Dressed for: Things That Almost Work

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

Sweater tunic – COS (no longer available) – similar
Jeggings – courtesy Karen Kane
Shoes – Maison Martin Margiela via eBaymore MMM shoessimilar look
Necklace – Lucky Brand (no longer available) – more Lucky Brand necklaces
Earrings – The Wellington Boot – similar look
Bag – Madewell via Shopbop

So. You met these Maison Martin Margiela shoes in my recent post on shoe alterations. They are so fabulous and well-made and really are wearable works of art. But after sitting in my closet for several months unworn, being worn with this outfit, and turning out to be too darned high for my now-used-to-flats-and-low-heels feet, I have found them a new home. Tough to style + uncomfortable means they just aren’t for me. Not anymore. Still glad I went through the experience of having a pair of shoes dyed, though, since I learned a lot about leather processing and what’s truly possible.


Also filed under Things That Almost Work? This bag. Shortly after declaring that bucket bags weren’t for me, I saw Megan carrying this beat on her blog and was intrigued. Most buckets are too small, but this one was roomy enough and had BOTH a crossbody strap and handle for easy maneuvering. Bought it, loved it, and within two uses the shoulder strap came apart. It was two strips glued together with zero stitching. I contacted Shopbop with photos and they responded to my email within 10 minutes, no lie. We agreed that I’d have the strap repaired and Shopbop would reimburse me for the cost. So the folks at George’s stitched it up for me … after informing me that the bag body was leather, but the strap was faux. HUH. Shopbop PayPal’ed me the money within an hour of receiving images of my receipts. Lesson here: Shopbop has spectacular customer service, but Madewell bags might be a little sketchy. Post-repair, I love mine but will think twice about buying from the brand again.

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

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3 Responses to “Dressed for: Things That Almost Work”

  1. JW

    I love your honesty. I was wondering what those shoes/boots would go with. Apparently not much; not with my wardrobe, either.

  2. Deborah @ Stylish Murmurs

    Shame about the boots because visually they are just amazing. But life is too short to wear uncomfortable shoes right:) BTW, I love that tunic. I have been eyeing off a similar one in black and white hmmm:)

  3. Hayley

    Way to cut corners on craftmanship, Madewell :/ So ironic considering the brand name, right?