When you want to wear your Summer dress in Winter

I’ve made a lot of weather compromises this Winter – which has forced me to wear the same boots and pants to combat the rain & cold. Doesn’t make for great outfit photos to share. The other day, I said to myself “THAT’S ENOUGH!” I decided to wear this dress I’ve had hanging for way too long, that’s for warmer weather (both in fabric and color) and figure out how to wear it for winter.

This Sonia Rykiel dress is a beautiful silky goodness that was too gorgeous to pass up at the thrift store (YES! This is indeed a thrift store find.) The bright colors reminded me too much of my dream Marc Jacobs dress, and I loved how the cotton fabric at the bottom contrasted the silk fabric from the top. I can already see myself wearing this dress in August with a bright hat, except it’s January and freezing for us here. So the easiest fix was to wear this dress with my black fleece lined tights and a turtleneck for maximum warmth.

Item From Made in… BUY
Sonia Rykiel dress thrifted Portugal
H&M turtleneck very old H&M China
fleece lined tights Crossroads Trading China HERE
Dolce Vita boots Shopbop.com China
vintage Swatch watch flea market Switzerland
Sashi ring (can barely see it!) Shopbop.com USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Thrift Eye, style blogger, how to wear a summer dress in the winter, striped dress, Sonia Rykiel dress

Apron dress

Isn’t it funny how we can become SO sure of something like, say your own personal style? That you put yourself in a box that isn’t open anymore to let other things in? You tell yourself “that’s not something I would wear.” Until you do. I never thought something you could call “minimal” or “modern” really works for me. But what if we finally open that box and try letting something new in? (doesn’t just have to be in the sense of clothing either 🙂 )

I found this apron dress while thrifting and really thought, I could never wear that. The wrap waist was so tiny, I was able to get the buttons closed, but it still didn’t fit. BUT, I just really saw myself wearing this! I took a risk, and brought it home – resolved to easily fix the button situation (just moved the buttons a bit over with some easy sewing.) And let me tell you, in the month I’ve had this thing, I’ve already worn it about four times. I LOVE it. It wasn’t me, but it now is me.

Item From Made in… BUY
vintage apron dress thrifted
old H&m turtleneck H&m China
Freda Salvador flats consignment Spain
Tai ring Shopbop.com Thailand HERE
Catbird NYC earrings gift USA HERE

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

Thrift Eye, style blogger, vintage apron dress, Freda Salvador flats, San Francisco style

I guess I never met a dress with pockets that I didn’t like 🙂

Dark dressing

As you saw in my previous post, there are some days where I’m impossibly attracted to darker colors – in that case, trying a skirt in a new silhouette. In this post, quite similarly, trying a skirt with a very different silhouette – one that has a defined waist but some gathering at the pockets that gives a more voluminous shape at the hips. So the basics aren’t quite so basic anymore. Case in point, the last time I wore a black/neutral outfit back in early December, which looks so similar yet so different at the same time.

Scarf: no name shop in SF. Top: old H&M, would love to replace it with this one from Splendid. Skirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim, thrifted. Tights: DKNY. Shoes: Loeffler Randall, purchased through partial store credit from Shopbop. My style aren’t available in this color anymore, but these non-ankle strapped ones still are.

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

Thrift Eye, black outfit, dark outfit, all black outfit

I feel like Jekyll and Mr. Hyde some days – I need to find a medium between the dark outfits and the day-glo ones 🙂

Winter baby blues

Winter turns into spring, turns into summer, turns into fall, back to winter…
it all kind of seems like one big circle. it is hard to distinguish when one stops and one starts.

I feel like I’ve forgotten how to dress for appropriate weather and have found myself cold and underdressed too often. Then we got rain, couldn’t find my umbrella. Lot’s of wind, forgot my sweater at home. Is there such a thing as weather amnesia?

This dress thing has got to be hands down my favorite thing ever from H&M, I’m so happy I purchased it. Yeah it’s a poor mans version of the Christopher Kane’s line. Especially now that I am really remixing what I have in my closet because I have not bought any new clothes in quite some time (I did thrift the other day briefly, only yielding one thing, and a few to sell). I’m late on the shop your own closet part. But it is finally kicking in. I’m just in a moment where I could live in the same few items if I could pull it off at work and if I wasn’t so lazy about doing laundry. Reminding myself of how content I was living out of my bag for three weeks through Europe, remixing everything over and over.

Testing out the camera again
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Wearing my third Marc Jacobs timepiece – pear clock received for Christmas, I love it!

Dress/top: H&m. Denim: Fornarina. Socks: ? Shoes: vintage mens, Rose Bowl Flea Market

How do you stay inspired? I have been busy flipping through the wardrobe remix group on flickr, even though half of the outfits are utter crap (hello ms. ugly jeans and tshirt, no one cares), but there are some gems in there. I need to buy some magazines.