New Dresses and Flats (Old Navy and H&M)

I’m trying to get outfits ready for upcoming events (holiday parties, birthdays and blogger meet-ups). I’m still playing around with different combinations – it’s tricky figuring out the right shoes and jewelry to wear! Here are some of my recent dress purchases:

I have the same dress as Pippa Middleton! I didn’t know that when I purchased it – but I think it’s cool. In this picture I’ve paired it with black leggings and boots and my Balenciaga First bag (hello pretty bag!!!). I think my boots may be too chunky for this dress – I may wear it with black tights and my aldo ballet flats instead.

H&M Horse tunic $49.95

I’m still debating whether I should keep this dress/tunic or not. The print looks busy in pictures, but in person the combination of blush pink and rich navy is so pretty. If I were to keep it, I’d unbutton the top more, lower the belt and wear it with dark skinny jeans. I first saw this dress on Louise from Cosmetic Bee – check out how lovely it looks on her here.

Old Navy Tie-front Kimono Sleeve dress $39.94 (I got mine 25% off)

I like how conservative this dress is – it falls below the knee and has long sleeves – perfect for family get-togethers. I cut off the fabric belt (I hate tops and dresses that tie in the back!) and used a studded j.crew belt instead. I plan on wearing this with sheer hose and nude pumps (used to be a fashion no-no, but Kate Middleton’s brought it back!)

Old Navy Nude Pointy Flats and Leopard Print Ballet Flats

If you haven’t tried Old Navy shoes yet – I seriously recommend that you do – their flats are so unbelievably comfy – they feel like the softest bedroom slippers but look very chic. I’ve been wearing my metallic ballet flats non-stop – and I was eager to purchase more – I bought these 2 pairs for around $12 each with promos and discounts (they might be even cheaper now, although limited sizes are available). 

Have you been planning Holiday outfits? Do you have any styling suggestions for my 3 dresses – please comment below 🙂


  1. Schnelle
    November 14, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    That lace dress is SO pretty! It can really be dressed up or down.

  2. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    November 14, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    Those flats make me want to run to Old Navy tonight! My feet need a break from heels on the weekends!

  3. Jennifer
    November 15, 2011 / 12:00 am

    Love the outfits!

  4. Beautygirl24
    November 15, 2011 / 12:24 am

    How pretty are you in these looks sweetie?! That lace dress is so elegant and classic. I think it looks great on you! I also love the tunic. I have seen it on another blogger and you both look wonderful!

  5. Louise @ cosmetic bee
    November 15, 2011 / 1:38 am

    Hi there, what a great round-up of dresses and thanks very much for the shout-out! I love the H & M lace dress – I was actually debating that one but decided to go with the top instead, as I figured I would wear it more often than the dress. I actually really like how you have styled the lace dress with the black boots, it's a very interesting combination. Also, the H & M bubble necklace looks fabulous on you!

  6. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 15, 2011 / 2:26 am

    Schnelle – that's true – it's very versatile – I'm so glad I found it :-)Skylette – you should totally get them (or order them online – like I do LOL…no sorting through to find my size!)Jennifer – I'll be wearing the lace one for our Wed event :-)Noelle – Thanks – I'm totally inspired by all your lace looks – wish we had Charlotte Russe here – you have the best lace items from there (and other places too LOL!)!Louise – I might get the lace top too if I see it! H&M has TOO many good things – but I never have the time to browse to my hearts content – if I did I'd walk out with SO much :-)Thanks for the input regarding the boots – they are so comfy – so it's good to know that I could wear them with this outfit 🙂

  7. Shauna MacKenzie
    November 15, 2011 / 2:27 am

    I LOVE the Pippa dress, so pretty! The Kimono-style dress is also gorgeous – I love the print! You make me want to shop 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    November 15, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    Great outfits! I love that lace dress, the flats are too cute!

  9. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 16, 2011 / 2:58 am

    Shauna – Thanks – I really love the current trends – although it means I keep buying clothes LOL!Andi – I'm obsessed with lace clothes and flat shoes at the moment!

  10. Tali
    November 17, 2011 / 11:30 am

    LOVE your choice of bag.. it really does seem to go with eveything you have so its perfect!!!!! Love the dresses and the way you paired one with that lovely red necklace. It really works well.. and I think that it looks better on you than in the promo photo. You styled it very well!!

  11. Ella Pretty Blog
    November 17, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    Tali – I'm really loving my Bal first – I've used it several times and am amazed at how much it can hold…and I've also gotten over my paranoia that it will stain easily – so far so good! Thanks for your comments re: the dresses – am trying to figure out how I can incorporate more dresses in my wardrobe 🙂

  12. Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews)
    November 22, 2011 / 4:05 pm

    You look absolutely amazing in the H&M dress…I really want to go out and get it now LOL! Was it a recent purchase? I have so many lace pieces now though, I'm not sure if I should be getting yet another 😛

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