In Case of Emergency

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In case of a fashion emergency (i.e. I don’t know what to wear, most of my clothes aren’t clean, or I just don’t want to get dressed) there’s one item I reach for again and again…This blue and black patterned dress! Keep reading to see why this dress is so great AND shop a few similar options for yourself. 😉


I don’t know what you call this style of dress (it’s a shift dress, but what’s the pattern called? Mosaic? Trellis? Lattice?), but I absolutely love it. I also have this very similar beige and coral version in the same unknown style. There’s something so easy about throwing on a shift dress when you’re in a rush or “just can’t”—it’s one and done. All you need is one piece, preferably shoes (unless barefoot is your thing), and you’re good to go. It makes such a simple and stylish work outfit!

Another reason I love this dress and particular style is the versatility. This is my go-to outfit for every season. Winter? Add a fabulous pea-coat, tights, and tall boots. Fall or spring? Go barelegged with some elongating pointy flats. Summer? Add a cute head scarf for a retro look. A simple, patterned shift dress like this can be the perfect outfit for school, work, or even date night (where the heels at?).

As promised, I also have a few links for you to shop similar dresses. All of these are from the same brand of the dress I’m wearing in today’s post, Max Studio. This brand has so many cute dresses, especially in this style, and they’re really affordable. They are also great quality. This black, white, and blue one is a nice weight and doesn’t wrinkle at all. They have a little more shape than a usual shift dress, which I appreciate. Lots of times, shifts go straight down your body, meaning you lose your shape in the fabric (or, if you have wide hips, it can make you look bigger). These dresses have a slight waist to them to ensure a shapelier and more flattering silhouette.

There’s this blue and grey dress with a scallop-inspired pattern.

This retro-inspired coral dress would be great for spring.

There’s this oh-so-chic number in a neutral color palette.

But my favorite Max Studio dress isn’t actually a shift…look at this pretty wrap dress! It has my favorite pattern from the shift dresses but the ultra-flattering shape of a wrap dress. Love. And it’s only $37!


What do you wear in the case of a fashion emergency? It’s hard not to just fall back on sweatpants and a t-shirt, but I always try to add a little style even on the laziest of days. Have a fantastic weekend and welcome to March! (Where is this year going?!)


Miles of smiles,



Cobalt Blue Pea Coat: Francesca’s, $40 // Black Tights: Nordstrom Rack, $10 // Patterned Shift Dress: Max Studio via Nordstrom Rack, $40 // Black Quilt Boots: Nordstrom Rack, $40 // Blue Chiffon Scarf: hand-me-down // Black Patent Purse: hand-me-down 


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