I found this dress last fall at BCBG hidden in the sale rack. My mama always told me to always try something on before I wrote it off, and this dress is a perfect example.
Normally I’m not drawn to things with beige, tan or peachy colors. I also had a hard time seeing what this looked like on the hanger. As you can see from the sketch, which even in the flat version looks confusing. What are those bubbles of fabric along the side?
But when I put it on I realized how wonderfully it fits. It’s tight in all the right places, and loose in all the others, and the way the color panel angles together in the front is wonderfully slimming and I love the pop of the subdued colors against the black.
Shoes: NYLA via Piperlime (see them here, still on final sale in lots of sizes)
Wore this simple ensemble to church. Punched it up with the belt and kept warm with the scarf, which is large enough to double as a blanket in cold drafty air. It was rainy all day, which can mean frizzy poof-ball of curly hair, so twisted it up and back into the twists.
Valentine’s Day Weekend! I wore this simple ensemble to church. It didn’t even occur to me to wear red because of the upcoming holiday. All the old ladies (and even a couple of guys) had busted out their red dresses, blouses, tops, sport coats, and ties (I hope girl who was self-conscious last week noticed!) It looked very festive.
You can’t see from the illustration but the red blouse is transparent silk. Just wore a black tank top underneath. Apparently see-thru fabrics are popular now on the runways. But does anybody really wear that with nothing underneath in real life?
I wore fine mesh fish nets so instead of the open toed heels I went with the booties to keep it more conservative.
The day was beautiful and unseasonably warm, but in the morning I added a black pashmina to keep the chill off.
I went into H&M last month with the express intent of buying a birthday dress. They had some nice options but I wasn’t sure. My friend helped with opinions and we both decided we liked this bright red sweet heart one. (Thanks Kim!) I saved it all month – it was a little difficult – and finally got to wear it this weekend.
I cheated a little and wore it both to my birthday dinner party on Friday night and to church the next morning. But nobody saw me twice so – no harm done. It’s a pretty bright red dress, but with the cardigan I think it’s classy. A middle aged lady wearing a beautiful red and black plaid taffeta shirt came over and said,
“Wow, I’m glad somebody else is wearing red! I still hear my mom’s voice in my head saying, ‘Never wear red to church!’ But you wearing that dress makes me feel a lot better!”
I told her not to worry because I loved her shirt and that she looked great in it.
Isn’t it funny how we hear our mother’s voice and opinions well into our adulthood? I can still think of things I mom has told me that stuck irrationally into my head.
I love this outfit! It’s classy but has a touch of edge. In the past year I’d have to say that I’ve been wearing more black and silver, liking things that are more spunky and aggressive. My coloring looks best in the Autumn color range, browns, maroons, and army green. While I like those colors, I’ve been anything but in the mood for brown. My feeling is that you can’t dress in this young stand-offish way forever, so while I’m still in my twenties I’m going to embrace it.
The shirt doesn’t really show up that well because it was so bright out. But it’s a great modern camp shirt with sleeve tabs to keep them rolled up – another detail to love!
I love the geometric detailing on this skirt, the back is even better so I’ll have to remember to take a picture of it later.
Shirt – Express, ’09
Skirt – Express, ’10 (Can you feel the Express love?!)
Purse – NRack, gifted, ’11 ( I love the round studs – detail shot later)
Shoes – Piperlime, ’11
Tights – Express, ’10
Belt – NRack, ’09
Watch – Fossil, gifted, ’10