Brushstroke ‘retro’ dress, front-ruffle shrug, and spanx are classics that work

'retro' dress, black shrug

Anne looks great and is comfortable in this cream/black/brown brushstroke patterned ‘Retro’ dress.  Brand is Olivia Matthews, and she found it at Ross Dress For Less.  The dress has an included skinny black belt, cap sleeves, pleated scoop neck with keyhole opening and black button detail.  The back-zip 40’s/50’s era shape has a fitted bodice and straight skirt with darts.

The black front-ruffle shrug is polyester, Dress Barn brand, and Anne found it at Goodwill.  The elbow length sleeves compliment the shrugs’ over-all length, where the shrug curves up in the front and dips down in the back to a peplum finish.

The shoes are black kidskin leather upper, balance manmade, Valerie Stevens brand.  They have a keyhole front opening, pointed toe, and have a dance character heel that is 2 inches tall.  The skinny tie gives them a feminine wingtip look.

Anne’s secret to smooth curves?  Spanx:)  Anne calls them a comfortable modern day girdle. Her favorite style fits like high waisted nylon bike pants and goes all the way up to the lower bust line so there’s no roll!  She can still breath, is comfortable, and there’s no digging into the waist.  When she wants to dress up, it’s a great way to polish the look.  She got her Spanx from Lane Bryant (including her tights/black nylons in this photo), and  says they’re available in a wide variety of styles/models/shapes.

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