The Dress Alternative

Jerome Dreyfuss Leopard print bags

jerome dreyfuss leopard print bag

moto denim jeans

topshop lace up sandals

I love the concept of an almost floor sweeping gown/dress/kimono worn as a cardi.  The above one is an old Zara find that can be worn both ways (or at least to me it can) so I wore it in said fashion.  For those that grew up wearing cardigans like me, this is the ultimate comfort blanket summer-ized.

Question:  Topshop block heels or Chuck Taylors?  Both are on display to show the difference but which is more you?  Something strappy or tomboy casual?

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Dress worn as summer cardi: Zara (old).  Jeans: Men’s H&M (seen before in this February post!!). Found them in blue!  Sandals: Topshop. Bag: Jerome Dreyfuss (sold out but similar in a smaller size here). Similar leopard bags: M&F Western, Maje and Olivia Miller. Plimsolls: Converse

ps. I updated my shop!!


  1. Hannah F says:

    You do rock both so well, but I love the heels- it gives the dress/cardi some elevation and you can appreciate the lines and details of the jeans and dress a bit more. The chicks are great too, but not as satisfying as those heels.

  2. Hannah F says:

    Chucks* oops!!!!

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      LOL I knew what you meant! I agree the heels are better

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Thanks I LOVE a good Kimono! This one is really a dress or half dress if you want to call it that. A vintage kimono would be a cool find

  3. Steph M. says:

    Love the jeans. do they run true to size? or did you have to size up or down? i find H&M for women wrong too small for me. i haven’t tried the men’s ones.

    • Karen Blanchard says:

      Thanks! Whatever you get in womens get in mens. Even go up one for slouch/drop crotch effect : )

  4. jennifer sacket says:

    i found a kimono at the thrift and looking for ways to style it what would you suggest? Also, looking for cute styles as I am a yoga teacher and sometimes have to pop out after yoga what would you suggest?

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