I wore this outfit twice last week: the first time to a local Jane Austen tea and reading group and the second time during the week of in-service. Has anyone else done that — worn the same outfit to an outside event and then to work? It cuts down on thinking up another outfit, and no one will know you’ve worn it twice in one week. Except when you admit it on the internets. Whoops. 😉
This is also doing triple duty (!!!) as my entry for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, The Star by Edgar Degas. There’s still time to participate — just send a photo to Jess @ Animated Cardigan by tonight at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she’ll soon post the SIA round-up on her blog.
The Star – Edgar Degas – 1871-1881
No tulle? No problem! My interpretation is obviously a loose one, as I focused on the feminine feel, as well as the fit-and-flare dress shape (minus the crinolines), as starting points. I also incorporated the bits of coral and blue present in the painting, as well as the floral pattern on the ballet dancer’s bodice and hair ornaments.
I feel PRETTY in this dress, and sometimes, that’s all a girl needs or wants to feel like a star! ★
Details: Floral dress (exact): Lands’ End, newly gift-carded / Denim jacket (similar): Kohl’s, old / Coral beaded necklace (similar single-strand): Gift from my mom / Cognac wedges (exact, similar, similar with suede platform): b.o.c./Born via Macy’s, spring / Vintage wicker-and-bakelite purse (similar, straw satchel alternative) : Art fair in Chicago, 2007 / Pearl stud earrings (similar): Parting gift from Abu Dhabi colleagues, 2011
Eagle-eyed readers will notice that I’m wearing a new dress today, one from Lands’ End. I had read good reviews of this dress from Lisa @ Respect the Shoes, and there are several patterns and colors available in this sleeveless design, as well as the elbow-sleeved version. My husband, Sam, had the final choice of pattern, and he chose this lovely navy floral design, which you can see up close has a bit of green along the rose edges. This is how that conversation went:
Sam: I choose this one. [points to navy floral]
Me: I do have a navy dress already, you know. [seen here]
Sam: Is it floral?
Me: No. It’s solid navy.
Sam: Well then. [smug smile]
Good choice, sweetie! This dress is so comfortable, and I think it’s obvious from the photos that I feel good in this dress.
The denim jacket brings a casual vibe to the dress — denim jackets are THE BEST — and I chose my cognac wedges because my husband had chosen cognac accessories on the day. Look how handsome he is! ♥ I also think his outfit echoes the inspiration painting, as well, especially with the color scheme.
The backdrop, by the way, is the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, located in NE Portland. Hence the “freight” signs, just in case you were wondering. 😉
Link ups: SIA / More Pieces of Me / On the Daily Express / Monday Mingle / Monday Bloom / Fashionably Employed / Mix It Mondays / Style to Inspire / #HowIFall