Linen Dress

One of my thrifting goals is to find more solid-colored summer dresses – they are easy to throw on, and can be dressed up or down and paired with my funkier pieces without overwhelming them. You’d think that solid-colored dresses would be easier to find than printed dresses too, but most of the ones I saw in my local thrift stores were either white (no) or pastel (big no, not with my skin tone) or they are in a crunchy, boho style that isn’t me. Eventually, though, I found this navy linen dress. It isn’t perfect – the color was quite faded (nothing a quick dye job can’t fix), the silhouette is a little looser than I like (I can just tighten the sash), and it doesn’t have pockets (oh well) – but it fits the bill, so I’m excited to wear it more.


Duchess Inspired

When I saw these photos of Kate Middleton back in May, I knew I had to put together something inspired by it. The culottes are cute, but what really drew me to the outfit is the shirt. I’m a sucker for broderie anglaise (I have, at last count, four tops with some on them – it’s part of my Anglophilia, I guess) but I never thought to pair them with my culottes, so here we are.

At first, I thought about wearing my sneakers to mimic the Duchess’ outfit completely, but then I found sneakers make it slightly too casual – Kate Middleton may have pulled them off, but I couldn’t – so in the end, I decided to wear my red heels because there is a bit of red on my shirt.


Try Again

This is my second attempt at the “blue outfit with paper bag pants and red accents” after my first try didn’t turn out so well. I like it better because the vertical stripes make this shirt look less billowy that the other one, but it’s still a little looser than I’d like, and by the end of the work day, it had pretty much come untucked.

I have never seen the appeal of the bodysuit before, but now I’m seriously considering buying one because it drove me crazy trying to fix the tuck all day long. Unfortunately (or, fortunately, if you look at it from a financial standpoint, because I do not need more clothes), all the bodysuits I see in store look like swimsuits and not like normal tops, so I don’t think I’ll be buying one yet.


Different But Same

I think one of the reasons I’m so excited about these new paperbag pants is because they are a basic color, so they go with almost everything in my closet, but their silhouette is different enough that they can make the outfits look new and fresh. Take this outfit, for example. This is certainly not the first time I paired this shirt with wide-leg pants,  but because of the exaggerated silhouette, it doesn’t look repetitive.

In other news, I feel I’m going to have to retire this shirt soon. It’s rayon, so despite my best effort (wash in cold water and hang dry), it’s been shrinking over the past 4 yearsto the point it doesn’t fit me right anymore. It’s sad because I love novelty print shirts like this and they’re hard to find here, but at least it’s had a good run.


A Perfect Match

This is another “duh” outfit, one that seems like a no-brainer but I didn’t think of for the longest time. I mean, the navy stripe on this top matches the navy of my culottes perfectly – it’s not often that two of my items are a perfect match like that – so naturally, I had to pair them together. Then, when it came to accessories, I know I wear this brooch with this top a lot, and these shoes with these culottes a lot too, but again, they go so well together, so why change it, right?