Last Little Black Dress challenge I rocked out in teeny tiny {especially post-Christmas cheer} LBD with some killer heels, fresh blonde hair and a tan. It was going out glam at it’s finest. This time I decided weeks ago that I’d go casual. A cute outfit perfect for showing off the versatility of the LBD and one of many reasons we all love them. Well. Most of us. You know what else I love?


I am unapologetic about my love of all things chambray and I cannot WAIT to bring some light weight denim to my spring outfits. I’m all set thanks to this shirt, a tunic and a skirt on the way. As far as I’m concerned this child of the nineties {born in the eighties} is reliving her youth. Keep your eyes peeled for some parachute pants too. I’m thinking they may be the next level of peg pants. HA! What? They totally could be.

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Speaking of flashbacks, PLEASE tell me you own sneakers. you do, right? I have this thing for sneakers instead of my usual flip-flops. Wash my mouth out, us Queensland kids are hardly ever seen without our thongs. But I’ve been pulling on my sneakers to run my errands, or to grab a coffee or lunch. I really think they are a totally undervalued part of any fun and funky wardrobe. Cool sneakers {and they don’t have to be brand name, there are lots out there} just add so much fun. And are comfy as HECK.

And what? You wanted me to talk more about the ACTUAL little black dress? Oh okay. Well this little peplum baby takes me from work to dinner with Hubby and everywhere in between. Not too long after these photos it took me to my brother’s house to hang out with my SIL and their cute kiddies. It even saw a bit of trampoline action. Not advisable, it’s quite short, undies flashing ensued. So my hot tip for the LBD is to buy something with a bit of stretch in a material that is versatile, a style that you love and a length that you’re comfortable in. Then it’ll go wherever you need it too. Just add knotted chambray.

Or that could just be me. HA.

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Scarf – Autograph {similar}
Shirt – New Look {similar}
Dress – Best & Less {similar}
Purse Thingy – Diva
Sneakers – Converse

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  • SpiikerKat

    I love your casual take on the peplum dress! mine is pretty much dedicated work wear now, but you may just have given it a new lease of life.. I do quite like chambray too and have a shirt in my wardrobe! Anyway, super cute! 🙂

    • Thank you! Mine has been pretty extensively used for work too. Work a go at the casual look for sure.

  • Sparkles and Lace

    This is such a great look!! I love the shirt over the dress and the sneakers! I only own a pair or running shoes 🙂

    • Thank you! You’ll never regret owning more sneakers, I promise you that!

  • I’d love to wear sneakers but I have *special* feet and have never been able to find a pair that is comfortable. The chuck taylor kind cut across my toes too much and other types just don’t fit. I have sneaker envy.

    • Gah. That sucks. I find a lot of them too narrow for me, in the Converse particularly. And sizing up makes them super long. But for me, I persist and get lucky sometimes.

  • Sneakers are THE BEST!

  • Love this outfit so much! I love wearing my dresses with sneakers!

  • alisonspence

    Loving the casual LBD. I’ve been eyeing off some Converse for a while, totally agree perfect for a fun, casual look. 🙂

    • Thanks! Do it, I picked up a couple of pairs from the clearance rack at my local DFO and it was the best decision I ever made. AND one of the only times having a big foot helped me out!

  • Mele

    I LOVE THIS LOOK!!!! I usually wear chucks out….If I wear jandals all day I get sore feet….Chucks look bad ass anyways….and you know it…. we’re bad ass right!!! xo

  • Wendygai

    Very cute look, love your creativity Melissa.. Loving the sneakers great colour

    • Thanks Wendy! The sneakers are great, easily go with all sorts of outfits.

  • Love the pop of neon and a new way to rock an LBD!

  • Siki-Lou

    YOU’RE THE BEST! lol. I love this outfit and now and I’m fiiiiinally getting around to say that I love that we styled our LBD’s so similarly!! 🙂 Looking super cool in your outfit though lady 😉

    • Haha. THANKS! WE are absolutely rocking our socks off this week lady. I picked up my first pair of sneakers in DECADES thanks to you and your gorgeous sis. It’s only fitting, I think, that we play twinsies on outfits sometimes. 😉

  • flashionaffair

    This look is so awesome I love the pop of colour and the chambray with the lbd

    • Thank you! Loving chambray with anything at the moment. Can you tell? 😉

  • This outfit is just, I dunno, I realllly love it! How is it that you make a black peplum dress look so casually awesome!?