Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How To Style: Lilly Pulitzer Charlene Dress

Every season Lilly Pulitzer brings back some of my favorite styles. The Charlene dress is an incredibly versatile three-season dress that looks great styled a number of ways. I have solid Charlene dresses and a few striped ones, too.

It's still quite cold in Maryland and I like to wear layers to help me to keep warm. So I decided to pair a button down shirt with the Charlene dress for a different look. The stretchy fabric of the dress looked perfect over a slim blouse. The gold tone necklace perfectly compliments the buttons on the dress.

Jules Smith Necklace (on sale)  //  Frye Boots (60% off!)
Unlike other items, the Charlene dress fits fairly consistently from season to season. This navy dress is from a previous season and is a size small. I've been wearing a size 6 in the latest spring styles. I tried on the pink Charlene in store and the size small fit well.

While I can't wear super short dresses to school, the Charlene dress is an appropriate length and fit. It's conservative but fun. Paired with a button down shirt one day and a scarf the next day, it can look completely different depending on how the dress is styled.

I wore this dress for an exciting and busy day! In the morning, I presented a workshop for principals and media specialists about how to combat high-tech cheating. It is a very interesting topic that becomes more and more important as students have their electronic devices at school and use them frequently in the classroom.

In the evening, I was recognized at the Board of Education meeting for achieving National Board Certification in Spanish. The year-long process helped me to reflect on my teaching and helps me to continue to evaluate how I teach. At the televised meeting, I greeted board members and the superintendent after receiving recognition and a pin. So special!

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Where I live in Maryland, we got several inches of snow yesterday. Honestly, it didn't amount to much, but schools were cancelled. The girls and I went outside and they sledded down some hills close to our house. I had to make my monogram in the snow, of course. Kind of the "February in Maryland" version of summer sand. My Bean boots kept my feet warm and dry, too.

monogram in the snow preppy winter

ll bean boots in the snow


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