Style 911: “What Do I Wear With My New Anthro Dress?”

I am the proud new owner of Rodna Halter Dress from Anthropologie–which is a store I usually just drool over.  This is my first purchase from Anthro and I have to say it was an impulse buy! Now I’m not sure where/how to wear my new favorite dress.  It’s a fine dark navy corduroy and the neckline is beautiful.  I purchased the size 12 and it makes my short, curvy self look fabulous. The lines look formal, but the fabric and the fact that it has elastic in the sides makes it a bit more casual.  Please help! — Mina

Great choice, Mina! You can wear your Rodna dress almost year-round with the right accessories. My first instict was to pair this adorable retro-styled corduroy halter dress with bright whites and yellows. But as soon as I found those to-die-for floral platform shoes, I switched up my game. Because your dress is so pleasingly neutral, you can have a lot of fun with your accessories. In this case, I chose to go crazy with shoes — and echoed the floral pattern on the platforms in the neck of the cream cardigan. But you could also go with a crazy colored blazer, or scarf, and tone down your hosiery and footwear. Just remember, less is more — only choose one major item to play up at time. Otherwise, you’ll risk overpowering the simplicity of the dress and the bangin’ curves of your body.

Darling Ava Cardigan in Cream, $79.80

The Limited Sheer Dot Tights, $19.90

Modcloth Breathtaking Bouquet Heel, $42.99