Saturday, 19 May 2012

Lady-like Dressing

I have to admit that I prefer slouchy and slightly grungy clothing to more structured pieces.  Being tall and relatively straight, I feel especially awkward when I'm robed in body-con shapes and shoulder-restricting tops. 
I would say my general preferences lie directly opposite of anything Kim Kardashian would wear.

These days, I don't even attempt the form-fitting feminine look and opt instead for stylishly slouchy and draped attire, accentuating my non-existent waist with a belt or tie whenever possible.  I also have an aversion to bright colors... they make me feel like an overgrown toddler.  If I didn't have a real job or a boyfriend I would probably dress like a cross between an Olsen twin and a homeless person.

My best friend is getting married this summer and with that comes a number of events (bridal shower, bachelorette weekend, rehersal dinner, etc.) that will require me to dress like a real grown-ass lady.  This doesn't come naturally to me, but I've selected a few dresses that constitute a happy medium between Olsen bag-lady and Rachel Berry. 

What not to wear.

I really, really, REALLY regret not buying a Rebecca Taylor dress last summer... in 2011 she had several leopard print styles that I was losing my shit over.  This season, not as obsessed, but this little number caught my eye...

Rebecca Taylor faux wrap dress in Citrus

I spotted this calf-length dress Aritzia the other day, in person the color is really unusual and pretty.  The midi length gives an extra element of ladyishness.

Wilfred Ashina wrap dress in Miste

Of course I like good maxi... and this Charlie Jade style (available at Holt Renfrew) even has a hint of leopard print.  Not sure if this one would would fare well for a wild bachelorette night out though, probably more of a day piece. 

Charlie Jade Diana maxi

Oh, and let's not forget the accessories, this Stella and Dot statement necklace has been the object of my affection for some time now.  Paired with my Nine West ankle strap sandals and some kick-ass cat-eye sunnies, these will kick any summer dress up a notch.

Stella and Dot necklace, Nine West sandals, House of Harlow 1960 sunnies

This search is by no means over -- more to come!

Now, friends, tell me which dress do you prefer?

Have you come across any nuggets of dress perfection this season?

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