6.07.2014

Pristine

Here is an interesting thought...
(tweet this) Is it possible that a fashion or look can be too pristine to the point that it is almost boring?

For two days straight, I went out to photograph the dress that I'm wearing today, in two separate sets of accessories. However, with both occasions, I left the photo shoot feeling that the look was uninteresting. I found this statement to be very poignant, and sums up exactly how I felt - It is what it is. And what it is is a very cute dress with a lovely shape, and made of the perfect fabrication. Is there anything wrong with that? No, not to most, but for myself, I had the desire to add a certain interest or quirk to the garment. I needed to make it my own. Unfortunately, on these two days, I felt there really wasn't much I could do with it, other than grab a nice bag and put on a pair of sandals. In other words, I felt austere, in the since that the look feels simple, modest, better yet, restrained. Don't get me wrong, I like the dress very much. I would not have purchased it if I didn't. However, because I felt uninspired, it left me wanting more.

Today's look is a perfect little day dress that one could throw on and not have to think about it. I know, you think I'm crazy, right? It's not that I'm wanting to think long and hard about what I'm going to wear, but I do enjoy garments that provide me with the openness to change the appearance up a bit. Yes, I know I can throw on a sweater and make it look like a skirt, etc. For reasons that I can't explain, I felt trapped by this little number. You'll see my attempt to make it my own with accessories. Remember, the photos were taken on two different days. Enjoy!

Day One - Dress: Loft, Sandals by Michael Kors via TJ Maxx (similar HERE), Clutch from Talbots via Refinery 29 (similar by HERE), Polish is Scarlett O'Hara by essie
 
Day Two - Dress: Loft, Sandals: Calvin Klein via Nordstrom Rack (similar HERE), Purse: Loft (very old), Scarf from a local vintage shop, Lucite Bangle is so old I can't remember where it's from, Polish is Pure Pearl by Revlon







You may not agree with me on today's topic of discussion, but it is an interesting subject. Don't you think? Perhaps the issue at hand is that I felt stifled with this cute little frock. I absolutely love a good styling challenge, and because she (meaning the dress) is almost too perfect, I felt the need to tweak it...at least just a bit{wink}

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39 comments:

  1. Hi Glenda, the dress is beautiful and it looks great on you. You have styled it well on both occasions and I can relate to what you've said in this post. Sometimes what you have in mind and see in the mirror is not what the camera captures. I actually own a black and white dress with a similar style, the only difference is that mine is floral. Great post!!!

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    1. Thank you Elsie, and I'm glad you understand what I'm saying.

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  2. Honestly, I think the dress looks suuuuuper cute and doesn't need any jazzing up! It really looks fantastic on you, in all its simplicity. But I understand that sometimes you have this feeling that you need to add a lil' something extra to really make a look your own but don't quite know what.

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    1. Absolutely Melissa. You get the picture!

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  3. I love both looks. Simple, fresh, perfect for summer. Sometimes you want to jazz up an outfit, sometimes you don't. This dress could do both. I love your choices.

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  4. First of all, the silver toenail polish with the silver sandal made my heart skip a beat. Little stuff like that can push a simple outfit right to the top! A quick little story about pristine fashion. In my youth I worked as a hostess at a very posh restaurant in LA. Limousines would drop off perfectly coiffed, designer outfitted ladies every day. I have no doubt that thousands of dollars went into their maintenance. And most of them, even the younger ones just looked boring and bland. They were too too perfect. There was a girl who worked in the bakery. We both made very little money but this girl just knew how to,shop and put things together...a fabric flower in her hair, a funky junk store pin on her lapel, an old skirt worn over a new dress, a crazy pink lipstick from CVS...and she always looked amazing.

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    1. Connie, your bakery girl reminds me of a girl I worked with at the start of my career in fashion. She always wore Doc Martens, hair is a messy pony tail, a rock inspired tee, and black skirts. Very grunge. I admired her style. She owned it. Or Lucinda Chambers who began her career at British Vogue and thought she had to look spotless. She became a trail blazer of individual chic. I adore her style.

      I'm glad you understood what I meant about being to perfect. I believe it's utterly boring.

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  5. Glenda, I absolutely agree with you. I even think that such "pristine" garments not only "can" feel boring, but often "do" feel boring. But I also think that sometimes for whatever reason we just don't feel a spark inside of us. It's a very pretty dress and looks great on you, and there is nothing wrong with the styling, it is elegant as it always is with you. But maybe you just didn't feel the spark of inspiration... But some day you will - and the dress will bring you tons of joy then. Because at the end that's what it is about - feel joyful about your own creation, isn't it? Well at least it is to me. :) Hugs, dear friend.

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    1. Aw, yes Natalia, I feel very hopeful that the spark will hit. But for now, I reserve this little number for days when I don't have the creative desire. And thank you for your kind words!

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  6. What you've just shown here is the power of accessories! You styled this dress so well. I love both combinations and you look great.

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    1. As Rachel Zoe once said, "Life should be accessorized." I agree in the awesome power of accessories, when chosen correctly. They can either enhance a look, or kill it. Just like the icing on a cake.

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  7. I have days where I feel kind of blah about what I'm wearing. It is a really cute dress and I love both pairs of shoes.

    Sonya
    Saving Everyday With Sonya K

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    1. Thank you Sonya. I won't give up on it!

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  8. The dress is really cute and looks very you. It has the simple, classic, elegant look that I associate with you and it reminds me of a summer version of the LBD, where the dress itself is what shines and it is a statement to have it without accessories of minimal accessories. I do love how that yellow bag pops with it.

    I think I might get what you are saying though and I also think that is essentially the problem I have with most summer clothes. I don't use a lot of accessories because as much as i like them they often feel like they are in the way. I love bangles but if I am shopping, cooking, painting, reading or writing bangles are a bit of a nuisance. I love to dress in layers but when the weather gets warmer layers must be abandoned and when I am stripped down to the last layers it feels wrong somehow. It feels incomplete or not quite me. Most of the time I will add a cardigan because it can be cool in the shade or indoors and if the cardigan is tolerable when I'm in the sun I just like having that additional layer.

    Sometimes an outfit looks great when I assemble it on the hangers but I get it on and I am less than thrilled. This doesn't always have to do with the look of it as much as the feel. I have to feel right in my clothes.

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    1. There are times when certain accessories are a bother. I try to choose wisely with what my days activities include. If I'm planning on using my hands, then bangles, overly adorned fingers and clutch purses are out. I agree with you regarding this dress being a statement on it's own. It is what it is and needs nothing more. I needed to realize that and move on...and that's OK.

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  9. I agree with Natalia. There is nothing wrong with the dress, quite the contrary, it is beautiful. And you have styled it to perfection both days. Perhaps your creative juices were on holiday those days and will come back another time. Perhaps the dress is so outspoken that it just doesn't need any adding. It is not pristine, nor is the picture poignant (thanks for teaching me these words haha, I had to look them up). It is just beautiful and makes YOU look gorgeous. Enjoy it!!
    Greetje

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    1. Poignant is one of my favorite words. I have to realize that the dress needs nothing further. It is adorable, and I'm glad I purchased it.

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  10. And again fantastic sandals. You are the queen of sandals for me.

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    1. Haha, thank you. I adore sandals!

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    2. And both of them are so good with this dress.

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  11. This dress is gorgeous. I really like it. I don't think it is too pristine, it is absolutely perfect and you look beautiful in it. I could see it with a leather moto jacket and that would add some edginess, but I really love it as it.

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw, yes, a motorcycle jacket would be cool!

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  12. Glenda,
    I do understand this feeling, and it relates well to how I understand you as a person. This dress is not austere, but simple and complete on its own. Therefore, none of your styling talent is required.

    Although this looks quite well on you, I am missing nothing from the "outfit", but that gleam in your eye, when you have created a masterpiece.. Perfect dress, worn well, but not a Glenda Masterpiece,
    because I do not see the shine in your eyes.
    I would very much like to see this worn again, when sometime inspires you ( a new scarf, strappy sandals, in cobalt blue? red reptile??, a really WOW statement necklace?). Then I will see that swagger that I have come to know and love.
    again, this outfit is lovely, perfectly, so...
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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    1. Elle, amazing how one can know another thru the computer. That is a powerful concept, and so very true. I felt meh. ..not bad or good. Just meh. I feel inspired by your suggestions!

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  13. First of all you look gorgeous, the dress is a dream! But I totally understand you Glenda, been there done that. And it's driving me crazy every time anew. It's not the dress/skirt/pants whatever it is us, at least it's in my case, it's me that feels kinda boring in the outfit and that shows. I put it aside for a while and try again some time later, that's what helps me to make the thing work for me. Your dress is gorgeous Glenda no doubt about it, but you are right there is something lacking, the Glenda_ish thingy. In look #1 I would say the shoes are wrong, don't get me wrong, the shoes are beautiful and of course not wrong as it, but I think some lace sandals/booties, hope you know what I mean, would make the dress more pop out? look #2 the shoes are perfect but I would suggest maybe a bold red bag again to make the dress stand out. Hope that makes any sense to you.
    hugs
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Yep, Lenya, I felt like the Glenda - is thing was missing. I'll sit this little number aside and try again later in the year.

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  14. I've been feeling this way a lot too. I don't know why but I've been so bored with my outfits or the pics of my outfits. Hopefully I snap out of it.

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    1. Yes, it happens to us all. Perhaps a break is warranted. Thank you for commenting!

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  15. Nope, not crazy, and an interesting topic. Timely for me, as I've felt the need to go very austere with my accessories lately. I'm not sure where it comes from, and I love my jewels and add-ons! Your efforts were lovely, and both attempts worked with your customary success. That little dress just doesn't need much, you're right. Lots to look at, and this bold dress is very you. It pretty much defines graphic and is really a strong construction. Could it be that you need your dresses to be a little co-dependent? I think you met your perfect match here, Glenda! Strong lady, strong dress. You look quite fabulous, and I like your tiny tweeks! You did add to the look in great ways.

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    1. O, Jan, Jan, Jan, I believe you are right. I met my match. Time for me to go to my corner and regroup. Hopefully the bell won't ring for some time. In the meantime, I'll leave this dress for occasions when I don't feel like styling. Cute dress, cute sandals..most the door. Bingo!

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  16. Great dress and like you said, it could become a skirt with a cover-up making it very versatile. I like the silver shoes with the dress better, but either way, it's a cute look especially with the pop of color with the yellow clutch.

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    1. Thank you Antionette. I'm looking forward to playing with it again.

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  17. I definitely get what you are saying, that being said I think this dress is so interesting on it's own that your pop of color with the yellow clutch is styling perfection!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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    1. Thanks Cara. Basically the rule of thumb is keep this one simple.

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  18. Interesting subject...and I like your desire to make yours the dress. I think it's what I call personalize a dress! You will reach the goal in a unique way!! In any case the dress is delightful and really perfect on you ( definitely not boring!)

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    1. Thank you Dan! I have decided that the dress is just fine as is :)

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  19. An interesting blog post , love the dress and both the ways you style it , best wishes .

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