Blue Floral Dress

Kate Middleton is a longtime favorite modern style icon of mine, and one of the things I love about this Ann Taylor dress is how much is looks like something she'd wear.  Because I'm a printphobe, I don't own a lot of items that aren't solid colors (or plaid or striped). But I found this floral print to be non-intimidating because it's so delicate, and also because it looks rather timeless.  

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I think one of my fears about prints is that they have a higher likelihood thank do solid colored garments of looking dated after a short passage of time, and since I'm so interested in investing in classic items that I can keep for a very long time, I get concerned about prints that might not hold up to that test.

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I'm quite interested in streamlining the shoes I own so I don't develop a collection that is out-of-control large. I do admire the large, all-inclusive shoe collections of others, but it's not a goal I have for myself to own every single pair under the sun.  I only purchase shoes when I don't already own a pair that will do what the new pair does.

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I had known for a while that I needed a pair of blue shoes, and I was delighted to find a used-but-new pair of elegant Banana Republic stilettos at the secondhand shop. Strappy stilettos are some of the comfiest high heels out there, because the straps provide a bit of extra stability. These shoes certainly aren't built for a jog around the neighborhood, but I was able to navigate a fair amount of walking in them (in the rain) with considerably more ease than a non-strappy pair of stilettos.

Happy Sunday, everyone! And cheers to florals in February, and the power they have to suggest that spring is not that far away.


DVF jacket (very old) // Ann Taylor dress (old) // Banana Republic shoes (thrifted) // Oliver Peoples sunglasses // Tiffany earrings // Vivienne Westwood bag (old)