Hello Lovelies! Spring has sprung! Remnants of snow cling to the ground but the sun has reappeared at last! In this warm and happy spirit, I am wearing a retro-Mod, A-Line shift dress. It is quite similar to Saint Laurent's colorblock shift dress in the stores now.
I added a filter to make the photo match my sunny mood, adding bit of the surreal. Why surreal? Well it is happy surreal, as my dress, a fine worsted wool, was thrifted for $15.00 last summer, and its twin is retailing for $1,890.00 from Barneys, and up to $2,230.00 FROM Lyst. Mine is older though, but perfectly pristine.
Here is a photo from Barney's website; other than the neckline it is the same dress, but so much shorter on the model who is 6-8 inches taller than I. Mine is eggshell and deep indigo, verses the starker black and white.
I have styled mine with a white shirt by Anne Fontaine with mesh sleeves and french cuffs. The blouse came from Encore on Madison Avenue. This shirt is a go-to for layering. My hat is from H&M but is a bit big for me, and I look a bit silly. But the sun is off my face, and that is a priority for me.
My cage booties are beautiful leather and are a favorite purchase, too, priced at $15.00 from Poshmark. They were in like-new condition and are snug on me; well fitted, and as I am tiny, I imagine that whoever bought them originally, may had an issue with the size. I am a bit ambivalent about a caged bootie for me, but this pair won me over, and adds a great lattice texture to the outfit.
My little bag is Chanel, via Ebay, (yes, it is authentic) cost me a bit more than the boots.... :) But a treat was in order, after all- spring is here. I am happy to mix black and white, with navy and off- white, btw. The A-line is clear here.
Here is a closer look at my colorblock shift dress.
My bracelet is costume and was purchased At STA on madison Avenue. I have a similar necklace that is real but has not yet made its way onto my blog...one day. My ring is from the Real Real. You can trust them for upscale, authentic merchandise, and save lots of dollars in the process. The ring is Buccelatti. Lets call this one an early anniversary gift. It will be 30 years this spring!
I am not trying to brag; my intention is to share how easy it can be to get great quality clothes and jewelry that are on trend, and not break the bank. These can be investment pieces, truly. Some of my purchases from years back , and to date would fetch much more money than I paid... A perfectly good rationale, no? True, nonetheless.
Yes, I do hate this hat one me! Oh well, I have a small head. Speaking of which, today is the day I take my chemotherapy pill for my autoimmune disease. As you know by now, I love to edit photos and play with filters on these days where my mind is fuzzier. These photos were shot in front of the Whole Foods store next to my co-op. But the glass is so clean you can see the reflection of the town homes and businesses across the street. I was happy to see this once the photos were done.
I cropped this image out and added a filter: I love photos that include a reflection. Mirror images reflected onto something that already has a pattern is interesting to me, in and of itself. I hope you like it, too.
It still gets chilly this time of year. I added my heather grey Jil Sander coat to stay warm. It is a toasty, yet light layer.
I am sure you can purchase a similar colorblock shift dress from many of the fast fashion stores. When Saint Laurent makes a dress, there are always dresses inspired by the design. Sometimes they can be quite good! Or you can scour the second hand places too. This would be a great time to know how to sew; what a easy design to replicate! Hint...:)
Have a sunny week!