I'm sure the rest of you are feeling what I'm feeling right about now. For those of us stuck in non-popsicle-warranting weather, we open our closet doors in the morning and immediately- calmly- reach for a pillow to scream into. For the love of God, please: No. More. Sweaters.
I can't handle looking at those same old pieces anymore; I'm completely tapped out. I pick up a cardigan and- with closed eyes and a sigh- throw it back into the growing rejection heap on my shelf. I've got nothing left to give. I'm about to turn to sweatpants, because at this point, who even cares.
That is, until this one brilliant idea came to me.
Ready for it? There has to be a few pieces in there that I haven't really worn all season long. A couple of neglected dresses or forgotten pairs of pants, perhaps? Why don't I take a moment to figure out how to wear those today, and leave the favorites (and worn to death) items on the back burner for a bit.
It was so simple, but most genius ideas are. And that simple decision has led me to this gem of an outfit. The sheer vintage dress has always been a favorite of mine, but I have found only one other way to wear it so far: with a denim vest. Not being too keen on repeating looks, I've left it in the back of my wardrobe, slightly sort of forgetting about it. But when I made the conscious decision to roll up my sleeves and figure out a way to wear it, good, good things happened.
I knew that I didn't want to go the denim route again, because that would be too similar to the last look. And a cargo jacket was too obvious, so I nixed that option right in the beginning. I had a few blazers handy, but I was never one too keen on wearing those things. But when my eyes landed on the crushed velvet one...well, I had a flash of Anthropology-like inspiration. What if I took the blazer, and paired it with another textured piece- like a wooly shrug? Then I'd cinch it with a tassel belt at the waist, to level out the heavy shoulders and drag the eye downward.
The result had me spinning in my room with my arms flung out, a la Julie Andrews on the Austrian Alps.
That is, until it's tomorrow and I have to do it all over again....
PS: If you'd like more dress layering ideas, why don't you read:
- An Outfit That'll Make You Want to Go Minimalist
- How to Repurpose Those Dresses You Regret Buying
- Different Ways to Style Embroidery Dresses
Shrug: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Mom's closet (store similar: here)
Booties: TJ Maxx
Purse: Thrifted (vintage similar: here)