“Like red lipstick on the mouth,
my products wake up and brighten and bring the wearer to life,
drawing attention to her beauty and specialness,
her moods and movements,
her dreams and fantasies.”
~ Betsey Johnson
Say hello to a Betsey Johnson dress that I will never bid farewell. EVER. This bodycon beauty, in the quintessential cabbage rose pattern, was revived within her archive collection. My rock star friend, Kel, who I highlighted in a recent post, worked for this iconic brand once upon a time and gifted me this now treasured possession.
With my style typically knocking on the door of androgynous, form-fitting dresses are often overlooked. They are not always the most flattering on my athletic body type; however, the wrap design and plunging neckline complimented my shape in this instance. And, of course, the pattern is beautiful, bold and cannot go unnoticed. It was as if the roses were painted directly on the fabric.
To achieve more wear out of this statement piece, I often dress it down by layering sweaters, jackets, or scarves over top. In this particular look, I paired my favorite over-sized denim button down from Treasure & Bond by Nordstrom. Keep the shirt open to maintain the dress as the focal point, but close it for an even more casual look. Sneakers are a great way to tie in any type of casual layering. And what is more poetic than pairing the most classic sneaker in the world with the most whimsical and over-the-top fashion designer.
At the end of the day, you cannot help but have fun in this dress! It made me want to play and be silly and attempt splits and cartwheels. Well, maybe not the splits. Definitely not splits; that will never be in my skill set, but you get the point. This dress makes me smile! And, in style, that is a key ground rule of mine.
Photos taken by Tristyn Albright
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