Dark Florals All Year: Visible Monday And A Giveaway

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I am a big fan of dark florals all year round. They’re sophisticated without being staid, and they lend themselves well to pattern mixing. All this by way of saying: I forgot to choose a new Karina Dress for January’s First Monday Giveaway! So I am repeating one of my favorites, the Rita in Navy, and I updated it for the cooler weather.


Announcing! A feature I know you’ll like. Every First Visible Monday of the month, we’ll have a special edition of Visible Monday, sponsored by my friends at Karina Dresses.


The Rita dress is always smooth and easy to wear and accessorize. As with all Karina dresses it’s made with love in Brooklyn, USA. I can crush it into a ball in an overnight bag and it looks perfect the next day. It’s never seen a dry cleaner’s door – always machine wash and hang to dry.


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I like the pinstripes with the dark graphic dress.

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Gorgeous Karina dresses – there’s mine on the upper left – for all ages, shapes and sizes.


Today I felt like Doc Martens (sim) on my feet – an edgy counterpoint to my ladylike dress. Actually Docs go with everything, and these are worn regularly with dresses or jeans. The pearl and tassel necklace (sim) is thrifted, as is the Tahari suit jacket (sim). Somehow the trousers to the suit have shrunk and had to go to the charity shop. That shrinking trouser thing has to be addressed.


And, enter to win a Karina dress of your choosing. The winner will be selected at random on January 8, 2016. Just follow this link to enter the giveaway, open through January 7th:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
  4. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!


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  1. Patti, just wanted to let you know that I have a post coming out tomorrow that will have a link back to this article as well as a new link-up. I hope you don’t mind the mention and will take a minute or two to read the post.

  2. The boots are ever so good with the dress. Indeed they make the dress modern and less ladylike. Good thinking. I am going to join Visible Monday (finally found some time), but I will link to it next Sunday. OK? Because a lot of my readers have already read my post of last Sunday. So it doesn’t feel fare to add a link to Visible Monday now.

  3. All I know is my wife wouldn’t mind receiving one free and elegant dress! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  4. Happy New Year, classy lady! I would love to own a Karina dress to hopefully look as glamorous as you! lol

  5. I LOVE this! Pattern mixing is my favorite. I don’t think I own a single pin stripe item…must fix that πŸ™‚

  6. I love the Karina dress any way that you style it! Thank you for the chance to win one! Happy New Year and I lok forward to your posts!

  7. Docs go with anything! I love your Karina dressses! They are so stylish yet they look comfortable and practical!x

  8. Perhaps the shrinking trousers could be worn under the ensemble as bloomers? Or did they shrink the other way – nasty things? Nevertheless you do look smashing. Thanks as always, for having us Visible on Mondays.

  9. I do adore that dress. I’d own one but it was already sold out.

    Those boots really change up the look. It takes it from sweet florals to kick-ass : )


  10. Great styling with the chunky boots and tasselled necklace Patty. You can never go wrong with florals.
    Happy New Year.

  11. Boots and dress are a wining combination when there is snow on the ground!

  12. You look great in dark florals Patti. I love florals, but need to incorporate more in my wardrobe. Always relieved to get back to normal, and I’m looking forward to the new year. I wish you all the best! Thank you for hosting.


  13. I agree about dark florals. They are year-round. Nice dress. I have wanted one of those Karina dresses in a long while. Hope to win one.

    Happy New Year Patti!

  14. Another fab Karina dress! I have worn the one I won from you lots, and indeed it does seem to spring back to life magically after being packed, folded, rolled, squashed or crumpled – amazing! Love the Docs with yours – you can never go wrong with that.

    Happy New Year to you and yours xx

  15. What a great start to the year, Patti. I too, am another fan of dark florals. There’s just something very sophisticated about them. Light florals are lovely but they can veer into tweedom in a way that dark florals never seem to do! And the pinstripe jacket and boots are fabulous teemed with the dress. Wonderful styling.


  16. A floral dress and boots are my favorite outfit. Add a sweater or jacket, and I’m good to go for almost anything.

  17. Lets just say I would gladly wear every single item you have on today. I absolutely love this ensemble and I totally agree, dark florals are a great way to go, even in the cold of winter. Pairing this dress with the Doc’s, spectacular!

  18. What a GREAT floral dress Patti!! you know how to rock a wrap dress better than anyone I know!! And Lovin’ the boots!!! Happy New Year gorgeous!!

  19. Oh dear, Patti – the shrinking trousers are a direct result of global warming! This is alarming.
    Love your dress with the Docs and tassels. Yes, coming here DOES cure a hangover. Thank you!

  20. Happy New Year, Patti! This look is ultra cute for you. I love the floral dress, paired with the classic blazer, and of course, your signature, quirky boot. Fun!

  21. Oh I wish boots and a dress suited me, Patti – I LOVE the look but it just doesn’t look right on me!! The DMs are the bee’s knees, such a good colour and style and of course they’re the perfect contrast for a classic floral dress.

    Thank you for hosting, wishing you a very HNY and see you at #iwillwearwhatilike tomorrow (I hope)!

    Catherine xx

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