May 05, 2010

Chloé Van Gogh print dress from Resort 2008

Chloé Van Gogh print dress (bought from ebay)
Linea Pelle Studded Belt from the sample sale (in taupe here; cute budget similar here)
Heather gray Hue tights from Ross (similar here)
Dollhouse shoes from TJ Maxx (similar here)
Vintage cameo necklace from an antique store
I found this dress on ebay for an unbelievable price. I have no idea why it is called a Van Gogh print since I don't think the printed style or the abstract geometric shapes are evocative of Van Gogh at all. I do think something about the print seems illustrative or painterly so perhaps that is from where the name came? Although the front makes it seem collarless, I was pleased to discover these funny little points emblazoning the back collar area.
Thanks to the detailed information on the garment's measurements provided by The Outnet, I was able to determine this size 6 would fit fine.
The bubble hem and the ample, blousey shape are a little difficult to wear, but the print was so interesting that I decided to jump. I couldn't figure out how to style it at first. So I tried a jacket.
 
 And realized that this one from the Kohls clearance rack wouldn't work to counter sufficiently the blousey middle, because the tailoring of the jacket wasn't precise enough. Instead I would wear it with this other jacket my mom bought for me, also from Kohls, incidentally!
 
It is from the Simply Vera collection. It has a sash that will cinch the trench but I didn't have it fastened for this photo. I grabbed the sample sale belt that was proxy purchased for me by Lilykind and thought that looked pretty good with the dress. Now that I am seeing the photos, I do wish I was wearing different shoes. But I stand by the belt.
This particular dress was from the Resort 08 collection and they paired it with a stronger black sandal comprised with thick straps. I don't have anything like that but I do think something slightly more masculine or at least androgynous would look nice. What do you think?

10 comments:

theowlsarenotwhattheyseem said...

you have such a great collection of dresses! i have never seen this one before, but i really love it. the painterly (but you're right- not in a van gogh way.. makes me think more of miro or someone like that) print is fabulous. ~joelle

Tien said...

I love the print of this dress. It looks wonderful on you.

And if that's you with the tripod, I hope for my tripod photos in the future. I can see you so very well!

Jesspgh said...

Thank you Joelle! I hadn't seen it until it popped up on the Outnet. They had one of their weekend shop-in sales that marked it down kind of low but still way out of my range for a dress. When I saw it on ebay in a size smaller than I usually wear, I was grateful for the in depth measurement info in the product description section.

Re: Miro, I was definitely getting a strong surrealism vibe from the print and the ways the illustrated/painted shapes just float without rhyme or reason.

Tien, Thank you for the compliment! I am trying still to get used to the tripod but yes, these were taken with its help.

standingcinema said...

I agree that it isn't very Van Gogh, but the print is great and it looks amazing on you.

Lady Cardigan said...

Wow, that is a beautiful dress. Maybe the bright colors and simple shapes are what made the designers think of Van Gogh. (Or maybe just that Van Gogh is one of the few painters almost everyone has heard about.)

goldenmeans said...

Holy wow, the print on that dress is *amazing*! Great find Jess!

Jesspgh said...

Thank you Standingcinema!

Lady Cardigan, that is a good point. Maybe they went for accessibility. But there are lots of well known surrealists too. Thank you for the compliment!

Thanks so much, goldenmeans!

Allie said...

Love the dress on you, true to Van Gogh or not ;) And that belt was a great addition.

Carole said...

I love this dress, Jess. It looks terrific belted.

erin said...

very pretty dress!

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