The moment I saw this dress on the racks at Bobby From Boston, I knew it had to be mine. The fabric is a wonderful weight and moves well, the muddy blues, greens and shot of mustard yellow had me at hello, and I adored that they were in this unique windowpane plaid print I've never quite seen before. Prada had similar prints in 2008 and 2010, and there was a hint of something similar in Richard Chai's capsule collection for Target way back in 2008.
Still, I like mine the best, even if it could use a trip to the tailor before it's perfect!
Day 18: "Want to pull off a Dries-style, grunge-glam look but can't quite afford its plaid pieces? Wear the plaid shirtdress you already own and top a sheer skirt over it for a really spectacular peekaboo effect."
If we're honest, I love the look of sheer overlays over other articles of clothing and think this idea is a great one, albeit closer to a layered autumn/fall look and less "New England summer." (I especially love the idea of a well-fitted black lace top, slightly cropped, with 3/4 length sleeves, to wear over strapless dresses, while we're at it. I'm pretty sure I saw something like it, of course obscenely expensive for fall/winter this year, but I can't remember which designer it was.)
Anyway, I looked around for an inexpensive, sheer skirt to no avail. I also considered buying one of those moronic "here's a wisp-thing jersey miniskirt with a high-low sheer polyester shower curtain affixed to it" and cutting the mini out of it, but at that point I was over it.
Plus, it was kind of hard to go there after seeing this one and falling in love:
But as my darling M so helpfully pointed out, I could totally make this and for way under $130. Alas, not in time for this post. THOSE POLKA DOTS. Also? I stepped outside in between torrential downpours to make sure this outfit got documented! If I do end up making the thing, I'll definitely revisit this outfit and give it due space here on the blog.
What else? I've had this skinny Tahari belt for eons. 'Galaxy' shoes are olsenHaus, a vegan brand. (You can get a kickass pair in a similar shape in nude/black here.) The bag is Kate Spade's Irving Place Little Nadine (get it in green or pink), and I'm wearing my Kate Spade Idiom necklace as well - the matching bracelet is cute, too. Bracelets and earrings from Madewell.
We're catching up! I'm excited about the next two outfits - a few skirts with unlikely top combos, and then we're back to FUG CITY with that hideous tunic-over-pants thing. I see the socks-with-sandals thing rears its tricky head again today, but we won't get there for a while. Yesterday I resisted the urge to buy two different cat-print items from H&M - their pre-fall is in stores, and some of it is goooooooooooooooooooood, you guys! Some really great texture and color. (I resisted those urges as well. Too soon!)
One more day until CAT CIRCUS!