Turning Heads #Linkup-2 Ways to Wear a Bandage Dress - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads #Linkup-2 Ways to Wear a Bandage Dress



Hello Ladies

Today is Turning Heads Tuesday and although you have seen me in red dresses,  particulary the one from #NYFW here, remember these 3 words:

The Kewl Shop. Yes! Remember these words and this company as they contacted me and I was very pleased they did!

I am going to be sharing with you today, 2 ways to wear a Bandage dress, and reviewing this one from The Kewl Shop

Some people may ask, “what is a bandage dress?” Typically, for me, the word “bandage” connotates some kind of injury, bruise, or need of attention!!  Wrong application of the word here, ladies!  The bandage dress as you will find, was first made popular by designer Herve Leger, and is a heavier material that is form fitted to the body, in a desire to give a shapely image to the wearer. The feminine form, is all about this dress.

Herve Leger, designer, At age 28,  begins working for himself, creating the Herve Leger line. 4 years later, bandage dresses were born! They were inspired by his experience in designing bathing suits and some throwaway seam bindings. The first bandage dress was also the finale look of Herve Leger’s 1989 runway show. The bandage dress, originally called “bender dress” became an instant sensation. They were called “bender,” because they molded the body into the perfect female form.** credit lollipuff.com

The Kewl Shop sent the dress in a very timely manner, and I received it in about 5 days. Very efficient! The customer service was top notch as I used the CHAT and she answered all of my questions and was quite polite. The dress was shipped the day after I chose it.

Initially, with my EDS, I wondered about all of that compression. Was it going to bother my trigger points or knots, and be uncomfortable? This was a concern. I decided to read more of the reviews that bloggers wrote on the various dresses. Many of the women had gone up a size. I typically will wear a 4 in dresses, 2 in skirts, and according to their size chart, I was a small. However, I knew that could mean “wiggling” into a dress and having it be perhaps “too tight for me.” So I did what many of the girl’s recommended, and went up a size. When I received it, I was so happy I did! The right choice. No pulling, tugging or squeezing. Quite the opposite.

I first picked the ombre red dress seen on Bogi here, but they had enough reviews on this particular dress so they asked me to review another. I had no problem with choosing another dress, but wanted to make sure I liked the length. I am five foot nine, so I didn’t want something too short. I went with the red midi bandage dress. The dress was  substantial, the quality evident, and I loved the design. I also liked the fact the the sleeveless could be worn year long, with adding certain jackets etc, to the look.

I am showing you  2 ways I would wear this:

The Dinner Date; Just going out for cocktails and dinner or out for a night of jazz. Want to show that sexy side? Wear it as is, and accessorize. ( and if it is your first or second date.. don’t worry about awkward silences, the dress will do the talking! ha) In my case, I have been married for 14 years, so the same may not apply. Dress c/0 The Kewl Shop, Necklace WHBM, Earrings , Clutch: Express, Shoes: Coach









A Vintage Vibe: hith the midi length and a vintage fur shrug. Add a vintage necklace, changed the  black kitten heels and a clutch, there you have it. Found this fur shrug on Poshmark for $10,  vintage necklace is from Etsy ( i bought years ago), clutch JJ Winters, (LA designer),  heels: Aldo





My Co-Host today is Bogi, my elegant blogger friend, from Red Reticule,  is where I first saw The Kewl Shoppe’s Bandage dress. She has a wonderfully elegant style. What she says about her style:

..on my style:
“If you ask me about my style, my answer will be two words: Audrey Hepburn. I’ve always wanted to define my personal style that says it all without me having to say a word. I appreciate the minimalist sophistication, timeless and feminine pieces with a hint of modern. My signature look for work is pencil skirt, cashmere top paired with a structured blazer and I like to choose a delicate midi skirt for play.”


The Most Clicked this week is Gaby from Style Salat, showing us how to be chic in culottes for the fall. Love these neutral tones!

My PINTEREST Pic of the Week is: Kristin  from LIFB issue with this fall look and wonderful cape. Love the printed top with its bow detail.


nking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 

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I appreciate your support, and ask that you visit/comment on 3 other blogs, In order to continue to make this link-up successful

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  • Bogi RedReticule
    Posted at 06:48h, 10 October Reply

    You look absolutely gorgeous in this red dress! What a stunner!
    Red Reticule

  • Lisa Maynard
    Posted at 02:18h, 09 October Reply

    Hot Hot Hot!! You look amazing XO!! Thank you so much for sharing with #LINKUPWITHLISA @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/search/label/LINKUP%20with%20Lisa

  • Naomi Jane
    Posted at 01:54h, 08 October Reply

    The ensemble looks amazing! Leapord print is complimenting the dress so beautifully. Plus I loved your neckpiece!

    Keep it stylish!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 12 October Reply

      Thanks so much Naomi, this was a great dress, made very well. I appreciate the comment.xx

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 15:44h, 07 October Reply

    You look amazing Jess. I’m so pleased you’ve gone for a bold colour and not a nude or pale one. We can see how gorgeous your figure is here, there’s no way I could get away with a dress like this. Thinking of you!

  • Adriele (@StyleAssisted)
    Posted at 14:53h, 07 October Reply

    OMG JESS YOU LOOK AMAAAAAAAAAAZING!! Ok, let’s just take a second to discuss how fabulous you look, because seriously. LOVE this!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:27h, 08 October Reply

      Thanks so much Sweetie! I have to bring out my sexy side once in awhile. I love this dress and would consider ordering from them again, they are made very well xx

  • Sheree
    Posted at 23:13h, 06 October Reply

    Oh-la-la, lady in red!! So gorgeous!!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 17:40h, 06 October Reply

    That color red is gorgeous on you and I love the bandage style, it looks so chic and yet so comfortable. Beautiful! Thank you for hosting Jess!


  • asallows
    Posted at 16:41h, 06 October Reply

    What a stunning dress! the colour and fit are spot on. Love the leopard clutch you added too.


  • Posh Prime
    Posted at 15:06h, 06 October Reply

    You look amazing! I love the red & leopard together!

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 14:43h, 06 October Reply

    What a fun sexy dress, I love it both ways! 🙂

  • Ada
    Posted at 13:26h, 06 October Reply

    Stunning red dress. I have a similar bandage dress in red+black and one in hot pink. I need to get those out and wear them. I love the faux fur shawl, too. You look gorgeous, Jess. Thanks so much for hosting, as always. =)

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 13:08h, 06 October Reply

    You ooze sophistication and glamour from every pore, Jess. The dress is a fantastic fit on you and not one everyone could pull it off but you have fabulously. I love the vintage vibe look – what a find that shawl is. It gives it that finishing touch. Can’t believe it was only $10!

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 12:50h, 06 October Reply

    Well, look at you! Va-va-voom, girl – and that shrug is just the cherry on top. Spectacular 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:04h, 06 October Reply

      Thanks Alicia, glad you like it, what a steal I got for the shrug at $10. 🙂 x

  • Ashley
    Posted at 12:35h, 06 October Reply

    You look awesome in red, lady!


  • thelifbissue
    Posted at 12:26h, 06 October Reply

    Oh wow Jess, thanks so much!!! And how beautiful you look in that dress, red is so gorgeous on you! Absolutely in love. Kirsten xx


  • Nora Minassian Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:58h, 06 October Reply

    You’ll definetly be turning heads with this look Jess! Beautiful and sexy, you look fab in red 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:05h, 06 October Reply

      Thanks Nora! So glad you like it! It is actually comfortable 🙂

  • Celia M. High Heeled Life
    Posted at 11:31h, 06 October Reply

    You look fabulous in that dress – the perfect red on you!! thank you for hosting.. 🙂

  • Sabina M. Brauner
    Posted at 11:21h, 06 October Reply

    Wow Jess this is such a beautiful dress. You look stunning!!!! xxxxxx Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • LittleItaly2008 (@LittleItaly2008)
    Posted at 10:38h, 06 October Reply

    You look gorgeous in that dress! I know you sized up for health reasons, but I think the dress looks better a size up because it’s not so tight looking as I have seen that style of dress look on others. I really like the looser feel.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:05h, 06 October Reply

      Thank you! I agree, I never did do skin tight, no matter how confident I may be. I think it looks classier this way. I appreciate the feedback, enjoy your day.xx

  • Kishina
    Posted at 10:34h, 06 October Reply

    Wooooww!! You look dazzling in this red dress! I clicked on your post and was absolutely smitten by how beautiful you look in this. Thanks for sharing and hosting the link up as well.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:48h, 07 October Reply

      Thank you so much Kishina! I was excited to work with the company. Very glad I went up a size as I dont like things super tight. Thank you for the lovely comments. xx

  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 09:52h, 06 October Reply

    Wow…you look amazing in this dress! This is a head turner. Thanks for the link up Jess!

  • Jennie
    Posted at 09:46h, 06 October Reply

    Beautiful dress! Love the style, love the color, love the way it looks on you, Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:06h, 06 October Reply

      Thanks so much Jennie! It is fitted but comfortable too. 🙂 xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 09:44h, 06 October Reply

    Beautiful dress! Love the style, love the color, lov the way it looks on you. Jess!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:31h, 06 October Reply

    Whoa Mama! You are ready for a night out on the town! Stunning look! -xx



  • sandypatti
    Posted at 09:11h, 06 October Reply

    Oh that dress is stunning and made for you Jess! Red carpet time. xox

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 09:10h, 06 October Reply

    Wow congratulations for pulling it off – love both styles!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:06h, 06 October Reply

      Thank you Rebecca! I had some good inspiration 🙂 Love it. xx

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 09:09h, 06 October Reply

    Wow, this dress looks amazing on you! I bet your husband was thrilled to take you to dinner.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • stylediarybyosy
    Posted at 08:59h, 06 October Reply

    Love both looks, very gorgeous.

  • My Rose Colored Shades
    Posted at 08:54h, 06 October Reply

    You look stunning in this red dress! Love the leopard clutch.

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 08:49h, 06 October Reply

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous, Jess! I didn’t think you could top the first look until I saw the second with Black jacket and bag. Love both looks! Stunning! xox-M


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:07h, 06 October Reply

      Thank you Mary! I found this vintage shrug for $10 so I had to nab it 🙂 Glad you like both my friend.xx

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:44h, 06 October Reply

    That dress is stunning! I love what you did with it! Your hair looks amazing, as always!

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 08:28h, 06 October Reply

    I love it with the shrug!!!!
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  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 08:27h, 06 October Reply

    So gorgeous! I love the added black to it!
    Please join me for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up now LIVE
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  • Mimi
    Posted at 08:18h, 06 October Reply

    Such a beautiful look – red looks fab on you!
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    All my best, Mimi

  • Shannon
    Posted at 07:53h, 06 October Reply

    You look gorgeous in this dress! Love the red on you and the pop of leopard is perfect!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • mercijowi
    Posted at 07:50h, 06 October Reply

    I want your shrug. Very classy!

  • ellespann
    Posted at 07:38h, 06 October Reply

    red and cheetah is one of my favorite combos! you look amazing in it!
    Southern Elle Style

  • kathrineeldridge1
    Posted at 07:30h, 06 October Reply

    This dress is stunning on you! I adore the color and fit. Love how you transitioned it into a different look. 🙂


  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 07:12h, 06 October Reply

    VA VA VOOM! Gorgeous, Jess!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:08h, 06 October Reply

      Thanks Dawn, is is made very well, and you know I love red!xx

  • Mica
    Posted at 06:46h, 06 October Reply

    That dress is beautiful on you, style and colour! I really like the first look with the leopard print clutch 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Monica
    Posted at 06:42h, 06 October Reply

    Love this dress. I was able to get one of these dresses, and let me tell you they are perfect for hiding the little extra lovin’ I have in the tummy area haha. You look gorgeous and this red dress suits you perfectly!


  • Jill James
    Posted at 05:31h, 06 October Reply

    Stunning in this little red number Jess. Perfect strapless but I do love it with your little fur stole. Thanks so much for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday. Enjoy your week.

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 04:52h, 06 October Reply

    you look stunning! amazing look

  • Samantha
    Posted at 04:42h, 06 October Reply

    Wowzers, Jess!!
    You are truly stunning in this dress.
    Not many women could pull off this (frankly) unforgiving style….Strapless? gulp. Bandage/bodycon? Yikes. Bright red??? eeek.
    It sounds quite scary when I write it down BUT you have managed look elegant, classy, chic and almost effortless.
    You are a style inspiration to us “older” women not to mention those people who suffer from chronic illness.
    I am blown away.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:11h, 06 October Reply

      Samantha, you always touch me with your thoughtful and meaningful comments. It really means alot to me. Wanted to show my sexier side. I basically say to he** with the rules as long as one is confident and feels good about what they wear, that is what matters. I used to wear all black, black pants were my staple, but it really didnt help me emotionally with my illness, so things changed.

      • Samantha
        Posted at 03:49h, 07 October Reply

        I know many people think fashion/style is trivial, shallow and unimportant BUT it most definitely affects the way we feel about ourselves. A splash of colour or a great accessory can brighten a dull day and lift the mood. Putting a smile on our faces and therefore making everyone’s day a little better…. it may be trivial in the grand scheme of things, but it does work and that can’t be a bad thing!

  • Wendee Isaacs
    Posted at 04:26h, 06 October Reply

    Love how you styled your dress.


  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 03:41h, 06 October Reply

    Love this dress on you – it looks amazing!!! And both ways are perfectly styled.


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • Ann Krembs
    Posted at 03:29h, 06 October Reply

    Ok, I don’t have the proper emoji on my laptop, and it probably wouldn’t show up anyway, but you. Are. The. Red Dancing Emoji Lady!!

    You’re absolutely stunning in this dress. I mean it. And what a score with the stohl.

    Thanks for the link up!

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:50h, 07 October Reply

      Thank you very much Ann!! Love it, dancing emoji, you would think there would be one, huh? I appreciate the lovely comments. xx

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 02:02h, 06 October Reply

    Your vintage shrug is fabulous! Have a great week, Jess!

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