Thinking back on the pieces that I gravitate towards, and I've discovered the reasons why separates — rather than dresses (or rompers), rule my wardrobe.

First, my body type. I have a straight, rather boyish figure with narrow hips and broad shoulders. Most dresses flatter curves, which is great for highlighting a waist and hourglass figure. The silhouettes that work best for me are those with a-line cuts (balances the shoulders and makes the waist look tiny), relaxed or oversized proportions (like this outfit!), and architectural shapes that lead the eye towards the slimmest parts of my body.

Second, more flexibility. Tops and bottoms rule my wardrobe because I prefer to mix-and-match, creating more outfits (think "Legos").

This co-ordinating top and bottom has the look and feel of a (super cozy) dress, with all the ease of separates. I now think of this outfit as my closet's power couple — individually interesting yet made for each other.  The top looks great paired with high-waisted jeans, and I'm looking forward to wearing the skirt with some chunky knits and off-shoulder tops.

PS — these slides are currently on sale and look great with everything. I may or may not have it in two colors (black). 

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Asos sweater and skirt (I'm 5'4", wearing an XS for both). Steve Madden slides
Cuyana bag. Celine sunglasses.

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