a turquoise necklace and tangerine heels (fabulous!) but was looking for some new ideas. I tried to put the picture of the dress into the accessory sets, but the model looked like she was disapproving of everything I put together. Total bitchface to all ideas. Pssshhh.


White is a great “blank canvas” for accessories. I love some color, so some of my ideas have vivid color, but I mixed it up with florals, pastels, and even a black and white look. There’s a little something for every mood!

Organic elements and bright green patent leather make up the first look. This is a good early spring way to wear the dress, since you can wear the jacket and stay warm.

Green Machine

Leather jacket, $29
Zara ballet flat, $9.99
ASOS body bag, $27
Forever 21 jewelry, $5.80
Oasis chunky necklace, $18

Don’t worry about the naysayers–red and pink make a fantastic combination. They remind me of a beautiful rose garden, so I incorporated some floral elements into this set. I kind of took The Secret Garden as my inspiration, too, with keys in the necklace and a wrap-around key ring.

Girly Garden Party

LORD TAYLOR long sleeve top, $30
Wedge shoes, $23
Lucky brand jewelry, $33
Blu Bijoux metal flower necklace, $18
Korres Lip Butter, £6

As a lover of the Pacific Coast, I love the colors of the ocean, and the color of sea glass. I used that as an inspiration, plus the fresh idea of wearing a scarf with the shirt dress.

Butterflies and Beach Glass

Duegi leather high heels, $49
Shoulder handbag, $40
Green stone jewelry, $44
Angie Gooderham beaded jewelry, $27
1928 beaded earrings, $12
Vera scarve, $26
Forever 21 belt, $3.50

NOW we’re getting a little crazy. My original idea was to use crystal jewelry, because the buttons on the dress are wood, and then I could incorporate some natural elements. Well, this necklace took me down the rabbit hole. Crystal, yes, but gorgeous rock candy style crystals. And of course, a flashy pair of heels. I had to.

Rock Candy

ASOS platform shoes, $47
Clear necklace, $24
Clear crystal earrings, $17
M·A·C Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15, $15

Last but not least, a monochrome look! Bold black and white pieces to go with the crisp white dress. Also, I love the black leather sash. Remove the self-belt included with the dress and make it more dramatic.

Monochrome Mania

Naughty Monkey high heel pumps, $48
Oxford shoes, $36
White House Black Market black bangle, $38
Vince Camuto black jewelry, $38
Zara wide belt, $30

How would you accessorize a white shirt dress?


One thought on “Accessories Challenge!

  1. I LOVE IT!!! Green Machine and the Monochromatic looks are just me! I would have never thought to put the rock candy look with that dress! It will be really pretty. Now I have so many more options for this dress, which I only wear once or twice in a season because I only had the one look. I’m so excited!!!

    I was also thinking of maybe some natural elements, wood, wedge or flats and a fedora?? Maybe a scarf?

    Thank you so much! I’m super excited!

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