I Feel Pretty | Graduated

I had a different post scheduled today but on Monday I posted a photo from my son’s graduation that ended up creating quite a buzz around the dress I wore.  You wanted to know where I got it and how I paired it up.

It’s a black sheath faux wrap dress from Tahari that I picked up on clearance for a steal.  It was love at first sight.  Bad fashion blogger that I am (I never really claimed to be a good one),  I didn’t even get any full-length pictures of what I wore.  So I tried my best to recreate the whole outfit from the night – black dress, coral accessories, leopard heels and a color block purse.  Unfortunately, I can’t link up my exact dress but here’s a very similar one that’s definitely not so budget-friendly.

Graduation Dress


Tahari dresses fit me amazingly well, every time. The styles are so classic and are my go-to for special occasions.  So when they go on sale, I try to add a new one to my collection.  Here are some other Tahari styles that I love.

Sheath Dress for Graduation


And here are a few more photos from the evening.


My sister Andrea, Devon, my sister Heather and me.


Our proud family posing with the graduate.

Just for fun, here’s a little throwback to my graduation year.  I’m not sure which is more impressive, the ginormous sleeves or the even bigger hair.  Hmm, maybe I didn’t always have such good taste in dresses!

Alison 1991


Tone and Tune UP. move your body. dates.jpgIf you’re like me and haven’t quite met your summer shape up goals yet, my trainer friend Elyse Sparkes is doing a really cool challenge for summer.  It’s a 21-day workout program called the Tone + Tune Up Challenge that you can do at home or at the gym and includes five full-body workout videos, e-mail inspiration, a 21-day calendar, journaling and meditation assignments, access to a private Facebook group and more.  It starts on June 16th.  You can get more info and sign up HERE!

Summer Style Me Pretty BannerIf you missed the deadline to sign up for the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge, there’s still time to join us.  The shopping list went out last Friday and late registration is open now through June 15th, when the first outfit will be released.  The women participating are sharing so many awesome shopping tips in the Facebook group.  You can sign up now and get your shopping list immediately.  Join in the fun HERE!


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

I Feel Pretty
There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretty peeps. That’s it!

Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday and The Pleated Poppy.




  1. Morgan

    I’m dying at your big hair, I might be able to match you with my senior pic! Ha! So happy for your family and for your son’s graduation. Your dress is/was amazing, and I love seeing how you completely accessorized it. Elyse’s challenge looks awesome too what a great time of year for some extra motivation.

  2. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    That black dress is stunning. I have one piece of Tahari – a silk top that I LOVE and have worn numerous times. I kind of forget about it. I wonder if it still fits. Hmm…. 🙂 I’ll have to dig it out.

    You look amazing, of course. And your family is beautiful. Congrats to your son!

  3. Shay Shull

    Your family is just beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! XO

  4. Inge

    That dress looks lovely on you! Well, the first one haha. Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ve all got embarrassing throwback photos like that one!

  5. ADA

    Your LBD Sheath looks gorgeous on you Alison. All of you ladies look beautiful in your B+W Dresses. Congrats to your son once again. Fun college stuff coming up for him. =)

    I am hosting a link up today that I’d love for you to join as well too when you do another OOTD. It will stay open until Tuesday Midnight next week. If you join please include a link to my blog as well. Thank you, Ada. =)


  6. Jill

    The black dress looks like it was made just for you! So fun to see your high school graduation dress too! I definitely like the first dress better! 🙂 Congrats on your son’s graduation!


  7. Amy Ann

    I seriously love your classy look. That throwback is awesome! Thanks for hosting.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  8. KellyinPA

    Thanks for tip on the Tahari brand, very much the style of dress I like to wear. I need to update my LBD, it’s been awhile. The coral accessories are perfect! Well, I like all the accessories, truthfully:) Very nice, Allison. Congratulations on your son’s graduation.

  9. Laura

    It is such a beautiful classic dress and I love it with the coral accessories!

  10. versatilestylebytracey

    Graduation is such an exciting event for a family and you look fabulous! The entire family looks wonderful, I got a kick out of your youngest pattern mixing stripes and floral! Congratulations!
    My third child out of 4 graduates tomorrow and we are all so looking forward to celebrating him! Now, if only I hadn’t banged my little toe , that is now swollen and hurts to put into a pump!

  11. Blaire Bingham

    Wow! You look amazing in that dress! I love the way you styled it. Congratulations to the graduate!!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  12. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    Congratulations on your son’s graduation! And that dress is just perfect for the event. Love your accessories. Good to see that your pretty smile hasn’t changed since your own graduation 🙂 .

  13. Rachelle

    you look so pretty and you have a beautiful family.


  14. Audrey Solheid

    Honestly Alison, that throwback picture is the highlight of my day! Your black dress is beautiful but the old graduation picture is a riot. Why did we always feel the need to make our hair big and clothing bigger:) So funny!


  15. Anna Belle

    That dress is really beautiful – what a great cut!

  16. Shybiker

    Gorgeous dress. Beauty runs in your family.

  17. Carylee

    a) what a beautiful family you have! b) the dress is amazing on you! c) dying over your throw back pic- so fun!! d) thanks for hosting! 🙂

  18. Sheaffer

    Beautiful family!!!!! But let’s talk about those sleeves. THOSE are impressive!!!!!!

  19. Suzanne

    Congrats to your son!

    I am very impressed that you got your hair to match those shoulders. Funny enough now those dresses are actually back in style!


  20. susan

    What a handsome young man! Congrats!
    And you look lovely, now + then.

  21. Sarah @ Tucker Up

    You look so gorgeous! And your throwback made me giggle!

  22. Vodka Infused Lemonade

    I can’t believe you have a son that old enough to be graduating. We just attended my son’s preschool graduating yesterday. You look amazing!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!



  23. Mo

    Congrats to your son and loving the throwback pic. 🙂 I’m sure you had great taste back then too. 😉

  24. Willfully Elegant

    OMG , your hair!!! But Gosh, you were always so beautiful!!

  25. Lana

    I think I have a picture with the same hair and a similar dress floating around somewhere! You looked stunning at your son’s gradution – you have such a beautiful family! Congratulations to your son.

  26. Ginnie

    Love your graduation pic, Alison! I can definitely relate;) Ha ha … Have a great week!

  27. Crystelle

    You look fabulous! As does your whole family. As for your floral dress; that was VERY stylish back then! I remember! 🙂
    x Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  28. Stephanie

    Congrats to your son! What an exciting milestone. That Tahari dress is perfection… so classic and I love the way you accessorized it!

  29. Kara

    You are seriously one hot momma! Congrats to Devon! Be prepared for tears when you take your baby to college :/

  30. Sarah C

    OMG, that puffy dress! So hilarious. But the one you wore to the graduation, PERFECT! Congrats on getting one through high school!

  31. kendra kay

    you and i were high school hair twins by the way.
    i was your blonde counterpart- i stand by that hair and fell i really rocked it (and you did too!)

  32. Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)

    Congratulations to your son on his graduation! What an exciting time for you guys! And yes, LOVE that dress! You look amazing as usual. And that throwback was awesome. 🙂

  33. Annette

    Congratulations and well done by your son! You can be really proud of him.
    Your dress is fantastic, I’d instantly wear it. I love the draped front.
    Oh yes, we all had these type of dresses and hair 😉

    Annette | Lady of Style

  34. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges

    You look stunning Alison! Such a lovely outfit! How gorgeous is your boy?! You must be so proud! Ax

  35. Carla

    I loved the dress so I’m glad others said something about it. I have my list in my purse and am going to go shopping this weekend. I’m getting excited for the challenge!

  36. Amanda

    Great dress– love the accessories you paired with it. Congrats to your son!

  37. Shaunacey

    beautiful as always… love the alternate dresses as well.
    is it just me, or do you have the most gorgeous family ever?

  38. Sofia

    What a beautiful family picture. Congratulations on your son’s graduation and here’s to his wonderful future. God bless him and your beautiful family.



  39. Janise

    What a gorgeous family!!! You look stunning in that dress…so chic, classy and elegant!


  40. Sherry

    Ummmm….yes my dear! That dress you wore was SPECTACULAR!! Wow! So fabulous on you in every single way and I had 10 guesses of where it was from…none were correct…my first guess was White House Black Market…dang I was so sure! Apparently I’m not a very good fashion blogger..lol.
    I’m so thrilled you chose to make it a part of “I Feel Pretty” 🙂 Congrats on your sons graduation, you both look amazing!!
    AND we should totally collab on a “Big Hair with Rolled Jeans Post” soon!! xo Sherry

  41. Rebecca N

    Your hair and dress!! I think I have a similar picture of myself from around 1990… I just bought my first Tahari dress, a black ,sleeveless little number that only put me back $29! (For a $198 dress, that’s not too bad!) Hope you have a great weekend….I’m trying to get caught up on blogs after being gone for 3 weeks.

  42. KC Saling

    You look amazing – love the coral accessories with the black! And congratulations to your new graduate!



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