What To Wear #65: “‘Cause It’s Gonna Be Hot In My Big Silver Pot”

It is indeed going to be hot, and you can count on me to come up with a quote from Les Poissons to title this post.

Hot weather means grabbing the chance to wear a maxi-length dress! Why maxi? Because I like that length and I have to go to work.

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I had strolled in to the shop and noticed this dress on a mannequin, but not anywhere nearby. After painstakingly searching two times to make sure, I approached a saleslady and asked where I might find it. Always ask a staff member if you see something in a window or on display that you like! In my experience they like the question and clearly you are also showing buyer’s commitment, which is, mais oui, to be encouraged. You may therefore be sure of a helpful attitude. For me personally a little exchange like that also gives me a minor sense of achievement when I locate the desired item afterwards. I’m an adult! I’m a customer! I’m an adult customer who can assert herself amid all this consumerism and knows exactly what she wants! Such empowerment, such confidence!

The pattern on the dress reminds me of a ripple of changing colors on the surface of a sea in summertime. The earrings not only pick up on the tones of the dress, but also make me think of the expansive beauty of the sea and sky surrounding the island of Themyscira in this year’s Wonder Woman.

So ready to go.

Dress: C&A

Jewelry: Bijou Brigitte

What To Wear #63: I Feel Teal

There are two things I look forward to in the mornings, two simple pleasures: breakfast and putting on a favorite dress. This is one of those mornings – score!

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This dress has been one of my happiest buys to date – it’s long and comfortable, figure-hugging without being clingy and the jersey it’s made from is perfect for hot weather as well. There’s a length of string to knot around the waist however you like, and the sparkling beading across the chest lends a playful note to an intense color.

Teal works well with browns and golds, especially since this dress has embroidery on it exactly in those colors. The dangling earrings are some of my favorite as well, with the multi-colored sphere at the bottom livening up the long loop, and the rings both pick up on both the dress’ hue and go in line with the golds.

Ready to go.

Dress: C&A

Jewelry: I Am and SIX

 

What to Wear #49: The Dress I Said Yes To

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It was a warm summer day last year and I was taking care of errands in the city. I passed Orsay and saw they were having a sale. On a spur of the moment decision I went in, if only to riffle through the dresses, as they usually have pretty ones and yes, looking at dresses is a pleasant pastime for me.

I was about to leave, when I turned around and glimpsed some floaty off-white material with a flowery print that immediately made me think of overgrown green corners in a garden in bloom. I tugged the hanger free of the tangled mass of clothes around it and held an empire-waist maxi dress (colour me BBC’s Pride and Prejudice) with capped sleeves in my hands. The last one. I knew at once that this was definitely my style. The one hitch? It was a size smaller that I usually wear, but I tried it on and it fit.

Shortly after I went on vacation, and towards the end of the trip I knew exactly when I would put on the dress. The last time I wore it, I was feeling hopeful about something that did not come to pass. For a while, whenever I looked at the dress that barely had a chance to become the favourite I knew it could be, I would feel a tinge of sadness and hang it back up in the closet.

Winter came and went. Now it’s another summer. I put on one of my favourite dresses and felt hopeful about the things I had lined up for the day.

Ready to go.

Dress: Orsay.

Shoes: Deichmann.

Earrings: birthday present.

Bracelets: found here and there.