Tie front dress

I don't have much in the way of tie front tops but do have a couple of tie front dresses. This one is silk and bought because the colors went well with my EF bone. I intended to wear it as a tunic over bone skinny pants but need a dress for a tea today and wanted to give it an outing. The tie is very narrow and string-like.
The topper is an EF button-down dress. I do not have ideal footwear for this outfit. In the first photos are white/bone patent kitten sling back heels (1/2). the photo (3) shows my EF ankle strap flats. Which ones? I need a pale grey dressy flat.
Also, which necklace? Pearls or pendant or something else? With the topper I felt I needed a filler.
I welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Maybe this dress is too short and should only be a tunic? Bad style for someone without a waist?

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  • shedev replied 1 year ago

    It looks good. I like it with the shoes.

  • Jenn replied 1 year ago

    I love it, Joy. I like it better with the pendant, but the pearls are dressier, for when that's what you're going for. I think it'll be great over pants, but it's not too short to wear alone, at all.

    I ordered an EF shell in bone to try, and was surprised by how flattering of a color it was. I didn't really expect the shade to work on me at all, but it did (though I'm not keeping it for other reasons).

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you for your quick help, Shedev and Jenn.
    Jenn, I was surprised also at how flattering that EF bone color is. It must do well as they repeat it. I like it mixed with optic white, ivory, or pearl grey. I wish they would come out with some great bone flats that are not sandals.

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    Excellent outfit Joy, I love it so much, beautiful dress with that also beautiful shoes, cardi, bag all are fantastic on you.

  • K.M. replied 1 year ago

    I love the way you styled it in the first photo. Elegant and classic! It also goes well with the darker shoes for a more casual look. This combination of colors and tones is beautiful.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Just lovely for a tea!

  • minimalist replied 1 year ago

    All options seem to work well, just to very different effects! Pearls w sling backs (sleek) vs pendant with ankle straps (relaxed).

    Seems fine flattery-wise. I'd never thought of you as "someone without a waist." I'd also imagined you as about 5'7" until recently reading a post in which you referred to yourself as somewhat shorter than that.

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    I like it on you! Especially with the pendant. I think the length is perfect.

  • anchie replied 1 year ago

    I like it a lot. Very elegant. I prefer white shoes, but regarding necklace don't have preference - like them both.

  • The Cat replied 1 year ago

    What a lovely lady! My favourite pic is the first one. So beautiful and elegant. The outfit looks harmonious with your own colours and lines.

  • Isabel replied 1 year ago

    The outfit is a little more ladylike than your usual posts and I'm really impressed because while you always look great this looks like you but also perfectly tea party. You look lovely.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    I wore the version in #1 and it worked out well except that most women wore hats or fascinators. There was a fashion show but everything ( even jeans had lots of bling. Have you ever seen rhinestones on the cuffs of denim capries? Lots of cold shoulder tops with bling on top of bling.
    Thank you all for for your help. I need to continue to work with ways to wear this dress. It may get another outing for the symphony soon.
    Minimalist, I wish I were 5'7", but I am 5'3" after losing an inch in the past couple of years. Still most petite sizes do not fit.

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    I think it is great! I prefer it with the pendant.
    I like both shoes.
    The length is perfect!
    I would team the pearl necklace with a vibrant top.
    For the symphony, I think it would look nice with a long jacket.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I like it with the pearls - the longer pendant is coming a little too close to the string tie belt. Can you wear it without the belt?  The dress is prettiest with the bow front sling-backs, to my eye.  

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Smittie and Lisa. I can try the pendant on a shorter chain. Smittie, I like your symphony idea. Lisa, there is a bit of elastic at the waist. I will look more carefully at it, but it is not just a belt tied over a loose dress

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    For the event,M the way you styled it sounds (and looks) right. I really like it with the darker EF flats, though.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Carla. I have other options of darker shoes that could be considered, including silver/pewter metallics. Because there is black in the print of the dress, that may be another option with a black topper or bag

  • Angie replied 1 year ago


  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Wow! Thank you, Angie!

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    I like it with the pearls, without the sweater, and would even try to put a sash sort of belt over the elastic one as an experiment. But terrific as is.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Great ideas, Shevia. Thank you.

  • Dianna replied 1 year ago

    LOVED IT, as always Joy.  I like both options of footwear and necklaces, but my favorite combination was with the Pearl necklace and the slingbacks.  As Angie said, KILLER!

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