I often draw inspiration from the outfits styled for clothing catalogs and retailer websites, so since I knew I wouldn’t be able to purchased all the fun items I tried on at Banana Republic, I decided I would use the experience to come up with inspiration for my existing wardrobe. My first instinct with this ponte grey ruffle dress was to pair it with a pair of shinny heels, sparkly jewelry, and other evening accessories. But, this cognac braided leather belt happened to be in the dressing room with me so I threw it on. I liked the unexpected addition of the casual belt so ran with it. I added orange and wood wedge sandals, gold hoop earrings, and this brown and black snake-print clutch.
I didn’t purchase any of these items (although I was really tempted by the dress, which is what I would put a $50 gift card towards). Instead, I took home inspiration for a similar ensemble using pieces in my own wardrobe. I love the navy ruffle dress I wore for S.’s wedding, but have been looking for ways to keep wearing it. Thanks to this little experiment, I’m now planning to wear the dress with my cognac belt, brown wedges, and my woven straw clutch, for a more casual spring dinner date. Now, if only the weather would warm back up!