Daily Archives: May 23, 2013

Week 14 :: of a-lines and playing hooky

How can something so simple end up being so difficult?

An A-line dress, “having a fitted top and a flared bottom”, is such a ubiquitous silhouette that one would think there’d be a plethora of inspiration out there.


Well, not for me anyway.  It seems as if all the photos I’ve Googled and Pinterested are so been there, done that.  I’m not snarking; I literally yawned through five pages of a search that yielded the A-line/cardi combo.

Don’t get me wrong – I can channel my inner Doris Day as well as the next person, but sometimes, I just feel I need to be a little rough around the edges.  Miley Cyrus’ new look, anyone?

What makes things more complicated is that today is Birthday Day Off day.  BF and I have planned a day of thrifting and pedis and possible Korean spa treatments, and I don’t want to wear anything fussy.  So that eliminates the blazer and all its iterations (tuxedo, cropped, boyfriend, etc.) as being way too formal.

Sigh.  Who knew looking effortless required so much effort?

And then it hit me – denim!  [face palm]  Of course!  When all else fails, go with denim.  It’s the grand-daddy of the classics.  The go-to guy.  The pinch hitter in a pinch.  Once I’d had that epiphany, the only question left at that point was cropped or regular?  As you can see, I chose the former.

Dress Thursday

Thankfully, it promises to be a balmy 75F/24C so I won’t look too silly wearing a jacket.  Why even bother, you ask?  Well, it’s that pesky neckline.  (Is it a scoop?  Is it a ballet?  Is it a boatneck?  Commit already!)  Even when I put on my trusty circle necklace, it still looked like it was missing some visual interest.  A scarf, you say, would fill that expanse?  Trust me, I tried.  But I’m going for the unfussy look, remember?  I think the stiff, structured collar of the jacket serves my purposes indeed.

Dress Thursday

Surprisingly, shoes were a no-brainer this time.  Once I’d determined the denim jacket was the winning completer piece, out came my raffia wedges and the happiness factor soared sky high.  Throw in an impromptu hat for extra sun protection, and the outfit is complete.

Dress Thursday

I may not be a warm-weather lover but there’s something about a stripes/denim/straw combo that makes me think summer and that makes me think vacation and that makes me happy.  And when that darned show tune starts looping in my brain – I feel pretty, oh so pretty! – I know it’s gonna be a good day.

Dress Thursday

And you, my friends?  Are you ready for summer?  What items in your closet conjure up thoughts of margaritas by the beach?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Old Navy
Jacket – F21
Shoes – Dolce Vita
Hat – F21

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