Better Together


{Dress: Here | Blazer: Similar | Tote: c/o Joie | Sunnies: c/o Coach | Bracelet: Kristin Hassan

If the blazer over a dress trick ever goes out of style, I’m done. It’s the easiest outfit to look pulled together. No one would ever know that in my morning frenzy I had pulled every piece of clothing off ever hanger and thrown them in a pile the size of a small bean bag chair. A hot mess of a pile that will take me at least two weeks to clean up.

Now you see why it’s a winning combo, yes? 

  • Danielle Lewis

    I don't know how I've made it 27 years without a blazer. I'm going out and getting one right now! Or at least soon. Or at least when I get my next paycheck 😉 Clearly I love the look.

  • Mai Heart

    Kendi, you always look so adorable in all outfits! I love the combo with your snake skin heels! Totally cute!

  • Red peeptoe pumps

    Wow, I adore those shoes… and the teal. I wonder if I can put together something similar in my closet!

  • Frugalista28

     I'm loving structured jackets too. I just wish it gets a little cooler here in Fresno to pull it off. You look great as always :)

  • Charlotta, Afternoon Apparel

    Looks great! Love the colours, and that blazer really makes you look like you spent a lot more thought on your outfit :)

  • Katie Sims

    Very cute outfit, I really like the teal. And I know what you mean – when in doubt grab a dress and throw on something that resembles a jacket!

  • Ritika Mahendru

    That's a super elegant outfit!

  • Alissa Futhey

    I love blazers over dresses, they save me so often!

  • Sarah Tucker

    Love your shoes. When did you get that blazer at Target? Recently? I was at the Target in McKinney on Tuesday and they have some blazers out that have a chevron pattern on the inside, so when you roll the sleeves….adorable!

    -Sarah {}

  • photosbyjaana

    shoooooooeeees.  i know that's not a real word.  just wanted to really get it across that i love your shoooooeeees.

  • Kristin

    So cute! Your makeup and hair look fabulous in these pics. And that tote is adorable. I don't think I even knew that Joie made bags?!


  • Count To Four

    yep, blazer over dress is the best, i'm actually wearing that today! love your makeup :) you've got to do a makeup tutorial on here!

  • AdventuresinDressmaking

    You look soooo elegant! I've never had the right dress to wear under a blazer, but that natural waist look is perfect. Love the shoes, too!!

  • Katie

    Those shoes are SO rad!!

  • Brittany

    I just found a similar blazer at Charlotte Russe! Blazers can save every outfit. 

  • Amy Welch

    love this look! I hope it never leaves either!

  • Natali Karppinen

    Fabulous shoes and dress! You look gorgeous!

  • Emily Ah Tye

    Beautiful! Love the snake skin shoes!

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    Love it!

  • Morgan Liti

    Winning combo for sure! All day, every day! :) And your hot mess pile secret is safe with me – as long as you don't tell anyone I sat in my closet for 10 minutes staring at my clothes pondering what on earth the weather would let me wear today – then ended up with boots and a sweater, even though it's supposed to be 85. o_O


  • Mari

    Those shoes are amazing.  I wish I could wear heels.  I hurt my foot a while back and it just isn't happening for me anymore.  However, I have some amazing flats.  Not quite the same…

  • Doan

    Simplicity at its finest! I love the combo. Isn't it funny how when we're in a crunch for time, it just works out? And when you have all the time in the world things just don't look right? 


  • Sarah H.

    Something tells me that even if blazer-over-dress goes out of style, that's not gonna stop you from wearing it. Nor should it. Lovely as always!

    Sarah's Real Life

  • Megan

    What is this lip color? I've been looking for an everyday "fall" color and I am in love! If it happens to be your natural color with gloss, you lucky duck. :)

  • Laurel Walker

    It's true… when I have time, I would never reach for cardigan/dress or blazer/dress but they're perfect for work in a pinch.

  • sealedwithstyle

    haha I do that all the time too! must be a fashion blogger thing 😉 you rock girl!

  • Lauren

    I really love those shoes… so perfect!

  • Nikki Hodum

    I love a blazer + dress combo.  It will never go out of style!  I love a blazer and anything, though.  Those shoes are fabulous too!  Oh and the whole pull out everything to try when getting ready? Like a weekly thing for me if I haven't already planned in advance what I am going to put on. 

  • A Pretty Nest

    Amazing outfit ! Love that dress, such a great color !
    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

  • Always Maylee

    I love the dress and blazer combo too. And almost every morning I have a pile of clothes on the bed too.  You look beautiful!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • Rachel

    Has anyone ever told you could be the brunette Tori Spelling?  I didn't notice until this post (3rd picture)!

  • Rebecca Lately


  • Natalie / Half Asleep Studio

    sweet & simple! love it.

  • Kendi Lea

    Ha — no, no not my natural lip color. It's Revlon Just Bitten Balm in Crush.

  • Kendi Lea

    Thanks, hun! I agree it does take the right dress for the look to work. I always have to have a fitted waist dress or at least make a waist with a belt.

  • Sabrina Lashley

    Love your shoes! Gorgeous outfit!


  • Oksana

    Wonderful outfit!

  • A Fancy Day

    I totally know what you mean. I have a huge pile going on in my closet with no sign of it getting cleaned up anytime soon. 

  • Sarah Marinkovich12

    love the outfit! what lipstick are you wearing?

  • Christina

    Really cute and I agree – its a combo that must NEVER go out of style. I may have to pull off something similar tomorrow :)

  • Rachel

    Those heels are amazing!!!!!

  • Andrea

    i love the colours of the dress and blazer together :)

  • Taylor Griswold

    Your outfit is wonderful but I was also hoping to see if you could give any info about your necklace? Thanks!

  • XeanaFashion

    Cute outfit! I like very much your shoes and bag!


  • Charly

    Such a pulled together look! And ooohhh those shoes! :)

  • Kendi Lea

    Sure — the initial B necklace is from my shop, Bloom, and the circle necklace was a gift from my husband from a local boutique called Nan Lee Jewelry. :)

  • Kendi Lea

    Its Revlon Lip Stain!…

  • Sheislovely

    I love the blazer over dress combo!! I try to sport that at least once every two weeks. :)

    xo – Sheila

  • Jenna

    Love the color of this dress. It looks so great against the black blazer!

  • Erin Michelle

    I agree that it's one of the most effortlessly chic outfit combos! And I definitely have those mornings a lot of emptying my closet onto my floor or furniture. You came out looking very cute though!


  • Elise

    Where are your shoes from?  I LOVE them!!!  They need to get into my closet asap. 

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  • Jenny

    Not at all related to this post- but I'm going to NYC in a few weeks and I know you were just there so I'd love any store recommendations you may have :) Our style is similar & I love everything @ Bloom (just bought the camel moto!) so let me know if you get a chance!

  • Becky |

    Did someone on the inside tell you blazer + dress has had it's day?! *PANICS*

  • Star White

    Any reference to a Jack Johnson song is a win. And so is your outfit. LOVE the shoes. :)

  • Summer

    Do you still carry the inital pendant at Bloom?  I would love to order one.

  • CharlotteK_93
  • Jeans and a Teacup

    Great combo! I don't know why I haven't worn a dress/blazer recently.  Looks like I might be copying soon. :-) 

  • Kendi Lea

    Hahaha no, no. I just fear the day that this isn't a classic ensemble 😉 From what I can tell — we are in the clear. 

  • SociaLatte

    A blazer is a girl's best friend! You can quote me on that if you want :)

  • Kendi Lea

    Shoot an email to! We have a few in stock :)

  • Kendi Lea

    Oh gosh, let's see what I know…I didn't shop too much this time but I did hit up Zara and Joe Fresh (you must) which is on 5th avenue, close by the NY Public Library. I'm sure there are other locations in the city as well, so just google it once you get there. It's fabulous, my friend. Other than that I'd say go to Soho and walk around down there — great boutiques and shops and a great area. The new Piperlime storefront opened up, there is a fantastic Madewell down there as well as the new TopShop! You should also hit up this little place in the west village I believe called Poppy NYC. It's an adorable boutique. Bleeker street has a lot of little shops as well. (While you are there, stop in at Magnolia Bakery!) Oh and there is a store called C. Wonder which is a new shop that I missed on my last trip but wanted to check out! I believe it's on 5th, but I'm not for sure. If you just walk 5th down to Central Park you will find all sorts of shopping. If you are looking for home things Fishes Eddy and ABC Market ( I believe that's what it's called.) are both great places. And one more — Chelsea Market. Go explore and grab lunch there. (There's a fantastic Anthropologie nearby, too! I really should be an international shopping guide, right? 😉

  • Kendi Lea

    I bought them this spring from TJ Maxx so I don't think they are around anymore. But if you google Nine West Snakeskin sandal, I did see a few ebay links to the same pair!

  • Angela Duffner

    Gorgeous pics. Love this bloom dress and nine west heels together! Perfect combo.

    Method Clothe

  • Jess_Dynarski

    I agree, blazers and dresses make the best of friends. Also, your little story made me giggle because I go through the same thing sometimes. Why is it that it takes ten times longer to put things back then it does to make a mess of them? One of the many things I'll never understand!! 

  • Sierra

    I've always been more of a cardigan girl, but my best friend gave me one of her black blazers this past spring and it may be one of the greatest things she's ever done for me (well, style-wise at least).

  • New Petite

    Love this look and you look different here! maybe the hair? 

  • Rosanna von Waldherr

    I agree, it is a winning combo!!! =D You look great and I love the colour of that dress =D


  • Kacie Ellis

    This is totally a winning look!

  • Terri Smith

    Those. Shoes. Are. FABULOUS.

  • Jenny

    You really should! Thanks for all the tips :) Now I'm really looking forward to the trip! Last time I was in NYC, I had been in the city all of 30 minutes before I made my first purchase at Anthropolgie. It's a problem. I've had my eye on Joe Fresh for awhile now, so it's about time I get into a store!

  • Megan

    You're beautiful!

  • Seekingstyleblog

    You are the epitome of chic sophistication!
    xo Jennifer

  • Alex Hubbard

    Girllll you look so good!

  • Ellen Dignazio

    glad to see my floor is not the only one with a heap of clothes on it…. 

  • Stephanie

    Definitely an easy outfit to put together but when you add those heels and that super cute tote it makes it look very well thought out!! :)

  • Jessica Wakely

    I take out all my clothes looking for something to wear and just end up in jeans and a t. Hopefully I can get better and pull out something lovely like this. You're so pretty!

    Can't wait until the next 30 for 30! Wish I had learned about it earlier so I could have participated!

  • Amy Campbell

    Looks amazing as always.

  • Tapakoy

    your fashion is always very good looking!

  • Samira Reyes

    I love your shoes!!!!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    You always look so put together …no one would know that it was a frenzy morning.  Great shoes!


  • Thoa

    Wow your legs are rockin' in this picture (from a totally straight female POV). I totally agree about the dress + blazer thing, although I'm actually more a cardigan + dress fan just cuz I look "cute" rather than "cool". You look great though and the dress color is amazing!

  • Megan Zietz

    love those shoes 
    Xo Megan,

  • Mira Devils

    Wow the shoes look gorge 😀



  • Christina Storm

    Love the crisp blazer over the feminine dress!

    Check out my oxblood bag **GIVEAWAY**:, Christina

  • Sandy a la Mode

    blazer over dress, check!!! :)

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Mecole Maddeaux

    Why you so good looking? 😉

  • NinaBB

    Why I didn't wear a blazer with my dress yesterday, I have no idea. Must not neglect my blazers!

  • CK

    Hahaha – that is totally me every morning too.  My poor desk chair is always drowning in clothes! 

    Love this outfit – especially the shoes!  So cute!

  • Kelsey Melton

    Never tried a blazer over a dress! Hmmm… Got my mind thinking :) My go to outfit on a crazy day is a plain tee with a scarf and pumps. Pretty much wear that all the time!!!

  • Ellie Kornexl

    glad I'm not the only one who makes the mess then just stares at it for two weeks until I finally trip over it in my early morning haze…

    love those shoes!

  • Laura

    Love this look Kendi!  I am going to try it for work next week!

  • Thais

    Love this outfit! You look gorgeous.

  • Nicole Vander Meulen

    i'm with you…if the blazer + dress combo every goes out of style, i will be late for work every day. and i will stop eating peanut butter + jelly sandwiches.

    i love the rolled cuffs on the blazer.

  • Amy

    haha I do the exact same thing! I love the snakeskin heels :) So cute!


  • francesoutlawjones

    I seriously just bought this dress last week for an event, glad to have another option for wearing it.

  • Petite Adventures

    Love this look!

  • Deb C

    I love the shoes…and your lipstick!  What color/brand are you wearing?  I've been a gloss girl for the past decade…but I really like bold, matte color these days…

  • Mica

    Love the simplicity of the dress with the blazer, lovely outfit :)

  • Cindy

    This lip color is gorgeous on you!! Loving the snake skin shooooeess!

  • Moji

    super cute outfit! i love the heels and different lip color!

  • kendra.

    Such a cute, classy outfit, Kendi! love it. 


  • Maylia

    I absolutely love your ninewest shoes!! Can you share where you purchased them from? I could not find them on the ninewest website.

  • Nat

    Super cute dress and blazer! :)

  • workitChristine

    The snakeskin makes this outfit for me! love it.