Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Delicate Things


I've had this dress for like a year and a half and have not worn it ONCE.  Shaaaaame!  I finally wore it for my birthday dinner last Friday.  I acquired it from a clothing swap, new with its tags still on, and while I didn't really have anywhere to wear it to I couldn't pass up a FREE brand new H&M dress!  

Even though this dress looks white in these pictures, it's a very, very, very pale pink in person, the way that this dress is pink.  I know I said that yesterday too, but I swear I'm not crazy or colorblind!  I would rather have it be white, though, because it's so pale that it is pretty much white, but it's not, and I just want it to make up its dang mind.  Like, commit. Don't be pink but look white, dress.  Psh.

Regardless, I keep wishing this was a hot pink like this one or at least something more saturated.  My style tends not to be terribly feminine, like in the sense that you don't see me with a lot of bows and pastels and frills, so a pale dress in a lightweight fabric with a pleated bust is almost too much for me.  One idea I've caught onto from magazines is to mix feminine pieces with pieces that have a tougher edge, a bit of grit, or at least some structure to ground the feminine pieces.  Like, a delicate lace dress paired with a cargo jacket and spiked booties or a feminine top paired with a faux leather moto jacket.  If I had a cargo jacket (still looking for the right one) I would have worn it with this dress, but for now a denim jacket and animal print accessories will do.  With these pieces, this dress didn't feel too delicate to me at all, and it felt very much like me!


Below are great options that I think can be dressed up for weddings or showers or dressed down:

Links to Shop for Dress:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six  



Annnd a second collage because there were so many good leopard pump options:


Links to Shop for Leopard Pumps:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six




Shop for the Look:
Dress: H&M (similarsimilar)
Jacket: Target (exact, similar)
Pumps: Target (exact)
Belt: Target

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40 comments:

  1. I love this outfit!!! The denim jacket with the dress is pretty much perfection. :-)

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  2. This dress would look great with your army vest.

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  3. Stephanie GuilerWednesday, May 01, 2013

    love the touches of leopard to give this outfit that something extra! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  4. You could always dye the dress!

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  5. I thought about it, but I don't think the fabric will hold the dye.

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  6. Yay! You finally wore it :D It love it with the jean jacket. As far as mixing tough and feminine...I'm going to wear it with my olive green army jacket!

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  7. What about wearing it with other saturated colours? Like a teal long-sleeved top layered under the dress might look cute- especially when worn with hot pink flats & a purple belt over the waist!


    Another less girly solution would be to wear a fitted shirt unbuttoned over the dress (almost like a jacket). Anything in a plaid print would look great- especially with the sleeves rolled up, & a battered leather belt tied around the waist (again)!


    Hope these suggestions help? =]

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  8. I fully know what you mean about "toughening up" a potentially cutesy outfit. I actually did the same here: http://myclosetcatalogue.com/2013/04/29/week-11-of-heat-frustration-and-dolores-umbridge/ with my pumps, but I like your take with the denim jacket and animal print better. Maybe next time I'll try denim with my top?

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  9. Love this look! I think it looks great- the denim jacket and leopard print really changes the tone of the outfit.

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  10. I like that you wore this somewhat feminine dress is a tougher way with a jean jacket and leopard print heels and belt! It's fun and makes the outfit more casual!
    ~Sara

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  11. I just want to say that I love your outfits, and I especially love reading your commentary -- so funny! ;)

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  12. becauseshannasaidsoWednesday, May 01, 2013

    Yep! I thought it was white....BUT I still love it in pale pink too!!! Why in the WORLD is this the first time you are wearing it??? Whaaaaaaa???

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  13. Right when I saw this I was going to comment that I love almost nothing more than a pretty white dress with a denim jacket - but pale pink works too... because what I really love is making a pretty dress work for multiple occasions by mixing it with something casual. You look FAB. (And now, since I've got the white dress covered, I want all of those pink ones...)

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  14. Love the dress and in pics it looks like soft creamy white!

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  15. I really love this, and I hope you wear it more often. The leopard + dress + denim is spot on.

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  16. I own the dress in the top row, middle in purple and it is wonderful! I bought it for a dear friend's wedding in June where all the ladies are wearing different purple dresses. I can hardly contain myself to wait until then to wear it.



    Also, I love your leopard pumps. They are so sassy! I just may get myself a pair...

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  17. That is such a pretty dress! I love how you added the belt!

    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com
    www.daisyraeboutique.com

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  18. Love this simple yet sassy look with the leopard!
    xoxo, Julia
    Glitterandjuls.com

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  19. Love this look with the leopard and denim!


    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  20. So cute! I definitely think I need to recreate it!
    Ginny

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  21. Audrey! This dress is so pretty. I hope you wear it more often now. I mean, I can always shrink by several inches and steal it and I'll wear it ALL THE TIME ;)

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  22. Happy belated birthday! If your birthday was last Friday...mine was too! Love the leopard shoes!

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  23. You could probably have the dress dyed to a more saturated color. It might be worth asking your tailor if they do that or if they know someone who does. I think it's lovely as is and I adore the way you've styled it. But if you'd get more use out of it in a darker color, go for it.

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  24. I love your dress and several of the alternate options as well. BTW, I don't think you're color blind. You can tell the dress is "not white" in the second picture.


    You mentioned before that people say you look young for your age. Perhaps that is part of the reason you shy away from ultra girly looks?


    If so, I couldn't agree more--there are some things I just won't wear for fear I will wind up looking like a boy (button down shirts with suits) or a precious doll (small-scale floral prints and/or polka dots).

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  25. I can understand why you've neglected to wear this dress, but at the same time, I can't-- it looks so great on you! I love the denim with the dress! Also, random question, at what height is your camera when you take your (head to toe) pictures?

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  26. Usually around eye level or so, I think. Why do you ask?

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  27. Haha thank you for affirming that I'm not colorblind. Whew!


    I don't think it's the age thing that makes me shy away from ultra girly looks. It's more that the frilly stuff just tends to not suit my personality. I'm pretty straightforward and blunt, and my style tends to reflect that!

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  28. Ahhh I totally want that dress. I read reviews for it today and they seemed to be good. Did you find it to be true to size?

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  29. HappinessatmidlifeWednesday, May 01, 2013

    I fall under the more girly type of girl but love getting ideas of different way to wear my dresses. I can totally see this dress with the same accessories but maybe some booties would be so fun too. This is a great look on you - the pleats on the dress adds great interest on a simple dress.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  30. Thanks! I ask because I have been experimenting with different camera heights-- I read somewhere that lower is better since it makes one look longer and leaner. It just gives me a double chin, ha. I like the look of yours, so I was curious.

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  31. I'm not really a frilly girl either, and I don't think pastels really work on my skin tone (I'm a bit darker than you I think) but today I saw a tutorial for a new-sew lace skirt that was to DIE for. It was paired with a denim blouse and a thick leather belt (I think) and I just went head over heels for it. So maybe I am more frilly than I thought...

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  32. Question for you re: denim jackets... I wear a size large jacket so it fits properly in the shoulders, but my larger bust won't allow it to ever close/button. I just can't bring myself to buy a jacket that won't close if I'm cold. What do you think? Can I get a large denim jacket tailored to fit my extra large bust? Or can an extra large jacket be fitted to me in the shoulders?

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  33. I have the same problem (smaller frame, bigger chest). I found a jean jacket that has stretch and it is perfect! It fits in the shoulders, etc, but will button if I need (although truthfully, now that I own it, I realize that I rarely button it). I know it may not be easy to find (bought mine years ago at Target), but if you search for one with stretch, I think it will solve your problem.

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  34. I love this whole outfit! It's sweet but still very on trend - those leopard shoes are perfect with the jean jacket!
    xo
    CK
    http://loveyourclothesloveyourself.com

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  35. I love me a good clothing swap! Great grab!

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  36. What fabric is the dress made out of? You might be able to dye it to a darker pink.

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  37. The dress is super cute! Yeah, you don't really look the type to wear flirty girly dresses, but I do like how you made it more "you" with the belt/shoes/jacket. Love it!

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  38. If you want to change the color you could always dye it a slightly darker pink or bleach it lighter! If it were my dress, I'd go the darker route, for fear that bleach might hurt the material . . . I'm not sure that's a realistic concern, but I'm a scaredy-cat with little information. Anyway, it's very pretty and perfect for that soft-hard pairing that you're doing so well here!

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  39. I like the style of that dress, but like you, the colour turns me off it a little. Perhaps you could dye it red? Or perhaps the Pantone colour of the year - emerald? I feel like the 'girliness' of the pleats would be offset well with a more punchy colour. Keep us updated on what you decide to do with it!

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