Shoes: Steve Madden
When I first saw the Marbella Midi Dress on the sale rack at Anthropologie, I slid it out of my way and continued to look for other frocks that could be more deserving of a new home in my closet. Because of its pink tassels, I pictured myself looking like a wannabe Pocahontas if I were to try it on. On its plastic hanger, this dress also appeared at first glance as though its fit would be boxy and awkward on my frame.
However, Chris changed my mind, proving that judging a garment by its appearance on a hanger is all too comparable to judging a book by its cover. Perusing the racks after I had moved on, he took one look at this dress and said, “Ohhh, cool. You have to try this one!” I decided to go ahead and try it on for kicks, even though it was still at the bottom of my mental ranking of the items draped over my right arm.
Ironically, this is now one of my favorite dresses!
I wore it all day as I ran last-minute errands to put the finishing touches on Chris’ birthday celebration this weekend (more about that later!), but it also transitioned well into a wonderful evening of food and conversation at his grandparents’ house in Columbia, South Carolina. Paired with a simple pair of black leather sandals and a chunky feather bracelet, this look was effortless but also fun and feminine.
While I would never have shelled over the original price for this unlikely gem (Sorry, Anthro, I just can’t allow myself to pay over $100 for a cotton midi dress, even if it is adorable!), I’m actually excited to wash it with the rest of my laundry tomorrow so I can wear it again soon.
The color will make it an easy piece to transition into fall, and the belt could be tied in a variety of ways, easily creating a new look each time it’s worn. I’m also a big fan of bohemian and tribal prints, so I personally find the intricate arrangement of sequins and embroidery to be gorgeous.
I found this dress to run large, so I would recommend sizing down if you are deciding between two sizes. Also, while the dress is not totally sheer, I felt more comfortable wearing a half-slip to prevent myself from revealing a little too much when the sunlight shines through it! ;)