Dress: Isaac Mizrahi for Target, cream top: Net, earrings: Night market stall, necklace: Totus Mel on Etsy, bag: Earth Tree (地球樹), a fair trade store in Taipei, shoes: Green Pine from Sogo
This is definitely one for my "backdrops that looked better in real life than in the photo" file. Whoops! I do like, however, that the white chain link fence kind of echoes my cream blouse... which is actually not a blouse, but a bolero I purchased on impulse from Net, Taiwan's version of Forever 21 and H&M, and that honestly looks better layered under something else instead of over. I think I got the black eyelet dress just before I moved here. The bodice is really weird... it seems like it was designed for someone who is not only very busty, but also has very well-developed shoulder muscles. Does anyone else have that fit problem with Target dresses? I took in the straps a bit but still wasn't happy with how wide the neckline was or the idea of having to do alterations on a lined dress... until I figured, why not just shove a another piece of clothing underneath it and call it a jumper? Haha! If only all life's little problems were that easy to solve.
My favorite part of this outfit is definitely my Totus Mel Vive La Reine tatted necklace. Her stuff is really amazing! I taught myself how to tat in high school by following instructions in a book and it took me FOREVER to figure out how to do the little "pop" for each knot (if only YouTube had existed back then!). In my opinion, tatting is one of the coolest needlecrafts out there and I am amazed at the amount of work that went into my necklace. My earrings are little wooden discs with flowers lasercut into them that I purchased from the night market.
In between all the lace and the silhouette of the dress, I think my outfit is kind of a mash up between 1950s sundresses and Victorian style flourishes. A bit random, but I'm happy with it -- especially since I pulled it together from a couple things that were being neglected in my closet!