Last weekend, I was a bridesmaid in one of my childhood friend's wedding. The festivities kicked off with the rehearsal followed by the rehearsal dinner. The bride made the mistake of telling us bridesmaids that it was a casual dinner.Immediately, a flurry of emails went back and forth asking her to clarify what she meant by casual. Who's wearing a dress? Will a lace LBD be to dressy? Jeans ok? Being a laid back kind of bride, she said any of the above would be appropriate. With that answer, we were back at square one. So I decided to go with what I had been planning to wear all along: a black and ivory stripe dress. One can't go wrong with a classic stripe print. The added stretch in the fabric coupled with the paneling creates a flattering effect, making this a great dress on most body types. It was super comfy as well, making it easy for me to put down eight slices of pizza and a few cookies. All in all, I think I made the right choice with this dress. I was not overdressed, nor was I under-dressed.

Outfit Details:

Paneled Stripe Dress: J.Crew (in black ivory), $.99. You read right! Here's the breakdown: The dress was marked down from $138 to $99.99, with an additional in-store discount of 40%. I then used my friend's 15% teacher discount and paid with a $50 gift card. The remaining balance due was $.99. Best deal ever! The dress is currently on sale for $59.99. Use code FALLSALE thru 10/20 and save an additional 30% ($41.99).

Mirrored Aviators: Ray-Ban from Piperlime, $93. These retail on Piperlime for $160, took advantage of a promotion and saved 20%. I then applied my rewards I earned from my BR card. I'm telling you, getting the store card is so worth it, especially if you shop at BR, Gap, ON or Piperlime. Piperlime is celebrating its bday by giving its customers a shopping surprise. Visit to find out what your surprise will be!

Jeweled Necklace: Ku De Ta, $26. Ku De Ta is a cute little boutique in South Boston that carries clothing and accessories. If you are ever in the neighborhood, definitely stop in. For a similar necklace, check out the Loriana Necklace from Jewel Be Mine, $27.50.

Bangles: Alex and Ani: (1) Medina Wrap (Russian gold), $48 and (2) Quill Feather Wrap (Russian gold), $gift - retails at $58.

Rings: (1) The 'R' initial ring is from Lou Lou, $10. This ring is not available online. As an alternative, I found this alphabet ring on Etsy, $17 (2) and Mini Bow Ring: Madewell, $15.

Opaque Tights: The Limited, $10. These tights retail at $19.95, but take advantage of their on-line promotion and save 50%. This offer expires on 10/21 at noon.

Bronze Snake Pumps: Nicole Miller from DSW, $gift. My girlfriends bought these as a birthday gift many years ago and I still love them! Try these on for size, DSW: Moda Spana Kimberly Platform Pump, $59.95.

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