Dressed for: Non-Frenchness

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim jacket, graphic tee, Prairie Undeground Moto pants, ankle boots, J.W. Hulme tote

Denim jacket – Kut from the Kloth (no longer available) – similar
Tee – self-designed through Zazzle
Pants – Prairie Underground Supermoto courtesy Shop Adorn
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Earrings – courtesy Lockhart Wrks
Bag – J.W. Hulme

I love the look of white graphic tees with black writing. They’re kinda everywhere right now, and seem incredibly versatile. However, most of the ones I found that didn’t say something that irritated or offended me said something in French or referenced Paris. I don’t speak French and Paris ranks low on my list of dream destinations, so wearing a “bon jour” tee seemed disingenuous.

I turned to Zazzle to make my own, and although I’m satisfied with how they turned out eventually, I strongly recommend choosing a different vendor if you’re interested in trying this yourself. The first batch they sent were ALL on styles of tees I’d never asked for, the second set included some wrong sizes, and the third wasn’t right either but was close enough and I just settled. I’ve used Cafepress in the past and it’s worked MUCH better.

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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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