Chic and Sophisticated: Which Silhouettes Create This Look

Happy Friday, loves!

I hope y’all are as excited about this weekend as I. Today is our daughter’s cheer camp performance to round out the week. It’s Donuts with Dad day at the twins’ school, and that means lots of family time and enjoyment…and a very laid-back Friday night. The rest of the weekend is booked solid with a lot of friends, family, and fun for Father’s Day, and this week was filled with sleepovers at our house. Actually, the last two weeks have been nothing but endless sleepovers at our house, and our kids love that!

My #momlife doesn’t give me as much time as I’d like to dress up and be fancy. Full disclosure – I do get dressed every single day, but I strip down and put my robe back on when I get home from drop off every morning. I’m only dressed to leave the house. I love to dress up, but I also have to plan a lot of my clothes around what we’re doing with the kids and how easy it is for me to carry them and bend down to help them. I always dress up for church. Mostly because I feel very disrespectful walking into church with anything less than my #SundayBest. However, I also dress for church because I love to dress up. Otherwise, it’s date nights and travel that allows me to really dress up!

There’s just something about putting on something feminine and beautiful that makes me feel like a million bucks. So, here are some of my favorite silhouettes when I want to feel very ladylike and elegant. It’s helpful to know how certain shapes lend to a specific look when you’re going for ladylike and elegant.


{Michael Kors wedges, RayBan aviators}

The Classic Wrap Dress

You can’t go wrong with a classic wrap. I recently picked up this Lilly Pulitzer Marvista to wear to dinner on my wedding anniversary, and I love it. It’s such a fun twist on a classic wrap with a Lilly Print. It’s so much fun when I want to feel feminine and chic, but also have a little more fun with color and pattern. I also love this fun wrap.


{Kate Spade clutch, SugarFix by Baublebar earrings, YSL sunglasses, Christian Louboutin bow pumps}

The Classic LBD

This Diane von Furstenberg is one of my favorite LBDs, but it’s also a wrap dress. That means it wins everything in my book. You cannot go wrong with an LBD, but you have to choose one that fits your shape. It’s also wise to choose a classic cut rather than one that’s trendier. I also love this one if you want to add a little flair to an otherwise classic LBD.


{YSL sunglasses, Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps}

The Classic Sheath 

I love a sheath, and I think I have one version or another in almost every color imaginable. It’s simple and elegant, and its timelessness makes it everything. This one is my current favorite with its simple cut. And I can’t beat the fact that I picked it up at TJ Maxx for like $40. I also love this one and this one. 

Classic LBD: The Perfect Date Night Look


My husband and I are big fans of date night. While we can’t quite squeeze one in every week with our hectic schedules, we do manage to sneak out at least every other week. The rule in the Raiford house is never to allow more than two weeks without a date. We are more than 16 years into our relationship, and we like to credit regular date nights for keeping the spark alive and the romance in our marriage.

We love date night!

With four small kids and more extracurricular activities you even want to hear about, it’s imperative we have a small break to focus on our marriage and just enjoying one another’s company. I like to dress up on date night, and one of my favorite go-to date night ensembles is a classic little black dress. I’m always a fan of the classics, and an LBD tops my list.

The single best thing about any LBD is the classic nature of this dress. The key to finding LBDs that last is to choose a classic cut and fit that never goes out of style. I believe in spending a little money on your LBD since it’s a timeless staple.

{ DvF dress is old, shoes are Christian Louboutin “So Kate” }

The one I’m wearing in this photo is 12-years-old, and I still love it more than most of the dresses hanging in my closet. It’s a classic black Diane von Furstenberg I bought in California in 2006. It’s a timeless wrap dress made just a little more fun with the slightly masculine collar and the pockets.

Give me all the dresses with pockets.

With spring in the air, many people forgo black in favor of brighter colors, pastels, and light and bright. While I’m always a big believer in dressing for the seasons, nothing quite competes with an LBD, and I’m sharing a few of my favorites – all entirely worth the splurge as you’ll wear them forever.

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Diane von Furstenberg – $398

This DvF is the epitome of a classic wrap dress. It’s flattering on every body type, and it’s beyond timeless. This is the one dress that will never, ever go out of style or make you feel anything less than spectacular in it.


Adrianna Papell – $130 

This Adrianna Papell sheath is a classic silhouette, and it’s so affordable! If you want to save a little money on an LBD but you’re worried about quality, Adrianna Papell is a brand you needn’t worry about.


DSquared2 – $384 – $576

It’s just the perfect fit, and style, and that’s what makes this LBD such a timeless investment.


Diane von Furstenberg – $428

Sometimes the best way to wear your LBD is with a little color and a pop of fun – and this DvF is all of the above.


Tadashi – $245 (marked down from $408!)

A little lace goes a long way, and this Tadashi is on major sale!


Diane von Furstenberg – $256 (marked down from $428!)

This fitted beauty is the epitome of elegance – and look at that price! This is one that will sell out quickly, so hurry up!

PS – If you check Nordstrom Rack, they sometimes have DvF dresses on MAJOR sale. If you find them at the right time, you can really pick up some amazing deals. 


The Casual LBD: The Perfect Way to Transition from Summer to Fall ( Or to Other Summer in Florida, anyway)


You guys, today is the first day of back to school for our kids – and we are celebrating! Okay, so we took them to school, walked them to class, and ordered our favorite biscuits and gravy to go so we could come home and sit at our desks and eat them.

But it’s quiet. We are both sitting at our desks working in the silence. No one wants a snack. No one wants to scream at anyone else. No one is bickering. No one is complaining about Google Home playing Frank Sinatra radio.

It’s a good day.

And it’s also the first official day of fall in my book. Since we’re Floridians and that season doesn’t exist, it starts for me officially officially on September 1, but unofficially on the first day of school. Which means it’s time to transition the summer wardrobe into a fall wardrobe. Basically, it’s time to add a little black to the mix.

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So before I finish up a few deadlines and head off to yoga, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite ways to go from summer to faux fall in Florida – with the basic back tee shirt dress. It’s everything – and this one is from TJ Maxx ($9.99, seriously). I love the tick neck detail, and I’ve linked to a few of my other favorite casual LBDs to transition.

Wear them with flats, add a pair of wedges, some booties, or some riding boots and a scarf to give them a little edge. And know that if you have the kind of weather that allows you to wear boots and a scarf with your casual LBD without dying of heat stroke – I kind of hate you a little.

A lot.

And not kind of.

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This casual LBD is one of my favorites. It’s easy to wear both casually as well as a little dressed up (and it’s only $68!)

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This casual LBD is perfect for casual outings and having a little fun.

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This casual LBD has the most fun flutter sleeves if you want something a little extra.

(Photos by Nordstrom)