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 #61: Summer Lovin’

…having a blaaast

It’s warm again! Which means tropical accents, bright colors and a dress. Yes, we do get surprised by summer weather during the summer in this city. Every time.

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A few years ago I was visiting the lovely city of Utrecht and, as you do, I was checking out their shops after a day of sightseeing. I stopped by H&M (I know, but they are different in every cities AND it was sale season). My eyes fell on this cheerful dress, and while I was initially sceptical if it would fit me, trying it on proved the opposite, so whenever I look at it, I’m reminded of this small, but deeply gratifying moment in my female life.

I’ve worn this particular set of accessories with it before, because it just works, and if it ain’t broke, why fix it, at least until I feel like trying something else. Anything picking up on the colors of the pattern will work well with this dress, and there are enough colors and their hues to choose from. The ring has a touch of the Disney villain(ess) about it for me, but they were important figures in those stories, so that’s fine.

I originally bought the shoes for changing in to for the evening’s activities (dancing) at a wedding after a day spent in heels. However, they went so well with many summer outfits that I didn’t restrict them to festive attire. They are also very comfortable and the laces give me that vague feeling (highly romanticized fantasy) of being connected to the world of ballet. Russian roots, soft spot, what you gonna do.

Ready to go.

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Asos

Jewelry: Bijou Brigitte

 

What To Wear #60: Country Vibes

Obviously not this type of country.

It could work, but no, definitely not what I mean.

The dress just makes me think of summertime and relaxing in the garden of a country house or planning a picnic in said garden.

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It also reminds me of a lovely family trip to Amsterdam and doing a spot of shopping the afternoon before I left. Knee-length leggings are recommended as it’s slightly on the shorter side. The delicate earrings are a gift that I’ve had for at least ten years, and the shoes are suitable for a jaunt to the country, if it does happen.

Ready to go.

Dress: Vero Moda

Earrings: gift

Shoes: Deichmann

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.

What to Wear #44: We All Have Layers

It’s summer in Hamburg, which means that clothes-wise you’re keeping everything except official winter wear within easy reach. Temperatures change at the drop of a hat, winds pick up just as you decide on a flared skirt and rain clouds regularly wring themselves out when passing over this wonderful city.

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Things I don’t put away include scarves – the one accessory you can always find a use for here and most likely why I don’t wear necklaces too often. Even before I start rummaging for it, I know the one I’m looking for. I had scooped it out of a pile at a flea market seven years ago and it has served me many a time, both during the day and at parties. It’s a fond reminder of my (poorer) student days, when most of the clothes shopping I did, if any, took place at flea markets. It’s also pleasant proof of the satisfaction that comes from items that last.

The dress is from the same flea market visit, one I picked up immediately knowing it would fit me without trying it on. Thankfully, it still does!

It’s summer, so I still feel the pull to inject something I associate with it in the outfit. It’s only logical that I go for thin green leggings that reinforce the my-legs-are-the-stem-and-my-top-is-the-flower idea, mais oui. Although the accessories made me think of ocean-themed fantasy and colors, so maybe I’m just a mermaid hinting at my big secret by not being able to resist anything that reminds me of it.

Either way, I’m comfortable and ready to go.

What to Wear #41: Sunny Side Up

What to Wear has already entered its 40s! Amazing.

Considering that I’m wearing a skirt, obviously there is nothing about this outfit that I actually want to go up.

BUT the skirt is yellow, and sunny allusions or referencing a breakfast dish in the title is the way to go. Yellow is a colour I’ve been careful with in the past as a redhead (along with red and orange). It has slowly made its way in to my wardrobe and I’ve found myself liking it. It really depends on the shade – I tend to lean towards either a lighter, creamy yellow, or a bright, lemon yellow. Considering that the total number of yellow items in my wardrobe currently amounts to two, I don’t know if I actually own that much knowledge, but hey, everyone starts somewhere.

Ironically, the skirt is neither shade, but I like it. The A-line shape is flattering, and I’ve settled for combining it with green and brown (blue next time, another combo I’ve seen beautiful stylings with). The short green cardigan will take care of the morning coolness, even if it is summer, and the necklace was one of my first little gifts to myself during my early days of discovering Hamburg. Since the yellow is somewhat darker, and the rest of the outfit is in earthy tones, cognac-brown pumps included, I went for a lipgloss with a hint of brick red. That’s all of life’s big decisions taken care of for one day.

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