January 17, 2011
Black dress: Banana Republic (last summer)
1960s-inspired swing coat: Banana Republic (From my favorite line ever when I worked there, Spring 2004.)
Black skinny woven belt: H&M
Brown tights: Spanx
Brown leather boots: J.Crew
Black cross-body handbag: Vintage Coach
Details: I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to wear this coat for a blog post, but it’s about time! This is arguably my favorite single item in my closet. If I had to pick one thing that explains my personal style, it’s this. While it isn’t an authentic vintage jacket, it is very well made and wears like a vintage item. It’s been with me longer than the husband and I have been married and it’s been something I’ve pulled out and worn in every phase, time and place in my adult life.
This little stretchy cotton swing dress is something I can do a lot with. I can wear it with everything from a swimsuit and flip flops to a wide belt, heels and a jeweled cardigan. It can go anywhere. The beauty of an LBD, even a cheap, cotton one. I’ve been wanting to play with black and brown and finally went for it here. I really love the results and am anxious to try it again in another way.
I tried on several dresses for the husband today and together we vetoed some oldies. I sold them and a handbag at Crossroads for $38. Not much, but it helps pay me back for what I bought at Target yesterday. Hooray!