Readers, you all know how I feel about a rainy/gray day…I love skipping around in puddles, humming rain themed songs (there’s so many good ones!), and all around enjoying the cooler temperatures. This day was no exception. I was wearing a scalloped neckline dress and studded shoes, and was hanging around with an umbrella as a prop for my photos. With my umbrella in these photos, I sort-of felt like Mary Poppins- minus the giant bag and formal gray suit. …which, of course, brings me to my next point. I also love a good homage. In today’s homage, I honor the lovely and quite talented Mary Poppins. I suspect that if Mary Poppins was out there job interviewing these days, she might have updated her somewhat dowdy suit for a more colorful dress and a nice pair of flats. She would have, undoubtedly, kept her magic umbrella though. This is my best Mary Poppins gone modern in scallops, studs, and skipping in puddles.
Dress: Filene’s Basement (years ago; I think around $15, marked down from $100)
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft (borrowed)
Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from $40)
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Here in Chicago, it’s a bit late in the season to still be wearing tights, but you know what that means: this is the best time to buy tights! If you can still find them, grab them up! I’ve noticed that most stores are not stocking tights right now, but many places still have them online. For example, Kohl’s has a lot of tights online right now, most of which are less than $5 a pair. Target still had some in stores when I was last there, but online is a good option as well.
2) This dress was one of those dresses that almost fit like a glove off the rack- almost. I noticed that it was a little big in the waist when I tried it on, but that it fit everywhere else. Luckily, with the black fabric around the waist, I was able to sew and pull in the sides a little without making my amateur tailoring very noticeable. I’m a firm believer that small tailoring jobs can be done by someone who can do basic sewing. However, for bigger jobs or if you don’t feel as comfortable with small jobs, don’t pass up a good find just because it might need a little tailoring. I’ve found that tailoring can be very affordable and can make a piece off the rack look as though it was made for you. If you don’t already have a tailor that you like and trust, you can check out yelp.com for reviews for one in your area.
Anyone else finding great things off season right now? Any recommendations to what to look for? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! Happy Monday!