You see, I sometimes dress up for no good reason (lace dresses need no elaboration). On the day these pictures were taken, I was strolling along a busy street after a leisurely brunch when I spotted pretty stone ramps (I sure like those). When photo-ops present themselves to me, I rarely say no.
I wear some variation of the above outfit on a weekly basis; with a scarf change the outfit remains fresh to me and is casual but not sloppy. I keep a pair of flats around (love these and have several backup pairs in my possession in the unlikely event that they are discontinued) to travel longer distances by foot but this outfit in this form has served me well.
While the outfit isn’t really notable enough to share (not that I am normally sartorially groundbreaking), look at that door! I couldn’t resist being photographed with it.
I want to wear more color.
And I don’t mean that I
want to look like I repeatedly fell into jars of paint or danced atop an
artist’s palette but I have gradually become more achromatic over the
This outfit from earlier this summer incorporated two of my most vibrant pieces and I love the contrast they created.
So why don’t I wear more color?
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Picks: Flared Dress with Bow, A+O Bryce Sequined Pencil Skirt, A+O Amabel Solid/Printed Combo Dress, A+O Cohen Two-Tone Military Coat, and A+O Vernon Metallic Jacquard Pleated Skirt.
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Retailer: Neiman Marcus Last Call
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Retailer: The Limited
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Retailer: Ann Taylor
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Retailer: The Gap
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Retailer: Banana Republic
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