Floral Dress at El Vez

Like many women who came of age during the Sex and the City era, I draw inspiration from the outfits that Carrie and the girls wore. Certain selections from the late 90s / early 2000s wardrobes seems so timeless. While few of the get-ups trigger “What was Pat (Field, the legendary costume designer) thinking?”, I romanticize Calvin Klein minimalism, oversized flower pins, and everything that Charlotte wore.

This post is not about Charlotte, however; this post is about that primary colored Marimekko sundress Carrie wore in Ring A Ding Ding. I won’t get into plot points here, save for that Carrie found herself in a financial cul-de-sac and was rejected for a home loan while wearing dress in the above photo.

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J.Crew released this dress (and the sister skirt) earlier this summer and despite the negative circumstance Carrie found herself in when she was in the designer doppelganger version, I had to have the J.Crew iteration. Rather than wearing it to request a home loan like Carrie, I wore it to El Vez to consume some guacamole and blood orange margaritas – much better circumstances indeed.

dress // heel // clutch // ring // cable cuff with gold and pearls // link bracelet // earrings // skirt

Last Call for Summer Whites

I used to have issues finding dresses long enough for my torso. The standard torso measurements on regular length dresses effectively made the skirt length too short to wear in casual settings, let alone in a professional capacity. Let alone the fact htat the designed waistline inched towards my bustline. Sometime around 2012, J.Crew changed the game and began offering the tall option for dresses. My only complaint is that they do not offer the length in enough of the style selections.

 

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Prince Charming buckles a Birkenstock
Sometimes Prince Charming will fix your shoe when you didn’t know it even needed adjusting.

I was attracted to the flutter sleeve dress in Eyelet because it reminded me of a 90’s era silhouette. The dress was born to be matched with a pair of grunge-era Birkenstock Arizona sandals, updated with glitter finish, and an iridescent shopper-style bag, which reminded me of something I saw Jessica Biel wearing in a Seventeen magazine spread back in 1997. Despite the 90’s references, the look does not feel costume-y.

Despite growing up in the deep south where etiquette rules are followed to a T, I do not believe wearing white should be restricted from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This rule is beyond counterintuitive as deep south climate is conducive to wearing white and summer fabrics as long as possible, as Mother Nature brings high temperatures and high humidity from Easter until Columbus Day. If you follow this rule however, the flutter sleeve dress in eyelet comes in an ikat print and a rich red option, the latter of which looks particularly seasonable for autumn while maintaining an air-y layer perfect for a humid September and October. (Both options are on deep markdown, and they are typically offered with an additional percentage off of clearance.)

dress // sandals // sunglasses // rose gold cuff // ring // cable cuff with gold and pearls