I know, you guys: WORST punny title ever. But, I couldn’t resist. Or, more specifically, I couldn’t think of a more creative answer than the umpteenth variation on “floral … something or other”. Wardrobe rut? I prefer to go with signature style. Pota-toe, pota-toh.
I scored this dress for a steal of a deal, and I will bore you with the details here again, even though I’ve already crowed all over Instagram. So. I noticed this dress months ago at Winners, and started eyeing it seriously when it hit the clearance rack. Still, at $120, it was too pricey for my taste. That might seem wholly arbitrary but hear me out. It’s (a) a pretty memorable print in a dressier silk fabric, (b) a non-versatile silhouette (dropped waist plus a low, open back that’s NSFW when worn alone), both of which mean I can’t really wear it at the office very often. It’s a once-a-month-tops kind of dress. I already have a lot of special occasion dresses I rarely wear, so I can’t justify buying a new one on that basis. However, when the price finally dropped – to $60! – you can bet that I was all over it. At that price, it will only take about 2 years to get to a reasonable CPW, which is doable. Plus, I can now brag about getting this dress for 90% off the original retail price which, as a friend pointed out, is practically FREE. That’s a pretty good brag. [Winky face emoticon firmly in cheek]
So, the outfit. It’s cute, yes? Dropped waist silhouettes can be tricky – they have a tendency to look toddler-esque – but the dark floral and office-appropriate hemline (plus the always classy Ferragamo flats) balance things out.
I found approximately a bazillion killer deals at the very tail end of December, and I didn’t even have to go to the malls to do it. Win win.
First, we have a floral blazer I thrifted during the BCRL brunch ‘n shop; the ladies had to talk me into it, but I’m glad they did – even if it’s not New Look-approved for work, it’s a great piece for weekends. The slouchy/unstructured boyfriend style has a casual vibe, but it’s just dressy enough to sass up a plain tee-and-jeans outfit.
And then, of course, we have the boots.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’re probably already heartily sick of my gushing about these Frye boots, but you’re outta luck. Because gush I will. Again. And again. They’re pretty dang awesome, you guys – especially considering they cost me $50. I’m not going to tell you that you need to rush out and buy $400 boots because they will change your life, or some such nonsense, but if you happen to find them for under $100 – run, don’t walk, to the cash register.
Possibly my favourite thing about them is how they have started to subtly influence my weekend style. I’ve always had some boho-leanings, but vibe is coming on strong these days thanks to these boots. It’s a nice counterbalance to the New Look. All buttoned-up style all the time makes Adina a dull cranky girl.
Gah, horrible lighting strikes again! Sorry, you guys. In the interests of authenticity, I never photograph outfits ahead of time, which sometimes leads to this. Sad, sad, sad OOTD photos. By the time I was ready to go (to a fancy schmancy client event), it was way dark and I was stuck taking photos indoors.
Which is a real shame, because I had a really cute outfit. Another cocktail party, another old Target designer collab dress. This one is an Isaac Mizrahi, and it is divine. I hate the ubiquitous references to Audrey Hepburn, but I truly feel this dress deserves one. The neckline nails it, yes? Anyway, as with my Lela Rose for Target dress, this one is really nice quality all things considered. I really, really wish that Target would go back to making designer collabs this good.
Here’s an after-the-fact close-up of the accessories you can’t see. And here’s a look at the best part of the dress – the back: