I have been dreaming of a marigold midi dress all summer. Ever since I spotted one in Anthropologie, I have been dying for one, but staying away because it is just not my color.
There are a few things that I have learned through blogging and one of them is: ONLY TRUST THE CAMERA.
I strolled into LOFT a few weeks ago and found this super cute dress and just HAD to try it on, even though I knew that the color doesn’t suit my skin tone. I got in that lovely, perfectly lit dressing room and put this sucker on and suddenly marigold looked fantastic on me! Well, no, it really didn’t. It was those really awesome (pure sarcasm) lights they use in said dressing rooms and I got super suckered by it because I wanted a marigold midi dress so much.
So much so, that this enchanting (sarcasm) lighting also made me completely forget that at the current shape I am in, this neckline was probably also not my friend. As super happy as I am that I’ve lost an entire size off my bra size (No, not sarcasm. I am SO THRILLED about this and maybe I will write about it later), it is still not enough for this neckline and further combination of death: marigold midi dress + bad neckline = Brenda disaster.
Warren hated it immediately, but I have to say I still LOVE this dress and color and neckline…just not on me. After looking at the pictures and being disappointed, we both agreed that the same dress in some shade of red (paprika maybe) would have been a better choice. A better neckline would have also served me well. I am now eyeing this midi marvelousness as my next purchase.
The moral of this story is:
- Stick to what you know. I can’t do certain mauves, yellows and taupes. As much as love all of these colors, it is never going to work.
- If you do get an impulse to make it work, take it home and take a picture of it in natural lighting. This will always be 1000% better than any store or inside lighting and trust me, sometimes we see what we want to see…even in the mirror (my worst enemy!)
- If you tend to have a larger chest, a v neckline or scoop neck are your best options. I also love a trapeze, halter or Grecian neckline to balance things out.
Once I get Midi Marvelousness, I will probably recreate this outfit again. As of late, I have been a “less is more” kind of girl; especially with accessories. I absolutely LOVE everything about this combination though (brings out my inner Janice J). And this choker!!! I didn’t think I’d go back there again after the 90s but here I am…loving it. I found it for only $12 at Nordstrom, but in-store only.
Sometimes, one just gots to get crazy with outfits!
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