Saturday, February 22, 2020

Diamonds in the Sky Dress - New Styling for an Older Dress

 I talked a little in one of my last posts about a dress that I use to love and wore all of the time but had not put on in a while. This was the Free People Diamond's in the Sky maxi dress that was released back in 2013. (If you want specifics.) When I bought it, the trendy footwear was ankle boots and cropped jackets were more popular than the maxi length we've been seeing pop up in streetwear and stores. I'd gotten kind of burnt out on the dress and had put it away for a while in a box but over the last two years I've done a lot of updating to my coats and footwear wardrobe - most of my coats are longer and more of a statement piece and I've been favorite taller boots, preferably ones that lace up.

These below are a few of the ways II styled the dress in 2013-2015. (Whoa, when I was dying my hair red and it was short, that feels like forever ago.)

These are some more current fall and winter outfit - I like the longer coats and layers and looking back at previous outfits, my favorites from eariler were the one with longer layers. I like that this dress is more of a midi than a maxi dress with the hemline hitting about halfway on the calf, I don't have to worry about it dragging in the snow and the leangth works with a lot of different shaft heights on boots. My favorite right now are taller ones that go past the hem but I also like the Frye Engineer moto boots that hit close to the calf line. I did layer a shorter jacket over a longer cardigan and I like the contrast in layers and texture and feel the similar color keep it cohesive.

The green All Saints coat is more of a bell shape and falls stright from the shoulders without going in at all in the waist - I feel like this works nicely with the circle skirt of the dress and creates an interesting silhouette.

One constant factor is that I like to belt like it's 2010 all over again. I like the belt because I feel like on my height, 5'2, it helps define my vertial proportions and makes for a slightly longer leg line which I feel like that helps with midi skirt. (Not a hard and fast rule, just me.) I also like the visual interst a belt provides an outfit.

Friday, February 21, 2020

I've Come So Far...

 Someone on instagram suggested this skirt with this wrap and my mind was blown, I'd never thought to pair the two! I comepetely loved how the look came out, there's some great movement and all of the reds are so satifying together.  It was a great  fantasy "traveler" look that was pretty practical for my life. (I'm sorry, I've been struggling to get this post to upload and now I'm out of time so I'm not super wordy.)

 Standing like a dork since 2012.

I couldn't decide if I liked this more with the hat or the hood.

I've had this jacket for years and have never had good luck styling it. I think I made a dreak through the last time however and realized I just need to go super extra with my outfit, not pair a stand out item like it with just basics like a tee and jeans. Here I did velvet flares, a high neck blouse and a cape and I really like it.

Same break through, different jacket, lol. This jacket is another statment item and I just have to lean into that. I really like the ruffled, high neck blouses right now, they've got a great Edwardian vibe to them and it's fun it figure out how to add interesting volume to an outfit. (Sorry, it was really dry and my hair sucked.)

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Some Winter Boho Romance

 I'm just doing some winter boho layers over here, being a weirdo in the woods I guess.  I haven't worn this coat very much this winter so I wanted to break away from my drapey coat and give this one a little attention.  I liked it paired with the handkerchief hem on this skirt and I felt like the straight lines of the coat worked in this case because of the lines of the shawl.  There's a lot of print going on but I feel it works because the prints are similar in scale and colors.  I wore my felted wool boots again, they're super warm and I like the rustic feeling they give when paired with an embroidered coat and lots of layers.

 This use to be my favorite dress for years and then for two years I hardly wore it at all.  I tried it again this fall with some of my new coats and liked how the coats gave it a fresh new spin style wise but I'm totally stoked to see how pairing it with my tall boots and lace up boots really takes the styling up a notch.  I'd really only worn it with sandals and ankle boots before and pairing it with the newer boots and coats really made me excited to wear this dress all over again - I think that's kind of cool how something older in your closet can feel new and exciting again with the addition of more "on trend" items.

 This dress and the bag are both older items as well but I hadn't worn my tall, lace up boots with the lace dress before and again, it's exciting to see something with a new take when pairing it with a newer item like an embroidered coat. The fake fur hat was fun as well and took the outfit in a different direction than my typical embroidered pompom hat or a wide brimmed hat would of. 

This skirt is another item I haven't worn in a long time but hadn't gotten around to donating - mostly because I knew I still liked the skirt, I was just going through a style phase where I didn't want to wear it. I paired it with a softer blouse and the embroidered coat, lace up boots and a hooded scarf for some "winter romance" vibes and I'm pretty pleased with it. I feel like it winterized really well and now I'm going to have to try it with some of my other boots and newer coats!

This was for the Dark Romance style challange on Instagram under the hashtag #darkstylecoven and I love the outfit. I layer this dress quite a bit because I love the volume of the skirt and layer of the layers but I hadn't tried this skirt under it yet. The darpey coat returned because I felt the aysmmetetical here works well with bigger skirts and I had to wear my red cloak because's a red cloak.

The Free People dress again, this time with a coat I wore it with this fall but my regular tall boots. I don't know why I had never thought to pair tall boots with it before, I like the lines of the dress better with tall boots and feel like most ankle boots look awkward but that might also be because the silhoutte of ankle boots feel a little boring and slightly dated now? Tall boots have been a pretty serious trend on all of the runway shows and the tall boots/midi dress 70s thing has been going pretty serious for a while so that's probably causeing the shift in how I veiw this dress.

Not a lot to say, just trying to wear things that have been sitting at the back of the closet and trying new things out.