I’ll admit, I have a lot of clothes. Clothing is one of my favorite things to buy and my closet and dresser are both overflowing. For the most part though, I get a lot of use out of everything and tend to wear pieces for years and years until they are threadbare or totally out of style. There are definitely some basics that I reach for over and over again but most of my favorites are unique pieces that have a story behind them. I love buying clothing or jewelry as a souvenir when traveling or to wear for a special occasion and it’s so fun thinking of that trip or event when I wear it. Take this brown polka dot dress for example. I bought this when I went to New York City for the first time about 10 years ago and I still think of that trip every time I put it on.
I bought a few different pieces on that trip but this brown polka dot dress from H&M has been the one I’ve worn the most. This was back when H&M was new to the US and I remember how excited we were to check it out. I love loose-fitting mini dresses because they’re so easy to wear and the print on this one is so much fun. The bib front top keeps it from looking like too much of a sack dress and I love the buttons at the top, plus it has pockets!
These gold dangly earrings also fit into the items-I-love-from-trips theme. G and I went to a wedding in Germany last summer and I requested these dressy earrings from Rocksbox. The wedding took place in a palace (!) and I was planning on wearing my hair up so I wanted some long earrings to wear. These Gorjana earrings are actually two pieces- the front piece has a dangly chain and the back piece has a longer dangly chain, so cute! Unfortunately, I dropped one of them down the drain before I even got the chance to wear it and we ran out of time so I didn’t get to put my hair up anyway. But now I have a great story and I just mix and match the pieces from the one earring I have left with other gold studs for a fun, eclectic look.
But back to this brown polka dot dress. It’s such a perfect summer dress that’s easy to throw on with sandals and look instantly put together, plus it’s super comfortable to wear. I also like layering it over skinny jeans and wearing it with flats or wedges when it’s a little cooler out.
This light cardigan from Banana Republic matches the polka dots perfectly and I love wearing bright coral lipstick with the brown dress for a pop of color.
I love these two-tone ballet flats from Target. They’re a great alternative to all brown flats and I love how the black toes and trim make them a little dressier than plain nude flats. I’ve been wearing them a lot with this brown polka dot dress, they just seem like a great pair!
Brown Polka Dot Dress: H&M, similar here, here, here, and here // Wool Cardigan: Banana Republic, similar here // Skinny Jeans: Levi’s // Black and Nude Ballet Flats: Target, similar here // Sunglasses: The Row 7, similar here // Gold Drop Earrings: Gorjana Chloe Mini Drop Earrings, similar here and here // Gold Stud Earrings: Catbird // Bracelet: Folli Follie // Lipstick: Urban Decay Streak // Nail Polish: OPI Koala Bear-y
Do you have clothes that remind you of vacations or special events?
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