Friday, April 24, 2015

playing for keeps

Jacket: Old Navy; Dress: Zara; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Clutch: Vintage; Watch: Daniel Wellington; Bracelet: BaubleBar

This dress and I have quite the history. 

Admittedly, the dress itself isn't anything remarkable really. It's from Zara, circa 2006 but I distinctly remember the day I purchased it. I was studying abroad in Turin, Italy for a semester in college and was having the time of my life -- bouncing around Europe on the weekends with my classmates, taking full advantage of the afternoon siesta life and generally experiencing that pinch-me feeling every time I stepped out my small apartment to cobblestone streets, the air buzzing with Italian from nearby vendors and passerby on their way to work.

I remember roaming around the downtown shopping district on the weekends, admiring just how naturally stylish everyone was -- both women and men. Of course, I lingered in front of the glossy window fronts -- Prada, Miu Miu, Valentino -- feasting on their latest sartorial confections, shiny and far beyond reach (the curse of champagne taste on a beer budget, or rather a student budget in this case). 

But then there was Zara. And this dress.

It was toward the end of March, with the promise of spring weather around the corner and I recall seeing this particular dress in the window display. I immediately fell in love with the oversized floral print, the slightly retro flare and the fact we were going to Rome soon for the Easter break, where I wouldn't want to be wearing anything aside from this dress. On a Vespa. Eating gelato on the Spanish Steps. Preferably with Gregory Peck in tow. 

Of course, I rushed in, tried the dress on. And proceeded to wear the dress all over Italy. To Rome. Later in Venice. A road trip through Florence. And lots of train rides over to Milan. It was my fool-proof, feel great dress -- with notes of Audrey and Grace -- and, as funny as it is to admit here in type, I felt invincible in it. 

Flash forward 9 years, and it's one of the few Zara pieces that's survived countless closet clean outs and multiple apartment moves. It has one strap that's slightly busted (I have it very precariously sewed on right now), with more coffee stains on it than I would like to admit, but I can never seem to bring myself to part with it. Why? Probably because it reminds me too much of gelato breaks, the pizzeria we lived upstairs from, the butcher down the street who found our English intriguing and our attempts at Italian adorable, and sitting in piazzas during siesta breaks to purely take in the sunshine and silence of the afternoon over an espresso. So many vivid memories in just one dress that I happened to spot in a window on a random afternoon.

28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dress!! I always love clothes that come with a good story :)
    xo, coco | millennielle.com





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  2. Wow! This dress def. has a history and is a proof that 9 years ago they used to do much better quality clothes even in the chain, street style stores like Zara. You look incredibly cute in this outfit, it's perfect!

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  3. love how you paired the dress with the denim jacket! pretty!


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  4. I love that dress! Such pretty colors that aren't so typical for Spring!

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  5. such a pretty dress!

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  6. That clutch and the print of your dress are so cute together! I'm a sucker for anything yellow :)

    xx, Mel
    http://melinspired.com

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  7. awesome look ; -)



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  8. THIS DRESS! I remember the last post you had on it, how you said that you just can't seem to part with it no matter how many times it makes it to your discard pile. You always change your mind, you smart girl. Never part with it, unless you're willing to send it my way! I, admittedly, have a broad saved search on eBay for "floral Zara dress" in hopes that one day, it'll pop up in my size. Now I love it even more on you after hearing its history. I'm glad I'm not the only one with emotional attachments to clothing.

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  9. Love the whole look, and especially those white pumps! I've been wearing mine everywhere, so perfect for Spring!

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  10. I absolutely love it! It's great to hear the story behind an item of clothing, and those stories are also why it's sometimes so hard to get rid of them!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  11. I love the story behind this dress:)

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

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  12. Can see why this dress has survived all your closet purges … lovely print, lovely fit, and lovely memories. Perhaps you should never get rid of it… think how much a daughter would love knowing that you bought the dress in Italy and have had so many wonderful experiences wearing it.

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  13. Your introspective and retrospective takes on your blog as of late have been fantastic. Love the tone, and it has me even more hooked than before! Favourite fashion blog since 2009. Happy to hear you are transitioning to NYC. Your friend in Canada, Claudia.

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  14. Your introspective and retrospective takes on your blog as of late have been fantastic. Love the tone, and it has me even more hooked than before! Favourite fashion blog since 2009. Happy to hear you are transitioning to NYC. Your friend in Canada, Claudia.

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  15. Super cute dress.
    Xoxo
    Christy

    http://www.am2pmchic.com

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  16. Such a great story! Your writing is amazing and you are one lucky gal - living in Italy for a semester!

    Love the print on this dress - a true classic!

    Happy Medley

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  17. Your dress is so cute, I love the print
    xo
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  18. So nice to hear the stories behind a dress... Definitely make fashion a lot more meaningful :)
    x
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  19. I love this dress. Such a cute silhouette on you!
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  20. Your dress is so lovely, I can't wait for warmer weather to come back here!

    Louise x

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  21. Such a wonderful dress!
    You have styled it so good as well :)

    Have a lovely new week!

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  22. Such a cool summer look - love the 50s vibe! And the dress, I can't believe it's from Zara! It looks so expensive!
    x Fiona

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  23. Clearly it was a good purchase - no one would know its from 2009 if you hadn't told us. Love flirty skirts like that, very feminine and fun silhouette.

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  24. I'm so sentimental about some of the clothes I had during my entire junior year in Florence, Italy. Oh! It was such a magical year. I can totally relate. And I love this dress. It's precious and timeless and just perfect.

    Fun post Krystal!

    Love,

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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  25. Beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing. It's stories like this that keep me coming back to your blog!

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