Too cool for school

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July 26, 2010

Dress: See by Chloe (Gilt)
Jacket: Alexander McQueen for Target
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (Nordstrom)
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs (gift)
Bracelet: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs (Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boston)
Bag: Treesje (Nordstrom)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban (Saks)

As my time as a city dweller dwindles I feel obligated to get in one last wear of many of closet favorites, and this dress is definitely a favorite. I remember seeing this dress on Gilt and quickly putting it in my cart; sadly, I was in a See by Chloe frenzy and couldn’t resist another look at what was left, and by the time I returned to my cart it was gone. Never one to give up easily, I clicked refresh on my browser at least a thousand times and finally it was back! I clicked buy without hesitation, totally feeling like I had just won the imaginary competition in my head. Is it just me or do you feel victorious when you score something amazing at a sample sale?

Normally a drop waist isn’t flattering for my body shape (hello, hips!), but for some reason this one works. I love everything about this dress: the delicate pleating at the waist and back, the deep pockets, and especially the abstract, colorful print. It also transitions well from season to season, and I love wearing it in winter with a long cardigan and black tights. While summer has finally arrived in Portland, it is still quite chilly in the morning. I threw on my gray denim motorcycle jacket, which I have never worn with this dress, and just felt so cool. It really made me want to throw on motorcycle boots, but I will leave that for colder days. Since I wasn’t wearing boots, I decided to add some tough accessories: two spiky rings, a chain link band bracelet and a studded bag.

I tend to take all outfit photos at one time, but the morning was so gray and the afternoon so beautifully sunny and hot that I couldn’t resist snapping a few more. The last two were taken during my lunch at the food carts, and I have to say that while I loved wearing my motorcycle jacket I was more than happy to shed it and throw on some sunglasses for lunch!


jemina said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress so much!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

T. said...

Love the dress, the whole look actually!

jenna said...

V cute outfit! Followin u on twitter, looking forwrd toreading more of your blog!
jenna @

erin said...

I'm sad I missed the Chloe dress. I missed so many good outfits while I was laying on the beach in Kauai :)

Copious Couture said...

I love that dress!!!! That pattern is awesome!


Jesa said...

my God I love your hair and this look!!

lovely blog :)

cheers, Jesa

Kate said...

This dress is one of my faves that you've featured--the lower waist is so flattering and cute on you!

Style of a Fashionista said...

Wow I love this outfit the dress is perfection love how you styled xoxo

jenna said...

V cute outfit! Followin u on twitter, looking forwrd toreading more of your blog!
jenna @

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