December 17, 2014

I wore this for a day of teaching and meetings. It was very cold and rainy so I didn't get a shot outside. But this dress continues to be a comfortable, interesting, and easy option for me to wear to work.

Tibi dress (in red, known as Anthropologie's Hudson and Houston dress. Worn when I was a size smaller here and here)
Spanx tights (currently on sale!)
Petty boots
Kors watch, gifted necklace

December 15, 2014

Larksong Corduroy Dress Review

I posted about being enamored with the print of the Larksong Corduroy Dress a few weeks ago. And in person it didn't disappoint. The printed fabric of this Eva Franco dress is rich, saturated, vibrant, and scaled appropriately. But for better or worse it is quite literally corduroy. Ribbed, heavy, stiff corduroy. And for me it just didn't work.

I tried on a 10 which fit, albeit snugly so I would say this dress runs true but on the small side. The fabric does stretch and give a bit so that is nice. One of the first things I noticed was that the teal, sequined cap sleeves looked a bit dissonant in person (especially on my person). On the model they look effortless and elegant. But on my regular human body they felt misplaced. Another issue was that the plunge of the neckline (hidden due to my phone) went a bit deeper than my comfort zone permits. Finally, the thickness, ribbing, and finish of the fabric added bulk all over so I really didn't care for the half belt at the waist. I wanted so badly to like this dress but it is decidedly not for me.

The product page has great reviews so don't take my word for it! I can see how it would be beautiful on other bodies and I am sure it will yield compliments on those who pick it. The dress is quite stunning and unique, even more so in person than online. But on me the dress was just too much. I do kind of wish they had taken this fabric and made a Reed shirt dress-style shape rather than using what I consider to be a daytime fabric and integrating it into an evening silhouette. Maybe next time?

December 10, 2014

Conferencing OOTD

This is the outfit I wore to present on the award panel of the conference in St. Paul. I had no idea what to wear. Because it was a smaller conference I assumed (correctly) that people weren't going to be very formal. I didn't want to be overdressed or under-dressed. I picked this ponte knit J. Crew Factory dress and layered an old Anthropologie cardigan over top. Because the conference was journalism themed and the award I received was for the study of mass communication history, I carried my newsprint Kate Spade Bon Shopper tote bag. I love a theme!

I think the outfit was a good choice because I was a little more dressy than the audience but not so much so that it was glaring. It was a great experience presenting my work to a packed house of well-wishers and I received excellent feedback on my project.

Special shout out to the very ornate hotel bathroom in which I took this photo. It had a small card catalog-esque built in for warm hand towels and a whole fancy lounging area for grooming and hanging out. It kinda made me wish we had stayed at the Saint Paul Hotel rather than the (perfectly nice but not necessarily historic or ornate) Doubletree!

J. Crew Factory Dress (current season in colorblock here; similar here)
Anthropologie cardigan
Spanx tights
Ferragamo My Joy flats
Kate Spade tote (current season on sale here)


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