This outfit felt like phoning it in, I mean come on. Black dress, black bag, black booties. Even my necklace is colorless (it's vintage but this crystal necklace is a close dupe). But you know what? I can't remember the last time I got so many compliments.
dress is great (I wasn't kidding when I said I bought it in every color), but I didn't think it was particularly attention-getting. It's not like I was wearing this (or oh my god, THIS!).
booties? Yes, I took the plunge and bought the Dolce Vita Hartley Booties (I think I got the last pair in black, but these are close and on sale), and I love them. They were a polarizing purchase (one of my friends who will remain nameless called them "western" and "Ke$ha rejects" and we are no longer speaking), but in person they are fantastic.