Brush Off | Off the Shoulder Dress and Prada Bag

DressTobi || AccessoriesRay Ban sunglasses, Prada bag (similar here), H&M bracelet (similar here), Essie Gel Couture polish in 'Rock the Runway' || Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar here)

Here's for a bit of change in scenery - we took these photos in front of the National Portrait Gallery! I have to walk by this place to get to work and while the inside features a beautiful art gallery, the exterior steps are just a fun place to hang out. In fact, on most nice days people sit on these steps and eat lunch. 
I wore this outfit this weekend for a day party. My good friend was celebrating her birthday and she called for a "west coast beachy" dress code (she's from Arizona). I wore this outfit to run a few errands and snap a few photos before heading to my friend's birthday in this exact outfit. I had never worn an off-the-shoulder anything before so I wasn't quite sure how to style this.  I thought about this post by Jackie from Something About That and tried to find a scarf that would work but it was so hot and humid I couldn't bear to do it. I would have liked to have worn this with a choker but alas, I didn't have any on hand. I also tried a few necklaces that didn't quite work so I just went for a simple and minimal approach.

Do you guys have any styling tips for this dress?

Photo Credit: Brian C. 


  1. This outfit is lovely! I love ruffles, and this little black dress looks both casual and chich at the same time :) I love the background as well, it must be great to visit or even just sit there for lunch as most people do then!

    Julia x
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  2. Dear Deborah,
    You created a wonderful look for a day party - very elegant but stylish, too! And I see you are passing daily amazing places, thanks for the wonderful pictures! Have a happy Thursday <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  3. Love these shots of you on the steps! So cool. And the dress is such a stunner!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. That dress is stunning and I love the minimal approach to styling it! I think that it will probably transition well into fall, so maybe play around with scarves or accessories when it cools down a little bit.

    Something About That


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