Outfits STYLE // Spring

    Spring Ensembles

    March 28, 2017

    Happy Spring! I know we’re already about a week+ into the season, but today is my first official ‘spring outfit’ post. After a few introspective/contemplative posts last week, it’s good to be back just talking about outfits, and not over-thinking things too much.

    Hackwith Design House – a fabulous Minnesota-based brand that designs and makes all their garments in house – kindly invited me to pick a piece from their spring line. You may remember their Basic Shift Dress made some blog appearances over the winter. After looking through their beautiful spring line up – so many great options!! – I landed on this beautiful cotton-cupro maxi dress in French blue.

    Since it’s still a little chilly for maxi dresses in Portland, I thought it would be fun to put together a Now & Later post. I am styling the dress for now (keeping warmth in mind!) and for later, when the summer heat has made it’s way into the Willamette Valley.

    FOR NOW:

    I knew right away I wanted to style this dress with tennis shoes and a leather jacket. I felt like the gentle, feminine silhouette was begging for some contrast. In all honesty, I think this dress would look super cool with some white sneakers that are ever-so-popular right now, but I’m trying not to follow alll the trends right now (nor spend all my money). If I were to pick some though, this style would be at the top of my list.

    Leather jacket, Veda x Reformation | dress, c/o Hackwith Design House | shoes, old Cons, try these instead | tote, c/o FashionABLE


    Something about the promise of spring (and summer) has made me feel more inclined toward the bohemian side of things. I don’t remember feeling this way so much last season. I think bohemian just shouts laid-back summer, and that’s what this sun-deprived Oregonian is starting to crave. Also, just as much as the current fashion scene is being influenced by the 1990’s, I’d say the 1970’s are making a heavy play too. (Especially when it comes to décor!) Either way this look is a nod to those feelings and influences.

    I found this vintage 70’s era bag at a local leather shop, and had a hard time walking away from it. The tooled leather and beautiful braided details made it clear that this was something special. And then my mom sent me a picture of her in high school using a very similar bag. *Swoon*

    In some ways it makes me feel nostalgic for an era I never even lived in.

    Wearing this dress makes me feel a slight connection to times gone by, and it fills my bohemian craving while still staying true to my love of clean lines. I look forward to wearing it over tanned shoulders and flat sandals in the summer, or just like styled above. For now I’ll have to settle for a few layers.

    Dress, c/o Hackwith Design House | bag, vintage | clogs, Moheda | cuff, FashionABLE

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