There’s been a whole lot going on in the Fine-Whatever world in the last few of weeks. If you haven’t been by in a while, you may want to get caught up by reading My World Has Changed and a “part 2” post will publish tomorrow. Because of these goings on, I didn’t host my usual weekly link up last week or the week before but I’m back in action now as is the link up. To be honest, I’ve been wrestling with whether or not to continue with my usual weekly themes given what I have in front of me (LOL, in front of me) but that doesn’t change my fondness for shopping and desire to be stylish. And yes, I’m deliberately being vague in hopes that you will read the posts that I’ve referenced. Fine, whatever.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I adore florals. Enough so that floral was the original theme for my link up when I first started it and I have a lot of it in my wardrobe. I prefer them to be on the bold side so as to not be too sweet or frilly. My style tends towards a more tailored look and those elements lend sophistication to florals that also suits my style. That’s why this easy cool floral dress found a home in my closet.
The eye is drawn in by the pattern, the colors are dynamic and pleasing, the fabric has good touch and drape, and then you discover the side-seam pockets. A dress with side-seam pockets is not one to pass on so I didn’t. If you haven’t seen it already at one of a famous national retailer’s stores in your area, you might be fooled into believing I got it at a store like Anthropologie.
And while I’m very fond of the vibe and aesthetics, often their merchandise doesn’t fit me well. I’m not tall and willowy slender so most of the dresses from that retailer are too long and otherwise not flattering to my figure. This doesn’t stop me from looking and every now and again, I might find a top or skirt on sale that fits as is the nature of shopping. It was from that retailer’s description of its styling inspirations that I came up with the title of this post.
Had you already guessed as to from which national retailer I had bought this dress? Time and time again, I’m perplexed as to why I find more clothing options that I like and that fit me at this retailer then I do at others. I wrestle with the desire to rebel against the allure of fast-fashion but on the other hand, I like variety and options in my wardrobe for which a limited budget can only stretch so far. Specifically with this dress, the brand has a look that fits my tastes. (BTW, this is not a sponsored post.)
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from the last link up is Andrea of Andrea’s Wellness Notes and her self proclaimed “loud green pants”. She looks so fresh and playful and I’d hardly call those pants loud.
If there is one simple truth, it is that life goes on. A new challenge has been placed before me but it won’t hold me back. It may cause me to reassess priorities but it won’t change my desire for self-expression through my style. To be bold, to be fierce, to be easy cool. What motivates you?
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