Category: Favourite things

Fancy Pansy

Dress, Paul Smith (via consignment); blazer, Zara (swap); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment)
Dress, Paul Smith (via consignment); blazer, Zara (swap); shoes, Sam Edelman (thrifted); bag, Gucci (via consignment)

It is surely no secret that I love florals, but not all are created equal. In my hierarchy of favourite flowers in print form, pansies are pretty high on the list. They’re so lively and colourful. Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to this Paul Smith dress; there is no mistaking the flowers on it, although the print itself is somewhat abstract. As much as I love pansies, that is a good thing; it takes the dress away from whimsical territory.

Here’s a better look at it:

sans blazer
sans blazer
midi dress for the win
midi dress for the win

The dress is made from that uber-soft jersey that drapes nicely without clinging to jiggly bits. It feels like pyjamas, which is always a nice feature in a work dress. I am crazy about midi dresses at the moment (in case you couldn’t tell from my recent posts), and I like that this one has a slim silhouette on the bottom half to keep things from getting too dowdy. The sleeves are also a nice touch, since it means that (a) I can wear a topper without getting all bunched up in the arms; and (b) I can take off my topper in my office without worries.

For work purposes, I typically need to add a blazer to my dresses and I picked this Zara one to accentuate my waist. The slightly flared peplum is lovely, and the waist sits just right for a dress pairing like this. As I had to attend a client event in this outfit, I kept the accessories very understated, but I am looking forward to exploring the colour mixing possibilities of this dress.

ready & cinched
ready & cinched
gives good side-view
gives good side-view
lovely floral
lovely floral

Coming up Roses

Dress, ASOS (via consignment); jacket, Anthropologie (via eBay); bag, Chanel (via consignment)
Dress, ASOS (via consignment); jacket, Anthropologie (via eBay); bag, Chanel (via consignment)

As soon as I saw this dress on the Red Pony Instagram feed, I knew I would have to have it. I am a sucker for florals, and I am a sucker for embroidery, so a faux embroidered floral print? Instant heart eyes. I’m also crazy for midi sheath dresses at the moment, even though they probably stumpify me more than I realize. Oh well. The heart wants what it wants and I, for one, can apparently deny it nothing. The dress was new with tags, but Red Pony prices are pretty reasonable, so my heart’s desire was, for once, perfectly accessible. Ahhh, if only it was always so easy! *cough* Valentino Rockstuds *cough*

sans jacket
sans jacket
all about that bag
all about that bag
alterations needed?
alterations needed?

A quick review: the dress is from ASOS, and the quality is on pair with my other ASOS dress. Which is to say, the quality is Zara-like. The cotton fabric feels okay if perhaps a little bit stiff, but there is no lining and no pockets. The sizing is disappointingly inconsistent. This dress is a US size 8 which, unlike my other ASOS dress, is definitely at least one size too large all around. I bought the dress with the intention of having it altered to fit, but after wearing it once, I have postponed my plans. The sizing issue is most prominent in the waist, but there it is easily remedied with the use of a belt. The loose fit through the hips doesn’t bother me as much; the dress would probably benefit visually from being slimmed down, but (from a comfort POV) I actually prefer it not to be too form-fitting on the bottom. The dress fits well in the shoulders and arms, which is nice, because I don’t feel restricted when I’m working at my desk — an activity that takes up a good chunk of my day. Bottom line: I may eventually get the dress tailored, but I am in no rush for now. I’ll wear it again, once or twice, and then decide.

As for the rest of the outfit, I’ve learned that dark florals really pop when paired with non-black toppers. Luckily, I have a few of those in my closet. This mustard/marigold jacket is a good choice; the cut complements the silhouette of the dress well, and the colour picks up on the floral pattern, brightening things up. I chose a very plain (black) belt this time, but I am excited to play around with some more adventurous accessory options next time.

All in all, this was one of my fave outfits of the month.

ehh, just belt it
ehh, just belt it
florals all the way
florals all the way

Dress For Success

Dress, Phillip Lim; coat, Anthropologie (via eBay); shoes, J. Crew (thrifted); bag, Coach (swap)
Dress, Phillip Lim; coat, Anthropologie (via eBay); shoes, J. Crew (thrifted); bag, Coach (swap)

As you guys know by now, I wear this dress pretty much any time I have a big public (work) event to attend. It’s not too over-the-top flamboyant, but still different enough to make a quiet impression. Pairing it with this bold yellow jacket meant that people would have no trouble spotting me in the crowd. In this case, that was a good thing. Feeling confident, as I have practically trained myself to feel in this dress, was also a good thing. Everything, including schmoozing, is much easier to do when you’re feeling confident.

funky earrings for the win
funky earrings for the win

I did change my shoes for the work event, in part to “tone down” the outfit, but more importantly in order to be able to stand around for 6 hours straight. These J. Crew leopard pumps have a 2 hour limit, tops. I wore my most comfortable plain black pumps, but even so, by the end of the night, I was thiiiiiiiis close to getting into the cab home barefoot. Wedges it will be, next time.

ruffles all the way around
ruffles all the way around
belt, H&M
belt, H&M