I've had this outfit planned out for months, and finally got to wear it this weekend! I had lunch with my family- where, as always, I stick out for being overdressed.
This is the "Favorite Train Car Dress" from ModCloth. The obvious choice is to pair it with brown or tan accesories, but I knew from the moment I got it that burgundy would be the perfect match- it complements the print, which is one of the selling points. I own quite a few lace things, but this is the first dress I come across that has a print of birds, flowers and butterflies over the floral lace fabric. Another thing that made me feel drawn to it: the cute peter pan collar. I know a lot of people advise girls with boobs as big as mine to wear v-necks, u-necks or square necklines. But I love collars, I much prefer them over revealing clothing, and I don't think they're all that unflattering... as if I'd be able to "hide" what I have, anyway.
Dress, Bracelet & Ring: ModCloth
Hair Clip: Handmade
This dress had been sitting on my wishlist while I waited for a discount and I finally got it during ModCloth's 50% sale. The 1X was sold out, so I crossed my fingers and got the 2X, hoping it wouldn't be huge on me. It's a bit big around the arms and the shoulders, but nothing too bad. I actually tried it on a few times by pulling it over my head, without noticing that it had an invisible zipper! (Which you can see in the picture below, if you look closely.) As far as quality goes, it's quite good: it comes with a built-in slip, the lace fabric is sturdy and has a nice sheen to it, and the collar stays in the shape it's supposed to. (Let me tell you, one of the most annoying things are collars that don't sit where they should and get bent into awkward shapes because they're made of flimsy fabric.)
When I first got it, I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. The color seemed lighter than the beige the website's pictures had led me to expect. It's not that much darker than the collection of ivory lace clothing in my wardrobe. But looking at these pictures, I realize this is one of those rare items of clothing that ticks all the right boxes. (Well, one caveat: the skirt isn't all that full.) When I think about getting rid of all the clothes I've collected in the spirit of "trying things out" and "practicality", the dresses that have an air of playful nostalgia like this one are the ones I'd definitely keep.
PS: You may have noticed I have stuck my lolita brand shopping bags to the wall. I don't want to throw them away or have them hidden in my closet, so this was my solution. Anyone have any cool ideas for displaying them while putting them to use?