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Dressed for: Things That Almost Work

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

Sweater tunic – COS (no longer available) – similar
Jeggings – courtesy Karen Kane
Shoes – Maison Martin Margiela via eBaymore MMM shoessimilar look
Necklace – Lucky Brand (no longer available) – more Lucky Brand necklaces
Earrings – The Wellington Boot – similar look
Bag – Madewell via Shopbop

So. You met these Maison Martin Margiela shoes in my recent post on shoe alterations. They are so fabulous and well-made and really are wearable works of art. But after sitting in my closet for several months unworn, being worn with this outfit, and turning out to be too darned high for my now-used-to-flats-and-low-heels feet, I have found them a new home. Tough to style + uncomfortable means they just aren’t for me. Not anymore. Still glad I went through the experience of having a pair of shoes dyed, though, since I learned a lot about leather processing and what’s truly possible.

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Also filed under Things That Almost Work? This bag. Shortly after declaring that bucket bags weren’t for me, I saw Megan carrying this beat on her blog and was intrigued. Most buckets are too small, but this one was roomy enough and had BOTH a crossbody strap and handle for easy maneuvering. Bought it, loved it, and within two uses the shoulder strap came apart. It was two strips glued together with zero stitching. I contacted Shopbop with photos and they responded to my email within 10 minutes, no lie. We agreed that I’d have the strap repaired and Shopbop would reimburse me for the cost. So the folks at George’s stitched it up for me … after informing me that the bag body was leather, but the strap was faux. HUH. Shopbop PayPal’ed me the money within an hour of receiving images of my receipts. Lesson here: Shopbop has spectacular customer service, but Madewell bags might be a little sketchy. Post-repair, I love mine but will think twice about buying from the brand again.

Already Pretty outfit featuring sweater dress, jeggings, Maison Martin Margiela work mocs, bucket bag

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Dressed for: A Happy Hybrid

Already Pretty outfit featuring Raw Earth Wild Sky dress via LISSA, black leggings, black platform booties, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody

Dress – Raw Earth Wild Sky courtesy LISSA the Shop (newsletter subscribers, remember to use your coupon code!)
Leggings – Yummie by Heather Thomson
Boots – Steve Madden Winola (almost sold out) – similar
Necklace – Kali Butterfly
Earrings – Jenni Leigh Creations
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape

It’s like a sweatshirt and a dress had a baby together. And I am so in love.

This dress is from Raw Earth Wild Sky, a company that makes all of its clothes with unfinished seams so you can customize sleeve and even hem length … WITH SCISSORS. Now that is my kind of alteration. Only downside is styles run quite small – this is the XL and I’d say it’s the equivalent of an 8 or 10. (Got a similar plus size option in the widget below.) Wore this to one of my monthly high-powered lady networking groups and was still comfy after my second round of pastry and fruit. Sweatshirt dress, you are a marvelous hybrid.

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Dressed for: Leaving My Comfort Zone

Already Pretty outfit featuring Gudrun Sjödén striped dress, black leggings, black platform ankle boots, black necklaces, Rebecca Minkoff Logan Crossbody handbag

Dress – courtesy Gudrun Sjödén
Leggings – Yummie by Heather Thomson Rachel
Ankle boots – courtesy ECCO (no longer available) – similar
Necklaces – Target and Etsysimilar look
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff Logan (no longer available) – similar shape
Bracelet – via Ideelsimilar
Earrings – self-made with these

I’ve been a waist-highlighter for eons. And although this is probably the mildest version of a drop-waist dress ever created, it’s still outside my comfort zone. But when I saw it on the Gudrun site, I was just smitten and wanted to see if I could make it work. Belting looked wacky, but drawing the eye up with a big stack of necklaces created just the right amount of balance. I bet a scarf would have the same effect. Sometimes it pays to experiment!

Are you tinkering with anything that falls outside your sartorial comfort zone?

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