FASHION FINDS: 11 PRE-FALL DAY OUTFITS, 2018

Ladies, if you are looking for elegant or chic fashion items to purchase these next few weeks, we have styled 22 outfits for you. Because of the number, we will be separating the collection into two posts: day and evening. This is post # 1 featuring 11 outfits that can be worn during the day. We’ve covered every occasion you can possibly attend – from bbqs to day weddings, with prices ranging from $69 to $1000+. So, please take a seat. We are excited to say there’s much to love this season. Let’s begin!

 

Green lace dress outfit with nude accessories

Lela Rose: Plaid Stretch Jacquard Flutter Sleeve Fitted Dress $1195 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earring, 1 1/4 $895 | Zappos: Vivienne Westwood Long Wallet w Chain Balmoral [SOLD OUT] | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Two-Row Byzantine Station Bracelet $1095 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Link Ring $399 | Tom Ford: Rose Gold Padlock Naked Sandal $1090

For those attending informal (not casual) to semi-formal day weddings this month or next, this would be the wonderful dress to own. The sleeves’ length are that perfect in between – comfortable in both warm and cool temperatures. For cooler temperatures, you can replace the nude sandals with nude pumps. If you want to wear this dress at night – keep the nude accessories and replace the solid gold jewelry with pearls or emeralds. Remember gemstones should only we worn in the evening.

Pink Print Off-the-shoulder floral dress

Harvey Nichols:  Zimmerman – Iris printed linen-blend maxi dress $582 | Kay Jewelers: 14kt Yellow Gold Twisted Hoop Earrings $297 | Kate Spade: Jackson Street Gabriele, Gingertea $178| Kay Jewelers: 10kt Yellow Gold Bangle Bracelet Set $609 | Aquazzura: Almost Bare Sandal Flat, Pink $450

We love this floral print by Zimmerman. It is boho femininity. We kept it casual with a pink cross-body bag and sandals. We chose light pink to bring out all the pink tones in the dress, making the dress even more feminine. We added to the bohemian vibe by accessorizing with gold bangles and hoop earrings. If you want to add a few more bangles, please do. This is the perfect outfit to end summer and enter fall. If you want to continue to wear it until you can’t get away with wearing sandals anymore, grab a jean jacket to keep warm.

Purple Mock Turtleneck Long-sleeved Midi Dress

Moda Operandi: Lake Studio M’O Exclusive Midi Long Sleeve Dress $625 | Lana Jewelry: Double Curve Bond Earrings $1620 | Jimmy Choo: Stevie Nude Leather Shoulder Bag $1350 | Lana Jewelry: Triple Curve Ring $1465 | Jimmy Choo: ROMY 100 Nude Leather Pointy Toe Pumps $650

We love this dress by Lake Studio for sophisticated fashionistas who dress to make statements. This dress with its long sleeves, mock turtleneck, and midi length is great for those who want to keep warm this autumn while wearing brighter colors. It’s a great departure from the traditionally dreary colors of fall and winter. This outfit is perfect for the office or lunch dates. We paired it with nude accessories to give full attention to the shape of the dress and its beautiful color. We chose this jewelry set by Lana because we wanted jewelry that was simple enough to not fight for attention, but large enough to be seen. Lana’s jewelry also has a Miami-edge that we wanted to add to the outfit because this length of dress can look too maidenly if not accessorized properly. This dress can also be transitioned into a night outfit by replacing the nude accessories with black. You can also switch the casual gold jewelry for a formal set.

Off-the-Shoulder Heart Neck Floral Print Midi Dress

Cushnie: Surrealist Floral Alba Collage Dress $540 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian Andiamo 14kt Yellow Gold Textured Hoop Earrings, 1 1/8 $199 | Zappos: Vivienne Westwood Long Wallet w Chain Balmoral [SOLD OUT] | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian Andiamo 14kt Yellow Gold Textured Bangle Bracelet $399 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 14kt Yellow Gold Wide Diamond-Cut Dome Ring $199

Vibrant and colorful, this dress is the perfect end to summer. We think it makes a great pre-fall transition dress because of the green, orange, and yellow colors in the print. To make the dress better fitting for cooler temperatures, we paired it with pumps instead of sandals. But if you live in a warm environment like Florida, high-heeled nude sandals would work beautifully too. Because this dress has a large print, we chose nude accessories. This dress is best suited for informal (not casual) to semi-formal day events like weddings. For that reason, we chose a jewelry set with enough size to not be completely drowned out. But if you want to tone down the look, we recommend wearing simpler jewelry. This dress can also be worn at evening events. If you need some extra warmth, we recommend wearing a solid color shawl around your shoulders.

Semi-formal Red dress outfit

LK Bennett: Doris Red Bell Sleeve Dress $415 | Marco Bicego: 18K Yellow Gold Three Strand Woven Small Hoop Earrings $2550 | Jimmy Choo: Stevie Nude Leather Shoulder Bag $1350 | Marco Bicego: 18K Yellow Gold Seven Strand Woven Ring $3610 | Jimmy Choo: ROMY 100 Nude Leather Pointy Toe Pumps $650

Sophisticated and vibrant, we love this dress for work and for lunch dates at chic restaurants. It’s a great way to add flair and sexiness to your wardrobe this fall. Since we outfitted this dress for work, we accessorized it with nude pumps and a tote bag. But if you want to wear it to a lunch date or event, you can pair it with nude high-heeled sandals and a clutch. Nude accessories are great for toning down bright colors like red. We chose this jewelry set because we seriously love Marco Bicego’s designs and because the set is intricate enough to hold its own without being too flashy for work. Its design is interesting and will attract the right kind of attention. If you want to dress the outfit up more, we recommend you add the bracelet that goes along with this collection. You have a choice between the 5 strand and 13 strand bracelet. This outfit can easily be worn at night. It would make for a very sexy after-work dinner look.

Brown and burgundy plaid dress outfit

Moda Operandi: Baum und Pferdgarten – Adell Bustier Midi Dress $495| Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earring, 1 1/4 $895 | Neiman Marcus: Givenchy – Triple Leather Crossbody Bag $1190 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Two-Row Byzantine Station Bracelet $1095 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Link Ring $399 | Gianvito Rossi: Florence, Granata Red Pump

This dress doesn’t ship until December, but we are adding it anyway for those who shop for clothing early and because we love it so much. It’s a great dress for weekdays. It can be worn with a blazer to work. Without a blazer, it would be perfect for a lunch date in areas that remain relatively warm through winter like South Florida. The dress can be transitioned to night with black accessories and a black wrap. We chose this jewelry set because of the gold straps on this gorgeous Givenchy bag. We also wanted to give the outfit some Italian glam, and that gold Byzantine design by Ross-Simons does that so well. We chose this color for the purse and pumps, instead of black, to give the dress some vibrancy. The red also helps to bring out the red lines in the dress that would otherwise be buried in the plaid print.

Dark blue-green midi dress with long sleeves and mock turtleneck

Goat: Goldfinch Midi Dress $830 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earring, 1 1/4 $895 | LK Bennett: Patricia Black Shoulder Bag $295 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Link Ring $399 | LK Bennett: Sam Black Heels $295

This outfit is what we call British elegance. The dress’ long sleeves and midi length is perfect for the cooler temperatures of autumn. It’s very feminine. But to keep it trendy, make sure to pair it with high-heels, otherwise you risk looking too maidenly. We paired it with these cute pumps to make it office perfect. We chose this gold jewelry combo to add a bit of color contrast and interest to the outfit. The Byzantine design of the jewelry is intricate and will also add some texture to the outfit.

Roland Moulet Gray Plaid Pencil Dress Outfit

Roland Mouret: Galaxy Dress in Plaid $2825  Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earring, 1 1/4 $895 | LK Bennett: Patricia Black Shoulder Bag $295 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Two-Row Byzantine Station Bracelet $1095 |Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Link Ring $399 | LK Bennett: Sam Black Heels $295

We love this dress by Roland Mouret. It’s classic sophistication. It’s from their iconic Galaxy collection. We paired it with a simple bag and pumps to make it work appropriate. If you want to simplify the outfit, we recommend you eliminate the bracelet. If you love the shape of this dress, we recommend you take a look at the other dresses they have in this collection. They offer this dress in many beautiful colors, suitable for this season.

Gray Wrap Midi Dress

Zara: Pleated Midi Dress $69 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: Italian 18kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Hoop Earring, 1 1/4 $895 | LK Bennett: Patricia Black Shoulder Bag $295 | Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Two-Row Byzantine Station Bracelet $1095 |Ross-Simons Jewelry: 14kt Yellow Gold Byzantine Link Ring $399 | LK Bennett: Sam Black Heels $295

We love this gray midi dress from Zara. It would be a great addition to your work wardrobe this Fall. Because of its demureness and color, we decided to add a bit of Italian glam with this 3-piece jewelry set. This Byzantine set will also help add color to the outfit as well as texture. But if you are uncomfortable with wearing jewelry to work, we recommend you leave out the bracelet. We finished this outfit with a traditional black shoulder bag and pumps from L.K. Bennett.

blue plaid boat neck dress with blue accessories

Zara: Belted Checkered Dress $69 | Ippolita: Classico Jet Set Earrings in 18K Gold $1595  | DSW: Cole Haan Camera Leather Crossbody Bag, Navy $89 | Ippolita: Classico Bastille Bracelet in 18kt Gold $2995 ;  Classico Twisted Ribbon Bangle Bracelet in 18K Gold $2995 ;  Classico Bangle in 18K Gold $1295 | DSW: Cole Haan Gemma Pump $99

Our top two favorite parts about this dress is its boat neck design and the belt. Boat neck bodices (a.k.a. bateau neck) always remind us of ballerinas and Audrey Hepburn. We love how it emphasizes a lady’s neck and clavicle. And belts… well they are a great way to add curves to a dress while minimizing the waistline. We highlighted the color in this dress with navy blue accessories from Cole Haan – perfect additions for any ladies professional wardrobe. And we finished the look with some Italian glam. In this diagram, we did a 3 layer bracelet ensemble with a matching ring and earrings. Italian ladies are known for their ability to pile on bracelets and leave their home looking nonchalantly, ultra-glamorous. So, we are giving a nod to their style capabilities this season.

Vintage Wrap Blue Dress outfit

The Fold London:  Hampton Dress Indigo Blue Wool Crepe $365 | Marco Bicego: 18K Yellow Gold Three Strand Woven Small Hoop Earrings $2550 | LK Bennett: Patricia Black Shoulder Bag $295 | Marco Bicego: 18K Yellow Gold Seven Strand Woven Ring $3610 | LK Bennett: Sam Black Heels $295

We love the old-world feel of this dress. It’s a great way to bring some vintage charm to your work wardrobe. This dress would also make a great transition dress from work to dinner. Because we accessorized this outfit for work, we chose L.K. Bennett’s elegant pumps and shoulder bag again. We think they are also a must-have in any lady’s professional wardrobe. We further accessorized this dress with Marco Bicego’s Cairo jewelry collection because we think its wrap design compliments the wrap style of the dress. We also wanted to pay homage to the old-world vibe of the dress and we think this collection does that. It’s both elegant and interesting, without being too flashy, making it a perfect addition to this dress. If you want to see how we formalized this dress for night, continue on to our Pre-Fall Evening Outfits, 2018.

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*We, at Balissande Finishing School, believe when possible ladies should buy real metal, gemstone, and pearl jewelry, not fake. Real metals like gold and silver are an investment, gold more than silver. They also have a longer lifespan than fake jewelry. For this reason, we will be recommending real metal jewelry in the majority of our fashion collages.
** We have not bought any of the above items. So, we do not verify the quality, authenticity, or fit of the products recommended.
*** We did not receive any compensation for the items recommended.

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