I love bright colors and pretty patterns. But when it comes to clothes, I have to be careful with them. Being as short as I am carries with it an inherent risk of disappearing behind overly flamboyant clothes. That said, I also don't want to look like the 21st century version of Jane Eyre: all black and gray and only a small pearl brooch for decoration, thank you.
This dress from Coldwater Creek outlet section satisfies my requirements perfectly. The color is a beautiful sophisticated purple that changes slightly in different kinds of light. The overall look is monochromatic, but not flat, because of the fitted silhouette, clever seaming and the twirly-girly skirt.
I wore this dress to the office with patterned black tights and black high-heeled Oxfords. I threw in a big starburst brooch with purple crystals for a bit of sparkle. It would work equally well with boots and a jacket for a more casual look, or with the smaller pumps, fishnets and pretty earrings for whatever you have going on after five.
Considering I got it from the Coldwater Creek outlet, and there was only a limited number of sizes left, they might not be there anymore. But, I have seen some very similar dresses at North Style available in different colors and slightly different cut. North Style is a good seller known for its quality and service, so I would definitely recommend it. This particular style is almost universally flattering and can be worn many different ways.