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Week 14 :: of full skirts and ending on a high

Usually Fridays are my winding-down days.

Not that I need to celebrate Casual Fridays at work since every day seems to be a casual Friday for most everybody.  But in my little sartorial bubble, I do make a conscious effort to be more laid-back and artless with my clothing choices at the end of the week.

There’s something about Frolic in Frocks Week, though, that begs for a switch-up in routine.  You see, my friends, I’ve discovered that dresses inherently lend themselves to a bit of formality, regardless of type or fabric.  So no matter what you do, throw on a dress and suddenly, you look magically put together.  I guess that’s why we have the term “dress up”, eh?

Today, then, we round up the week’s theme with the momma of dress silhouettes: the full skirt.  It’s the a-line’s big sister and I think it’s what most people conjure up in their minds when they reference “dress”.

Dress Friday

It’s swishy and flouncy and twirly; an inducing-spontaneous-bursts-of-spin-around-in-a-giddy-way sort of dress.  And for a Forever 21 frock, it’s actually pretty exceptional: the material is of heavier weight than per usual, a sueded fabric that feels and looks more expensive than it was.  Also, the length is shockingly modest considering the source.  Add to all this a very current and yet classic color pairing of melon and navy, and the dress is darned near perfect.  All it really needed were pockets, but I’m not complaining.

Dress Friday

I know I complained about the twee-ness of a cardi/dress combo yesterday, but for some reason, I’m not minding it today.  It’s partly because my cardi is an exact match of that melon color and partly because I can counter the potential saccharine sweetness of the look by donning a pair of Chucks which makes the ensemble more tomboy-tries-girly versus June Cleaver.

Dress Friday

Do I feel like I’m seven in this?  Why, yes.  Yes, I do.  And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  As we go about our daily lives, sometimes quagmired in the minutiae of routine, we have to take what little happinesses we can.  And hearkening back to a simpler, more carefree time in my life is one of mine.

And you, my friends?  What little happinesses do you have that guarantee a lifting of spirits?  (And yes, grammar gestapo, I know “happinesses” isn’t a word.  Just roll with it, okay?  It’s Friday!)

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – F21
Cardigan – F21
Shoes – Chuck Taylor All-Stars

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Week 6 :: of navy, tangerine and reinventing nautical

Why is it that when I think of midnight blue, I conjure up visions of able-bodied seamen and shiny, brass buttons and anchors away?  Is it because of its alternate name?  I mean, you can’t get any more obvious than “navy”, right?

Anyhow, we cap off Complementary Color Week with an unorthodox nod to the nautical.  (How’s that for back-to-back alliteration?)

cc week navy and tangerine

I’m usually leery of wearing navy because one of two things can potentially happen: you can either look really stuffy and dated and old-fashioned (think Mr. and Mrs. Howell from Gilligan’s Island) or, conversely, you can come off as a J.Crew catalog wannabe.

Since I’m neither, I think it’s totally brilliant that navy’s complementary color is tangerine.


It’s brilliant because the cheekiness of tangerine is a perfect counterpoint to the severity of navy.  Another way to skew tradition is the fact that the top – a cardi/dickie combo I’ve owned forever – feels more varsity prep than Captain Ahab.  Sure, its got shiny, gold buttons, but check out that sleeve stripe and Harry Potter-esque crest.

Also, the stripe of the false-shirt front is vertical as opposed to horizontal, which also minimizes the nod to the nautical.  Throw on a pair of tasseled oxfords, and you’ve got a juxtaposition of fashion niches that is fresh and recognizable at the same time.

Think Ralph Lauren meets Napoleon Bonaparte.


I really had fun with the theme this week.  Not only did I receive the most recognition for my sartorial efforts to date, I also made some valuable discoveries:

  • I don’t do pastel.
  • I like writing copy unhurriedly and thoughtfully the day before.
  • I feel a lot more comfortable in front of the camera when I’m not actively posing.
  • Neighborhood kids make surprisingly adept photographers in a pinch when your daughter is too busy playing teacher with other neighborhood kids.


Have a fabulous weekend, my friends!  I know I will – it’s the start of my spring break.  Finally!  Three huzzahs and a pint of Guinness for all!

:: Just the facts, ma,am ::
Top – F21
Jeans – Rewind at Kohl’s
Oxfords – Kohl’s

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