Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Blues Are Still Blue

Sweater: Thrifted, $3 // Dress: Britches, $30 // Shoes: Madden Girl, thrifted, $1.50 // Sash: Came with a blouse courtesy of Spotted Moth

After having some technical difficulties, I'm finally back in business, so I'll spend the next couple of days catching up! This outfit is from last Thursday when it was in the seventies. There was no way to be in a bad mood that day. After a long, cold winter, that first feeling of spring warmth is just heavenly. I went all out for the occasion and sported some bare legs!

That brings me to my outfit and an unfortunate confession of another switcheroo. This is my first 30 for 30, so it has definitely been a learning experience. To me, this challenge is about getting creative with your clothes and getting better at using what you already have, so I'm not going to be too hard on myself for bending the rules a bit.

Sadly, I carelessly ruined my lace birthday dress. I'm notorious for playing Russian Roulette with my laundry because I hate doing dry cleaning. It's expensive, it's inconvenient, and the chemicals are nasty. I can almost always get away with hand washing or doing a delicate machine wash, but every once in awhile I regret my lazy laundry ways! Anyway, the dress is still sort of wearable as a tunic, but I knew it wouldn't be an ideal candidate for remixing, so I switched it out for this accordion-pleated dress.

18 comments:

Blythe and Charlotte said...

I love how you added the sash! It gives the whole outfit something extra! And the colors go together so well.

-Charlotte

thatdamngreendress said...

Dang on the laundry woes- I do that too, but most of the time it's fine...what a shame!!

I love the colours here- just perfect tonal/texture mixing!

Charmalade said...

I hate having to dry clean too, and just want to 'cheat' by using the gentle cycle in the washing machine. :/ Which works... most of the time. ahem.

I think it's fair that you switched one out for the other; the pleats are so delicate and gorgeous. You've GOT this, rock on with the 30 for 30!

Toast with Charmalade

♥ just a girl ♥ said...

I cheat by using gentle cycle too for dry clean things...You look like a cute present in this outfit!! And the shoes are very sweet with it ;)

LookinFab said...

There a few sweaters that belong to little girls now instead of my husband... I suck at laundry...

Love how the sash makes the black shoes look so "in place"!

Meghan said...

this is so cute!!!

L said...

I'm so excited with the coming of spring as well. I'm hoping it will stay around.

I love this outfit. The pink hues are definitely your colors. I hate when your favorite clothes get messed up in the laundry. That can leave me in a depression for a few days.

xxL

LeonaCarolina said...

That's got to be a Belle & Sebastian reference. It just HAS to be.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love the colours and the sash really makes this. Beautiful.

Kansas Couture said...

LeonaCarolina -

It IS! After all the laundry talk, that song was stuck in my head. :)

Christine said...

This is a GREAT outfit! It is so whimsical! I want that pleat-y skirt for myself!

Francesca said...

very cute

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Terri said...

I think we've all probably ruined something by careless laundering. I know I put my best black jeans through a dryer recently.

Mallory said...

I was just listening to Belle and Sebastian today...
Sigh.

LaLa said...

Love this look! Love the creativity with the placement of the bow. I love waist belts, but have never thought of doing a bow instead. Love the dress/skirt too! Great alternative to the bday dress. *tear :(

emmy-ray said...

I think this is my favorite so far. So adorable!

origami said...

I love the way you styled the sweater with the bow sash - so cute! I too went all out when we had a day of super sunny weather - hurray for no socks!

Between Laundry Days said...

The pleats on that dress are just ideal. And I love the color!