Okay, so I'll be the first to admit that I was super dubious about this outfit. This morning it was 45 degrees, but I wanted to wear a dress. I got this yellow monstrosity when thrifting with Lumberjack and my awesome friend Sparkle over spring break, and still hadn't gotten a chance to wear it. I like to wash all of my thrift purchases before wearing, and this dress sat in the washing queue for quite a while before getting its turn. This morning it was clean and dry, and it seemed like as good a time as any to try it out.
I almost didn't buy this dress. Both Sparkle and Lumberjack were pretty "eh" about it, saying that it looks more than a touch '70s-cult-granola-y. I loved it for some strange reason - maybe it's that intense golden yellow, or the crazy Star-Trek collar, or the fact that it's cut on the bias and has a fabulous drape. Plus it has pockets! But I also knew that, improperly styled, I would like I had just fallen off of the Rainbow Bus on my way to drink the Kool-Aid at the compound with Fabio.
I think I was successful? I had a ton of fun wearing it today - the cut of the skirt is long and retro and it flows really nicely. I threw in a belt and some dangly earrings, and even though I was worried the shoes would be too matchy, I think they reflect the color but add a little interest with the brown heel and the white detailing. I love how the overall cut of the dress is pretty conservative, but hello! There's a slit right down from the collar that shows quite a bit of cleavage. Only on this crazy-pants dress could all of these elements work together, and somehow they do. I think. Maybe.
Wackadoo 70s caftan: New 2 You in Elyria, Ohio
Green Tweed Belt: GAP (I think), free store at Oberlin
Shoes: Fluevog Operetta Viardots