February 27 08

dude. last night i went to sleep at 8:15. i made it through the australian and the dread guy on American Idol and completely passed out. between the carpools (2) the playdate pickups (2) the after-school activity drop-offs (1) and pick-ups (2) i’m WIPED. i feel like a taxi driver, only i’m not getting paid. i can’t even get myself a freakin’ brazilian because there just isn’t enough time.

why yes, i would like some cheese with that whine.

anyway, you aren’t here to hear me whine…you came to dress ali again. (shut up…you love to dress me, you know it)

so, amongst my lovely little NYC purchases was this dress:

now…what shoes would you wear with this dress? is it black? is it brown? is it gray? i can’t really tell. according to the BR website, the color of the dress is ‘black multi’ but according to the horn-rimmed awesome Anthony at the BR in soho, it’s brown.

(does the close-up help? didn’t help me either…)

so..shoes? i was thinking toupe colored peep-toe wedges? maybe? help!!! i’m started to have random panic attacks about this trip.

i need shoe help.

because here’s the thing about me. ali secret #421. i love shoes. love love love. i buy shoes. lots of them. i have at least 50 – um, better make that at least 70 – pairs. (and that’s AFTER throwing out a whole bunch recently) but i always buy the wrong shoes – shoes i’ll never wear because i have NOTHING to wear them with. or i buy the SAME shoes. i have exactly 12 pairs of a similar version of the same shoe. i swear…i own all THREE of these pairs:

from the same season. from the same store. (please note: these are NOT options to wear with the dress…these are shoes i wear every. single. day. with my black pants. every. single. day.)

i’m thinking i may have a problem…

  1. Nice choice! I’d wear black shoes…anything else might be too light and stand out too much. Or dark brown. There’s only a couple of spots that are light on the dress.


    Comment by Steph on February 27, 2008
  2. I love the dress! She’s wearing brown peep toes on the BR website, which I think I like for day to day, but if your intention is to wear it in the evening, I could also see going with a deep bronze. The taupe would look good too, something like this http://www.piperlime.com/brows.....=571426002

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    Comment by Nic on February 27, 2008
  3. for the bronze, here is one that would be cute http://www.bananarepublic.com/.....pid=546640

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    Comment by Nic on February 27, 2008
  4. I’d probably wear black shoes with it too…

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    Comment by Don Mills Diva on February 27, 2008
  5. The shoes are all cute… but I’d definately take #1!

    Good taste by the way…I have two pairs myself. One closed toe, one peep toe.


    Comment by jasmine on February 27, 2008
  6. Ali that is an AB-FAB dress! and i think taupe coloured peep toe shoes would be sweet with it….what colour is your handbag that you were going to accesssorise the dress with? maybe you could use the same colour for your shoes…


    Comment by LAVENDULA on February 27, 2008
  7. very nice dress!

    hope the early bedtime was as enjoyable as it sounds. I know, I know, it totally was!!!

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    Comment by Holly on February 27, 2008
  8. I love shoes, too, but most of mine are casual and/or boots.

    As for American Idol, it’s definitely got to be Jason Yeager going home this time. And I think Luke. And have you noticed how so many of the guys this year look like other celebrities? Weird.

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    Comment by JMC on February 27, 2008
  9. I think that you could quite easily wear brown, black or taupe with that dress. So, you should really buy 3 pairs.
    As for shoes … I have a similar problem. People tease me about it at work because I have bankers boxes full of shoes. At my old desk I had a shoe cupboard. I’ve been trying to sort out if I have to bring them home when I’m on mat leave or if I can leave them here. My concern is that they could get lost if they stay here (since my office is moving over the next year) but at the same time, my husband isn’t quite aware of number of shoes I own, and if I bring home several boxes of shoes I won’t really be able to justify buying more.
    PS I go to bed at 8:15 all the time these days.

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    Comment by LD on February 27, 2008
  10. How ’bout some kick @$$ RED shoes!
    Or, seriously, as close to nude as your legs are when tan: taupe, beige, etc.

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    Comment by Cristan on February 27, 2008
  11. Go barefoot.
    My 2 cents.


    Comment by Giblet on February 27, 2008
  12. I’m the wrong person to ask ’cause I may own about 10 pairs tops. I always buy plain black dresses cause I can never decide which shoe to buy to go with them.

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    Comment by Mom On The Run on February 27, 2008
  13. Well…speaking as a fellow shoe addict…I would have to buy a black pair, a taupe pair, a dark brown pair..you get the idea. Then the day I actually have to wear (or pack) the dress, I will have what I want and not have that, “Oh crap why didn’t I just go with the _____” buyer’s remorse.


    Comment by AJ on February 27, 2008
  14. Since the dress is a nice mix of neutrals I would get some shoes with a pop of colour. A pair of red shoes would be fabulous. Or a pair of metallic sandals. Pair it with a great bag and you will be totally what not to wear after the reveal. :)

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    Comment by Gwen on February 27, 2008
  15. I think you should “pop” the shoe color. My first suggestion would be a kick-ass electric blue, with red as a follow up.


    Comment by ie on February 27, 2008
  16. I love the dress! Great colors…especially with a good tan!

    By the way, when I saw the shoes…I have the same one…same wedge…love them! I wear them all the time with my jeans…hot mama picking the kids up from preschool!

    I would wear a cute pair of black strapy heels with the dress…

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    Comment by Amy on February 27, 2008
  17. Nice dress, I like the taupe idea.


    Comment by Heather on February 27, 2008
  18. Love love love the dress! And as for shoes, I’d go with a dark brown, maybe an espadrille or something to get some taupey-tan in there too.

    Cute cute cute!

    (And there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with having 3 pairs of black wedges. Or having 5 pairs of red heels…ahem.)


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    Comment by heidikins on February 27, 2008
  19. You do have a problem! I buy the same shoes, but in different colors. That is because I am lazy. I find one style and buy all the colors to match any occasion.

    I think the dress is brown, but to be safe I would go with the taupe. Cute and safe choice!

    (Did you see Heidi Montag’s Jimmy Choo shoes. Gag, I know. But I think something like that would be cute, minus the 10 inch heel.

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    Comment by Megan on February 27, 2008
  20. Love the dress, Ali — it looks very you.

    I’d go with black shoes, but that’s because I’m one of those people that thinks black goes with everything.

    I’m not really a shoe person…but I am a sneaker whore. I love a good pair of sneaks.

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    Comment by mamatulip on February 27, 2008
  21. OK, honesty from one shoe addict to another – those shoes are all too boring for that dress. I like your idea of color, maybe yellow? Something with a peep toe for sure, definitely not closed round toe.

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    Comment by Lindz on February 27, 2008
  22. Neato dress, although I’m the WORST person to ask about shoes…

    Also: I’m passing on the I love you this much award! Enjoy!

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    Comment by Leaf, probably... on February 27, 2008
  23. Would love to help, but i’m so NOT the person to ask….

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    Comment by Haley-O on February 27, 2008
  24. Love the dress, totally you. Here is my choice;

    Any of the following 3 colours would be great. IMO.

    Either of these colours

    And either of these

    Good luck!!


    Comment by Jay on February 27, 2008
  25. I have the PERFECT shoes to go with that dress! They are suede slingbacks with a mid-size heel and the color is cafe noir – they are a brownish black. I got them on sale at Nine West.

    So why don’t you just send me the dress and I’ll let you know if it goes? (As if I could ever fit into your clothes…)


    Comment by Anna on February 27, 2008
  26. I would go for a dark colour and make it a peep toe. I’m not crazy about wedge heels, but I think they would rock with that dress.


    Comment by Chantal on February 27, 2008
  27. I love the last pair. Being preggers up until recently, I had resigned myself to fugly orthopedic shoes. I wonder if my feet are up to the challenge again…

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    Comment by KC on February 27, 2008
  28. LOVE the dress! In fact I almost tried it on today, but then realized that sadly I have nowhere to wear it.. I would NOT wear black with the dress. Too harsh a look I think. A brown peep toe with perhaps a small wood wedge? I am a shoe lover too.


    Comment by NEWMOM on February 27, 2008
  29. You know? I think this dress would be super sassy with bright colored shoes like dark blue or green or even red. Am I crazy??

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    Comment by AbsolutelyBananas on February 27, 2008
  30. As soon as I saw the dress, I thought, “Gold shoes would be hot!” Besides, the light colour will make your legs look nice and lean and long… who wouldn’t want that?!? (: (I’m sure your legs are already very nice, though…)


    Comment by kp! on February 27, 2008
  31. How about these:


    kidding! :)

    Okay, I love these:


    or these for a more casual look:


    Or either one of these if you want to go brown:


    LOVE the dress! I think black or brown would both work.

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    Comment by BlondeBlogger on February 27, 2008
  32. http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/33405635/c/401.html get the grey and the brown, and are wedges like you seem to like. Personally I’d go with http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/33389863/c/401.html though, but I like the funky heels which may be a bit much for you.


    Comment by Elenor on February 28, 2008
  33. The dress is DEFINITELY brown. Don’t wear black shoes. Go for a dark brown shoe.

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    Comment by Patricia on February 29, 2008
  34. Ha! It’s a sickness, but, really, who would take the cure? Not me!

    The more I look at the dress, the moroue I see all the colors. I wouldn’t go with brown, cuz, I don’t think it will look right. I would go with something strappy, in gray if you can find it. Um, actually I would probably wear my black and white chuck taylors, but I’m weird like that. ;)

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    Comment by Bri on March 1, 2008
  35. looks like you’ve already gotten plenty of opinions. I would wear ANYTHING BUT BLACK please. I skimmed the comments and didn’t see anyone recommend black, but I would do the brown or the taupe myself.

    (not saying that I am in any way the fashion police! just my two cents’ worth.)

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    Comment by Rain on March 1, 2008

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