Coat: Old Navy
Scarf ? (Christmas gift from my in-laws)
Dress: Calvin Klein Silk (thrifted)
Boots: DV by Dolce Vita
Handbag: Fred Meyer
I thrifted this lovely silk dress back during the summer but never wore it because it was in the skirt section and being as it's strapless and looks like a skirt on the hanger, I thought it was a skirt. (Sorry, that was kind of a ridiculous explanation of why I thought this was a skirt.) Anyways, I both loved it and hated this skirt when I got it home. I cursed Calvin Klein for making the most unflattering waistband ever sewn onto a garment. I mean, really? A thick waistband that magically creates the most horrifying muffin-top known to mankind? Appalling.
I was about to toss this skirt into my donation bucket last week when I had a stupid moment of genius. (That's an oxymoron if I ever saw one, but then that's me.) The pretty silk skirt with the horrendous waistband was actually a strapless dress! A baby-doll strapless dress but still more wearable than it was as a skirt. I've worn it twice since then and I love it now as much as I did that day in the thrift store. I don't think I'll wear it without some sort of covering. The top is a bit slippery and young children plus slippy-top-strapless-dress equals Katie flashing all six people in the Bentley Mall. Not cool guys, not cool.
I know I've talked about it in the past but I'm slowly starting to figure out what my personal style is. It's taken me quite a while since I've gone through phases of thinking super structured dresses were my "thing", where I've loved the androgynous look, the super girly stuff and on and on. Looking back through my archives it really only feel like in the past month, two months that I've really started to hone in on what I enjoy wearing and what really feels like me. It was actually Erin of Loops Looks who actually inspired it in a comment, calling one outfit Rustic Romantic and I ended up having an "Ah ha!" moment It felt like it really summed up the style I wanted and was attracted to, while being able to incorporate the masculine and feminine elements I like. I've always wanted to be able to wear looser, flowery clothing but I've never really know how to, this cardigan was my first item that sort of fit into that. It worried me at first because on a short person a long, loose cardigan that covers one's bum can look matronly or frumpy so quickly, I'm pretty sure that's a top five What Not To Wear rule! But sometimes rules are meant to be broken.
Not traffic rules. I'm not endorsing breaking the speed limit nor blowing through the stop signs here, I'm pretty sure the policeman will not look kindly upon the excuse of "But a style blogger said it was okay to break rules!"
Ah, so rambling, so sick. Sorry everyone, that was sort of a all-over-the-place post, I'm just going to blame it on the cold medicine. It's so unfair when the husband brings the cold home from work and everyone in the house gets it but him. It must be a man thing.