Tempering a Sweet Floral Dress

This is one of those dresses that I have had forever and will likely keep until I am dead. Perhaps even beyond that, if technology advances in such ways, or perhaps if I have the misfortune to turn into a zombie or vampire. But I digress.

This is a dress that I bought from a department store I was working in part-time to make an extra buck while I was in the Air Force. Here it is au naturel. You may remember it from a previous post.


I've always been a bit wary of floral prints, and this was probably the only one in my closet at the time that I bought this. I think a part of me is worried that they can be fussy, and in the back of my mind I worry that I will look like somebody's mad Auntie at the garden party; especially now that the hair has the silver streaks. You know the look....instant crazy, just add cats.

But I'm getting better now. I have many floral print things. I tend to go for larger more retro-looking Lilly Pulitzer or Diane Von Furstenburg kind of prints. And I really gravitate towards Asian-inspired florals, like this dress. But like most of the things I wear, I like to mess up its hair a little bit before stepping-out by adding some tougher-looking bits here and there. Keeps things from getting too saccharine, you know?  And then you go out...walking around the highlands in five-inch heels. As one does.

Dress: Adrianna Papell (old) But this one is pretty cool in pink.
Jacket: Stella McCartney for Addidas (past season) Similar here for a STEAL!
Booties: Vince Camuto Amoby Booties
Jewelry: My own, gifted. Similar here.


  1. Hey just wanted to say just found your blog and I love your outfits. I especially like this floral dress (I don't think florals ever look crazy unless they look thrifted while also worn with something like runny pantyhose) and the other outfit where you mixed sequins with jeans and sneaks.

    1. Thanks Sabina, and welcome! And I second that about the runny pantyhose. In fact, I avoid all hose full stop unless it is too cold...then tights all the way.

  2. I'm pretty leery of florals myself, having survived the Laura Ashley dress craze of the late 80's I'd just as soon avoid looking like an old upholstered couch again. I do like your dress, though, it has a very Far Eastern feel to it and it's not prissy or fussy. It's a clean look and that's what makes it appealing. I'll be vicariously wearing those booties through you from now on ;-)

    Spashionista (Alicia)

  3. Oh yes, Asian florals tempt me like no others, and that's a lovely iteration. I love how you've styled the dress...FAB jacket!!!

  4. Gorgeous dress, I love that print and you've styled it immaculately...xXx


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