What I Wore: Springtime Dreamin’

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Dress: Plenty by Tracy Reese | Shoes: Miss Sixty (similar) | Bracelets: Coin Collection, c/o Lifetherapy, Rebecca Minkoff, c/o LiveTheLook | Earrings: Argento Vivo (similar)

In the shade, this was a bit chilly but in the sunshine it was nice. I'm enjoying the pockets of real spring weather we're having, though I did NOT enjoy celebrating the first day of spring with snow! I styled this with a black moto jacket, sunglasses, and a bag but honestly I liked the pictures of the dress all by itself.Β  I mentioned this dress in this post, and just styling it for this post makes me even more eager for warm weather when I can wear it on a regular basis!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. That dress is amazing and you look so good in it. I can’t wait to start shopping for new summer clothes.

  2. I love the dress on you so much! Cut, color, everything! (Would love a pic with the moto jacket.) I am the same height, same figure type, same coloring (though now salt and pepper) and also so addicted to the blood orange color. I, too, thought I couldn’t wear it and it was actually the OPI nail polish Red My Fortune Cookie that convinced me the color looked great on me. The dress is in my cart right now, good thing I live halfway across the country! I love your blog and perspective. I’ve lurked for years (pre Emerson). Keep on keepin’ on, and don’t let the turkeys get you down!

  3. Yet another item that looks much better on you than on the model! I look at this dress on you and think about buying it, but was not attracted to it at all when you posted the picture of model a few days ago.

  4. Girl, you look GORGE!!! πŸ™‚ We’ve had an awful winter on the east coast of Canada – I am so ready for spring!


  5. This is darling on you. I’m looking for a maxi dress for a summer trip to th UK. You mentioned that it came in petite sizes. I’m 5′,1″ and like to wear maxi dresses with flat sandals. Do you think that’s possible with this dress without having to hem? I’m not opposed to alterations, but it sure is handy when I don’t have to do it.

    1. 5’1″ it MAY work depending on your shape and size. I’m 5’3″ and in these photos I am wearing a very high heel with platform sole. The dress grazes the top of my instep when barefoot. I have yet to launder it, don’t know if it would shrink with washing.

      1. Thanks Allie! I think I’m going to go for it and if I have to have it shortened, then okay. I’m used to it!

    2. I just wanted to let you know that although Lands End only has 1 petite maxi for sale right now they will undoubtedly add more as the weather warms. I’ve purchased several dresses from them over the years, maxi and not, and they are the most comfortable, just throw on over your head dresses I have ever had.

    3. Lynn, I’m 5’3″ myself and refuse to wear heels when my feet don’t show! I’m too lazy to hem, so if they’re too long I use a skirt clip (looks like a piece of elastic with clips on each end) to make the hem walkable. Or if it is stretchy I’ve been known to just tie a knot at hip level to hold the hem up.

  6. If you weren’t so fat the dress would fit correctly. The model styles it with a lower neck and with a lower waistline. Accept your size.

    1. I think “accepting your size” means taking something you like, trying it and seeing if it works for you. It doesn’t mean making it look exactly like it looks on a 6-foot tall, model-thin catalogue model. How many of us have bodies like that? You can think this dress doesn’t suit Allie and can express that in far less rude terms than you chose. But that would take thought on your part and I don’t think thought and constructivism was your aim. I love the style of the dress and I accept my size in being really short. Wearing a dress tied at the waist only makes me look shorter. Am I not supposed to buy this dress because I can’t style it just like some random model? Wow! If that were the case, the fashion industry would be dead.

      1. My point is that there are clothes out there that would correctly fit Allie yet she constantly refuses to wear them and ends up in clothes that do not fit, do not flatter, and hang incorrectly. She spews so called fashion advice but never takes any herself. She criticises other people’s fashion yet is a walking What Not to Wear herself. Allie is a judgmental hypocrite.

      2. I find it interesting that “guest” makes very rude and judgemental remarks but refuses to sign their name. Hmmm.

    2. Oh guest….. First, I think Allie looks great in the dress. I don’t see where it’s too tight or ill fitting.

      Second, you do know that there are some cuts on dresses, tops and even bottoms that are made to fit a variety of figures, don’t you? For instance, the top of the dress is designed to accommodate a range of bust sizes. However, it will look different on an A cup and an FF cup. (I’m just using those cup sizes as examples, I don’t know what the designer actually had in mind.) This makes the dress available to more women and therefore more $ale$.

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but your rudeness is uncalled for. Just my opinion.

  7. I always thought only cherry red looked good on winter coloring but that chinese red or tomato red or whatever you call it looks smashing on you! Hmm, what colors have I been avoiding that could really work on me?

    1. Though I try I still can’t make yellow work, but orange, if it’s bright and clear seems to do well. You should try, I always thought I was a Winter but I loved orange so much I decided to wear it anyway and I think I carry it off nicely! Wear what makes you happy <3

    2. Yeah, I look awful in red myself, I hope I can find a similar dress for my coloring! (I have maxi dresses, I don’t have maxi dresses with POCKETS!)

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