Sartorial Saturday–Tartan Trimmings

Time for a look at another piece from the Miss Candyfloss “Smile with Lucy” collection!

The Iliana-Bo is a wine-colored swing dress with tartan details. It’s a beautiful color for autumn, and I love tartan, especially one that is primarily grey!

The accessories were a little hard to pin down for this one…in the end, I decided on blue and brown Splendette duchess bangles and a gold locket brooch from Erstwilder, plus a hat and gloves in tan. I think this dress would also look great with dark green accents!

Update: It does, indeed, look great with green accessories!

I love the bold collar and square neckline:

I’m really enjoying wearing a statement ring over my gloves this fall!

Like all good dresses, it has deep pockets!

It’s such a wonderfully classic look!

There are only two more pieces from this collection that I’m waiting for…I hope I’m able to get both of them!

Sartorial Saturday–It’s All About the Details

It’s time to take a look at my very favorite dress from the Miss Candyfloss “Smile with Lucy” collection…the Jael-Abalone.

This dress is similar in style to the Selena-Sun, one of my favorite pieces from this year’s spring collection. It has the same fun collar, square neckline, and asymmetrical row of functioning buttons down the front.

A detail I didn’t know about until I received the dress is the gorgeous and subtle tone-on-tone pattern found on the cuffs, collar, and belt…I love it!

I also love the colors of the dress…blue and grey are so pretty together, and the gentle stripes add just the right amount of visual interest!

I accessorized with a silver brooch, a stack of Splendette Duchess Bangles, and a pretty floral ring, plus a hat and gloves:

I love the elegant simplicity of this dress!

It’s such a smart look!

I now have half of the items on my wishlist from this collection…I hope the other pieces are released soon!

Sartorial Saturday–Check it Out

My second purchase from the Miss Candyfloss “Smile with Lucy” autumn/winter collection is a dress I almost didn’t get, the Magdalia-Lee swing dress.

Because I knew that stock would be limited, I was ready to go before the items were released on the website, but sometimes, luck just isn’t on your side, and what I assume was the only dress available in my size was gone before I could click “add to cart.” Not for the first time, Miss Candyfloss graciously pointed me to one of their online stockists, Nostalgie Shop, where I was able to order the dress. I continue to be impressed with the customer service I receive from Miss Candyfloss!

This is a lovely swing dress with a checked skirt in navy and lilac. The simple neckline is lovely, as is the way the colors of the dress change a bit in different lights.

I chose blue and lilac accessories to accompany the dress, including a Splendette stack, a favorite Erstwilder brooch, and a cute hat.

The dress has plenty of twirl!

And it also has the most important feature…pockets!

I’m so happy Miss Candyfloss was able to help me find this dress online, because I can already tell it’s going to be a new favorite!

Sartorial Saturday–Inspired by Barbie

I have wanted a Vixen by Micheline Pitt Dollface dress for literal years!

This beautiful black and white striped dress gets its inspiration from Barbie’s iconic 1959 black and white chevron striped swimsuit. Even though they are completely different articles of clothing, the connection is clear:

The options for accessorizing are endless because everything goes with black and white. This time, I added in a little burgundy to a black and white stack of Splendette duchess bangles, plus more black and white with an Erstwilder brooch, my favorite pillbox hat and lace gloves, and a Burgundy Yemak cropped cardigan:

Over the years, the Dollface dress has also been available in pink & white and blue & white variations. Each time this dress has come and gone from Vixen’s website, I’ve been filled regret that I didn’t order one…it didn’t matter which color, I just loved the style and design of the dress! When I heard that original colorway was finally making a comeback, I was ecstatic that I finally had a chance to add it to my wardrobe!

Like my other Vixen by Micheline Pitt dresses, it has a lovely full skirt perfect for twirling, and deep, deep pockets.

I love this dress, and if it was made available in other color combinations in the future, I’d think about adding another one to my closet!

Sartorial Saturday–Smile with Lucy

I could not be more excited about the new Miss Candyfloss autumn/winter lookbook, “Smile with Lucy!” The entire collection is inspired by one of my favorite icons, the inimitable Lucille Ball.

The very first release from the collection included the Mandisa-Dora tartan swing dress, and as soon as I saw it, I fell in love:

The dress is made of a wool blend, which worried me a little, but somehow, it manages not to be itchy at all.

I accessorized with a few Splendette duchess bangles perfect for fall, and a lovely gold brooch from Erstwilder. I even got out my velvet gloves (even though it’s really too hot to wear them yet).

The tartan print is so pretty!

This is a great dress for early fall…even though it is a wool blend, it’s not heavy, and the short sleeves make it easy to wear while it’s still warm out.

I can’t wait for the rest of the collection to be released…everything in the lookbook is fantastic!

Sartorial Saturday–Clearance Shopping

Sometimes, you find a deal that’s just too good to pass up!

I’ve been wanting to try a pantsuit from Miss Candyfloss, but I was really worried about the fit. Knowing that their sunsuits worked for me helped a little bit, but I hadn’t been able to commit to buying one. Until I found the Mare-Minty on clearance at one of their online retailers, Boho-Chic Clothing, for only $30 (American!)!!! At that price, I really had nothing to lose!

The color scheme of this beautiful pantsuit made accessorizing lots of fun…I added a beautiful Splendette stack with matching necklace, and one of my favorite headpieces.

I also added my first-ever pair of Erstwilder earrings, from their Wizard of Oz collection:

I love how elegant this look is, and also how easy it is to wear…it’s super comfortable!

I’m so glad I was able to take a chance on this outfit. I know how their pantsuits fit now (I just need to have the hem raised a bit), and I know I like to wear them, so I don’t think this will be the only one I add to my wardrobe!

Sartorial Saturday–The Day Dress

Miss Candyfloss has a new lookbook for spring/summer 2022, and I have my first new dress from it!

The Amina-Regina is a beautiful, floral print day dress. It’s light and easy to wear, and perfect for the coming warmer days!

The collection is called “A Touch of Grace,” and is named for the lovely Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. I think this dress in particular lives up to the name, and it also reminds me of some of the dresses that Queen Elizabeth II wore at the beginning of her reign in the 1950s, so I feel especially regal wearing it!

I accessorized with a neutral hat and gloves, and added in a blue and white stack of Splendette Duchess bangles and a heart-shaped brooch from the Erstwilder Paris Holiday collection.

The dress also looks perfect with a cropped cardigan:

I love the elegant simplicity of this dress, and I’m looking forward to wearing it often!

Sartorial Saturday–“Die Heimat”

You didn’t think I’d stop at just one dirndl, did you?

When Ryan bought me my very first dirndl as an early Christmas present, there were two options that really stood out to me…the beautiful purple floral dirndl he ordered, and “Die Heimat,” a dress that features a gorgeous suede bodice and comes with an apron that has a lovely print of deer and old script. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I decided to save my money and go ahead and add a second dirndl to my wardrobe…let’s call it a gift to myself for my (almost) 100 day streak of German lessons with Duolingo!

As always, accessories are everything. I added a fierce-looking Hirsch necklace from Rare Dirndl to go with the outfit, and on Black Friday, I got this beautiful lace dirndl blouse for a steal! I added my edelweiss clip to a grey fedora, and a pair of dirndl-style shoes and some nice warm tights that aren’t quite the right color depending on which part of the outfit you compare them to, but let’s just overlook that, shall we?

One of my favorite details of this style, and something that I think makes it extra special, is that there is both a ribbon and a chain for lacing. I’m not going to lie…trying to figure out how to lace them both without getting them tangled was a challenge, and I was pretty slow at it, but I think I’ve maybe got it figured out now, and it looks so good!

I feel Austrian when I wear this!

Stay tuned to see how I style this dirndl for Christmas!

Sartorial Saturday–National Dress

Today I’m taking a look at something completely different!

I have always loved national dress, from Norway’s bunad to the sari of South Asia. And I have long lamented the fact the the US really doesn’t have ethnic dress, unless you count jeans (which I don’t). But my ethnic heritage (Austrian and German) does have a traditional garment for women in the form of the dirndl, something I have long wanted to add to my wardrobe, and Ryan bought me a purple and floral one for an early Christmas present!

This beautiful dirndl is from Rare Dirndl, a small business located in Chicago (where else?!?). It consists of a purple dress and a gorgeous floral print apron, and I’m wearing it with a Rare Dirndl puff sleeve, lace-trim blouse. Also, the best clothing designers know that women want pockets in their dresses, and Rare Dirndl is no exception!

The details on the dress are amazing (look at the pleated trim around the neckline and the piping down the front!), and the workmanship is outstanding (check out how well the hooks on the front are sewn on, and with such a beautiful color of thread, too…it almost looks like they’re set with gemstones!). The print of the apron is fantastic, too…it has a metallic sheen, and the colors are so vibrant…and the strings are actually long enough to fit me properly, which was a huge concern of mine. It is seriously the most well-made and best fitting dress I have ever had (and I have a lot of dresses!).

To accessorize, I added a purple fedora and a petticoat with a lace edge meant to be seen:

I added a leather Edelweiss clip to my hat (also from Rare Dirndl), and then moved it to my hair, just for fun. It can also be worn as a brooch…I love a versatile accessory!

Here’s a look at the whole outfit sans hat:

Rare Dirndl also offers some lovely jewelry, and many of the pieces feature Edelweiss, a flower often associated with Austria. The scalloped necklace is so delicate and beautiful, and I love the pop of color of the wrap bracelet! (I added one of my Lake Michigan HOMES bracelets in a coordinating color, since I’m celebrating my heritage.)

I’m ready to twirl my way through the Alps!

This is my first dirndl, but it won’t be last…I’m already waiting for my second Rare Dirndl dress to arrive! Erika was such a huge help in answering all of my questions and making sure I got the dirndl of my dreams, so I’m really excited to support her small business again! It’s really not a jump for me to go from retro dressing to ethnic dressing, because they both include a nod to the past in a new, modern way, so I feel comfortable wearing this outfit not just to German events (I can’t wait to style it for Belleville’s Christkindlmarkt in a few weeks), and it’s definitely not a costume item to me. I’m looking forward to sharing more photos of my national dress(es) as I style them in different ways throughout the seasons!

Sartorial Saturday–Toujours Élégant

Time for a look at one more item from the Miss Candyfloss Toujours Élégant autumn/winter 2021 collection…the lovely Minette-Lou tartan swing dress!

I feel like I’ve been waiting for this dress forever. It was one of the very first pieces to catch my eye when I initially scrolled through the lookbook. It’s kind of funny, then, that it’s the last piece on my wishlist to be released, but at least it’s finally here!

Accessorizing was fun…I chose my pillbox hat, black lace gloves, a grey and yellow stack of Splendette duchess bangles, and my Erstwilder brooch that has become a wardrobe staple:

This dress is so lovely and easy to wear. It has tons of twirl, and I love that it looks like a jacket and skirt. The plaid accents on the collar, cuffs, and buttons are lovely additional details, too!

I have to admit, there’s almost a sense of letdown now that I have all the items I was dreaming of from the autumn/winter collection…it’s seems like a long time before I’ll get a glance at the spring/summer 2022 lookbook!