Friday, April 16, 2010


Here's an outfit in which I recycled a couple of recent ideas and turned them into something new. I wanted to play around with the tights and sandals look again, and I also wanted to do another pairing of this harness with something sheer and floaty (avert your eyes, A-C!).

It turns out I've only worn this dress 2 other times; I thought it had been more. But it is rather tricky to work with, being so sheer that it needs a full underneath layer, and also being a particular shape that makes the layering not so easy to accomplish. For instance, I've tried it with straighter skirts and the proportions are all wrong; the full skirt needs something under it that can fill it out or it ends up looking like it's missing a layer. Thus, the other times I've worn it have also been with my full tulle skirts underneath. You can see them all side by side at the bottom of the post.

Although the blue in the dress pattern is really a cornflower shade, I cheated and paired it with my dark peacock tulle skirt, which to me was close enough. Because the shade of the tulle skirt is so much darker, it allows the different hues to work together.

Dress: 70's vintage
Harness: Audra Jean
Skirt: Noa Noa
Tights: Foot Traffic, via Sock Dreams
Shoes: John Fluevog


erin e flynn said...

I love this outfit! I never would have thought to put those items together, but I really like the result!

Andrea Eames said...

Hi lovely lady!

I was just writing to see if you would like to meet up for a coffee or something while I'm in San Francisco? We're only there for a day and a half, but if you're free on the morning of Sunday 2 May, I'd love to meet you. :)

Hope all is well!

Andrea xx

Kelly said...

What a sweet dress!

Jamie said...

Audi, this incarnation is the best. You have totally nailed it!
You got the whole package!

Sarah said...

Love the outfit, the harness is so cool!

A-C said...

you're killing me! I *MUST* have one now (or rather when I have an income) lol

I really do love how awesome this harness is and how much it adds to a beautiful dress. And the dress! So very pretty. be still my heart!

Unknown said...

Hi Audi, I've been following your blog for a few weeks now. Love it! You've re-inspired me and I've embarked on a thrifting carnivale.
I'm curious as to what biology/lab field you work in. I'm a government entomologist in a conservative workplace in the deep north of Oz, so can relate to your unappreciated style efforts.

Jen said...

Hi Audi,

I've been following your blog for a bit, and it's always fun to see the creative outfits you come up with.

I'm curious about what sort of company you work in. I suppose it's more liberal in academia, but I find that a lot of the grad students and even professors dress quite stylishly.

Even so, I'm hesitant to dress quite as adventurously as you, in part because of my personal style (a lot of dark colors and menswear-inspired pieces) and in part because I'd be afraid of not being taken seriously. The latter probably informs my personal style a lot. It may also be partially because, as a student, I'm not very well-established, if that makes sense.

I feel like there's a stigma attached to dressing "too nicely," particularly if you've yet to prove your intellectual worth. Looking put together and professional is always encouraged, but looking too glamorous in a serious environment seems to suggest superficiality and ineptitude (resulting from a lack of focus on work). Additionally, it draws attention to one's femininity, which is not particularly helpful in a male-dominated field. [insert feminist rant here] It probably doesn't help that most of the girls I know who do pay a lot of attention to fashion are great examples of such negative stereotypes. They are unfocused, somewhat shallow and ditsy, don't work nearly as hard, and a lot don't do very well academically. What are your thoughts on this?

Kasmira said...

I think this is my favorite way you've worn this dress! Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

every time you wear this harness, I love it! And over a little flowered number? heck yeah! Mayhaps I'll have to talk to my husband about my upcoming birthday present ... :o)

Ms. Falcon said...

love this dress worn with your harness. it looks just perftect on you!


WendyB said...

It's great how the harness adds just the right amount of toughness to the dress.

Raquelita said...

I am so completely in love with harness with this! I'm also a big fan of the tights and sandals.

To one of the above commenters, Jen, there are a number of stylish grad students and professors, who blog about their outfits and the intersection of dress as representation and academy. I am one of them. Others include Academichic, The Cohabitating Closet, The Glamourous Grad Student, and What Would a Nerd Wear. Fundamentally, my advice to you is to be aware of those perils, but if you know your shit and you're confident, it doesn't matter. You have the power to help overturn the stereotypes against caring about style in academia.

Sheila said...

This is so pretty, Audi, and has just the right amount of an edge to keep it from being over-the-top girly.

Love your leather creations!

Rad said...

Oh wow, I love this dress, and the different ways you've styled it are just amazing! (Something seems weird about that grammar, but we'll move on). I like this the best. In the best way possible, adding the amazing harness makes the dress alpine, very turn of the century Teutonic chic. I really like it.

EvaNadine said...

this is definitely my favorite styling of the dress so far -- i LOVE it with the harness!

LGJ said...

I just started following your blog, but it is wonderful. I'm in desperate need of help - I'm totally that solid t-shirt with jeans girl (or at work, solid blouse with black/khaki slacks). Buying a solid purple (gasp, purple!) t-shirt seemed like a big step when I got it a few months ago. I know I need to improve but I also know I don't know enough to make better shopping choices on my own yet.

A question - where abouts are you? I'm in Florida, so seeing all the scarves and tights in your previous posts make me itchy. It's not a matter of "I could never wear that" because I can't pull it off, it's because I'd die of heat (the high today will be in the 80s(F))

Audi said...

Jane: I work for a biotechnology company that makes primarily antibody therapeutics for cancer, automimmune indications, and other diseases. I'm in a bioanalytical group.

Jen: I agree wholeheartedly with La Historiadora de Moda's comment; if you know your stuff, then don't worry about what others may think. In biotech the dress code tends to be almost anything-goes (unless you're in the sales or legal departments, perhaps), but even still I'm definitely known to some extent for what I wear. I simply don't worry about it, because I know that my scientific performance will speak for itself once people work with me.

LGJ: I'd encourage you to take a look at the Breaking Out of a Fashion Rut series I did awhile back; you can find the links in my sidebar. I'm in chilly San Francisco, so you'll see scarves and tights on me for a good portion of the year.

Imogen Lamport, AICI CIP said...

Have you tried it with a pair of skinny jeans?

Side Street Style said...

Wow I love this beautiful flowing dress..the waistcoat belt is amazing too and so are the shoes and it :)

Great blog by the way

Laura x