Every month, we ask one of our Gwynnie Bee members to take a style outside of their wheelhouse for a 24-hour test drive. This month we asked Jay Miranda, to try something new in one of her favorite neighborhoods. Taking a step outside her California cool vibe, Jay Miranda donned a bold striped shirtdress. Read on to see how this dress surprised and delighted – and how it was rated a bold four hearts.
“I really do believe dresses can be powerful things—they lift your mood and shift the way you carry yourself.”
Jay Miranda in her “risk taking” look: Eloquii Striped Shirt Dress
Why did you choose this style to take a risk with?
This is pretty different from what I typically wear. I don’t do dresses very often and when I do I usually opt for an oversized shape or something more bodycon. This silhouette falls somewhere in the middle. Also, it’s also been years since I wore a shirtdress and this was my first time wearing vertical stripes. This is the kind of dress that I’d admire in the store, but would probably not buy—only because I spend so much time wearing other kinds of styles. I feel this is a great way to use Gwynnie Bee; taking a style risk that’s low on commitment!
How would you describe your current personal style?
I’ve always loved feminine, fashion-forward style, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of walking and hiking (which I love) so these days my sartorial choices lean more toward fabrics known for “moisture wicking” and hiking boots… I know, I know! I work from my home office and I’m a mom to a little girl, so I wear a lot of denim too, which I like to dress up in different ways. Overall, I’d say my personal style is either outdoorsy or a relaxed, “California” kind of feminine.
Jay Miranda in her LA Sunset look (from her personal wardrobe)
Jay Miranda in her Patchwork look (from her personal wardrobe)
What brands do you usually shop?
I love ASOS, Athleta, REI, River Island, and Nordstrom.
How would you rate this piece on a scale of 1-5 hearts, 5 being great?
I’d say this is easily a 4-heart dress.
How did you feel wearing this style?
Getting that “wow” moment (in my case, from my husband) when you walk into the room always feels good. I got some compliments on the dress from other women, which is always a telltale sign of a truly great dress. While wearing it I was reminded of my pre-motherhood days, which were dressier. It was actually kind of wonderful to experience that; to be the woman wearing the dress and embody what that means. I really do believe dresses can be powerful things—they lift your mood and shift the way you carry yourself. Likewise, it was great coming home and changing into something much more kid-friendly. You can enjoy all the different iterations of your style and life.
How would you style this piece?
This is a bold print and I thought it best to let it do all the talking. I picked blush and white accessories and tied the sash in a bow to give the overall look a softer edge. This is the kind of dress that would be perfect for a business meeting, in which case I’d just add a blazer. I’d also love this with a longline sleeveless vest.