Dressed for: Living and Learning

Already Pretty outfit featuring green plaid dress, green suede platform pumps, leather clutch, rhinestone bib necklace

Dress – Byron Lars Beauty Mark (no longer available) – similar-ish - also cute
Heels – Seychelles (no longer available) – similar color
Necklace – gift – similar
Earrings – Bibelotsimilar
Clutch – Aldo, if I remember right (no longer available) – similar color/size

Oh, fancy-pantsy green plaid dress that I’ve had for years and loved for all of those years. You taught me a lot about yourself when I wore you to Flight of Fashion a few weeks back. You taught me that with a low enough neckline and a properly applied sticky-cup bra, I actually CAN achieve cleavage. You taught me that more dresses really should have sleeves. And, sadly, you taught me that you kinda need to be taken in at the shoulders and bodice a bit to fit properly now. And than you wrinkle immediately. As in I look at you and you get wrinkly.

I’m still gonna love you. But I think I’ll love you more once my tailor has had a go at you …

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Flat Brown Sandals

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Sharon requested a few picks for cute and comfy flat brown sandals, so here we go:

mia adrianna

MIA Adrianna - was $39.95, now $30.99

I’m one of those people who can’t stand to have anything between her toes, but I know I’m in the minority! And if you can do thongs and flip-flops, you can likely do these darling strappy flats. They’d look fabulous with a flirty sundress and equally great with jeans or shorts. These are faux leather/vegan friendly. Available in tan, black, coral, and white in US sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color. If you prefer a thicker strap and/or leather, these Steve Maddens have a similar look.

franco sarto quello

Franco Sarto Quello - was $79.95, now $59.90

A darker brown and a chunkier look, but still very versatile. These may seem to have a Boho vibe and would definitely pair well with floaty maxi skirts, but the hardware makes them a bit edgy, too, so try them with graphic tees and jeans, too. These’ll have a bit more cushioning than the MIAs, too. Available in brown, black, a gray/blue, and coral in US sizes 5 – 13, including some wide sizes. Size availability varies by color.

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Naturalizer Jester - was $84.95, now $58.11
with code EARTH

These have the tiniest wedge, but I’m hoping they’ll pass for flat on most feet! Especially since Naturalizers are great quality, comfy shoes and these come in a huge variety of sizes. The ankle straps are thick and high, it’s true, but they crisscross in a V in front, which is slightly more elongating than straight across. Available in this saddle color and black in US sizes 4 – 12, including wide and narrow sizes.

natural soul addy

Natural Soul Addy - was $69.99, now $45.49

Simple and sporty, but guaranteed to be comfortable. These also feature that V-shaped crisscross so they’ll look more elegant on the foot than they do from the side, here. These will be great with shorts and also fun with minimalist, arty work looks. Available in brown and white/gold in US sizes 6 – 10. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for flat brown sandals:

  1. Zappos - This is gonna be a tough one to do by brand, since most of my faves are only offering a couple of flat brown sandal options. But, as always, Zappos offers a plethora of choices, around 175 flat brown pairs right now, including these darling Danskos.
  2. Piperlime - For a trendier mix, Piperlime offers more than 70 flat brown styles. Love these sleek ankle-strap Seychelles.
  3. Shoeline - Mainly comfort brands, with a few fashion-y ones thrown in. Love these strappy Borns.

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Already Prettypoll: Earth-conscious Style

Today is Earth Day, and in honor of this global celebration of environmental consciousness, I’d love to hear about your own personal policies when it comes to earth conscious shopping and consumption. As I’ve said many times, I find most of the information and opinions about sustainable style to be overwhelming and contradictory, so I’m yet to settle on a core policy. But I thrift and I donate on a regular basis. I recycle old clothes into household rags and overdye garments that will get more use in a different shade. I limit my fast fashion purchases and support as many local vendors as I can, as well as buying from designers like Prairie Underground who make garments from organic fibers.

What steps do you take to be environmentally conscious when it comes to shopping and style? Do you thrift? Repurpose? Make your own garments? Buy local or items made from sustainably farmed fibers? Got any resources or articles to recommend to others who are looking to be more earth-friendly in their style-related practices?

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