Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sunshine & bicycles.

Hi, doves! 

Today I'm going to tell you a little story about the perfect dress and regret. You know how they say you can't miss what you never had? That is rubbish! Last year I found an amazing green, bicycle print vintage dress on etsy. And It was reasonably priced! For whatever reason, I talked myself out of it, and I have regretted that decision ever since! I even find myself looking for it now and then, hoping it (or something like it) will come back around someday. 

So, I snagged this dress during one of ModCloth's holiday sales, but I knew I wouldn't wear it as is. See, the top was a wrap top, and I have this thing about wrap dresses. I have always thought they make me look oddly thin. They're just not flattering on me. So, I either wear pullover sweaters over them or avoid them altogether. But! I was not passing up the bicycle print again! And so, this is what I came up with. 

(Target cardigan, TJ Maxx top, ModCloth dress turned skirt & socks, vintage belt, same old shoes)
I wore this outfit on Sunday. It was nice and sunny and not too cold... And now we're gearing up for a big snowstorm! Oh, fickle Jersey winter. 

Hope you're having a great week!


  1. Very cute! I like it better worn as a skirt--the shape of that bodice isn't flattering on me, being too short and too wide, and it just causes me to resent it haha. I have quite a few dresses with that same shape that I just won't wear >.<

    Whenever I'm shopping and I come across a piece that I love (quite fervently) but talk myself out of, I almost always go back for it. The regret will dominate my thoughts until I own the piece. It's ridiculous, but I've learned to just trust myself on it and make the purchase to avoid multiple shopping trips!

    Also, I love the sock adjusting picture--too cute! We have some awful, swirly, cold mess coming our way in Michigan, too. Just when I was starting to enjoy above 0 weather. Ahh, well. Good luck!


    Kalie H.

  2. one of my favorite tricks is popping a sweater over a dress- it definitely doubles your wardrobe. and my mom has always drilled it into my head that you should never wait to buy something you love, haha. the reason being that one time she saw a gorgeous coat in Marshall Fields that she decided to pass on, and then when she went back for it three days later it was all sold out! and not only that, the only Marshall Fields that had it was like 40 miles away. After that little road trip she vowed never again ;)

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  3. wow, I really really love this outfit! The colours are perfect together.

    I really can't stand to wear wrap top dresses. I just don't like the way the fabric goes across my boobs, haha. I just feel so uncomfortable in them but at the same time I have seen ones with such great prints that I ignore because of the top half.

    I'm getting more comfortable in buying things that I like one aspect of and then reminding myself that I can change/cover the parts I don't like. Sometimes I just don't think that far ahead when I'm shopping!
    I'm really hoping to get into my sowing this year so with any luck I might have the option to alter them.

  4. I love all the colours together!

    I know what you mean about missing out! There is a dress I've missed out on from modcloth that I feel the same way about.

    I realize you already have a bicycle print dress now, but do you sew at all (or know someone who would be willing to make you a dress)? There are some really cute bicycle printed fabrics out there (fabric.com definitely has some) and lots of great vintage inspired and vintage repro patterns available too. :D


  5. Oh my. This is fantastic! That bicycle print is the perfect amount of whimsy and that green shirt looks great with the yellow cardigan.

  6. Rad! I totally approve of wearing a dress in this way. It adds so much more versatility and the amount of styles you can create are virtually endless, yeah? :D So fun! You did a beautiful job with this! Great colors!

    - Anna


  7. That new banner is Latest! That might be my much loved one yet.

    I by no means once contemplation you were six feet below. You go absent once in a as. I do, as well, but for shorter periods than you. You've got to!

    Do you know about more bike shops click here


Thank you so much for your lovely comments! If you have any questions, don't be shy! Also, feel free to email me at jenny@dictioncanary.com.