Dress, thrifted; jacket, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet; shoes, J. Crew Factory; bag, MbMJ (via eBay); sunglasses, Rayban
Dress, thrifted; jacket, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet; shoes, J. Crew Factory; bag, MbMJ (via eBay); sunglasses, Rayban

This is not a new dress (in fact, it’s quite an old one, and thrifted at that), but it’s getting a new lease on life this summer. Bold prints are losing ground in my work wardrobe, but they aren’t leaving my casual one any time soon. All neutrals and no fun make Adina a boring fashun blogger, yes?

body-con, the comfortable way
body-con, the comfortable way

Well, if you disagree, that’s alright. I know prints, especially ones this loud, are not everyone’s cuppa and I totally get it. The minimalist in me looks at this dress and runs away screaming “my eyes, my eyes!” And it’s at that point that my inner Mrs. Roper seizes the opportunity to throw it on, and rock the hell out of the “fashion runways” at Superstore.

I’m surely not the only person who can’t quite make up her mind about what her style persona is … so, tell me: how do you reconcile your inner warring style factions?

ugh, tie-backs
ugh, tie-backs
on the plus side, looks alright from the back
on the plus side, looks alright from the back

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maxi dress, maxi pattern
maxi dress, maxi pattern

19 Comments on Go Big and Go Bold

  1. Wait, we’re supposed to reconcile the inner factions? Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing wrong…

    That dress is super hot though! Superstore never knew what hit it.

    • I mean … I don’t know? Maybe? I thought we were supposed to. How else can we become style icons? *laugh cries*

      A plus (?) of losing a cup size or two, post-babies, is that a dress like this is perfectly appropriate for a family trip to the grocery store. Va-va-voom-what? 😉

  2. I love your Mrs. Roper comment. Now that I’m getting to be more her age than the girls. The war is going on strong. I am a grandma but don’t want to just wear churchy clothes all the time. To bring peace or a truce I allow at least one pattern per outfit. And adjust my jewelry. Since I sell accessories I want to advertise but not over do it.

    • Age is just a number! If you feel good wearing it, that’s all that matters. That’s the philosophy I’m trying to live by these days, anyway.

  3. I love this on you! This print could have gone so horribly wrong but it works so well. You look amazing, I hope you get to wear it somewhere a little more exciting than superstore next time 😉

    • Hahaha! Probably not, but I can hope. The problem is that I have a lot of “fancy” casual dresses, and not nearly enough occasions to wear them. This one can pass for less dressed up occasions, so I try to make the most of that. I need to tell my husband that we need more date nights 🙂

  4. Hot damn! You look great, and I love that dress.

    I veer from black/gray/minimalist and super bright prints every day–nothing wrong with some style schizophrenia. 😉

  5. Maxi dresses are my jam now.. or at least they will be. I’m trying to find a print I love so that it isn’t just plain solid coloured maxis cluttering up my wardrobe…

    They make everyone look taller and more elegant!

    • I struggle with maxis a little bit, because they can seem too dressed up for weekend errands, but are too casual for work, so finding the opportune situation to wear them can be a challenge. With that said, I’m throwing all that to the wind, and maxi-ing it up everywhere I can, even if it IS just the grocery store.

  6. That dress looks terrific on you! I can’t for the life of me figure out why designers think that woman over the age of 20 need a tie back. I was sorting through my dresses this weekend and couldn’t believe how many of them had tie backs. Tie backs are only acceptable at our age on maternity clothing personally. I don’t need a bow to accent my (large) butt.

    • I know, right? I hate tie backs with the fire of a thousand suns. Always have, always will. If I’m wearing a jacket or cardigan, it looks like I have a weird hump/lump on my spine. I don’t need a lumpy spine, thanks clothing manufacturers!