Our real person model may look familiar from last week’s blog and that’s because I had so much fun dressing Kris Jones up! At 40 this gorgeous designer just radiates, making whatever she puts on look fantastic.  We took the opportunity to play with all the many, many dresses that are stocked at the best Portland boutique right now.

Tart Marie Dress Basketweave

Tart Marie Dress; Necklace and Earrings by Special Portland (available in store)

Dresses can be really quite versatile and SO comfortable if they fit and flatter. This Tart dress is a great example. The simple and elegant lines flatter while the print is modern and contemporary. You can pair some wicked heels with this and head out for an anniversary dinner or reunion or dress it down with a pair of leather boots and a denim jacket for everyday. Because this dress is of neutral tones I paired some turquoise green and blue Special Portland pieces with it to just give it some color, but going neutral with your accessories would be fine too.

Paige Denim Elliot Dress

Paige Denim Elliot DressEllington Charlie Hobo; Special Portland Jewelry; Belgo Lux Belt

Shirt dresses are so flattering because of the structure of the fabric. It stands out and away from any bumps you may not want fabric clinging too. This Paige denim shirtdress is great because the lightweight fabric will create some flattering drape, which the baseball tee cut of the bottom is flattering since you can see a little more leg from the sides. We did pair a leather braided belt with this to bring the dress in more at the waist.

Pairing color with this neutral seems natural. The POP of this Ellington bag in paprika stands out from the light blue. Just a great casual outfit that looks effortlessly put together.

dress shopping in portland oregon

QSW Ocean Woodblock DressFree People Lovely Linen Moto Jacket; Special Portland Jewlery;

Oh man, this outfit, I mean do I really need to say anything… the print, the color. Stupid cute!  Kris does have a narrow shoulder, so both this strapless QSW dress, as well as the Free People moto jacket flatter her frame. The strapless with the horizontal visual line and the jacket with the structured shoulder seams help to strengthen Kris’s shoulder line. Dress shopping in Portland Oregon has never been more fun.

Ella Moss Sequin Dress

Ella Moss Joliet Sequin Dress; Kut from the Kloth Denim Jacket; Shiraleah Clutch; Special Portland Jewelry

And who says you can’t wear a sequin dress casually? This Ella Moss dress is gorgeous and so flattering just skimming your figure.  Of course pairing this with a white tuxedo jacket and gold strappy heels would work perfectly for your Vegas trip but Portland ain’t Vegas, so dress it down with a Kut denim jacket and some suede boots or simple sandals.  The reason this sequins works is the style of the dress is simple and not too clingy or tight so it works for a day dress as well. Don’t you just love versatility? I know I do.

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