photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
You know those purchases you make that when you buy it, you recognize how off-the-wall it is but you also think that it might just be crazy enough to actually work? That’s exactly how I felt about this dress when I bought it. I liked it, I knew it was something I connected with, but at the time I didn’t see it for the expanse of possibilities it had. When I told my boyfriend “I bought a silver dress!” I knew he wasn’t surprised: I’m wont to be attracted to (and buy) somewhat nutty clothing items, but according to friends and family, I always figure out how to make them work.
This dress is, in my opinion, a great statement on its own. It can work with a variety of shoes and layering options (tights, leggings, etc.) but it wasn’t until I took it home that I realized I already had several ways of changing it up hanging right in my closet!
I’d picked up this gray sleeveless shell at Makeno, an amazing collective of independent designers in Medellín during my last week in Colombia. The piece itself works great with a pair of jeans, but when I layer it over the silver dress I think it takes the look to a whole new level of wackiness that maybe only I can embrace.
I picked up this green sweater vest through a post-holiday sale at Anthropologie last season, and it’s proven to be a lot more versatile than I originally thought. I’ve worn the vest layered over a silk plaid shirtdress, over a white button-up with jeans, and now over the silver dress for perhaps a holiday-inspired work look. I also got this red sweater from Anthro with my birthday month discount, and I’m super curious to see what it looks like over the dress.
See? Kind of a crazy pick at first glance, but I’m finding that a silver dress has a lot more versatility and options than I initially gave it credit for. It just further proves two style theories I have: 1) buy and wear what you like and you won’t go wrong, and 2) life is too short to wear boring clothes!
Do you have a “crazy” piece in your wardrobe that you find yourself wearing on repeat? Tell me all about it in the comments!