The inspiration for my outfit today is from the Fall/Winter 2016 Dolce & Gabbana Collection. The black and white floral dress (far left column in photo) really caught my eye. I had nothing like it in my wardrobe and the black & white color patterns really seem to be trending at the moment. It was a good time to shop for a black and white floral piece that could be substituted for the Dolce & Gabbana runway dress.
Of course, when I actually looked at the actual cost of the Dolce & Gabbana dress, I realized I would have to find a less expensive way to integrate this look into my closet. I did need to find a similar black and white floral piece as I knew I had nothing like it. After searching my usual sites, I found a piece that I thought would work at the online site, Stylewe. I dropped it into my shopping cart and waited for a “flash sale”. Stylewe offers “flash sales” by designer and then they select certain pieces from that designer to include into the sale. These sales only last a few days. After that, the item returns to its regular price. As luck would have it, this piece went on sale at a 40% discount about a month after I dropped it into my cart. It is now on sale at a 30% discount.
Once I received the black and white floral tunic/top (more like a top), I was able to search through my wardrobe and find pieces to style with it. My wardrobe has many solid color pieces as I have spent that past several years building solid color columns. Now, I am adding other pieces with patterns.
In the top group of photos, I placed the Dolce & Gabbana inspiration piece on the left (dress). Surrounding that photo, are my photos with my new black and white tunic top. I paired it with black Eileen Fisher harem pants (sadly discontinued). Then, I layered two obi belts…one over another…at my waist (the bottom obi is thin, black suede and the one layered over it is a thin, black textured silk obi belt). The black felted flower in my hair is actually a pin that I found at the Chicago One-of-a-Kind Show several years back. I added two bobby pins to secure the flower to my hair….with pin securely closed. It is really a rather simple styling.
The bottom group of pictures feature a black velvet fingertip length jacket that I just added over my outfit. I found it on sale at J.Jill about sixteen years ago. I like that I can push up the sleeves on this jacket. This allows me to feature my collection of vintage Bakelite bangles….which is an ongoing collection. My black leather origami clutch is from a fabulous Door County artisan at Turtle Ridge Gallery. I have many gorgeous bags from this designer and this is one of my favorites.