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)
Yes, the original song lyric is “short skirt and a looooong jacket,” but you get it.
I normally don’t really pay much attention to which celebrities wear what, but I have to say I was amused when I saw both Emma Stone and January Jones wearing almost exactly the same thing I wore the other day. (True I wore it later in the week than they, and much less formally, but I also didn’t have a stylist dressing me.) Click on the image for source and article.
All my 30-30 clothes are in the hamper waiting to be washed. And I will get around to that eventually. It’s such a nice feeling to put them behind me for a bit. I feel like my options are endless now! It did really help to recalibrate my feeling of having nothing in my closet!
I took the day off to spend with my parents who were in town visiting. A morning hike and a delicious breakfast and then wandering around the mall and dinner out on the town. It was a very nice day.
My outfit transitioned from day to evening nicely with loose inspiration from Isabel Marant’s F/W ’10 show. Sequin leggings aren’t really a viable option for most of us but I loved the cropped pants with pointy shoes.
You may recall that I also have this sequin shirt in navy, yes, I own two colors of the same shirt – hey they were on sale!) You can’t really tell from the picture but they’re matte sequins which I liked.
Stud Purse from N Rack, ’11
I tried my hand at both adding color to this outfit and wearing the scarf around my neck. My sister got this from China for me and I love the graphic print and bright colors. However, wearing the smaller scarf still confounds me. All day I felt like a flight attendant. Maybe it was the skirt and the black/white color combination that made me feel waitressy. It might have worked better with jeans on the bottom – in fact now that I see my style inspiration they’re both wearing jeans.
See inspiration here and here
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.
My sister is galavanting about China – see her adventures here – and since I mentioned her here, I thought I would share this picture she sent me. And not only is she classy – she’s also a physicist!
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.