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Closet Confection: Little Navy Dress + The Urban Shoe Myth

Cos Dress-3Cos Dress-2Statement NecklaceCos Dress-1Christian Louboutin Mary Janes
{Cos Little Navy Dress, Burberry Trench (also smitten with this plaid trench), Celine Handbag, Mango Necklace, Hermes & Vita Fede Bracelets, Christian Louboutin ‘Charleen’ Pumps}

I wear certain articles of clothing to death in everyday life, but the pics don’t always make it to the blog.  This little navy dress is an excellent case in point! I purchased it while in Italy last Christmas, and I just can’t get enough of it.  It’s perfectly polished and ladylike, plus it’s wearable in different seasons.  I find myself reaching for it whenever I need to be presentable for work but don’t have the time (or the energy) to fuss over my outfit.  I believe every woman should have an arsenal of pieces like this in her closet… or at least women like me who are notoriously grumpy and sluggish in the morning.  Over the years I’ve tried to build a wardrobe that works for me, and not against me.  So far my growing fleet of standout dresses and well-made shoes has served its purpose, and I can generally cobble together a decent outfit in under 5 minutes.

Speaking of shoes…

Maryjanes are hands-down my favorite style. And for the past 3 years, I’ve reserved a little space in my bank account for a classic, black patent leather pair by Christian Louboutin. I’ve tried (and failed) at walking in monstrous Lady Dafs. And earlier this year, the Neo Pensee looked promising.  But as soon as I stood up, I realized that the 120mm pitch defied all sense of reason and perhaps a few laws of physics.  After a while, I started to think my dream heels were just an urban shoe myth.  I’d just about given up when, lo’ and behold, Charleen stepped on the scene. With my birthday 6 weeks away just around the corner, I took a leap and decided to treat myself.  And I’ve been in shoe heaven ever since!

Has there ever been a dream item that you just had to have in your closet? What was it, and were you eventually able to find it?

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  • Frannie Pantz September 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    LOL As soon as I read your title, I knew what shoes you would be wearing. So cute!

    • ClosetConfections September 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      lol, i’ve literally hunted these down for years! 🙂

  • Lisa September 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I love this whole look but the dress and the shoes are my favorites. I love anything navy and those shoes are simply gorgeous!

    • ClosetConfections September 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks! I’m in love with both of these pieces, and it’s been hard to pry these shoes off my feet, lol!

  • Lorna Mai Ltd September 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Your shoes are stunning. I much prefer heels with straps on as my feet are narrow so I need a strap to prevent that flip-flop look! I do love your chunky necklace and I love navy as it’s so much softer than black. You look great!

  • Stephanie September 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This dress is so flattering. You look fantastic!


  • Made in Mauve September 18, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Lovely outfit. The necklace is so cool!

    Made in Mauve

  • elicrn September 19, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I love how you paired a big chunky necklace with the dress, beautiful!

    • ClosetConfections September 19, 2014 at 10:20 am

      thanks! it was a last minute addition, and i like how it worked out.

  • beautycindy2002 September 19, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    from the shoe to the hermes bracelet to the gown is all waoooo….

  • vglproject September 19, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Item I finally splurged on – the LV Speedy 35. Wanted one for about 20 years and was finally able to get it. That’s the only LV I need. It was mostly an emotional/proud moment thing.

  • Style Bits & Bobs of ME September 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

    The dress and shoes. Navy is my favorite color! I like the Mary Jane Style shoes as well.

  • Bids in Graceland October 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    There’s just too much gorgeousness going on here. I’m overwhelmed! The shoes, the dress, the trench, everything! Love it!

    • ClosetConfections October 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed this post.