One Thrifty Find, Four Stylish Looks

Catherine Malandrino Citron Silk Dress
I recently scored four designer dresses at a local thrift store for $4.95 each!!!  This Catherine Malandrino citron silk dress ($200-$400 retail value) is one of them.  I was so excited to photograph it that I haven’t yet dry cleaned the dress… which is my #1 THRIFTING RULE: ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR FINDS! Anyway, I love the look of a girly dress layered with a blazer or jacket and paired with great shoes and accessories.  Here are four ways to wear this very versatile dress, one for each possible phase of my day…

PHASE ONE: Kid drop, coffee shop and dry cleaner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Day Look

PHASE TWO: Meeting with a potential retail partner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Work Look

PHASE THREE: Date Night with the Hubs (2 options)…

CM Citron Silk Dress Evening Looks
*all items pulled from my existing wardrobe

What I Wore…

…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times Dress
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino

…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
BR Top & Summer Skirt
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia

The Fashion Poet

I have a very dear Aunt, who shall remain nameless… we’ll call her Aunt Diane for this post.  Anyway, my Aunt Diane has always had a very casual and well put-together personal fashion style.  She is the last person to recognize or acknowledge her own ability to create a polished look for herself, but I’ll be the first to say that this woman has “Style” with a capital “S”.  Most of her style comes from within, an essence, if you will… but I digress.  Over the years she has given me several birthday gifts in the form of fashion accessories; purses, necklaces, a watch.  She seems to know exactly what I like… which is a challenge for most considering my personal style fluctuates depending upon which day of the week it is.  For my recent birthday she gave me a dress… very bold move.  She hit the ball out of the park AGAIN!  It was then that I realized that ALL of the gifts she has ever given me have become timeless staples within my wardrobe.  That is huge… quite a testament to her gift-giving skills.  So this post is simply an homage to my dear Aunt Diane.  She’s a fashion poet who doesn’t even know it!

Here are some pics of my favorite gifts from Aunt Diane:

Birthday Gift Dress
The dress and belt are Bisou Bisou from JC Penny.  I’ve paired it with a Michael Stars bolero, Express necklace, and Henry Beguelin sandals.

Bamboo BagetteSnakeskin Clutch 1Rubber Watch 2Adjustable Necklace 2

Always remember:  When giving a gift of fashion it truly is the thought that counts, especially if you take the time to consider the recipient’s personal style!

A Little Stripe On Stripe Action

I’m currently obsessed with all things striped!  While doing some research about the origins of nautical stripes in fashion (for an upcoming blog post), I discovered that I own more striped pieces than any one person should.  Some are old, some are new, and all of them are Spring’s answer to “What’s a good staple for the season?”… a question I’m sure everyone is asking, right?

Today’s look is 2 parts stripes, 1 part casual, one party querky. Comfort was the goal here… it’s a beautiful beach kinda day and I’m ready to lounge with a cocktail in hand!  Stripes on stripes can be tricky, but this look works because both pieces share the same color story of navy and white, and pairing them together creates an unexpected touch of interest that I love!

Stripe on Stripe Action

Two notable details from this ensemble:  I like the dress super long, to wear with my 4″ high platform espadrilles, but for the flat sandals I needed to shorten it… enter military belt.  The belt helps anchor the dress at my waist so I can pull the hemline up a few inches and it stays put.  Also, the necklace is actually 3 different chains I found in my jewelry drawer.  All three are silver or silver and gold with varying designs, but when linked together they form one unique piece of jewelry.  Very rock-n-roll!