Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vibrant Gloom

In this outfit:
Dress: Asos ($36 sale)
Belt: Thrifted ($2)
Hat: Vintage/thrifted ($3)
Loafers: Thrifted ($5)
Umbrella: Vintage ($25)
Bracelet c/o Lulu's

Where I wore it: To the office!

Why is it that when I actually think to bring an umbrella to the office, it doesn't rain? Today was one of those days. I suppose it's better to be prepared, but I often find myself in poor weather terribly unprepared. Despite the dry skies, I still wanted to show off this vibrant umbrella I found at the Miller Antique Mall in Verona a couple of months back. I love accessories when they can be both fun and functional, and a bright and bold pattern is the perfect way to brighten up an incredibly grey day.

As far as the rest of my outfit goes, this dress is much more...dear than what I typically gravitate towards. Peter-Pan collars usually aren't my jam, but I made an acception because this dress is crochet, and let's face it: it was on sale. I do love it though, and am happy I fell for it. I can see it working for cooler summer days (like this) or with tights for early fall. I am thinking of replacing those pearl buttons with something a little less...pearl though. We'll see. The heart belt and arrow bracelet just seemed to want to be paired together.

28 comments:

lauren, curious constellation said...

Your dress is exquisite.

Kristin said...

Love the combo of the 60s/70s retro style!

Melissa said...

I just adore that belt! Kani (K is for Kani) wore a similar one last week, and I really can't get enough of jewelry-esque belts!


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Sweet Athena said...

I love that dress. Super cute. The photo of the umbrella is super lovely as well.

kaarlijnx-x said...

wow, what a beautiful looks a like vintage outfit! I'm totally in love with your hat.

Marlena said...

aw the umbrella was a cute touch! i really love that dress- and paired with the floppy hat it really gives it a vintage vibe.

charity victoria said...

such a sweet dress! you still have that edge to your look though, like always. :)

Heidi said...

The dress is beautiful but a little soft. You should add some studs on the collar or bright buttons. I'm sure you will make it into something great. I love your style. -Heidi
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Orchid Grey said...

Heidi, I completely agree. It's those damn pearl buttons plus the Peter-Pan collar. I'm thinking I may try to find some vintage wooden buttons to make it a little more 70's and a little less "I'm 7 years old". Love the stud idea too!

:)

erin (calivintage) said...

ooh, i love the dress! but then again, i suppose i often gravitate towards the sugary sweet... i had actually been eying that dress for quite a while, so it's nice to see it pop up here! you look great!

blue roses said...

this is totally darling and dear! i love pearls, so i would vote to keep the buttons; you could probably give this an edge with some more severe accessories (geometric earrings?) and maybe a smoky eye or a heavy liner.

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sweet harvest moon said...

Lovely and cute!

Jo - Lost in the Haze said...

This is so so so lovely! Your umbrella is such a perfect pop of colour! <3

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Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

It's an amazing dress! Love the delicate details.


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Steffys Pros and Cons said...

the dress is too cute and i love the heart belt!

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Leah said...

I think you make the dear work for you, though. It's not so cutesy when it's worn with attitude!

Ally said...

So cute!

Shades of Alexa crossed with 70s = Orchid Grey today!

♥ Cassandra (Backtofive) said...

Love your hat and your umbrella! :D


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Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy) said...

Definitely worth making the exception. because it is a lovely dress! I also love the little heart belt...and that hat....I just really love that damn hat!


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Lilith said...

super cute dress

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Girl and Closet said...

What lovely photos... and LOVE that dress. I'm loving the pop of colour from the umbrella too - you look stunning as always Julie!!

And I too can see that dress looking incredible paired with tights. I'm secretly getting super excited for fall fashion! Ah, so my fave time of year!! xo V

Ani said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Carleigh said...

I love this dress! I just have to ask though, what size are you wearing? I'm on the website now and I have no idea how things on Asos usually run. 6 sounds like it could be just right but if it runs small (or if you're wearing a 6) then I'll have to try a bigger size!

BAM said...

So pretty! & Love love this bracelet.

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Jennifer said...

Love your bracelet!

xo Jennifer

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Anna said...

I love how you thrifted so much of this outfit! i looks amazing. You have a great sense of style. I am now following you and cant wait to see more posts!
I too love thrifting so if your interested check out my blog as i post all my finds there, just thought you might be interested as i always love to see what others find.
Anna

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Orchid Grey said...

Carleigh, ASOS sizes are so hard to figure out! I bought a six, it's a little big in the top, but the bottom fit well, so I'll just take it in a bit :)

Truan said...

Stunning! And your hair is just gorgeous :)

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