Outfit: The Lacy, non-LBD

April 16, 2012

On Saturday, we attended a dinner party at my husband’s boss’ house. Style eek! For events like this you want to impress, now show too much, look mature (especially if you look young like me and know that most guests will be older) yet showcase your personality. Pulling an LBD out of my closet would have been an easy go-to, however while at H&M to pick up a lace skirt I had on hold I eyed this lace dress. It fit me well (well, at least during the two seconds I had in the fitting room!) so I went for it. I see a million of ways to style this, and in fact, don’t know that this first attempt will be my favorite. I literally had two minutes to throw myself together. Can anyone else relate?! This average girl had a less than average-amount of time to get her tush out the door!

This is me smiling at my daughter (I think I make this face quite often!): 

I’ve been dying to add more lace to my wardrobe for spring — no joke, like stalking it out — so obviously this dress was an automatic home run. In truth, it was the contrast of the demure front with the slightly sexier back (plus a gold zipper, love!).

And say hello to my birthday gift, my new Louis Vuitton clutch that’s a fuschia/red color. Quality clutches that will stand the test of time have been at the tops of my wardrobe musts list for a long time. The LV epi leather is so gorgeous up close.

dress: h&m (April 2012) / shoes: max studio elba sandal (spring 2012) / louis vuitton pochette / watch: swatch (2009) / bracelet: derng / earrings: baublebar (from the vault)

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  • http://www.mydressyways.com/ My Dressy Ways

    I love it Alyson! The back of the dress is amazing! This is a great color on you!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Thanks! The back of the dress totally sold me… and can’t wait to see how this looks when I have a tan (which my husband might have mentioned, hahah)

  • http://baylorsays.blogspot.com/ [email protected]

    Darling!!  You cutesy little girls can really score some fun dresses at H&M.  For us tall drinks of water (and over 20-something **cough**), they are inappropriately short.  This looks great, such a right on choice for spring!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Hear ya on the over 20-something front, lady! Haha, their sizing is also crazy. Yeah, this dress is definitely designed for us shorties however they do have some great items. Worse case: hit up the jewelry and bags section!

  • http://www.sandyalamode.com/ Sandy a la mode

    i am loving that lace dress on you girl!!

  • http://twitter.com/PPFGirl PennyPincherFashion

    You look gorgeous in these pictures, girl!  Loving this creamy peach color on you - beautiful!!!! :)

  • http://www.thestylishhousewife.com/ the stylish housewife

    peach is your color! your hair looks super cute too. i tried that dress on at h&m and thought the zipper went in front…LOL!!! i barely pulled it over my hips and it made mine look ginormous. didn’t even get it over my shoulders to realize i had it on backwards!!! ha ha! looks GREAT on you!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      hahaha that’s the funniest! I’m impressed I actually figured it out then (though seeing as my top if is totally tiny I probably could wear it either way, lol!). Thanks for a Monday chuckle!

  • http://twitter.com/BonBonRoseGirls Kristin & Megan

    What a beautiful pastel frock!

  • http://twitter.com/MeganFrugalista Megan Zietz

    gorgeous alyson, i love the dress

  • Epalmbeach

    Love it! You look adorable - keep the new outfit idea’s coming.

  • http://fashionbyalicia.blogspot.com Fashion By Alicia

    I really love this lace dress.  You look absolutely gorgeous and the back detail is so fun!  And congrats on the gorgeous clutch!  Love it!

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Thanks so much! It took some compiling of all my birthday money (and an exchange of another something gorgeous the husband purchased) to make it work… excited!

  • http://smallshopstudio.com Erika [small shop]

    LOVE how you mixed it with the red bag! A favorite color combo for me right now!

  • cheapchicinchicago

    I love this dress, it looks great on you!  I must get to H&M stat!

  • http://jointhegossip.com/ Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    Could you be any cuter? Probably not! Perfect wardrobe choice!

  • Ellesees.blogspot.com

    Love the color and the dress!

  • RealGirlGlam

    This dress is so adorable on you! Definitely a great last minute find. I love that it’s a little bit more business in the front and party in the back (can I steal that from the mullet??). Love with the pop of red!

  • http://www.kirstinmarie.com Kirstin Marie

    Lady, you are so beautiful! I love your face in the first photo. This is a gorgeous dress & it looks so good on you! We need to plan a get together or something sometime soon. It’s been too long!

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    The dress is so pretty on you!  I love the back as well!

  • http://shabbychicandcheap.blogspot.com/ Marissa

    I love that dress so pretty and I love the little peek a boo of sexy in that back! I think my favorite thing about this post is your expression in the fist picture! So adorable! :)

  • http://twitter.com/momtrends nicole feliciano

    Very tasteful and chic. Did he get a raise!

  • Glamamom

    You look fabulous.  Love the lace.  Hope you had a fun.

  • ThefashionableESQ

    Happy Birthday, girl! You look beautiful. 

    I actually received that same clutch for my birthday once (well over TEN years ago) and I still love it. Mine is an orange/tan color. The LV Epi pieces are amazing b/c they’re virtually indestructible.  The dress looks lovely on you. Lace pieces can get pricey,but I think that more and more, the larger brands like GAP and Forever are delving into lace so you’ll be able to snag something up that’s not too expensive. Longest comment ever. Done.
    I’m having a GIVEAWAY - drop by :) xxThe Fashionable ESQhttp://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  • Simona

    So cute and beautiful!:)

  • http://havebreakfastwithtiffany.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    Oh, that dress is so pretty!! The possibilities for how you could wear it are endless! And the clutch is so pretty!!  I love your excited smiling face. =)  It’s fun to take outfit pics when the kids are around. I don’t do it often, but when I do, they usually crack me up!

  • Lbdandpearls

    Very cute lace dress and cuter smiling lady! Am wondering though if the dress isn’t a bit short for a boss’s dinner party; especially if guests are older than you.  Of course you know the people and the nature of the business!

  • http://thechicsheet.net/ Thechicsheet

    This color looks perfect on you! Lovely piece :)


  • http://www.riamichelle.com Ria Michelle

    Love the dress, it’s perfect!

  • http://www.vmacandcheese.com/ victoria | vmac+cheese


  • http://queenofla.blogspot.com/ Jordan - Queen of LA

    this is probably the best ive ever seen you look. GORGEOUS!!! glowing and happy and that peach color is perfect on you! and i love your hair!!! 

  • http://www.chevronsandstripes.com/ sarah | chevrons & stripes

    I love love love this dress! And the back was an unexpected surprise - so pretty!  Too bad there’s no H&M in Miami - natch…

  • Realistically Lovely

    Love the outfit. Blog question - purchasing a camera, what is a semi-affordable camera to purchase for “blog self outfit pics”. Thanks so much in advance.


    • Alyson

      I’d recommend investing in a Canon Rebel, which is under $500. Not cheap but makes SUCH a difference compared to even the best point & shoot, in my opinion. This is what I have and I’m thrilled with it (now if only I could take the time to read the manual! haha): http://bit.ly/HKNg60

  • http://twitter.com/KimberleeVDW Kimberlee VDW

    Love the smile! SO gorgeous - I say you nailed it :)

  • http://www.heatherpranitis.blogspot.com/ Heather Pranitis

    You look beautiful! I love your accessory choices as well. And a fabulous smile too.  Sometimes we look our best when we “throw” the look together. :)

  • http://twitter.com/freaklafashion April Fashionreports

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