Outfit Post with Kiki Riki - Part I: Leather and Studs Modestly Styled

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I've been wanting to work with Kiki Riki for a long time now. As everyone who knows me knows, I live in Kiki Riki shells almost every single day. But did you know that Kiki Riki also has a full line of dresses and skirts?

I recently met with the Kiki Riki people in New York and was blown away by the fun and fabulous array of fabulously designed pieces they offer. From the basic tee shirts and denim skirts that we live in to some really cool skirts and dresses, the company offer quality and style that all of us would enjoy.

Kiki Riki knows they have a huge base of customers in the modest dressing market because of their comfortable shells that come in every color imaginable. But styling a maybe-too-short dress for modesty can sometimes be daunting and deterring, so I decided to show you how to style this fabulous gold studded dress made by Kiki Riki. This is only one of the adorable and super comfortable dresses in their collection and I hope to show you lots more of what this versatile fashion company offers.

Now I know that lots of you may not go for the dress-over-skirt look, but once you embrace the idea that your dress is more of a tunic, the options become endless. And since I'm the kind of person that believes in doing things boldly, I decided that instead of trying to match up the fabric of the dress, I'd go with a completely different texture, and wear this dress with a (p)leather pencil skirt. Going obvious with the under layer says, "I'm creative and unafraid to create my own style," and the bordeaux shell underneath adds another level of excitement to the overall look. 
Dress: Kiki Riki, Top: Kiki Riki, Faux Leather Skirt: H&M, Booties: Target, Amber Bangle: Nordstrom, Highlights: Rina Efros

For those of you who are skeptics of this modest layering look, I must tell you that in the streets of New York I have been stopped and told how fabulous I look. A dress by itself is just a dress. But with the use of shells and skirts as color and texture blocking, you can easily create your own unique 'dress' many times over in many different ways. 

Layering will also open up an entire world to you when it comes to shopping. All of the sudden the not-long-enough skirt or dress is accessable. And if you don't believe me that wearing shirts under dresses can be super fashionable...well, see my post HERE.

Last year I was at a blogger get together for Jessica Alba's company, The Honest Company, and as I was chatting with one of my blogger friends trying to explain to her that you can be an Orthodox Jew who dresses modestly and still be fabulous, she looked me up and down and said, "Well you're not dressed like that." But I was. And I somehow styled myself in a way that was fabulous enough to not stereotype me, yet still conform to my standards. When I pointed that out, she said, "Wow, you're right. You've got to tell me where to get those layering pieces!"
And my answer is always Kiki Riki.

I can't wait to style my next Kiki Riki outfit! Stay tuned for Part II -Styling the Perfect Jean Skirt

If you'd like to purchase this dress please email me or leave a comment for more info. Please like Kiki Riki on Facebook!

Until next time,
All photos credits from this post go to Chani Elle, fabulous makeup artist from Elle Artistry, personal makeup shopper and talented photographer. Please like Chani's FACEBOOK PAGE for the best makeup tips!

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  1. WOW another fabulous photo shoot with you! I cannot get over the resemblance to that actress my dear. Love the leather! Anita

  2. Great photos! You look fabulous .. Love the touch of leather..xo C. (HHL)

  3. Love this post, you look great! I layer all the time and get tons of compliments from people who would wear the same clothing without the modest layers. Thanks for being an inspiration to all of us trying to be tznius and fashionable!

  4. Beautiful outfit! Love the colors and the studs!


  5. love your dress dear!!
    thanks for your comment and follow you on google friends connect and bloglovin!!
    xoxo pretty=)

  6. Love how this look is layered, its elegant with a bit of edge, which is something that really appeals my own style.

  7. Yes this laying works! Love the details and the pop of red. xo


  8. Oh Sharon, you look so beautiful here! As a modest dresser myself, I really appreciate this post. It's so true that you can take almost any piece of clothing and make it modest through strategic layering.
    Great post, Hun!

  9. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I'm so happy to be a new follower here!

  10. Hi Sharon!!!!!
    You look fabulous!!!!
    Loving this look!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!!!!
    I'm following your blog..... :-)
    Hope you have a great evening!!!!!

  11. Love this layered stylish look! Very creative, girl! Now following you too :)


  12. you are such a knock out, love that dress on you
    Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  13. Beautiful look dear! I love the combination of burgundy shirt and black leather!




  14. A very beautiful outfit...you look stunning x

  15. What gorgeous photos - love the whole outfit!

  16. This is so very you! ADORABLE and you know how to layer elegantly. Woman can learn from you lots plus it is your uniqueness!! Xox z

  17. love the leather and studs. keep it up with the outfit posts they really are inspiring and you are totally rocking that bold lip! I love kiki rikis the only shells I wear in fact. so cool that they've started doing all these awesome colors. thanks for adding me to your blogroll very thoughtful of you! xx. gigi.

  18. Sharon you look fabulous as always; love this layered look, also the deep red lipstick sets it off beautifully!

    Love and Hugs,
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  19. I love the studded dress and layering it over the bordeaux top worked great.

  20. Seriously are you really the age you say you are? I might go vegan now...