Yep, this is still my hands-down favourite dress. I would love nothing more than to wear it on its own, twirling around like Julie Andrews on a mountainside, but alas, my workplace is not particularly conducive to such shenanigans. So I threw on a cardigan, because nothing says “responsible professional” like a cardigan, right? Well, maybe a blazer would, but I wasn’t feeling that, so. Cardigan it is … and leopard print pumps, because apparently I can’t help myself. Sigh.
You know what else? (How’s that for a terrible segue?) I’m currently obsessed with labradorite pieces, like this ring. I found it at Winners (on sale!) and fell in love instantly. The stone is a dark, almost black, blue most of the time, but will flash this intense shade every so often — it’s gorgeous. And while the quality of the jewelry at Winners has been hit and miss in my experience, this ring has been a definite hit.
Pants day is still my least favourite day of the week, but I’m coming around to it slowly. It helps when you’re wearing shoes this cute. Wait, is it time for another close-up? I think so.
Ahem. The rest of the outfit isn’t bad either. You probably can’t tell, but these are my *navy* (not black) thrifted Sloan pants, which happen to go nicely with an old J. Crew top I affectionately call the “moody floral”. When J. Crew floral prints are good, they are SO good. I haven’t actually looked at the new Crew offerings in months, and I’m starting to wonder if I’ve been missing out. Oh well, I’ll find out in another 12-18 months when they start turning up in consignment and thrift stores.
I topped everything off with my greige blazer, because when in doubt, etc. No word of a lie, this is starting to rival my tweed J. Crew Factory blazer for off-the-charts versatility. It’s something about this colour, so unassuming on its own — kinda like a chameleon. But enough about that. Tell me: do you dread pants day, or live for it? And if it’s the latter, what’s your go-to outfit maker?
This dress is not complicated, per se … except that it sort of is. Here’s the thing: I can’t decide if I should keep it or let it go. I love the silhouette, and in theory it should look great on me. And it does … from some angles. From others — and you’ll have to take my word for it — it makes me look like a truck. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not tall enough to pull it off, or not curvy enough, or what. Maybe it’s the print. I don’t know.
I gave it another try, and while I liked the resulting outfit well enough, I’m still not sold on the dress. Considering the bursting-at-the-seams state of my closet, I think the answer to my dilemma is clear. Time to make like Elsa, and let it go.
I wore this outfit to the christening of a friend’s daughter. The church where it was held was recently renovated, and I could not resist snapping a bazillion photos. How beautiful are those painted ikons on the walls?