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The Pippa Effect ~ 5 Tips to Dress Revealing without Showing Too Much

Do you remember the royal wedding last April and more importantly, which sister’s dress can you vividly picture in your head right now? If you’re thinking Pippa, you’re not alone. People around the world couldn’t stop talking about Pippa in her flattering, form fitted white bridesmaid dress and there was an insane amount of press specifically buzzing about her backside. As many women know when it comes to revealing clothing, whether you’re covered or showing skin, there’s a fine line between sexy and Snooki (who I just learned is preggers btw. Yikes!).

And speaking of Pippa, my friend Gigi and I were shopping a few months ago and spotted a long sleeve lace dress at H & M. We both bought it and she noticed Pippa wearing a lace H & M dress almost identical. The same photo of Pippa was just featured a couple days ago in my supermarket weakness, InTouch Magazine.

I wore the white lace dress a week ago on a SF hill lined with pastel painted homes. I carefully applied my personal “revealing clothes” rules and hopefully Pippa & Princess Kate would approve~

1. Long Sleeve Dresses = Conservative
 They’re a popular trend right now and if you’re totally covered on top, you can show more leg (bare or in tights). The same is true with the reverse showing more skin on top if you’re wearing a longer skirt or pants.
2. Tone down MakeUp & Accessories
I was so excited when my friend Courtney who is a Stella & Dot stylist here in the Bay Area let me shop her collection and wear this Contessa Jade Necklace. I loved the contrast with the lace dress. I also used Nicki Minaj Viva Glam Nicki MAC lipstick, but made it subtle with a light gloss. Check out Stella & Dot here or for questions, email Courtney at courtneyjheinze@gmail.com

3. Take the Proper Precautions
If you’re wearing any outfit remotely revealing and there’s any chance you might slip, fall, or flash more than a smile; plan accordingly with the appropriate undergarments. In this day in age, you don’t have to be a celebrity or a royal princess to have a creeper post a photo of you on the Internet.
4. Going Nude is Still in Style
I’ve posted about nude and neutral heels in the past and I could have worn other options, but nude heels are a great understated choice for dresses and skirts in all colors and patterns. Plus, they lengthen legs and put the focus on your outfit.
Potrero Hill neighborhood~These are baby San Francisco hills but they’re still awful in heels.
Photos by Thomas Delgado Photography
5. Don’t Forget about the Hair
How you style your hair is a big part of completing your look and I just discovered this quick style a few weeks ago when I read twists are the new braids for 2012. If you noticed on the Oscars red carpet, side swept hair was a hot trend on stars from Stacy Keibler to Maya Rudolph, but it’s too fancy for day time. I wanted a more carefree casual style for this dress.
Three Minute Hairstyle~Here’s what I did:
A. Brush all of your hair to one side
B. Take a small outer section and twist it around to create a loose side ponytail using your own hair as the hairband 🙂
C. Use a few bobby pins and hairspray to keep it in place.
Bonus: I’m also wearing Salon Perfect lashes (#53) that still look natural during the day.
I used this little faux flower clip to help keep it in place and hide a bobby.
What are your “revealing clothes” rules? I’ve noticed everyone has their own and rules vary widely between me, my friends, my mom and of course guys have their own opinions?
(Sidenote) I just officially switched my site to http://www.savvyspice.com/ so the links might be acting weird for a day or two but will be fixed soon. Have a great week!
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  1. SIENA.STYLE says:

    I love this dress!!!
    kisses from prague and seattle

  2. Dale – love the heels! I have a soft spot in my heart for nude heels but I can’t find the perfect ones.

  3. Kaitlin Mattingly says:

    that dress is gorgeous.
    i love the fabric.

    xo kaitlin

  4. Great tips! I wish you could do a seminar for some of the women that live here in memphis

  5. i love that dress! it goes great with the nude heels! lovely post! xo


  6. absolutely wonderful post! need. the. dress.

  7. great tips. showing skin doesn’t always means sexy. it all depends on how you are wearing the clothes. i always wear a tank underneath sheer top and such. i want to look and feel comfortable. take care.


  8. Oh. my. GOD. you look amazing in that dress, I love it! The hairstyle goes perfectly with it, too! Now I’m going to frantically search everywhere to see if I can find a dress that looks like this hahahaa! 🙂 I love the Middleton girls’ fashion. So classy and sexy at the same time. Great post, Dale!


  9. These care great rules. A friend of mine has a similar dress from Free People and I love it. I look so bad in though! Very sad. YOu pull it off VERY well I love the hair so thanks for sharing the “how to.”

  10. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!! I love this dress! And very classy!


  11. obsessed with that dress, you look marvelous!


  12. Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment. Gorgeous dress and your necklace is simple yet stunning.

    I am now following you on twitter too 🙂


  13. great post and tips, you look gorgeous xx

  14. Ahahah.. love love love this post! Hum.. dont know about my ‘revealing clothes’ rules. I guess yes I like to wear an open shirt or V thirt showing off just what it should.. and yet look all very innocent. Haven’t visit lot in a while but will definitely try to come back more often. xx from MIlan


  15. pinkmate says:

    Great photos! I love the color of this ensemble’



  16. Loving the nudes! The dress is gorgeous – so feminine. Very nice accessories as well!

    enjoy your day,

  17. Sehar Bique says:

    The dress is gorgeous!! But that hairstyle is just superb!! Love it! Love it!!


  18. I love love love your outfit! It’s so chic but at the same time simple. AND you look GORGEOUS!!

    Check my blog and see how you can DIY your own Jeffrey Campbell Tick wedges 🙂

    xx Heidi Caterina

  19. Jhomaira Agüero says:

    you look so cute, so pretty your dress! thanks for comment and follow me! i like your blog too so i am following you! xoxo from egypt.


  20. Thanks for following my blog and I appreciate your comment! I totally agree with your revealing rules. I have an eyelet dress just like this from last year, although not as short. There must be an age appropriate rule too (I’m 48). Love the nude heels, but can’t find a pair that fits without slipping even with all the inserts suggested. Probably shouldn’t do both anyways (age ?). How about with tights and boots to transition to spring?
    Looking forward to following you,

    • Yea, I totally understand, this is on the short side, but could easily be worn over tights and with boots. LIke Pippa’s look when she wore this dress with boots and a blazer. Especially since it’s still winter now. I actually wore it last week with dark tights and it worked and was much easier to sit down too. hehe…Thanks for stopping by Cindy. 🙂

    • Thanks Dale, didn’t see the picture of Pippa so appreciate the idea!! Gonna wear it tomorrow with grey tights, brown riding boots and a blazer! Cute hair, may have to totally steal your idea! After all, as the saying goes, imitation….
      Btw, you rock the short dress!!
      Have a great day,

  21. FAshiOnistA ErA says:

    great look! love the lace dress! just came across your blog..really nice

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  22. I love the pop of colour the necklace gives.

    Please check my Urban Decay giveaway at tzeyien89.blogspot.com xxx

  23. MosaMuse says:

    very informative post. i like the name of ur blog!

  24. Morbid Angel says:

    So pretty outfit!!! Love ur blog…Following u now hun….I’d love it,if u’d follow back as well. 😉

  25. Sunny & Star says:

    You look so stunning. I love your dress and I think your tips are fabulous. I cannot get over how pretty your hair is and the flower is a beautiful detail.

  26. such a great idea. so true! You look amaze!



  27. Rachel {Da Paura ♥} says:

    Truly such great tips! It really seems like exposing a lot of leg is a lot more widely accepted as classy than exposing cleavage. I think it depends on how top-heavy one is though, because I have noticed that more flat-chested women are considered very chic and elegant with a lot of chest exposed or a very low neck. Your look is so gorgeous here and just the right amount of skin. The heels are perfect with the outfit and I just adore that necklace! You look amazing.


    • Thanks Rachel and I’m so glad you reminded me about that because I was thinking the other day how it’s so true that smaller chested women can definitely get away with showing more cleavage like Rihanna, Kate Hudson and JLO. I think it’s kinda cool, because a lot of women with a fuller chest would be showing too much in a super low cut dress. Thanks so much for you nice comments 🙂 ~Dale

  28. Agyness Nilsson Zackrisson says:

    Your hair is amazing! your blog is so nice 🙂

    xx Love from London

  29. The Love Hanger says:

    I definitely think of Pippa when I think of the royal wedding. Although Kate looked extremely gorgeous. I love both of them. 🙂 Love your dress too. Very retro fit to it and I think you made it look totally modern. <3


  30. Wow, you certainly know a lot about how to dress beautifully! Love your outfit and hair, it looks wonderful!


  31. I love your dress! Those sleeves are amazing!


  32. christine says:

    um, yes! love lace and love your look! adorable! 🙂 have a great weekend!


  33. GASP! Not only is this post flawlessly put together and filled with amazing advice, you look simple stunning. Obsessed with your hair in this post. All the little details are fabulous. thanks for sharing, love. xo


  34. Amazing, love this look and the dress is beautiful! thanks for visiting and following, following back 🙂

  35. Perlchen says:

    thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂
    would be great if you follow me!
    love your pictures and especially your dress in combination with your necklace!
    new follower <3

  36. Beautiful blog dear *.* wanna follow each other on bloglovin? 🙂 kisses, KATEFP team

  37. Mariana says:

    You look stunning!

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  38. Perlchen says:

    lovely outfit!
    BTW I really like your blog and I gave You an award, so let’s check what to do now! You can see how it works on http://www.glampearl.blogspot.com

  39. Sick by Trend says:

    Very nice! Great photos 🙂



  40. Hi! beautiful 🙂 you look awesome 🙂 what about to follow each other? 🙂

  41. love your outfit!
    great blog *-*
    thanks for your visit and for follow me..

  42. Fashion to Go says:

    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. I’m glad I stumbled upon yours, you’ve got great content and beautiful photos. Def a follower now 🙂 Have a great weekend m’dear.

  43. Love this post and your fabulous dress!!


  44. Great post!!



  45. As always, you look gorgeous and I agree 100% with your style rules! It’s so important to consider the smaller details to your look (make-up, shoes, etc.) when wearing a style that is a bit more revealing. Otherwise, you could end-up on Fashion Police’s “Starlet or Streetwalker!” lol!

    XO – Marion

  46. Hey dear

    Very great post, i love it! Thank you o much for the lovely comment. Do you know the Marni at H&M Kollekton? I was allowed in the H&M showroom Zürich to look at the collection. All photos are on my blog. How do you like our collection?

    <3 Anja


  47. Hi gorgeous,
    following your lovely, well structured and interesting [certainly a reflection of your personality] blog! I’m your new follower as well and wish you lots of success!!!

    have the nicest weekend!

  48. Kalypso says:

    My revealing rules are based on my body. I like my legs but I have really skinny upper part of my body. So I think this H&M dress is just for me! I go for short lengths and I cover my upper part or reveal my back.

  49. omgosh heart this post dale!! you look so pretty and sweet in that dress and i love that you added the pop of green with the necklace!! your hair is SOOO adorable like that.. i’m soo so going to try that!

    thanks for tweeting my giveaway dale you are so sweet :)!!

  50. NinaLeVito says:

    thank you for your lovely comment, i was very happy to read it ! I really like this post and with it the whole blog, so i’ll follow you to 🙂
    And i’m a bit jealous that you’re living in San Francisco 😉

  51. I love your dress and your hair, the necklace is awesome!
    i follow you from now, if you wish, come into my blog 😉 maybe we can follow each other ^^


  52. Veronica says:

    Wow you have never ending legs!!! Hot!

    I love the dress and I want to make that necklace mine!

    Im so glad I found your blog, its awesome!

  53. Rebecca_Indescribable says:

    Please, Follow my blog ;D

    Your blog is so great! <3
    I love it (:

  54. Jessille says:

    really nice tips…ur blog is awesome
    if u like pls vsit mine too

  55. Fabliha says:

    stunning – that lace is so beautiful! 🙂

  56. Ice Pandora says:

    Lovely lace dress! Yep, I remember Pippa’s gown at the big wedding 🙂
    And omg Snooki is pregnant!!

    If I take OOTD pictures of myself, I shoot like 50 photos and choose like 5 out
    of them. Mostly: entire body pictures, a few detail shots, from my back and sides~


  57. Sunny & Star says:

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  58. Jessica @ Here(and)Now says:

    what a beautiful girl, in a gorgeous dress, on a fabulous day!
    nude heels are a game changer for me! love love love

  59. Clara Turbay says:

    Great and different ideas!

  60. carooolyne says:

    Beautiful! Really like your blog, you’ve got a new follower!

    Greetings from Germany, have a nice sunday!

  62. Stylish By Nature says:

    Really nice post!!…Would be glad if we can connect at Bloglovin too

    My Bloglovin Page

  63. That dress looks great on you. I try to keep one area covered either legs or cleavage.

  64. Anna K.outure says:

    Beautiful dress and great blog…following you now!
    Check out mine and follow if you like 😉


  65. Diva In Me says:

    I would have to agree that this is definitely sexy! Although you dont have a closer pic of your heels but I really like the look and color. You look absolutely gorgeous in this outfit. It actually look scary to walk on heels on that slope. Maybe it’s just me..

  66. The Fashionable ESQ says:

    Wow, this is totally photoshoot ready – Pretty much perfect. Love the nude heals – I will forever choose patent nude over colored heels.

    The Fashionable ESQ


  67. Love your dress, so pretty!

  68. aldara camoiras says:

    hi beautiful! i found your blog and i think that is lovely 🙂

    i follow you since now.

    visit my blog and follow me too if you want.

    with love



    great tips! Such a fabulous dress! xo

  70. ❤AdamAlexMommy❤ says:

    thanks for the great tips!! we can all use it… the outfit here is so feminine and pretty! btw, i’d be honored if you had time to enter my giveaway. 🙂 have a great day!

  71. Ashley K says:

    This is a great dress, I love lace! The hills here are all like monsters for me lol
    Beauty Flawed

  72. GirlieBlogger@Seattle Beauty and Fashion Blog says:

    Gorgeous dress. Wow. You have such long legs.

  73. Ana Carneiro says:

    In the last years, because of the crisis (I think) many women stopped dressing in a work appropriate way, and go to work dressed in the most casual clothes one can imagine.. I think now, thankfully, people are starting to care again! And I hope there are many people out there reading your blog as well and re-thinking their working outfits!


  74. Vonae Deyshawn says:

    First and foremost, I love your lace dress! So cute. I have a similar rule. If I have on a leggy dress or shorts, I always make sure I cover up on top. Wearing a revealing top and bottom is a total no no. Total Snooki style! I also agree with you on the nude heels. I totally love them and will never remove them from my collection. Be careful on those hills. LOL.

    Vonae Deyshawn

  75. anurbanexplorer says:

    Gorgeous dress and you styled it with such class <3


  76. The Little Texan says:

    You have such a great blog!! love all your fashion advice!



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