OOTD :: of oxblood and sassy stockings




There is a saga attached to this outfit.

It began with the white dress. My favorite white dress. The one I loved so much I bought in two other colors. The one I swore I’d take care of and wear until it shredded from overuse.

And the one that somehow shrunk (or maybe I grew? yeah, right!) between last season and this.

The good news is that it only shrank in length – it still does fit everywhere else (boobs and belly are still well camouflaged). The bad news is that it’s now entered the realm of girlfriend-that’s-waaay-too-short-for-work-you’re-scandalous.

So I styled it utilizing my new fave trend: dress over pants. Unfortunately, the plaid trousers I chose made this dress look like a Southeast Asian caftan. Now there’s nothing wrong with Southeast Asian caftans per se, but the whole look just wasn’t working for me. Even throwing on a cocoon cardi didn’t quite cut it.

I was getting ready to scrap the whole thing – dress and all – and try another frock with the plaid pants when I remembered these stockings. I don’t think I’ve ever featured them on this blog – I may have bought them before I started :: MCC :: – so it was a truly serendipitous brain fart. You know me, I’m all about novelty, yeah?

Then, it was really only a matter of picking which color from the stockings I’d choose for my completer piece. Oxblood/burgundy/maroon was the fun choice, and since these shades always remind me of school marms (in a good way, of course), the wise old owl necklace was a total given as the final piece of the puzzle.

Of course, for the sake of full disclosure, I have to reveal that I did not wear these heels with the outfit after all. I forgot I’d be going to a teacher training up at the college which requires walking which requires walking shoes. So imagine this look with burgundy Chucks and you’ll have the rights of it.


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Merona @ Target
Cardi – F21
Stockings – HUE
Necklace – F21
Heels – Type Z

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
The Lovely Lookbook @ Greater than Rubies

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13 thoughts on “OOTD :: of oxblood and sassy stockings

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  2. jenortega says:

    You should have show the Chucks!

  3. jangrahammcmillen says:

    Hell, yes! You look NEAT. Long tradition of plaid and lace! Sort of Clara Oswald in feel. I should think of my white eyelet this way! Not sure I have the above the knee shape to do this precise lenght, but I’m going to give it a shot. You inspire, as always.
    Exactly Sassy You!

  4. I really enjoy reading about how outfits evolve into the final product. I go through this sort of progression every once in awhile and sometimes it results in my favorite outfits! I really love those plaid tights. You styled them perfectly!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thankee kindly. My carpool buddy teases me because she says my outfits always have stories attached to them. Perhaps I should share them on the blog some times?

  5. Oh, I would’ve loved a pic with the burgundy Chucks! I’m loving Plaid Week!

  6. Patti says:

    Plaid tights for the win. I love how you re-made this summery dress into a fab Fall look. xo

    • mtsedwards says:

      And yet I essentially stripped at the end of the day in BFF’s classroom, shedding the cardi and tights for the mere yards it takes to walk to the parking lot. Can we say 95+ degrees?! Argh.

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