Day 29: Little Black Dress Experiment Tours to Houston, Texas

Posted on | August 29, 2010

Sarah Bray-
PHOTO LOCATION: Houston, TX- Lake Woodlands does the Little Black Dress Experiement

I chose to pair my classic black Ann Taylor sheath ($128) with some bold statement pieces that express my true personality and style. The cotton shirt-dress is versatile, comfortable and flattering – making this piece the ultimate closet staple. Yet those three factors proved as an unexpected challenge when it came down to styling my individual look for Society Stylist’s Little Black Dress Experiment, because the directions this dress could be taken are limitless! Paired with black pumps the look is “Career Chic,” worn with a cardigan, layered with polos and paired with ballet flats or loafers it’s “Country Club Chic,” but what I was looking for was a glamed-out, on-trend, head turning, but not gaudy, fabulous “Texas Chic”!

One of my favorite wardrobe pieces I own now is my brown faux fur vest. This trend came onto the scene last winter, and I was immediately dying for the warmth and instant chic-ness the vest instantly adds to virtually any ensemble. I scoured everywhere looking for a faux fur (no real fur in my closet!) vest with the exactly nomadic Icelandic look I had in mind. Finally after months of searching a vest in my price range, I found what I was looking for in the most unexpected place – The Buckle! Yes, somewhere buried behind all of the Ed Hardy on a sale rack I found my great BB Dakota vest for $50 bucks (originally $100)! It pays to be persistent and a digger when shopping ya’ll!

My white and gold Michele watch, worn on my left wrist, is the perfect for pairing for the black Ann Taylor shirt-dress – they both play just as perfectly with casual looks as they do with more dressy outfits. The band of the watch is this new stretchy rubber that gives off the appearance of acrylic – I have never seen anything like it! And in comparison to some of the heavy, uncomfortable acrylic watches I own, I honestly prefer this Michele’s wristwatch innovation so much more!

You can’t really see my earrings, but I picked this Beyonce-worthy bedazzled pair up at one of my favorite cheap and chic shopping destinations, Forever 21.  I bought them last week and since have been managing to find a way to incorporate them into every outfit. Even if the flashy bling isn’t exactly daytime appropriate, they’re simply fun!

My brown leather bag, by Saddleback Leather, is just what I have been looking for fall. Open up an fashion magazine and everything is all about women incorporating menswear into their wardrobes. This durable briefcase-like bag is a timeless piece that can double as not only a handbag, but a book bag and computer case. I love it’s masculine structured look paired with a dress other feminine and other accessories. Not to mention, the bag by Saddleback Leather is Texan made with the company’s home base in San Antonio!

My shoes I picked up at Zara in March when I was up in NYC for summer internship interviews. I didn’t realize how warm it was going to be, and with my solid black heels I felt my interview outfit was way too stuffy for the fashion industry. But these gray suede sandal pumps did the trick and spiced up my simple shift.

My sunglasses are from Anthropologie ($20) and my lipstick is my favorite color of all time Chanel Rouge Allure 187.

BLOGGER BIO: Sarah Bray began her fashion journalism career in high school in Tyler, Texas, where she served as the fashion editor for the All-Saints Episcopal School Trojan Times. In 2008 she was an editorial intern for ENVY, a Texas pop-culture and lifestyle magazine. During the three-month internship she had the opportunity to write food, movie and boutique reviews and also interview actor Matthew Goode and directors Jay and Mark Duplass. In the fall of 2008, she interned with North Park Center’s seven-day runway event Fashion at the Park. As an intern she helped organize the event and assist with the Vogue CFDA auction. In addition, she reported on runway shows such as Roberto Cavalli, Valentino, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. Starting in December 2008, she interned with PaperCity Magazine working with the fashion editor in Houston and the Dallas co-editors. During her six-month internship she had the opportunity to have several articles published in the magazine, including her full coverage on the 2009 AFI International Film Festival. In March 2009, she along with SMU alumna, now Assistant Editor of PaperCity Magazine,, a lifestyle blog that features articles on art, fashion, dining and travel. In the summer of 2009 she interned at Vogue in New York City in the accessories department. Sarah had the opportunity to work with fashion’s best including Vogue’s Creative Director Grace Coddingtion, famed fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, and MET Gala director Sylvana Soto-ward, to name a few. Sarah is VP of the SMU Retail Club and has been serving as fashion editor for the SMU Daily Campus since June 2008. Currently Sarah is an editorial intern with The New York Times Style Magazine, T. is a blog devoted to my random thoughts, carefree adventures, fashion obsessions and the things that catch my eye.

BLOG: Chic Texan

BLOGGER: Sarah Bray



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