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Stylish Surprise

stylish surprise dress

stylish surprise dress

Stylish Surprise dress

Stylish surprise

Stylish surprise

Stylish surprise

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Surprises can evoke a myriad of emotions in a person. Some love surprises, while others get a bit twitchy at the thought of the unknown. If you are the kind of person where thoughts of the unexpected make you feel like a kid on Christmas morning, just bursting with anticipation…this post is for you!

The dress I am wearing in the photos above is a result of my participation in ModCloth‘s “Stylish Surprise!” “Stylish Surprise” is ModCloth’s end of the season “grab bag” that happens a couple times a year. You pay anywhere from $10-$20 and choose to get either a dress, clothing item, shoes, accessory or something pretty for your home. You have no idea exactly what item you are getting, other than it’s a pretty good chance it will be something from whatever season just ended (in this case winter). You also never know exactly when ModCloth is going to run a Stylish Surprise, so you have to monitor their social media at the end of the season for the announcement.

This was the first time I had ever participated in the fun, and I opted for a dress ($20) and a clothing item ($15). My clothing item I received was a beautiful sweater. It was worth every penny of that $15, and it’s probably the warmest sweater I own. Hopefully, I won’t have to break it out for a while, though!

As for my dress, I am very happy with how well it fit me, and that it’s comfortable enough to be worn on a hot summer day. This is not a dress I would have bought for myself or color of dress for that matter. But this is kind of a good thing because I don’t own anything that looks like this dress! And yay for trying a new style! That being said, I do feel as though $20 for a dress I sort of like is a bit steep. ModCloth had upped the price this time around, because they had a lot of high-end dresses that were being used in this Stylish Surprise (usually the dresses are between $10-$15).

However, the best part of the Stylish Surprise (for me at least) is the anticipation of not knowing what you are going to get. I’ve seen people receive beautiful Steve Madden coats worth $150, and I’ve seen others receive wedding dresses! Ah, the unknown! My Stylish Surprise worked out well this time around, because I can see myself using this dress a lot in the summer months. I’m on the fence about whether I will participate again. I think I might wait until the end of next winter to do another, just because I think you really get a good deal on high-end winter clothes with the Stylish Surprise.

Longwood Gardens

As for where I am in these pictures, my husband and I spent our Saturday wandering through Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I will be doing a separate post very soon with all of our pretty flower pictures. Stay tuned!

*What are your thoughts on ModCloth’s Stylish Surprise? Have you ever participated? Or would you ever give it a try? Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Dress: ModCloth Stylish Surprise (Similar here)

Flower Crown: Claire’s (similar)

Necklace: ModCloth (similar)

Bracelet: c/o C&A Leather

Flip Flops: Payless


  1. You look like a fairy princess in these photos! So lovely. I’ve never participated in the surprise with Modcloth, always weary of what I would get haha. You definitely scored though with this dress!


    1. Haha, oh I know. It took me a long time to build up the courage to participate. Haha.

  2. That is so awesome that you got this pretty dress as a surprise! It looks great on you, so you got a good one. Also, these photos are so pretty. I think I told you on IG that you should frame the one of you laying in the petals. That one is so gorgeous and ethereal of you.


    1. Aw! Thank you, Joanna! I did luck out on this dress, I’m really starting to love it. And that petal photo was actually my husband’s idea. I will have to let him know his photography skills are a hit! 🙂

  3. Glad to hear that not only was your Stylish Surprise a success, but it got you out of your comfort zone! Love how you styled it too.

    I was thiiiiiiiis close to giving it a try, but the dresses were all sold out in my size by the time I checked it out. Maybe I’ll luck out and have a chance to give it a try next time!

    1. Yes! Do it next time! I was going to wait until after winter, but I’m already getting excited thinking about the next one. Haha.

  4. This dress looks really great on you Lindsey. That’s an interesting concept – I’ve actually never heard of ModCloth before. It’s always neat to be introduced to new clothing lines. Thanks so much for sharing:-)


    1. Oh my goodness! You need to check out ModCloth ASAP, Elizabeth! It’s the best store in the entire world! 🙂

  5. Love this dress! I didn’t do the the Stylish Surprise this time around, but have done it twice before. Once was really successful in that I got a few items that, like you, I wouldn’t have necessarily bought on my own but I really, really liked! Love the hair wreath too! XO
    -Lauren Blair

    1. Thank you, Lauren! I had originally said I was going to wait until the winter one to participate again…but I don’t know if I will be able to wait that long. Haha. It was too much fun!

  6. You got a good one! Sometimes I have hits and sometimes misses. This last one I ended up with an XL wool coat that would have been totally great if it was my size! They told me to keep it and send me something else overnight! Can’t beat that customer service! The replacement was a super fuzzy cropped coat. Haven’t worn it yet though!

    1. Thanks, Janice! That’s awesome to hear that ModCloth replaced your order and told you to keep the wool coat! They really do have outstanding customer service. I’m looking forward to trying the Stylish Surprise again. 🙂

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