I can't gush enough about this dress. I've been in love with this dress ever since I first spotted it, in multiple colors, at Urban ages ago. They must have started stocking it at least a couple of years ago, because I can't even remember how many times I've tried it on, only to pass it up due to the price. It's a simple piece, really, but for some reason I've just always been enamored the flattering shape and the simplicity of it. Imagine my delight when someone in the swap group I'm in agreed to send me this in exchange for a dress that's been sitting in my closet for forever. The funny thing is, the brand of the dress is Cooperative, and the same exact day this dress came in the mail, I nabbed these Cooperative sandals at a thrift store for a few bucks. Being dressed by Urban for close to nothing is a talent of mine, I guess.

I'm not sure how obvious it is, but I'm actually wearing lipstick in these photos. I usually despise having anything on my lips, but I've been wanting to step outside my comfort zone and try a red lip for a while. I borrowed this one from my mom, and I figured a photo shoot was the perfect time to see if I liked it. Turns out, I really like how it looks. I may become a full-on lipstick convert soon, watch out.

Is is just me, or do these sandals look kind of weird on? I really do like them, but I can't help but think they look strange on my feet now that I see them in pictures. Oh well. I'm a strong supporter of weird looking feet.

Dress: Cooperative (from a swap)
Shoes: Cooperative (thrifted)
Ring: c/o eFoxcity


  1. What a steal! How exciting to finally get a dress you've been eyeing for ages. Shows that patience pays off I guess :)
    Also, I think the lipstick looks fantastic on you! It fits your style perfectly too

    Trendy Teal

  2. um, hello hottie! ;) i LOVE you in red lipstick! you should totally wear it all the time. and that dress is so perfect on you! i love how simple it is but still flirty. i think this is my favorite outfit so far, shoes and all :) i just can't get over the lipstick though--it seriously makes your eyes and hair pop! love it!!


  3. I like the red lip on you too!

  4. I've been trying to use lipstick more too! I always felt awkward wearing it but now I'm really starting to love it.

    Ugh...I hate how expensive Urban is. I usually end up just going straight for the sale section...haha.

  5. That dress is SO cute on you, love the sandals, and the red lipstick looks awesome!

    The Other Side of Gray

  6. This dress is soooo adorable on you, i love it!! Perfect fit, and those sandals are a great find, I think they look cute on. And you are rocking this red lipstick, it looks great. I never wore lipstick up until a year ago, it's fun to try different things sometimes

  7. Everything about this is just so simplistic and beautiful, Elana! Your hair is perfect, the dress is darling, and the nude sandals are the perfect pairing! I never wore lipstick until about a year ago, and now I can't go anywhere without it! Beware, you will become addicted :) especially considering how fabulous it looks on you!

  8. That dress is just so cute! And I really love those shoes too, I don't think that they look weird at all!


  9. Love that dress!! The shoes are cool, they may take some getting used to but then you won't find them so weird, haha

  10. I understand your love for this dress - it's very cute, and the bodice is amazing. The shoes are very cute, and don't worry - anything that has laces will forever look slightly weird in pictures. (And honestly, feet and foot-shaped things are just kind of weird in general (though often cool), so I wouldn't worry).


  11. That dress is so perfect on you and such cute little purple toes :)

  12. I can't believe you scored this dress via swap! I have the same one in a punch-red color and it has always been such a go-to piece for me. You look classic and lovely here. The red lipstick is gorgeous on you Elana!

    xo Marisa

  13. I am just REALLY digging those sandals!

  14. I love this dress on you! I've tried swapping groups, but everyone just wants money? Show me your ways. Also the lipstick is beautiful on you and the way you describe Urban is how I feel about all their clothes -- expensive, plain, but pretty. I have on many accounts spent way too much money on their dresses. But it's been awhile. Now I want to go to Urban!

  15. This dress looks so good on you!
    And I may be biased, but lipstick. Lipstick all the way.


  16. Ahh, I have that dress in two different colors! And they each have a slight pocket/back variation, but they're the same shape and fabric and I just adore them! I love that they're so versatile! You look adorable in this one. <3

  17. I don't think the sandals look weird at all! And I love the red lipstick! I'm all about makeup lately and can't get enough of bright lipstick shades. This dress is so perfectly simple and cute for summer too. That's great that you were able to swap for it! I hardly have any Urban Outfitters stuff because it's so pricey. They have good clearance sometimes though!

  18. I totally had that dress in white adn red. And I totally wore the red one in the interview. The buttons ALWAYS popped open on my chest. Yeah....interview with my boobs out. Bad news. Somehow, i got that job.

    aNd lipstick. ohmygosh. you look so pretty.

    this makes me want this dress again. i mean technically i think i still own it, but yeah. my buttons have gotten even looser over the years. that sounds wrong

  19. Amazing how something as simple as lipstick can make a simple dress and sandals look SO glam! I know it feels a little daring at first (as my dad said, "Priya. What is that on your face?") but girl, you are rockin it!! Don't be afraid to try coral, hot pink and nude, it's so fun!!

    perfectly priya