So this is why I've come to like print

Yesterday I had a client meeting and this is what I wore. I bought this dress in anticipation of a cruise 2.5 years ago. I picked it up from White House Black Market (WHBM). I have always loved the scroll print perhaps now I know why. The print is excellent camouflage for my belly. I did not want my condition to become the topic of conversation in this meeting and no one was the wiser until the end when my friend and colleague inquired about how I was coming along.
I really liked the bright orange bag paired with this. I'd contemplated switching to another bag but I thought the orange was a nice counter point to the blue stripes.
What about you? Anyone else out there formerly anti-print (who have since seen the light -- cue the angels singing ;-))?

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  • TraceyLiz65 replied 9 years ago

    Wow, fabulous dress and a good point about print and camoflauge!  I love prints for adding visual interest to outfits.  The orange purse is great with this! 

  • dustt replied 9 years ago

    Day vies - most awesome Mix - the orange bag..... I have no words - you look absolutely FAB!!

  • ManidipaM replied 9 years ago

    yup! not that I was anti-print but it took goldenpig's maternity WIWs for me to realise I too could use it as camouflage. and I confess.I use it more postpartum than I ever did while expecting.

    that is quite the statement dress you have there too, though! worth taking conversational centre stage with or without interesting conversations.

    I find some prints will also embellish and adorn the swelling belly very flatteringly and signal joy and confidence in the latter stages of maternity. again, lesson courtesy GP.

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    Killer beautiful. You look stunning, DV. WOW. And the pop of bright red is delicious. 

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    ManidipaM - I too have learned much from GP's maternity posts, her penchant for matchy-matchy prints and print mixing. I guess I did not realize until I put this dress on yesterday how incredibly useful a huge all over print could be. It seems to be an accessory in and of itself on par with color. I have to keep reminding myself of that though I keep saying it.

    Angie - I have to admit I felt a lot like my old self yesterday tooling around in this dress. It feels good to get a patented "killer" for the effort.

  • Karie replied 9 years ago

    This print dress looks gorgeous on you, and I love the addition of the orange bag. I've actually never been anti-print. Polka dots are my fav, but second to that, I love 'em all!

  • MsLuna replied 9 years ago

    That's a fabulous dress, Day Vies! It does give you a "I'm enjoying my cruise vibe" but at the same time the dress is versatile enough for everyday wear!

    I know what you mean by prints and tummy camouflage. Being someone with apple tendencies myself, I tend to prefer prints over solid when it comes to dresses. It's the camouflaging effect!

  • Suja replied 9 years ago

    I've always loved prints but wanted to chime in to say you look so fab in that dress. The bright bag is the perfect finishing touch.

  • Joy replied 9 years ago

    Day, what a great dress! I have discovered that certain swirly prints can give the allusion of curves where they don't exist. Yay, prints!

  • Ledonna N. replied 9 years ago

    You look lovely and Yes, I fell deeply in love with both print and pattern mixing it was quick and deep. That's me in the middle after a concert with Kindred and the Family Soul

  • Helena replied 9 years ago

    Terrific dress DayVies - you have a fantastic eye.

  • Kristin L replied 9 years ago

    That dress looks great on you! And I think orange was a good choice for your purse. 

  • Sveta replied 9 years ago

    This is a fantastic print for you, DV. I hope you will wear it more often now.

  • lyn* replied 9 years ago

    This is why print loves you!

  • deb replied 9 years ago

    DV, You look wonderful in this dress.

  • Jaime replied 9 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous on you. Have to think about print as camouflage - here it mostly just looks stunning.

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  • replied 9 years ago

    Beautiful. Glad the print is working for you, I've always been a print girl myself.

  • LAR101 replied 9 years ago

    Day Vries, You continually look amazing and you look fabulous in this print.

  • dashielle (Ann) replied 9 years ago

    Love, love, love this on you! I enjoy print, but try to keep it smaller since it can easily overwhelm a petite frame. That said, I did buy one of the scroll print blouses at WHBM....the crossover with longer sleeves, and I love it. It does have some awkwardly placed "medallions" on the chest though ;-) Rock on with your bad self!

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Beautiful dress and it looks fabulous on you.  I love dresses like this but I often feel overwhelmed by them, but I am a shorty:(

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    You look fantastic. The dress itself is amazing, I don't remember seeing it before. Extra points for the red bag.

    Now I know what this print is called :-)

  • fuzzylogic replied 9 years ago

    Love that print, DV! You wear it so well!!!

  • Day Vies replied 9 years ago

    Oh wow, I'm so glad you all agree with me. I admit I think this is the first time I've worn this dress and posted it on the forum though it's nearly 3 years old. It is a great dress and I should wear it more often. Maybe I didn't wear it because I felt like there wasn't much I could add to this dress (except good underpinnings and accessories). Maybe I felt like I should work a little harder on outfits I post. Clearly that's my own rule that I made up and it's not true.

    MsKatieKat- yeah this dress is textbook perfect for an apple figure. I realize my appl-y goodness is highlighted even more now that belly and breasts have merged.

    - have no fear. Considering my wardrobe is pretty limited right now I think I'll be wearing this dress a lot over the next several months -- especially since it has a good amount of stretch.

    - thanks for posting the pics! I see what you mean about the medallions but indeed it is a lovely blouse.

    Deborah - I think this dress would work just fine for you. I am not the tallest person in the word. (contrary to popular belief) Angie at 5'6" is taller than me. I just look tall in photos (yes I'm a tall girl impostor).

    Ornella - I think that's why I never get tired of the forum. There is always something new to learn.

  • jackiec replied 9 years ago

    All I can say is WOW!!!

  • Janet replied 9 years ago

    I have ALWAYS been a fan of prints because they can distract the eye away from my lumpier parts by keeping the eye moving around. ;-) Well, that, and I just like prints too. This one is really wonderful on you -- you look gorgeous and glowing!

  • Aziraphale replied 9 years ago

    Wow, fabulous dress. And yes, I know about the magical camouflaging properties of a print. They work wonders for hiding spills and stains too, for clumsy people like me. :-)

  • Thistle replied 9 years ago

    You look totally fabulous!  This dress looks drop dead amazing on you!!  And i love the orange purse with it.

    And yes, I am a recent convert to prints.  I have avoided them for a very, very long time. Recently, however, I have come to appreciate that they are very concealing. And I have also made peace with prints perhaps becoming dated more quickly than solids. It is a trade off I am willing to make!

  • Kimberley replied 9 years ago

    Fantastic, DV!  Love the red with it.  You're glowing :)

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