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Ah the dreaded outfit! I get so many comments and emails about this dress and these boots – they are unflattering, wrinkled, blah blah. Well you know what? I DON'T CARE! This is the MOST comfortable outfit I own and right now comfort really matters to me. Also, every time I wear this dress I have some guy flirt with me, a woman stop to compliment me or a coworker ask me if I have lost weight. Yes, it wrinkles and looks like a paperbag, but it must be a darn good paperbag. And on top of that, it makes me happy. I like the color, I like how breezy it is, I like the puffed sleeves. And these boots are sooo made for walking and I hope to take a long walk around the city on my lunch hour – the weather is far too nice to be cooped up inside or pussy-footing around in heels! 🙂 Even on Wardrobe Oxygen I state that one must ENJOY what one is wearing or no matter what, it will not be chic! 🙂
Old Navy: Olive linen sheath
Duo: “Bern” boots in tan
J. Crew: Gold necklace
Twisted Silver: Gold bracelet
Misc: Gold hoops
Straightened with Croc wet-to-dry flat iron
Cover Girl: Smoothers tinted moisturizer in Light/Medium
Philosophy: The Supernatural color correctors in Light
Cargo: Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife
Body Shop: Eye color in a greensish gold olive color they don't seem to sell any more.
Clinique: High Impact Mascara in Black
Revlon: Super Lustrous lip gloss in Pink Afterglow
Maybelline: Brow powder in Dark Brown, UltraLiner in Black
Oh dear, I don’t think you read my blogs closely. I never provide fashion advice, I provide advice on personal style and don’t really care about being “in” and think that those women who do are not stylish. As for me being a fashion maven? That tickles me for I never have found myself to be one or claim to be one.
And dear Anonymous, I do expect negative comments. I can handle those negative comments and think they are a part of reality – gosh I KNOW some things I wear are not stellar for I am human, not perfect. But I always find it so entertaining that said negative comments come from those who remain anonymous. 🙂
The goal of this blog and the other blog you mention is to show that style doesn’t have to be about fashion or what is in. That you don’t have to go into debt, starve yourself thin, or obsess over every issue of Vogue to feel good about yourself and present yourself in a positive manner.
And if I am pregnant and boated with size 7.5 EEE feet and calves so large most wide-calf boots still do not fit me and I wish to wear a pair once every other week or so, well the world will still rotate. And if you are in the DC area, we should meet for coffee some time and I will wear my linen dress. It would be lovely to meet some readers face-to-face. 🙂
I think when one sets oneself up as a fashion maven who gives fashion advice (your other blog), you should be expecting to take some hits when your personal style is downright absurd and far from flattering.
Your wrinkly dress and clumpy, run over boots might be comfortable, but haven’t you blasted the “I’m comfortable so what I’m wearing is great” attitude in your other blog? If you’re going to adopt the “I’m comfortable, so it’s chic” routine, you may as well forget telling anyone else what’s fashionable and what’s not.
The boots aren’t flattering to your legs and they’re abominable with some of the getups you wear them with. They’re good for riding the range or attending a square dance and that’s about all. Comfortable or not, they’re as awful as wearing marshmallowy running shoes with a black dress suit.
Fashion is meant to be adapted to one’s appearance, and some trends should be eschewed if they draw attention to the less flattering parts of one. If I had lapped over knees, I sure wouldn’t be wearing above the knee dresses and boots that point at my knees and say “look here”. You just wear things because they’re fashionable, not because they’re flattering. This is not being fashionable, in the true sense of the word.
If you’re going to get bent about negative comments, stop commenting negatively on what people who don’t live up to your own ideas of what’s fashionable. You’re missing the boat a lot of the time, not dressing to flatter your particular body shape for the sake of wearing what’s “in”.
News flash. Linen can and should be ironed, and you should take care not to wrinkle it like that. Just letting something turn into what looks like a rusty crumpled piece of tinfoil and saying “but I’m comfortable in it so it’s beeyootiful and I’m so fashionable” doesn’t cut it. People are probably thinking when you wear it that you’ve just come from rummaging it out of a dumpster, complete with an ancient pair of Dexter boots from the 80’s. Women have successfully worn linen suits and dresses for centuries without looking like a crumpled lunch bag.
Learn about what true style is and stop being a fashion victim, even if you do think you’re being adorably iconoclastic.
I love the dress, especially the color. I’ve always had the same problem with linen, though. Someday, someone will make a wrinkle-free linen. Until then, I think you look great regardless!
Allie rocks! 😉 And this outfit is very cute on you! I’m still amazed that people feel the need to comment so negatively. Sheesh…
BTW- Congratulations!!!!! I’m excited for you and your husband. That is going to be one well-dressed bambino!
I need a dress like this. Looks great!
Budget chic says
Cute dress Allie, I love that olive green, nice!!
hmmm, tell us how you really feel 🙂 JK
I think the scarf really makes a difference, it adds a touch of colour.
Thinking Out Loud says
I totally agree with the previous comments. You look great in this dress. It’s proof that you can be comfortable AND chic! Who cares what the silly comments/e-mails say? As long as you feel good about what you’re wearing, it doesn’t matter what other people say. That’s the beauty of PERSONAL style.
I like this outfit too and I can agree to the fact that if one is not comfortable with your outfit at work, you will be miserable all day. I wish I could dress more casually. Today I feel like my trousers are choking me due to pms!
Southern Belle says
Ok, I own this dress, and I have gotten a ton of comments on it, even from some of my more fashionable students. It’s an awesome dress, and you look great in it. And you dress it up very well.
I love it that you’re taking on the haters–good for you.
First, a belated congrats on your pregnancy!!!!! I wish you a very happy and healthy one.
I have to say that I read your blogs often, take your advice and have never felt better about myself. Thanks so much for that.
I love this outfit. You look so happy in it. I love even more the sassyness that I have been seeing in your writing. “pussy-footing”. LOVE IT!!!!
You look wonderful!! I’m looking forward to seeing your maternity fashions. Whenever you wear your “Bern” boots to work I envy you. I wish I didn’t have to wear these uncomfy heels everyday. Rock on!! …and BTW, don’t pay any mind to those people who chose to waste energy writing something negative to hurt someone’s feelings, instead of doing something positive with their lives. You look great and if you feel great, that’s all that matters (especially now).
congrats on your big news! i’m sure you will have a lot of fun with maternity fashion — this is something i’ve been doing myself for the past 7 1/2 months. good luck! 🙂
Sugar Rush says
I LOVE this outfit! I’ve been searching for a similar dress for ages now. You look cute!
Boutique Girl says
I love this dress!! I really like the colour, I too am a fan of linen. I think you always look good when you wear this dress.
I love how you paired the scarf with the dress. Really brightens you up!!