common yet in style | winner of shopbop’s $100

black and white striped maxi dress – props | denim jacket – borrowed from sister | leopard wedge booties – shoe etiquette | bowler hat – metro department store | necklaces: black & fringe – downtown find, elephant tusk – bangkok find | bangles – downtown finds | white wayfarers – raybans, borrowed from sister

i believe it was 3 or 4 years ago when dresses in jersey material were a hit — from sundresses with belts that tie at the back and that came with various neckline designs to maxi dresses in bohemian tops or halter necklines. they were common and everybody was wearing them. well, because they were easy and comfortable. this black and white bold striped was one of them.

but does common have to equate to boring? instead, i am finding this black and white dress to be one of the most versatile closet items i have. on a rainy day, i can wear this with a classic denim jacket, leopard wedge booties for an oomph and a bowler hat or for summer, i can wear this sans the jacket but with a loose blush knit shawl, a pair of beaded sandals and wide-brimmed floppy hat. for a laid-back day, i can wear this with my signature long cardigan and a pair of metallic ballet flats. 

so my dress may be common and can be bought everywhere but it doesn’t have to be boring. it just really depends on how we style an item hence, the term personal style

you, how else would you style this common dress?

oh and before i forget, announcing the winner of’s $100 giveway!

i will e-mail you with the details. congrats! 

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  1. sigh says:

    love your dress!
    i guess i'll pair it with a denim vest or my all-time favorite cardigan


  2. kdawnsy says:

    love the look and the maxi ❤


  3. AVA T.♥ says:

    the dress looks great on you! I wonder if i can pull off maxi dresses?:) made me curious! hehe cute sunnies and shoes!


  4. Carmen says:

    I think the dress looks lovely on youu. I'm thinking of getting the cheap Monday one which looks exactly like your one and I would wear it with platform converse.

    Carmen Ri.


  5. Kathi Eric says:

    ahh i love this dress. i've been itching to wear my maxi dresses again. can't wait for spring!

    ♥ Chaos with a Capital K ♥


  6. Maria says:

    cute dress! Love the sunnies too! btw, I'm inviting you to join my birthday giveaway :)See you!


  7. cherie says:

    maxi dresses always look so pretty on you. love how you paired it with that denim jacket!


  8. titaz says:

    love the outfit 🙂
    I always loves stripes 😀

    Hello from Indonesia 🙂


  9. just goes to show how amazing a stylist you are! lookin' very fashionable, as always Gizelle! 🙂



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    I wish you lots of success and will surely come back often


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