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.
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.
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.