This year Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind. First the endless rain, a few days of sun, a short summer (a.k.a. HOT) preview then back to the rain and gloom.
Let’s pick a season and stick with it. Thanks!
Last week I went to grab lunch and see a movie with an old friend. It was a wonderful, sunny day close to 80 degrees – so I figured I was safe wearing my new sundress, sandals and going bare legged. I was wrong.
Dress, cami – Avenue
Cardigan – Kmart
Sandals – Teva
Bangles, belt – Torrid
After walking around, browsing for books and eating lunch we went into the movie. A few hours later… the lovely clear blue sky had been traded for gray skies with big rain clouds on the horizon. I had to run a few errands before heading home and it ended up raining on me. Just my luck!
This dress is from Avenue’s spring/summer line that I talked about before. If you know me or if you’ve been reading for a while, you’re probably tired of hearing about them but I figured I’d do a quick review on the fit. I own the sundresses from the last three years – insane, right? But they are worth all the praise.
This year, the dresses seem to run a little bigger than usual – especially in the bust. There is a lot of extra room. I bought one dress in a 26/28 and the other in a 30/32 to test how they shrink and there wasn’t much of a change. Last year I bought up a size because I was losing some length after washing but so far, these look okay. There is some really awkward construction going on in the neckline of the dress. It looks like they tried to stabilize it with some extra fabric (which seems to work okay, it doesn’t stretch) but it sometimes folds out in the wrong direction.
I really love this print and colorway – the brightly colored floral is right up my alley and all these bright colors are even “on trend”. I find it hilarious that when the bright, candy colors come into fashion – I’m obsessed with neutrals. Though I find myself gravitating back toward brighter colors as the weather improves.
When there is a possibility of walking a lot on a warm day, I start to default to my comfortable sandals. A friend of mine at school used to praise my outfits but would glance at my feet, usually in these or similar sandals and give me this epic look of disappointment. The “I can’t believe you’re actually wearing those.” look.
Don’t get me wrong. In the last year, I’ve cultivated my love of shoes – especially comfortable ones. But sometimes you just crave a flat, easy to wear sandal that can get dirty or go the distance. I’ve worn these to the beach, camping, school, exploring San Francisco – you name it. Hey, we’ve even fallen into the mud together.
Well, technically I made a bad decision but after I was sucked down into the mud, these puppies stayed on my feet. If I had been wearing something else, I’m pretty sure I would have lost them. I know some people take issue with sandals like these, flip flops, etc. when it comes to “fashion” but I’m usually one for function and comfort over form. Especially when it comes to shoes.
What about you? What is more important in a shoe? Do you sacrifice comfort for style or vice versa?