Fashion Over Reason: Turn Up the Volume

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Turn Up the Volume

Turn Up the Volume by Fashion Over Reason, Photographed by Ian Rusiana in DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York City

Truth be told, I've never been a bodycon kind of gal. Through the years, I've owned a few spandex numbers, but those pieces never made it out onto the streets (not on my body, anyway) -- they always hung in my closet as fillers. The thought process behind having tight mini dresses was that every woman should be the proud owner at least one. I now scoff at this clueless supposition.

There are ladies out there who couldn't fathom the thought of wearing anything other than curve-hugging, crotch-grazing items on a night out, but personally, that scenario would be my nightmare come true. If I wasn't comfortable making public appearances in what could be described as Hervé Léger's legacy while in my heyday (that's arguable, I suppose), it only makes sense to say that I never will be.

I much prefer the volume to be turned up in the form of a structured silhouette and loose locks ran amok in the wind. Long live the potato sack dress! And bonus points if it comes in white neoprene with pockets -- you know, to give it a true boxy marshmallow paper bag look. This dress qualifies as nothing less than a fashion dress (as opposed to a bait for the opposite sex) and can therefore be paired with full confidence to impress all of your girl friends.

That's not to say that I have Amish tendencies (I mean no offense to the Amish, they are very nice people). While I don't care to reveal the fact that I might have eaten too much at lunch with a belly-caressing garment, I have no problem whatsoever in showing as much leg as I possibly can, sometimes often pushing the boundaries of appropriateness. For very obvious reasons, this dress could not exist as it does if it wasn't cut above the knee.

It's a dress that should probably be avoided during mating season, but if, like me, you just don't care about those things, strap on a pair of alluring high heels (I didn't say you had to be completely void of sex appeal) and slip into your least shape-flattering shift. Allez, hop!

Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, cobblestone streets, white dress, summer, golden hourMessy blond hair, white boxy neoprene dress by Stefanie Biggel ss14, Vince Genna sandals in nude leather, cobblestone streets, BrooklynHélène Heath from Fashion Over Reason, messy blond bob, bed head, hair flip, YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara, pink lipsStefanie Biggel spring summer 2014 boxy white neoprene structured mini dress, Vince Genna sandals, pink and silver Saint Laurent Arty Ring, Coordinates Collection bangle, Jenny Bird snake cuff, brick wallWhite neoprene Stefanie Biggel t-shirt dress, gold Coordinates Collection cuff, golden hourFashion Over Reason, voluminous structured neoprene dress, Stefanie Biggel summer 2014 collection, Vince Genna Sandals in nude leather, sling back heelsBoxy mini dress, lots of leg, Brooklyn New York, cobblestone, photographed by Ian RusianaOn the street in Brooklyn under the Manhattan Bridge, white dress, gold banglesAction shot, trying to manage the cobblestones in heels, Vince Genna sandals, Stefanie Biggel dress, neoprene, gold jewelry, minimalist chicVince Genna sandals, white dress, walking away, sling back heels, pink & silver Saint Laurent Arty Ring, street styleOn the cobblestone street, DUMBO, Brooklyn, New York City, street style by Ian Rusiana, mini dress, legs, sexy heels, fashion dress, man repelling, Vince Genna sandals, Stefanie Biggel boxy dress, messy hairVince Genna sandals, nude leather, strappy heels, sling back high heels, sexy shoes, summer 2014, Trust Fund Beauty nail polish in Skinny Jeans
Photos by Ian Rusiana

Dress - Stefanie Biggel (this one is stunning and on sale! OR this one is a wallet-friendly option)
Heels - Vince (diff. model but essentially the same)
Bracelets - Jenny Bird (this one is awesome & super affordable) & Coordinates Collection
Ring - Saint Laurent
Nails - Hands: Trust Fund Beauty in I Look Good Nude / Toes: Trust Fund Beauty in Skinny Jeans

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Allie said...

Such a gorgeous dress! <3

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Mrs. L said...

I agree-don't wear anything if we're not comfortable in it. I love the loose dresses! And they don't reveal much skin which gives a sexy mystery on what's underneath ;)
Love the dress and the nude colors, you look beautiful!


Mrs. L said...

I agree-don't wear anything if we're not comfortable in it. I love the loose dresses! And they don't reveal much skin which gives a sexy mystery on what's underneath ;)
Love the dress and the nude colors, you look beautiful!


Jeanne said...

Stunning outfit! This dress is amazing! You look radiant! ;)

Unknown said...

Second photo with the bridge on the back is amazing!<3

Sybil said...

so beautiful and divine in white!!! awesome! :D

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Unknown said...

Your dress is gorgeous, cool photographs and love your nude shoes. <3

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I just love this look! To be honest, I've never been a fan of obvious body cons - I'd rather wear something fitted / tailored than tight. :)

Valentina said...

I love that outfit,those neutral colors looks amazing on you. :)


Unknown said...

Amazing dress, it fits you so well!


Sadie said...

This dress looks amazing on you and I love it with the nude sandals :) xx

ALLIE NYC said...

I totally agree, there is something too obvious about body con mini's. I had mini dress from Betsy Johnson that was cut 60's style with at turtle neck that had zippers up the neck and oversized hoops on the ends of the pulls so that it looked like you were wearing hoop earrings. Boxy mini dress are some of faves and love the one you are wearing!

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Sam said...

You are such a style icon, love the volume and breeziness of this look, you pull it off with grand finesse. I appreciate your great comment, have a creative week ahead hun!

Johanna said...

You look stunning - great shoes!

Samantha Mariko said...

cool and clean! love the oversized T-shirt dress <3

Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

I tend to care more about fashion than sex appeal as well (Even pre-marriage!)…so I find this dress all sorts of fantastic. And I love the shoes!

Unknown said...

You look amazing in this dress! Love it. Am sure you would look amazing in bodycon as well ;-)
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missdjoen said...

gorgeoouuus :d

mind to follow each other?

missdjoen said...

So gorgeous ^^
mind to follow each other?

ALLIE NYC said...

Egads your day did go down hill quickly, glad she is doing well and there is no permanent damage.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Unknown said...

looking super chic in this minimal outfit! the structured white dress is just perfect with those nude sandal heels! awesome shots too!

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AL xx

Magda Carvalho said...

Love the photos ;)

Kate said...

I used to follow your blog a long time ago and somehow lost track of it and then just randomly stumbled upon it again tonight and I am SO glad that I did! I am lovvvving this dress and I think it takes even more confidence to rock something that's not obviously showy or sexy and look absolutely amazing in it! So happy to have found your blog again and will add it to bloglovin' immediately so I won't lose track again! ;)

A Very Sweet Blog said...

It looks amazing on you! Love the cut! I don't wear tight things either.

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic said...

A vision in white!!! I used to be all about body con but I think I'm growing up because recently I've been all about sloppy shirt-dresses (well, this one I got from H&M. As you say, it is very handy for hiding whatever fast food I just had!

Jade | The Jade Aesthetic

Unknown said...

Super funny post…and I'm so jealous. If I could only pull off a totally formless dress as well as you, I'd be a happy woman! And you're killing me with these Dumbo posts…have to book a NYC trip soon!


Trudy Danso said...

I love the classic look. You look very high fashion!!

Stephanie said...

YOu look BEYOND STUNNING!!!!!! Your hair is unreal! Looking soooo great! Love that close up of your mug ;)

Miss you lady love! PS! loving the blue on the toes!