It’s taken me 32 years, but I’ve finally found The One. I’m not talking about my hubby, although he’s pretty great and it took me quite a while to find him (right under my nose!), too. I’m talking about a dress. A dress that works for just about every situation. A dress that makes me feel invincible. A dress that I know I’ll have for years to come.
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The second I put this dress on, I felt more like myself. Isn’t that the mark of a go-to piece of clothing? I haven’t gotten that feeling from a dress, or any other item of clothing for that matter, in years. It fit like a glove, highlighted my waist with the appliqués, and was just the right length (no small feat, as I’m only 5’2″). The beautiful white, light pink, dark pink, and black tweed has already inspired two manicures (shoutout to Alexa at The Gloss Society and Abby at Polished), and the styling possibilities are endless. I’ve already paired it with this sweater, a blazer, this moto jacket, and layered it over this chambray shirt (with my pink Chucks, of course). I’m also pretty sure this is a four-season dress. It’s lined but sleeveless, so it will wear well throughout the spring and into summer time. I’ve already been layering it all winter. The color palette is seasonless, as well.
At the end of this past fall, my mom and I decided to go on a shopping trip to our local mall. I was going to be graduating with my Master’s in December, and my mom wanted to commemorate that occasion with a gift. I’d been looking at Louis Vuitton Neverfulls online and salivating, but I wouldn’t dream of asking for one. When my mom found out, she decided we should check them out at the LV store. I had really wanted the azure colorway, but when I saw it in person, I have to be honest – I didn’t like it. The saleswoman told me that it doesn’t clean very easily and anything it touches (dark, bleeding denim, a dirty car, chocolate – have you met me??) is apt to stain it. I NOPED my way outta that would-be purchase as fast as you can say “SuperKlutz.”
As we moseyed along, I mentioned that I’d like to look for a dress to wear for my graduation ceremony. I tried on several at Nordstrom, and go figure – the only one I really liked was a little Dress the Population sequin number that I tried on for funsies:
Celebratory? For sure! Academia-appropriate? Notttt exactly. So on we trudged.
We popped into Kate Spade because my mom and I both love it (and I wanted to get some Christmas ideas, TBH), and I started poking around at the dresses. There were several I really liked, but none in my size. I explained that I was looking for a dress to wear to my graduation, and the wonderfully kind saleswoman said, “We have some new stock in the back – I think I have one you should try on. It won’t hit the floors until January.” Ummm…an exclusive dress that no one else would have for another month and a half? My fashion-blogger heart was aflutter. She brought out the pink tweed number, and the rest is history. My mom bought it as my graduation present, and I’ve worn it for several important occasions since then. I wore it for my graduation, a special event for Chris’s campaign, and a job interview (and it’s good luck – I got the job! It’s a part-time gig, so I’ll still be teaching. I’ll let you guys know what it is soon!).
I didn’t know this dress would be a milestone dress until I found it, but here are some boxes that it checks to ensure that I’ll wear it for years to come:
This dress has a classic fitted top with an A-line skirt. That silhouette is always flattering and will never go out of style.
These colors aren’t super trendy, and they’re wearable all year long (Mother’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Back to School? They work for everyyyything.).
The cross-hatch pattern paired with the black floral-shaped appliqués create a mod vibe; I’m always a fan of a vintage feel.
As I said above, I’ve been able to style this dress at least five different ways. I can dress it up, dress it down, pair it with a denim jacket and sneakers for a cute brunch look….it just works so well in my wardrobe and for my lifestyle that I know I’ll have it forever.
Guys. I’m having a slight love affair with tweed, and it’s a fabric that’s always appropriate (thanks to my girl, Coco Chanel!). Stay tuned – I’ll be posting my favorite tweed styles in a future Trendspotting post! This tweed is well-made, so I know this dress will carry me through many more milestones in my life.
Images by Amy Vostal
Do you have a milestone piece in your wardrobe? Or is there something in your closet that’s a no-fail, go-to wardrobe workhorse? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and tell me what it is!
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