Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up: Battle of the Yellow Dresses

Ah, it's been a quiet weekend - so relaxing and pleasant. Let us cast our minds all the way back to Friday.
Yellow dress! Isn't it pretty? I did weekend hair to cover up for having atrocious roots.

  • Dress - Calvin Klein, thrifted; purchased here for $29.99
  • Shoes - Guess; last seen here for Shoe Shine #26, and last worn here with floral and dots earlier this month
  • Floral jacket (below) - Paparazzi, thrifted; last seen here in April with dots

Elaine and I went to see Ballet West on Friday night after work. We grabbed some dinner and wine first, and I am ashamed to admit I snoozed a bit during the dances. There were 3 long pieces, each punctuated by an intermission.
I do love dance, but they were long pieces with abstract music. Only the last piece, which was set to Shirley Jackson's classic(ly creepy) story, "The Lottery", followed a traditional narrative and kept me engaged. Review by the local rag here.
I felt appropriately swooshy in this layered buttercup yellow dress. I was shocked to see so many people in jeans and Birkenstocks (with socks, the horror!) - seriously, people! This is the ballet!

I wore this embroidered coat again, as my outerwear garment.
I did wear it a few times to cover up in the office.

With long cashmere gloves and a fur collar for warmth. It's still a chilly out there.
Gah, I love that coat!

The stuff:
If I go full girly, I usually contrast it with punk-y accessories.

Studs-a-rama bling:
I loved the mixed metal studs on that belt.

  • Belt - BCBG Max Azria, consignment
  • Cuff - homegrown vintage 80s
  • Death star ring - Stone Roses
  • Crystal ring - Uffizi Gallery gift shop
  • Earrings - local

On Saturday, we had Ultimate Frisbee, so why not wear my other yellow dress?
Which brings me to a dilemma: I don't need two yellow dresses in nearly the same cut and colour? What to do?

  • Dress - Calvin Klein; last seen here in September 2014 with a shirt layered underneath
  • Shoes - Born, consignment; purchased here in November 2014 for $42.95

It was a tough game - my team lost - and we consoled ourselves with lunch out afterwards. I like having something nice on to wear to lunch. No workout clothes in public for me!
I bought this dress new about 4 years ago at Winners for around $70 - it's cotton and has a very wide neckline. It comes up high under the armpits (so you know what that means) and is too big across the back of my neck. I do love the colour and cut, though.

The stuff:
First wear of these shoes and they are awesome! The strap across the vamp is quite high so secures them on my feet. I like the soft blue and the flowers on the toes. They were quite comfy (very squishy inside) and that's not a super-high heel for me.

Badass bling:
I used to wear this belt all the time (I've had it about 7 years), but not so much now.

  • Belt - consignment
  • Buckle - She She Shoes
  • Cuff - Shi Studio
  • Earrings - Carracol

Well? What would you do? Which dress would you keep?


  1. Your hair looks great and I love the embroidered coat.

  2. I'd keep the first dress. I love the fact that part of it is sheer and don't forget the swooshability factor!

  3. I really love your ballet outfit, with the punky accessories, that coat and the fur collar so much! However, I think I like the second dress better overall. It looks like it would layer with more things and be a bit more versatile.

  4. I think you should keep both. They are both different shades of yellow with different material (one is ethereal and flowy, while the other is more sturdy and structured), so each one is unique in its own way.

    They both look fantastic on you!

  5. Both yellow dress outfits are lovely!

    If I had to pick one to keep and one to get rid of, I'd say keep the first. You had nothing but nice things to say about it, where the second one you admitted has some faults. But you can't go wrong with either one :)

    I've only been to the ballet once, when I was younger, and I honestly can't remember what I wore, but I do recall my friend's parents (who brought us as they had extra tickets) were dressed up so I assume I was also. I hope I was!

  6. I love the second yellow dress best, much more flatteringly-gorgeous!

  7. They're actually quite different dresses and you do love yellow! If I had to choose I'd go with the first because the lighter shade of yellow is probably best on you, and the cut and fit are SO flattering. But really, keep 'em both. :^)

    I have to admit I once fell asleep during the Nutcracker. Well, it was terribly warm in the theatre and I'd just gotten done with finals...zzzzzz. lol

  8. I agree with Mica, for the reasons she outlined! Loved the whole 1st outfit!

  9. They're both fab, and a woman can have more than one great yellow dress, so both! But I probably like the flow of #1 better, and of course the gorgeous coat. xox

  10. Those yellow dresses are fierce! I do like a more-casual dress, but I'm on team First One for the lovely fit and proportions and shade.

    P.S. Looooove that jaaaaacket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. The first yellow dress fits you better, and, anyway, swoooosh is very important. I absolutely love your ballet outfit.

    I live in a place where people dress casually for everything and I often feel way overdressed. It is so nice to come to your blog and get inspired to dress as I please, fancy and free.

  12. I like the shape and swish-ability of the first one better. Also, I can't stand wearing dresses that are cut high under the arms, but that's just me....

  13. You look fabulous ! That first dress is Sheila princess version.
    The second one you can send to me.

  14. Both dresses are CK, so labels are not an issue, clearly, although they probably wouldn't be anyway. I'd say keep the second one. I'm never one for practicality but the second one is probably a better "all-rounder", especially heading into the summer. Jeans and Birkenstocks at the ballet? Who can blame them - they probably just came from the opera.

  15. Both yellow dresses are lovely, but the first one wins for me - it's more interesting and looks like a slightly better fit.
    Fab ballet outfit - Birkenstocks and socks worn ANYWHERE are disgraceful! xxx


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