Do you have a dress that makes you feel happy even when you’re not? For me that dress is this printed turquoise, extremely light-weight dress!
I picked up this dress at a little shop in Montreal while visiting with my sisters in law, hours before my fateful Beastie Boys flight. My s-i-ls took me to a cute indie clothing store because I had some extra cash and wanted to buy something cute while in Montreal; however, I felt huge in this store! So many of the dresses were on the small side. I started to sweat (oh no! what if nothing fits!) and an employee suggested I try this bird-print dress as it came in an XL. At first I was flustered that she sized me and could read my anxiety but as soon as I tried on the dress I was sold!
Fast forward two years: it’s Monday and I’ve just started a new schedule: I coach swimming from 6:30-7:30AM, swim 7:30-8:30AM, race over to my office and have 40 minutes to throw myself together and look over my prep before I start teaching my summer class.
Mornings that start at 5:00AM require easy outfit options and, baby, is this one ever easy!
I simply grabbed the dress (which is excellent for travel as it bunches without wrinkles), a cardigan and a few accessories, threw them in my tote bag with my “five minute” makeup bag and prayed for the best (aka that I did’t forget to pack my bra).
Before this capsule I used to wear this dress with my Joe Fresh red cardigan, always with red red red lipstick.
But, when I was wearing this ombre maxi dress last month it was just cool enough that I wanted a cardigan but my only options were pink and red. I went with pink and was self conscious of the amount of colour (something that doesn’t happen that often). I decided to invest in a nice light-weight neutral cardigan (essential for Hali weather which requires lots of light layers!). Now, I know that I’ve explained my penchant for colour on this blog in the past, but guys, this mad crush I have on colour is extreme. Looking at this nice crisp white cardigan at the counter with my wallet open I almost switched it for this beautiful royal blue one. It was difficult for me to stick to my list of “Summer Capsule Needs” rather than whimsy/impulsive “wants”.
Anyways, now that I have it I really do love it! It freshens up/ reigns in some of my more boisterously colourful outfits, which is something I need.
But, I’m not ready to trade my colourful capsule for a neutral one. In addition to this fabulous bird-print turquoise and purple dress I decided on these great statement earrings and my brand new Day of the Dead pug ring from Pretty in Ink Jewelry, which I paired with Lingonberry by BITE!
What was on your “Summer Capsule Needs” list? Did any one item change the tone/ look of one of your outfits like my red to white cardigan swap out? Do you love a good print dress?