There is no planned outing for this outfit yet. Nikki’s “Are we done with winter yet” post and the very sudden advent of Mud Season in Berlin prompted me to try it on*. I love the dress and have never worn it. The colors are a riff on mine, but not the same old same old. It was purchased with the idea of wearing it with pearls and subdued low heels. That’s not a look I can do often in my current lifestyle. What do you think?

The belt bag is making its debut here. I still have my eyes open for a tonier, less decorative version, probably in a deep brown, but am playing with this one in the meantime. You’ve seen the ls blackberry T many times. The necklace was purchased secondhand for a college formal. Does the hosiery overpower the look? It’s been referred to as “pretty”; I think of it as rock n roll. It cracks me up that the colors in the Trina Turk dress match the plastic “oilcloth” under my porch plants. Hi/low indeed!

I don’t have visuals for the kind of look I’m going for. I know I am generally RATE, with the long hair and unadorned fingernails and face. I want to crank that up and have fun with the clash between sweet and sour, leather and lace, compassionate and tough, without looking “costumey”. This was discussed by many helpful commentators in my belief/values/personality post**, but because it’s a look I’m trying to figure out, I can’t show or say exactly what it will be when it’s finished. Comments and suggestions would be very much appreciated!

*I lined up the outfit for my job interview tomorrow easily; this is much more fun to try on.


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