Stylish Surprise


Modcloth Stylish Surprise

The ModCloth Stylish Surprise pieces have been making their way around blog land, and I’m finally going to share one of mine today. In case you haven’t heard of this- every once in awhile Modcloth offers up a mystery sale where you spend $10 and they send you a surprise item in your size. Last time I participated was years ago and it was a total bust, but I decided to go for it again and was super happy with what I got this time around.

They sent me this dress and a super cute pair of Chelsea Crew heels, that are unfortunately too small. The fun part is that I would never order this dress, but I’ve already worn it a few times. It’s good to have the chance to try something outside your element, ya know?



dress: ModCloth
boots: ebay
hat: thrifted
necklace: in my shop
sunnies: F21 (last year)


The first time I put this on, I was telling Brian how weird it is that I feel the most outside my comfort zone when wearing all black when that’s probably the most popular clothing color. It used to have heavy rotation in my wardrobe, but not so much in the last few years. I guess I’m not alone, because Becca said the same thing recently in one of her posts :) As much as I love this dress, when I’m wearing it I kinda feel like I should be the ghost of a bed and breakfast- but that’s probably mostly to blame on the choice of boots and Penny-farthing necklace with black lace…

Did you get in on the Stylish Surprise this time around? What did you get?

Lena B, Actually
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22 Responses to Stylish Surprise

  1. The one you got is SO cute, and thats exactly how I feel about mine… I would not have chosen one dress I got, but I actually really love having something a little bit fancier and out of my comfort zone! Bummer about the shoes, but hopefully you can just consign them and get some $$ back :)

  2. Sammi says:

    AH this dress is so cute!! I’ve had such bad luck with the stylish surprises that I stopped doing them :( I never got anything wearable or even pretty! You look lovely. It’s a bummer about the shoes, though!

    xox Sammi

  3. Jess says:

    I totally love this dress! I ordered from this sale, but they cancelled my order randomly, then when I went to re-purchase, everything was sold out! I was SO mad!

  4. Crissy says:

    Ooh I need to get on that next time!

    I’m so used to seeing you wear color.. the black is good too! Even better that it’s lace :D

  5. Haha i totally know what you mean, the all black + combat boots it kinda dark for you, but you look amazing!! plus the straw hat brightens it up and of course w/ the blue wall it’s just perfect. you seriously look like you could be on a magazine cover on that last pic! and your new bangs are SO cute! love the secondhand combat boots & that necklace! you’re doing to awesome w/ the shop girl!

  6. Kristian says:

    Ooooh! I really like that dress. Not something I would have bought either, but it looks really amazing on you.

  7. Ellie says:

    So different to see you in black but this dress does look lovely on you :) It kind of has a bohemian vibe and would be great for a music festival. In college I was really into mod culture so I wore black and white almost exclusively. Now there’s hardly any black clothing left in my closet and I feel kind of weird dressing in black too. Oh and your necklace is way too cute!

  8. Z says:

    I’m super grumpy I somehow missed out on this opportunity! I love this piece and how you styled it :]]]

  9. ah, that dress is adorable! what a score.

    xo. jenn @ hello, rigby!

  10. Marlen says:

    hahah definitely laughed out loud at the bed and breakfast ghost image. i think you look super adorable! though it is kind of shocking seeing you in all dark colors; i don’t think i’ve ever seen you outside an explosion of colors :) and that modcloth thing is so fun- i kind of want to try it next time they have it! What did you get last time that it was a bust?

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  11. Jennifer says:

    I got a really nice Bea & Dot dress this time for the stylish surprise. It is completely my style and I was freaking out that I got such a nice dress for cheap. In previous years I got a comfy (but weird) cardigan which I never wore, and a sailor styled dress, which I never would of bought but have worn a lot. Which is why I like the stylish surprises.

  12. chantilly says:

    That dress looks *amazing* on you. What a steal! You could probably just resell the shoes or something :)


  13. Angela says:

    Last time I did the stylish surprise it was a bust for me, too! For some reason it seems like this year all of my surprises were amazing, too! You look awesome in that dress! :)

  14. Porcelina says:

    Super cute little dress, and I agree it’s good to try new things sometimes! P x

  15. Rachel G says:

    I’ve never actually noticed when their Stylish Surprise thing is going on in time to buy something! That dress is a great surprise!

  16. Taylor says:

    OOOooooo! You got a good one! Love this on you.

  17. Delores H says:

    That dress is so cute! I think the way you styled it is just perfect.

  18. Becca says:

    I’m so happy I’ve finally found someone else who feels weird in black! I don’t know what it is, but I just feel off in it.

    That said, I adore that dress and think it looks lovely on you. I keep thinking about the Stylish Surprise offer, but I’m so hit or miss with ModCloth to begin with, that I always end up skipping it. One of these days!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  19. Elana says:

    This dress is SO cute and looks adorable on you. I am definitely going to need to borrow this one at some point!

  20. Anna says:

    Omgosh, you lucky duck! That dress is fabulous! I absolutely love it! <3

    – Anna

  21. Daria says:

    Lucky you got this cute dress! I didn’t like my stylish surprise dress & boots this time around (why did I order shoes?!) but I think I’ll still order the next grab bag :)

  22. I’m obsessed with those boots!!!!
    love, polly

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