#OOTD: Empire State of Mind (Feat. StyleWe)

Now that the year 2017 is in full swing, I'm sure many of you have noticed that there are a few things I plan on approaching differently this year. One of those things, which I covered in my last post, is having a more positive attitude and continuing to practice radical self love. But of course there is more than just that personal resolution, because if you can recall I had a list for 2017 featuring my newest affiliate and partner Saks Fifth Avenue, which was made up of all my 2017 Style Resolutions. Though I did make some really good ones for 2016, I kind of (okay I totally didn't) didn't keep up with them between my hiatus and many new partnerships. However, this is a new year and I am definitely going to stay on top of them this time, because what's the point of making style resolutions if you aren't going to dress up?

Strike It Rich

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If you read my 2017 Style Resolutions article, you know that one of my resolutions was to stop saving certain garments for "special occasions". Well recently, I decided to give that resolution a try, and wear this pretty blue dress from my sponsor and affiliate, StyleWe, to a lunch date with my mum. When I entered the little pub we were dining in, my mother looked at me and asked why I was dressed up considering I was off from my office that day and really was only at home blogging. My response was that this year, I've decided that if I want to wear something that makes me feel pretty, no matter what the occasion is I'm wearing it. (And therefore if dressing up to go to Bridgetown Tap House makes me feel pretty, damn it I'm doing it!)

The first thing I have to say about this gorgeous blue dress from StyleWe is how incredibly well it fits me. Normally when buying dresses I can be a bit skeptical due to the fact in my experience, most of the time they run a bit large and look baggy on me. However, this dress fits me like a glove and really emphasizes my long and slender frame. The other thing that is great about this dress is that it is made of a nice thick fabric, meaning you can wear it out in the winter time and not completely freeze!

Cuff: Louis Vuitton, Ring: Ritani (details + post coming soon)

Cuff: Louis Vuitton, Ring: Ritani (details + post coming soon)

The top of this rich blue dress is also something to write home about. Due to the thick fabric that this dress is made out of, the ruffled sleeves stay nice, crisply finished, and neatly placed. The modern plunge detailing of this dress is also lovely too and not only because of the fact this chic cutout design to die for, but it is also held in place by a piece of nude mesh, which is great because nobody wants a wardrobe malfunction. 

Shoes: Christian Louboutin, purchased via Tradesy

Shoes: Christian Louboutin, purchased via Tradesy

Lastly, though I generally shy away from discussing the back of my outfits, this dress just has such gorgeous back detailing that I cannot just let it be ignored! The reason I loved the back detailing of this dress was because I loved how the designer kept the top part of the shoulders open, giving this dress a very elegant feel reminiscent of old Hollywood. I also liked the calf length slit for the same reason, though it's obviously necessary for one to move, it also is very chic too.

One Last Look

So everybody, what are some of your favorite outfits that you wear shamelessly? I'd love to chat about it in the comments below or you can tweet me at @StarkRavingChic. Have a photo that you just want to show off? Feel free to tag me on Instagram at @StarkRavingChic! Later babes.

Xx, Bree