So we went secondhand and thrift shopping last weekend, and I was on the lookout for work pants, harem pants and ditzy floral dresses. I didn’t find any of those things. I think that’s pretty standard for me, though, I almost never find what I was actually looking for. I did find these gorgeous Ralph Lauren baby pink and black oxfords though.
I could only think of a couple things I owned that I could wear them with, and they cost $20.00 of my $40.00 credit. I wore them around the store for quite some time, trying to decide, but in the end, I decided that I loved them, and I would make them work. So I got them. Then I made it my mission to find something to pair them with at the thrift store. I decided it was a great opportunity to shop outside my normal style, since these shoes aren’t really my normal look anyway. And I found this dress…
Everything about it is “wrong” for me. The print is too conservative. I don’t love the color palette. And that cut is normally a disaster on my body type. But I tried it on anyway and was really surprised at how good it looked on. I’m not saying I didn’t suck my tummy in all day, cause you better believe I did, but that’s good, right? Sucking it in will tone it up!
The only slip I had to wear with it was a good bit shorter than the dress, but I found it didn’t really matter. It still looked nice. I didn’t wear my pettipants (which I wear with almost every dress and skirt combo I own now*) because I needed to keep as clean a line as possible due to the unforgiving cut, but that’s OK. The slip was long enough to preserve my modesty.
I’m only posting this picture because my hair came out so nice, ha!
I’m glad I took a chance on the dress, because I felt really classy in it. And I’m super glad I took a chance on the shoes. I love them.
*Oh my gosh. I wore them under that sequined skirt on Saturday. NOT a good idea. They made the skirt slide down my legs as I walked and as I result I had to stand very still and hold my skirt up when I did move. I will not be doing that again.
Shoes, Ralph Lauren via Buffalo Exchange
Bag, Steve Madden