In January, when COVID-19 was just a speck on the horizon, I spent some time (truthfully, only a few minutes) jotting down ideas for spring and summer posts. I did not imagine that I would not actually be wearing these outfits to work.
One idea was to rejuvenate a couple of my dresses — in the sense of making them feel youthful, not to make them new — that I feared might veer toward serious or matronly.
The first dress is this beautiful floral, rendered as lifelike as any botanist’s sketch in vivid colors. When I bought it, I assumed that it would be clear that, despite the flowers and ruffles, I was wearing it in a modern manner.
Subsequently, I worried that the modernity would not be obvious to all witnesses and made a plan for communicating more effectively.
What is more effective at changing the tone of a dress than a belt?
Nothing. Except possibly a leather jacket.
Enter the Marni utility belt in slate grey!
The color of this belt creates little contrast against the grey field of the dress, but the material, stitching, and grommets are all high contrast, conferring an appealing degree of toughness on an otherwise feminine (but modern!) dress.
I knew this belt would be very useful.
Come closer and take a look.
For those who are curious, I’ve included a close-up of this very old Kate Spade bag. I love these bags, which came in red, green, and black in several different shapes and sizes. I wonder why they’ve never been (to my knowledge) re-issued.
Moving on! This post is about a belt and here it is with the second dress.
This outfit is a lot of black. Perhaps too much. But I like the idea of a filmy black blouse under this plisse slip dress. The grey belt breaks up the column of black.
In an effort to keep up with my jewelry-wearing pledge, I added a necklace.
I think it works, and that the jot of color is a good idea, but am happy to hear your views.
I love necklaces made of semi-precious stones and minerals. The only drawback to them is that they are sometimes very heavy.
This piece is very light, made of small jade beads (I think they’re jade) with a labradorite pendant. The pendant pulls the strand down to a point, which is very effective with round necklines.
Although I understand that plain white flour is hard to find in stores right now, I decided that I should use 2 cups of our supply (which is less than 5 lbs.) to make lemon bars today. It seemed like the right choice. I hope I don’t eat all of them myself.** Have you been baking? What is the least sensible, or most unexpected, thing that you’ve made? And, did it make you very happy?
Grey Dress: Mikael Aghal; Black dress: Vince; Belt: Marni from YOOX; Necklace: Tabandeh DC; Shoes: JCrew
* I also want to stuff it in my mouth.
** If the last two batches of brownies that I made are any indicator, it is very likely that I will eat most of these myself. The Photographer does not have a ravenous sweet-tooth.