I have decided to do retro-active Fashion-Unable posts because my camera is broken and my new one is still in transit. I’ve been meaning to try doing these kinds of posts again, so here goes:
The dress: H&M for $48.
Shoes: Bakers $69.99
I liked this dress a lot. I was at one of my heavier weights after gaining around 15 pounds since last summer (I know, right?! stupid law school and stress), I was really concerned about what to wear. This dress, with its white cut-out that is curved inwards creates a really unique illusion of being skinny. It basically just draws your attention to the white part, and erases the dark (negative image) part. It looks like I have curves and that I’m skinny.
Isn’t it amazing?
Try not to look too closely though, hahaha! Or the illusion goes away and you realize that I did gain that much weight.
I also like the neckline of this dress. It’s one giant black v-shaped elastic strap. It stayed comfortable and was bold enough to create a statement, and wide enough to balance the width of my shoulders. I used to do martial arts, so all the years of push-ups kind of gave me really broad straight shoulders. I like that this dress allows me to showcase shoulders without being all shoulder.
Finally, even sideways, I look like I’m half my size because of the negative-positive image the black and white create. It really makes you believe that where the white ends is also where the rest of me ends. Plus, it’s dark inside, so it adds even more to the illusion of skinniness. Haha! But really…I wasn’t. Sigh. Just see below.
As for the shoes, I chose one of my favorite black high-heels from Bakers. These also have the wide elastic straps which keep them extremely comfortable because of the stretch, but also supportive for the height. These heels add approximately 3 to 4 inches on me. The taller I seem, the better I can pretend to wear the weight I had gained.
The pic above is with Tinman, one of my favorite party peoples. You can barely see the shoes. I realized that I did not have a full body picture all night, so there are barely glimpses of the Bakers shoes.
Here’s another look at the shoes. Don’t mind the musculature of the calf. Haha! I’d been snowboarding all season with that guy above. My date was Bobert/Kiwigelo/ClownPornPhatBeatingSticks who is now one of my closest friends through our love of snowboarding.
Overall, I was comfortable in my dress despite the fact that it clung to my extra baggage. I credit the cut and the pattern of the dress. I love the shoes (which I wear quite often when going out to dance and still look stunningly tall[er]). I also paired the outfit with gold leaf earrings and gold cuffs. I chose gold because the “white” portion of my dress was not actually pure white. It was cream with a sheen of gold, which also added a hint of uniqueness to the dress.
Here’s a close up of the shoes. I could no longer find the exact pair online, but that’s because I bought them a while back. There are several similar ones on the Bakers website, though.
On a special note, I want to give a shout-out to Bobert’s GEEK CHIC look. Loved his glasses. Loved his woolen skinny tie with the straight edge. Loved the gray wool jacket. Loved the belt buckle. I really like it when a guy decides to take on fashion and give it his own unique twist.