2009-12-19

Keeping Track

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Dress? United colors of Benetton, thrifted
Jacket? Braemar, thrifted
Belt? Roots, thrifted
Tights? Hue, Winners
Purse? Claudia Firenze, Winners
Shoes? Jeffrey Campbell, StyleSense
Bangle? Mama's
Circle Scarf? Handmade and gifted!

Went out for lunch with two lovely ladies and I decided I REALLY wanted to wear this dress (probably because I finally handwashed it after thrifting it 2 (?) months ago). The original hem length hit right below the knee and when I paired the dress with the blazer, the look started to fall over the line to the dowdy side. A needle, some thread and 15 minutes later, the dress was almost a foot shorter and a whole lot sassier. I asked Matt 15 times if the skirt was now too short (not like I don't love a short skirt, check the archives) because people have different ideas of modesty and I didn't want to offend my lunch mates. Matt told me it was fine 13 times (the last two times he stopped listening), so off to lunch I went. When I met up for lunch, the dress was immediately complimented. I totally think that patterned or opaque tights can save many an outfit from crossing into 'too overtly sexy for noon time' territory.... Thank-you tights!

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And... this is my face when someone comes by walking their dog while I am posing like a fool in the cold.

39 comments :

Healthy and Homemade said...

Gorgeous! Love the shoes, and the dress looks good short! =) yay for tights

briannelee said...

Hahahahahaha, cute.

I don't think its too short at all! Love it!

Simmsie said...

Love those tights :)

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Sidewalk Chalk said...

I love that scarf paired with that dress -- makes it look it has a fancy collar! Those tights are awesome too.

Your expression in the last photo is priceless. :) I never know what to do when people see me posing...

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

stilettolover91 said...

I love the scarf with your dress!!!

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Linda said...

Thats your embarrassed laughing face.
How were you not freezing Matt's balls off?

myedit said...

Linda-your concern for Matt's balls is heartwarming. I was a bit cold but remember we had a mild morning this week before winter got even? that was then...

stealthnerd said...

I absolutely love that outfit!!! It is SO cute!

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Jennifer said...

You look fabulous!!! Love this outfit!! It's perfect on you!!!
-jenloveskev

Farrielle Design and Fashionista said...

Gorgeous , I love it.

Nadine said...

Fantastic colours! Beautiful.

Clare said...

I'm often jealous of your outfits, but this is ridiculous. I WANT to have that outfit, and look like you wearing it. Somehow I don't think that's going to happen. This is delightful!

Sabrina said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit. You look amazing!

ShopKim said...

Two words ... LOVE THIS.

Leah said...

Love what you did to your dress...I do that too, hemming in order to get the desired length. And the tights is fabulous. I love this look.

I want to go thrifting again.

Amy said...

Haha i get totally embarassed if anyone catches me taking my outfits pictures also :s

H to the izzo said...

I love everything about this!

Kiki said...

I love the colors you put together and the shoes! So fun!

Dylana said...

Gorgeous dress! I love the color!

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chic said...

Haha, love that last caption! Don't you love it when people walk by when you're posing and feeling like a fool? Trust me, it's even worse when you're using a timer and taking pictures of YOURSELF! At least you have a photographer and it has more of the illusion of normality.

I love love love this look! The pattern mixing and the colors are fantastic! And I want that purse and those shoes! S.

Dirty Hair Halo said...

I love how well your tights go with your shoes. Very vintage lady.

Thanks for adding me to your blog list. You're a rock star.

XO

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Kassie said...

I love the dress. I think you're right about the tights bringing together the outfit.
I just looked through a few of your past posts and your work is amazing. The wedding dress awhile back is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.

Stolen Stiletto

Candycane said...

Gorgeous place for photo's - I get fed up with my living room shots!!

You look cute!!!

Sher said...

YOu had to shorten that dress to show off those tights! Love em!

Taylor Sterling said...

gorgeous!! I love those colors on you!

Eyeliah said...

oh no, lol. If you were using a tripod it'd be even more embarrassing (but I think you had a photographer...). If it was a tripod, ack! Who cares about that guy thou really the shots are gorgeous.

caffeinerd said...

I love everything about this outfit :) And now I REALLY need to get myself an infinity scarf...

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Love the dress and the pictures. Who takes them?

Kyla said...

Great combination of colors and texture. And definitely not too short - not if you have gams like that, anyway!

Ernie said...

Wonderful colors!! Strangely enough, I used the same title on an old post... with pictures my boyfriend took on railroad tracks while I was trying very hard to not feel like a fool in front of about fifteen scruffy workers in denim button-downs across the street.

Ah the perils of fashion blogging :]

Jilliebeanie said...

GREAT outfit! Love every piece and how they all compliment each other perfectly.

SomedayNewYorker said...

Gorgeous dress and tights.

Fell 4 Fashion said...

The jacket looks like it was made for the dress! and fabulous pics on the tracks! :)

Tori said...

This outfit gorgeous!! Each piece looks terific in this outfit! Love the pictures too!

Fashion Therapist said...

Found your blog through Bright Side Dwellers and I'm loving your style. Great pics.

MARISA said...

this is one of my favourite outfits of yours

that colour is amazing on you

alexandra said...

omigosh i LOVE this outfit. it all comes together so well! seriously...you make me want to pull something like that together! well done!!!!

thanks for always being such an inspiration!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Awesome outfit; love the dress and blazer/coat.

wardrobeexperience said...

I love every single piece about this outfit! you look amazing....