I spotted this dress at Lane Bryant earlier in the Winter, and fell for it - maybe, because it reminded me of two dresses I had in my early 20s (both self-made).
I was not sure whether I'd be comfortable to wear it - the length is shorter than I'm used to (they actually call it a "mini dress"), and even though it's not exactly a body conscious shape, it is still pretty "conscious", again, for what I'm used to. But pairing it with one of my Russian platoks (shawls) made it a perfect dress for me.
One of the dresses I made in my 20s was almost exactly the same style, only black, and the other one almost exactly the same color, only a "coat dress" (or a "blazer dress" perhaps would be a better description), with two rows of buttons and a blazer type collar. Both mid-knee length, they looked striking and felt very much "me".
So in a way, this dress is a bridge to my younger self. Only such a brightly colored ornate folk detail as platok is rather a new development for my style. And that's what hit me. I for the longest time was wondering to myself, why on earth I'm so attracted to the conservative simple lines of pencils skirts, blazers, sheath dresses... I don't work in an office, I don't have to be conservative or whatever-appropriate, I live a free creative life where only I am my own boss. And yet I love this type of clothes... but I discovered a secret to it.
I love pairing it with such an unexpected wild element as colorful Russian platok - then the outfit sings a very different song, creates a very different story. Uncompromising, dynamic and very alive. And probably this eclectic mix is the best way to define me - the best that I found so far, at least.
Dress - 6th&Lane
Shawl - Russian platok, gift from my parents 10 years ago
Earrings - Chico's
Clutch - Cole Haan
Booties - Ecco (we are becoming good friends, the new booties and I)
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