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WVW: IFB Conference, September 2011*

I posted some shots of what I wore to the conference in Pre-Party and IFB Con in New York, but here’s a closer look. I did typical Vahni high/low, and that’s not just the hemline I’m talking about.

Of course, I had to do this dress. I had “mullet dress” reverberating in my head when I tried it on—a term coined by the fascinatingly contradictory Wendy Brandes—who makes me feel like a complete proletarian when I’m beside her, though it’s not due to anything she’s done or said. Yeah, Wendy B. Don’t let her Upper East Side, nary-a-hair-out-of-place look fool you. She could sass the pants off you in a string of four-syllable—or four-letter—words, and is adept at both. She is the designer of the swear rings, after all.

Anyway, I think “mullet dress” is brilliant terminology, for the record, Wendy. It might be the only time one can reference a mullet and not suffer the slings of societal stigma. Clever, that. Here’s another for a future Huff Post mullet dress file.

Photo via IFB Facebook photo album.

*WVW = What V Wore
Dress: Lush • Harness: Sass & Bide • Boots: Gucci • Bag: Prada • Ring: YSL • Bracelets: Tory Burch

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V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. September 16, 2011 at 8:26 am — Reply

    At a first glance this “Mullet” idea’ s capillary vibrancy is far to flirt with Sexy / Glam indeed, AND I (bashfully) must confess that this (strongly enlacing) Harness Here tends to catch all my “SM CHIC(icious) attention Dear V !!! “Uber Radiant day-to-day Mistress-ittude” . . .

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  2. September 16, 2011 at 9:09 am — Reply

    You are so beautiful! I love this whole outfit so much! And I must get familiar with Wendy…

    xoxo, V!

    Lauren Nicole

  3. September 16, 2011 at 9:56 am — Reply

    I love you with that dress so much, Vahni. The contrast with the FABULOUS black boots, bracelets and bag is chic, stylish and STUNNING.
    Have a weekend full of fun and good things!!!

  4. September 16, 2011 at 10:09 am — Reply

    Mullet dress!! That is a classic! And you are rocking those boots! Beautiful outfit.

  5. September 16, 2011 at 10:19 am — Reply

    Love this look, you look fabulous in that dress!

  6. September 16, 2011 at 11:39 am — Reply

    You look SO pretty in color, V! Wear it more often 🙂 And I just love your hair like this. Adore adore.


  7. September 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm — Reply

    Love this dress and the colour is gorgeous! I wish I attended the IFB or FABB conference, it looked like so much fun! And those boots are fierce!

  8. September 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    Hahahahh you never cease to amaze me with your style of prose and corresponding outfit posts…This look totally screams Grit and Glamour V! Love the mullet, dying over that beautiful blush tone, and that S&M bondage action….OooOOowee! Who wouldn’t wanna get strapped to you!?!!

    Happy Weekend babe!

    *p.s. thanks for all the Twitter love! Still trying to maneuver around that media…I still don’t get it 🙁 hahahah in due time!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  9. September 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    You are looking well, my lovely. Those boots are seriously stylish;-)
    Here’s wishing you much fun this weekend.

  10. Lang
    September 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm — Reply

    You know, I’ve had a harness similar to that for over a year now, and I’ve never worn it. What the hell am I waiting for?

  11. September 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm — Reply

    The harness took that look from tame to out of this world. Sara, of Style on the Couch and I were marveling at it all day. Glad you were on the panel this year, rather than moderating!

  12. September 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm — Reply

    V, you are so stunning… I love your hair with the soft waves like that. It’s so pretty. The dress, the boots, the whole thing you’ve got going on is just to die for. Oh, an that leather body chain, harness, thing-a-ma-bob is hot sh*t! I love it!

    I am so sad I missed your panel. I totally forgot to tune into IFBCon until the afternoon. Hoping for some good video footage on IFB.

    I feel like this comment is all over the place. It’s friday. I’m tired. Have a great weekend! LOL 🙂

  13. September 18, 2011 at 4:42 am — Reply

    amazing outfit. love the mix of feminine with the leather boots, harness, cuffs etc. hope you had fun at the ifb conference, i managed to catch some of it on livestream.

  14. September 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm — Reply

    I like the term! lol IT is a cute dress and a good color for you! It really shows off those boots!

  15. September 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    I think your mullet dress is fabulous! The color is soft and pretty, and then I love the contrast of the tough leather boots and the harness! Wish I could have met you while you were in NYC but hopefully you’ll be back soon! =)

  16. September 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm — Reply

    Mullet dress my ass! I love the cut and color on you! Actually, it’s of my favorite outfits you’ve posted!


  17. September 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    The way you toughened up that girly mullet dress is genius!

  18. September 19, 2011 at 12:17 am — Reply

    I wish I was like this one guy I worked with at Lehman Brothers, who shamelessly took credit for all good ideas while shifting blame for bad ones onto everyone around me. But I’m not, so I’ll have to point out that I did not invent the term “mullet dress.” It’s probably been kicking around since the unsightly Oscar dress worn by Geena Davis back in the day! The only thing I can take credit for is developing an obsession with the look! And, yeah, you WILL be in an upcoming post, because you looked hawt!

  19. September 19, 2011 at 12:18 am — Reply

    ^^*everyone around HIM^^!

  20. September 19, 2011 at 1:22 am — Reply

    Okay. To really hammer home the mullet dress, you need to pose next to A) an El Camino or mid-’80s Camaro with B) a dude rockin’ a sweet mullet C) doin’ a burnout. 😀

  21. September 19, 2011 at 1:23 am — Reply

    I dig that harness adding some edge to a sweet dress. It was great to meet you at the conference!


  22. September 19, 2011 at 1:57 am — Reply

    Wendy B and Vahni G!

    You looked so amazing – I saw you up close and personal. It was such a sweet/tough look and you rawked it.

  23. September 19, 2011 at 5:16 am — Reply

    Am I contradictory? @gritandglamour says so!

  24. September 19, 2011 at 5:23 am — Reply

    @gritandglamour is that my precious @caseemarie back there?

  25. September 19, 2011 at 5:58 am — Reply

    Vahni Wore to the #IFBcon via @gritandglamour

  26. September 19, 2011 at 8:11 am — Reply

    You look so chic!! 🙂 xx

  27. Tina
    September 19, 2011 at 8:15 am — Reply

    Great outfit!!!
    WendyB does rock and her blog and jewelry are amazing!

  28. September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am — Reply

    OOOH You look AMAAZING! I saw this on Facebook (the IFB wall I think?) when I was on Vacay and gasped out loud! Love the combo.

  29. September 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    First of all, LOVE the dress with the harness!
    Second, did I remember to send you an email? I know you’ve been travelling but I have something to drop off to you. Drop me a line.

  30. September 20, 2011 at 12:27 pm — Reply

    I love the mullet dress! You look great in that dusty pink hue. Plus, I like the juxtaposition of the sweet dress with the harness/black boots!

  31. November 11, 2012 at 6:51 am — Reply

    […] here and here!  Another example of a Sass & Bide body piece worn well is from my blogger crush Vahni of Grit & Glamour.  Like me she keeps the harness-accessorised outfit simple and I like how she emphasizes the […]

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