Styling Outfits for Spring

One of my favourite parts of fashion blogging is experimenting with clothes and putting together different outfit combinations. While this is usually done in the comfort of my own closet, I recently had the opportunity to style outfits in front of a LIVE audience!

Dress / Necklace (old from F21, similar) / Shoes (old from Target, similar) / c/o Bag

I worked with Bramalea City Center on their Spring Style Pop Party, where me and my fellow Style Squad members were given 15 minutes to present 3 Spring Trends – Romantic, Boho and Nautical. Styling under pressure was definitely an intense experience – we were in the middle of the mall with an audience watching us! But because it was doing something I LOVE, I enjoyed every moment of it.

Here are the looks I came up with: lots of blush pink and lace for the romantic look, patterns, layers and tassels for the boho look, and a tailoured navy and white outfit with a pop of red for the nautical look. It was interesting to see how we ALL put our own unique spins on the 3 trends – view all three of the outfits here.

I wore this lace dress to the event – I SO wish it came in white – it would be PERFECT for summer! The lace overlay design reminds me of the famous Self-Portrait Layered Dress (by the way – how dreamy is the Azaelea Dress? WANT!) Since I was wearing black during a day time event, I lightened up the effect by pairing it with blush pink accessories.

This pink bag is inspired by the Chloe Drew bag, and was sent to me by Romwe. It’s a great option if you’re looking for a fun summer bag, as it’s only $24.99. Romwe is offering one of my readers a $50 giftcard – just register on their website, like their FB page and comment with your email address below – I’ll be picking the winner on May 30. Alternatively, you can use code “RW-ellaprettyblog60” for 60% off your order.

UPDATE: Winner is Laurie W

If you plan on ordering, please keep in mind that their items ship from China – so shipping can take up to a month. Also – depending on your order size/where you live you might have to pay duty (that’s happened to me 1/10th of the time, but I wanted to mention it.) In all honesty, items can be hit or miss depending on sizing/quality etc, so I can’t speak for ALL the items on the site, but here are some pieces that I’ve tried, tested and found similar in quality to H&M, ZARA etc. (Black Midi Skirt, Floral Midi Skirt, Pink Bag, White Lace Blouse). And definitely use a measuring tape to make sure you’re ordering the right size!

What is your favourite type of dress for summer? Mine is of course LACE! I’m on the hunt for a white midi length one!

41 Comments

  1. Julie
    May 16, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    I can't resist a nautical-inspired striped dress. I have navy and white, red and white, black and white, long-sleeved, short-sleeved, sleeveless — you name it!

  2. Beautygirl 24
    May 16, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Love this black lace dress! The fit and length are beautiful on you! And great job on styling under pressure! I'm not sure I could do that, I'd probably be sweating the entire time out of anxiety. Fabulous job!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 16, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you – I love it when I find midi dresses, as I prefer my dresses to be that length 🙂 As to the under-pressure part – having 2 other blog friends participating helped make it more fun and less stressful LOL 🙂

  3. Rachelle Pinksole
    May 16, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    adore the black lace and yes a white lace would be perfect for summer, I'm on the hunt for one too and have seen a few interesting ones on ASOS.xo PinkSole

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:48 am

      Oooh – will have to take a look at ASOS – thx for the suggestion <3

  4. Sandy H
    May 17, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I love outfits with something sheer whether it be the sleeves or a trim.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:49 am

      Agreed – it's a nice touch to have subtle sheer parts 🙂

  5. Gracie Kahl
    May 17, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    What a gorgeous dress! Very versatile, too.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:50 am

      Thanks – you're right – it would work for many different occasions!

  6. Sarah J
    May 17, 2016 / 1:18 pm

    Your dress looks gorgeous! My favorite type of dress for summer is a creamy lace dress that is just above the knee. I would say it gives an elevated casual look.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:51 am

      Gotta love the creamy lace 🙂

  7. Crystal Sell
    May 17, 2016 / 4:10 pm

    absolutely beautiful! followed all of the steps and my email iscrystalrsell at gmail dot comthank you!

  8. Gina Daily
    May 17, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    First, your dress is beautiful! Second, what a cool event concept. It would definitely stress me out trying to style outfits in front of a live audience! You did so well and I love that you give sneak peeks of stuff like this on Snapchat! :)Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:52 am

      Thanks Gina – it's one of those things that I didn't think I could do, until I tried LOL! So glad you liked the snaps <3

  9. latanya t
    May 17, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Beautiful dress!!I registered and follow them on facebook.dlatany at gmail dot com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:52 am

      Thank you!

  10. tiffany dayton
    May 17, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    A light weight summer dress would be my pick, not long or short.I do like the black lace dress for dressy occasions.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:53 am

      Love lightweight dresses when it's hot!

  11. cherry251
    May 17, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    i like lacy dresses for summer

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:53 am

      Me too!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 18, 2016 / 4:54 am

      I love florals too!

  12. Unknown
    May 18, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I like lace but any cotton a line dress is great and it's a bonus if it has pockets!cinlchin@gmail.com

  13. Luminous Angel
    May 19, 2016 / 4:41 am

    I love a feminine flowery print ;)luminousangel13 AT hotmail DOT com

  14. Edmond Leung
    May 19, 2016 / 6:54 am

    Great Scout , Marty My fave: white and pastel color dresses. . Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂

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    May 20, 2016 / 4:04 pm

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    May 25, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Love this purse so much

  17. Samantha Scarlett
    May 25, 2016 / 6:16 am

    Wonderful dress, OMG!samantha.scarlettina@gmail.comFB: Samantha Scarlett

  18. Barbara W.
    May 29, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I love the lace dress and that purse is divine (and you look great!). Pink and black will always be one of my favorite color combinations.My FB follow is under my pen name (Lily Halverson), if it matters.countesschocula at mail dot comThanks for the great giveaway!

  19. Kristen Patton
    May 30, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Subscribed and liked – Gorgeous clothing! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 pattoncontest@gmail.com

  20. rajee pandi
    May 31, 2016 / 4:08 am

    registered and liked love your black dress

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