With all my love of experimentation, change and finding new ways, I do not wish to deny the beauty of traditional things. Take dresses for an example. What could be a more traditional item of clothing that defines femininity? I'm not a fashion historian by any means, but I don't seem to see a more obvious answer - I think it's pretty much dresses. And I admit that they fascinate me. It's dresses that I always open first when I enter my favorite online stores (brick and mortar stores do not have as wide a selection of them as online stores). So that way, I am very, very traditional - I adore dresses. But even a conservative sheath or shift dress can be done with an unexpected twist - like this one. Isn't this design just wild? I could just stare at it - a fascinating cacophony of a design!
I showed this dress before, paired with a very feminine jacket, in the post Dress, Play, Explore (October 2014), and also my Mom modeled it in the post Mama & Papa Play Dress Up (November 2014). I have finally found this beloved green cardigan when I Spring-cleaned one of closets (I was wondering where could this cardigan be for probably a year or so... does it happen to you too?) - I was eager to pair it with this dress, even though the stripe on the bottom of the dress is rather electric green, and not chartreuse as my cardigan, but I thought they worked together rather well. I love how these wild colors emphasize the wild design.
I don't think I showed this long jacket on the blog before, though I own it for a few years (3 or 4). The thing is, I have never thought of it as a perfect Summer coat. It's a very light fabric, one of the modern wrinkle resistant fabrics that are so convenient for packing. But while the material is wild, the jacket is made in a solid, traditional style, with the herringbone pattern, cape details on the front and back, fabric covered buttons, and lovely details on the sleeves (hard to see them on photos due to the busy pattern) - all of it makes it a fine piece of clothing, and I am only now discovering that it works well worn over dresses - in the past, I always paired it with either pants or jeans. Silly me! It's a perfect length and shape to wear over my favorite types of dresses - sheath and shift dresses (even though I mix these two terms up all the time, why did they have to give similar names to similar types of dresses, do you know? I think to confuse us all, that's why! and they succeeded!).
And what about you? Are you wild? Traditional? Or maybe a wild traditionalist like myself?
Photos by Justin
All items are remixed and worn many times:
Dress and jacket - Chico's (old)
Cardigan - Lane Bryant (old)
Shoes - Rockport and Sam Edelman
Purse - B Makowsky
Jewelry - gifts and boutique finds
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