Daily Outfit: 7/27/11

Already Pretty outfit featuring multicolored vintage dress

Dress, vintage via Mighty Swellsimilar patternsimilar colors
Belt, thrifted – similar style
Sandals, John Fluevog Haight (no longer available) – similar
Hoops, Patina – similar

Another dress from the weekend’s Mighty Swell haul! This fab frock reinforces my assertions about pattern from today’s post: Any patterned dress will energize me, but a dress that boasts a raucous, blazingly bright, nutball floral like this one? The sartorial equivalent of espresso with a Red Bull chaser.

I actually love the dress sans belt – it creates the most adorable bell shape and is marvelously comfy. But unbelted it also looks considerably more like a muu muu, so I’ll save that look for a weekend.

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17 Responses to “Daily Outfit: 7/27/11”

  1. buzibu

    I feel like you may have been wearing neutral shoes (as opposed to color) more often than you used to.

    Just curious – is this a conscious style evolution and choice, a mirroring of trend (seems natural/neutral/nude is the color for footwear this season) or just chance?

    I am curious, as browns in footwear have always been difficult for me. With a generally cool color palette, black, white, silver and colors have always seemed much easier, and I wonder how others with a colorful wardrobe use warm neutrals. My brown boots and sandals tend to languish unworn.

    • Sal

      It is a conscious choice, actually! In this case, there is some brown in the pattern that you can’t really see in these photos. Also that pattern is so wild that I felt like neutral shoes would ground the outfit a bit.

      I’ve struggled with brown footwear and accessories in the past, too. I gravitated toward chocolate browns for years, and find ruddier, more cognac-like browns are far more versatile.

  2. Valerie

    Sally, I love, LOVE the raucous, nutball print! It is very Boden-esque, whose prints I often find hypnotizing. And on shoes, I am the opposite, I suppose- almost all of my extensive shoe collection is in some shade of brown (not even very much black- don’t wear a lot of cool colors). I have only recently begun to branch out.

  3. Ellie

    Your blog has completely and totally inspired me to be more intentional in putting my outfits together. I have some nice things, but don’t ever really manage to pull together great shoes, clothes, accessories all at the same time.

    Thank you!!!

  4. Marsha Calhoun

    Must say, the pattern of this dress at first reminded me of the ones I detested but felt obliged to try to like in the sixties – so why do I think it looks refreshing and fetching and fun on you, now? I need to think about this . . .

  5. coffeeaddict

    Besides the print, what appeals most to me are the sleeves. It’s rare to find sleeves like these anymore, most manufactures just save on fabric and make cap sleeves.

  6. slightly jealous

    That dress wouldn’t suit many people but you look wonderful in it, pastels suits you well!

  7. Cel

    Holy amazing dress! Oh I love it! Crazy bright colourful fun patterns like that are something I adore from the 60’s and 70’s, and this is one in particular is amazing! I am using way too many exclamation marks! Haha… But that’s just how much I think this dress is killer.

  8. AsianCajuns (Lar)

    Love that dress on you, Sally!! So colorful, so bright – it makes me want to do a happy dance just looking at it. And you look gorgeous as usual!

  9. Jill

    Isn’t Mighty Swell Ah-Mazing!? I wasn’t able to make this time and feel like I really missed out – boo. This dress is fab and so perfect on you!

    It was SO nice meeting you on Saturday. You are even more awesome in person! Let’s go thrifting together sometime!

  10. Lisa W.

    You look GREAT in this amazing dress. Can’t believe you didn’t wear those Cobalt blue shoes with it, but I’m a huge fan of those shoes, so it might just be me!

  11. katie d.

    ADORABLE. That belt is perfect with the dress…. fashion kismet … but you probably already knew that.