Oh my word, would you look at this thrifted dress I scored for $14 at Crossroads Trading Co. this weekend?
Retro-rific dress by 2 Friends (size 10), black shrug: White House Black Market, grey tights: Express.
There are a few issues with this dress – it’s just a bit large, and the zipper gets caught at the seam (so I decided to just keep it mostly zipped and slip it over my head), but all things considered, I am in looove with it! Oh la la, it feels so European – and not just because of the French icons scattered throughout the print. Something about the colors, the almost frenetic-brushwork look of the print – can’t you just see me strolling the banks of the Seine or cruising the streets of Italy on a Vespa in this?
Here you see a wash of pink, salmon, yellow, and coral accenting arches and buildings, including landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and (possibly – can’t tell) Sacré-Cœur. I don’t know if I have a more fun print in my closet. It is so cheerful and has such movement and energy to it – surprising, considering it’s depicting stationary objects.
Since it’s just a bit loose, I thought I’d do a little visual comparison of what this looks like without and with a belt:
I’m not convinced this was the right belt to choose (Ralph Lauren, thrifted), but I was running late and didn’t have time to weigh my options. In any case, I think you can see that, while the dress looked “just aight for me, dog” (to quote Randy Jackson) on the left, adding a belt to cinch it in at the waist made a big difference to the look on the right and really defined a shape. Such an easy thing to do!
The bodice also has a few sequins sewn just here and there, like so:
Mustard ruffled Mary Janes by xhilaration:
Gradient grey-to-black baubles from Burlington Coat Factory:
Confession: I’ve had this set (one of very few matching sets I own) for months and have never worn the necklace until now. It somehow always looked “not quite right” with whatever I tried, but I think this is perfect. The cool greys and blacks balance the bright pastel print, and the retro look of the baubles really plays up the retro feel of the dress, I think.
Oh, how I wish I was in Paris right now. Allons-y, mes amis!
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