Monday, September 13, 2010

Friday Night Lights

If you're wondering what to wear to your own housewarming party, there's only one right answer. A lobster dress:

Friday Night Lights

Works Cited
dress: anthro
flats: yellow box

Friday Night Lights

On Friday night, Christopher and I threw a little housewarming party at our new place. We drank whiskey-gingers and played games until way past my bedtime. It was a lot of fun and the lobster dress was a hit (at least with my friend Sarah, whom I adore and not only because she always tells me I look cute).

Friday Night Lights

While there's no denying that this dress is outstanding, it falls victim to the big gripe I have about stuff from anthropologie: it's not always versatile. While you could wear a gray tank dress about a million times and no one would really notice, a lobster dress is not exactly so subtle. Yes, I could throw a black cardigan over this and wear it to teach (and I probably will), but for the price tag, anthro's garments are not always be as wearable as I want.
What's your take? Maybe I just need to be a little more inventive with my eccentric dresses?

47 comments:

dennicapearl said...

you're so right! it definately caught my attention.

i love it! its unique, and stunning.

do you have a button that i can put up on my side bar? :D i love your blog!


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Alex said...

It is a little difficult to imagine lots of ways to wear it because it's so bold it's always going to be the feature. I don't suppose it's an option to pop a plain coloured skirt over the top of it and just wear it as a lobster top?

Miki's scrapbook said...

Hi, there! I know what you mean since I LOVE dresses (and garnments in general) with a distinctive pattern. I get them and then realize I have nothing to match them with. All my items tend to have a different pattern or color, haha. I don't know how to help you there. What I can say is that you can totally wear this dress with a thin turtle neck beneath it (in winter, of course). You'll be surprised to see how different you'll look! It has to be really thin, though, and the right color. I always wear black, but they come in many different colors. I don't know where you can find them there, they're consider underwear here. I'll share a link so you can see what I mean:

http://www.cocotventadirecta.com.ar/camisetas.php

Hope you're having a great week!

Miki.

Lara said...

It's a very cute dress. I think it's great to have a few items that aren't so versatile that are distinctly "you". I think your concern is more about the print than Anthro specifically--I have a reddish pink shift dress from a few years back from Anthro that has been layered over tees and tights and boots or worn in the summer with flats. I could see this dress with a black turtleneck and tights with a belt to cinch it at the natural waist instead of the empire waist--that would be very cute!

Rebecca said...

I love the lobster dress. I think that you could mix it up with a belted cardigan, and I like the previous posters suggestion to layer it over a turtleneck.

eek said...

I completely agree - Anthro has such great prints that you can't find anywhere else, but they tend to be more noticeable and, thus, less versatile. You can always put a sweater over the dress when the weather turns colder and make it a skirt too :)

KT said...

This dress is awesome and totally perfect for a housewarming party. Not everyone could pull it off but I like how you kept it simple. - Katy

Scholar Style Guide said...

Make it a signature item! I love this dress. And I love when people take things that are distinctly THEM, and wear them lots of different ways without worrying that they're wearing it too much.

I can think of a few ways to wear it besides the ones already mentioned:
-with a non-cardi sweater over the top, possibly belted at your waist, making it look like a skirt.
- you could do the same thing with a black button down or almost any top thick enough to cover the print.
-besides just with a cardigan over the top as is, you could add tights and boots with the cardigan to make it a classic fall look.
-if you're feeling bold, what about wearing it with a tall boot and an orange knee sock peeking out over the top? I'm imagining it with bare legs and with dark tights. Both look good in my head. : )

People will totally notice that you're wearing it frequently, but since it's such a fun print, I know I'd be excited to see it keep showing up on the blog (and, if I saw you IRL, there, too!).

happy housewarming!

-Liz

Cara said...

I would love to see it dressed for teaching! When I was teaching high school, I always had to be so careful about what I wore, because a slightly ill-fitting shirt would raise comments like: "Ms. E, are you pregnant?", or a more eccentric colour combination would illicit responses like: "Yes, Miss Elf". Teaching university has more freedom, so I'm a little jealous!

caffeinerd said...

Awesome dress in general, and especially for your housewarming! congrats! I never knew what I was missing until we threw ours...such a wonderful excuse to get friends together with yummy food. I do understand what you mean about its versatility, but I definitely think you could rock it for teaching, and maybe with a shirt/belt over it turn it into a skirt? And with boots/tights I bet it'll have a whole new feel :)

Archives said...

i LOVE this dress! i saw it on their website and have wanted it since! you look super cute in it. hope you had a nice housewarming :)

O O N A said...

this dress blows my mind! the print is to die for. ha ha and i am glad i was actually usuful with the translation. and for the dress i think with smart layering it could be used more often without seeming like you were repeating yourself over and over

Biba said...

It's a great dress. You could definitely style it for autumn/winter season with black, white, orangey or even brown. Wear it over trousers, leggings, with cardis, sweaters, shirts... I do believe that despite its very 'memorable' print the use of this dress is endless!

Cosmic said...

Lovely on you!

Christy said...

I agree that really bold prints can be difficult to wear over and over again. I think that dresses like this one really encourage you to be creative about remixing your wardrobe, though. Maybe try wearing a solid skirt over the bottom half or wearing a button down or cardigan over the top half of the dress. That said, I think you look lovely and quirky in your lobster dress! :)

MONKEYFACE said...

If I were you, I would wear the lobster dress in every which way imaginable ALL the time, just to remind people how awesome you are. B/c no one in a lobster dress could be anything less.

Sal said...

I have the same issue with most of Anthro's clothes. But I think that dress could be done with an eggplant cardi, gray blazer, even an olive green shawl. Throw on tights and boots and it's fall- and winter-ready!

Lauren said...

I agree with Monkeyface's comment above - that dress is fabulous and should be paired with all sorts of color combinations, tanks, t-shirts, blouses, blazers, and cardis - because It. is. Awesome. :) So cute!

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Lilli said...

I think this is very cute and would actually be very comical when worn to gatherings involving food. Pair this up with some tights and a cardi and there is ur thanksgiving dinner.. i mean outfit. lol. I say have fun with it!

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Keira said...

I'm so glad to see a Lobster Dress appearance (I love this dress so much, I think it deserves the respect of capital letters). I like the idea of throwing a tee over it to wear as a skirt, or a skirt over it to wear as a top, or covered with cardis/blazers. But I totally understand the Anthro conundrum...

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Hmm, you could wear a skirt over it and make it into a top, and wear all sorts of shirts on top of it. What about maybe adding a belt? Or pairing it with a scarf with an interesting pattern in red tones?

S@sha said...

I think that you should not get caught up in the fact that it's lobster print and just think of it as a red and white print. I also think you could try pairing it with navy (I get that the straps and part of the lobsters are black, but that no black and navy rule has been broken many times recently in fashion and the red is the dominant part of this pattern anyway). A navy and white striped cardigan (or grey and white), or polka dots would detract from the lobster factor by adding another pattern. It could be a disaster, but it could be great.

Sarah said...

Oh My GOODNESS! I have been mentioned on both twitter and the blog! To quote Ms. Rachel Zoe: "I die!" Thanks, T -- you totally made my day!

Additionally, I really like the challenge of making the L-dress more versatile. The fitted/tailored style of the top will help with the dress-to-skirt transition.

xox! Sarah (c.f. first paragraph of blog and recent tweet)

amy said...

I totally agree with you that a print like this is super fun, but just isn't as versatile. You can't make other pieces or accessories pop or change up the look, because the fabric will always be center stage, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. :)
Simple dresses with fun prints like this are the one major reason I want to learn how to sew. Seriously-- unique fabrics like this are the ones that always go on sale, you know? I'm making it a new school year's resolution that I will FINALLY learn to sew.

Sarah said...

I love this dress. I really love lobster prints, they remind of Maine, which is where I want to own a home some day. Love it!

I agree with you about prints like this, they are heard to wear more than a few times without people saying "hey, you are wearing the lobster dress again!?"

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Clare said...

I totally agree about Anthro stuff. It's why I think it's extra awesome to find something great on clearance, but I'll rarely pay full price for it. I just won't wear it enough.

I do ADORE this, though.

swatchcat said...

I totally agree with you about Anthro. I bought the Maeve Botanical Stroll Dress specifically because of the cute kitties on it, yet I've been unable to find anywhere practical to wear it. It's not exactly a casual dress. I did get it on sale, but it still cost a pretty penny. I guess I just need to suck it up and wear the darn thing!

That said, you are rocking that lobster dress! I guess all you need to pair with a bold print like that is confidence and a big ol' smile!

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Lexie, Little Boat said...

i LOVE the lobster dress! i do agree with you though .. there's only so many ways to remix lobsters!

Viktoria with a K said...

I love your lobster dress, but I wouldn't buy it because I wouldn't know how to remix it! (I also don't think I'm cool enough to pull off a lobster dress!)

natalia said...

Absolutely. I splashed out for this dress from Anthro, and while I love it, it's got a HUGE CRAZY ALLOVER PRINT that sort of precludes one from wearing it every day. I have worn it to the office with, say, a black sweater and coloured tights; I think the key is to tone it down with basics.
It'd probably make a pretty sweet jumper as well. (Same absolutely goes for the lobster dress!)

nat // juxta-posing.tumblr.com

anotherfishinthesea said...

definitely agree with you!! there are quite a few of anthro's items that i have died over... then decided not to go for, because i wouldn't want people to recognize it every time i wore it!

Natasha xoxo said...

The dress looks great on you!

Natasha
http://poshxoxo.blogspot.com

La Historiadora de Moda said...

It is a stand-out piece, no doubt about it! I would suggest pairing it with a blazer for the classroom and with a hoodie for weekend wear. I also think that it would look great with a cardi and flats, and as the weather gets crisper with a cardi and tights and boots. I also don't think you need to limit yourself to black with it. Orange, yellow, grey, and brown would work well with it, too!

Anna said...

Cute! You could put a long sleeve tee underneath or a shirt over it and make it a skirt.

Eunice said...

what a cute dress! love the lobster print! haha



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Kassondra DeBoer said...

Happy new place to you.
Your dress is amazing!!!!

isabeltheconquistador said...

That dress has stolen my heart again.

Rose-Anne said...

I think this is just one of those pieces that is going to stand out, no matter how you style it. But isn't standing out a good thing? I say as long as you wear it many times, you've gotten your money's worth :-)

But I do like the idea of layering a tight black long-sleeved t-shirt underneath for fall. Is that too Halloween-y?

Future Lint said...

Awesome dress! I love a good quirky print! As for Anthro, I've never been there (shhh, don't tell!) But I know what you mean, I have a lot of um, bold? pieces and they don't get much wear because they stick out so much!

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

I agree with you - I'd remember that dress for sure! But I think it's great having pieces like that, that have some humor and quirk, and that are memorable. I'll bet you can find different ways to wear it, too. It looks fantastic on you!

Jenni said...

Ahh! That dress is so incredible! I love how whimsical this is!

Melanie said...

Yayy, the lobster dress! Very cool, but I agree--it's not the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. But hey, didn't you get it on sale? ;)

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

Venn said...

yeah! it's reallyy unique n original :D

xoxo

piglet said...

You have a lobster dress!!!!
That is so freaking cool.

Malicious Mallory said...

It's a really cute dress actually!
But I can see it's basically impossible to wear a lot. :p

Jinah said...

(Oops I realize this is a really old post, I'm just catching up!) I bought this dress this past summer too and have only reached for it once since it's so distinctive. However, I think in addition to on its own, it would mix well with tan belts and shoes, neutral and bright colored cardis, loosey goosey lace tops in black, and for summer- bright white wraps and scarves. I'm sure you can make it work if you really want to get the mileage you want from it.

Desiree said...

I know this post is a little older but I'm a new reader catching up on your archives and had a few ideas. =)

You could pair that great red and white check button up you have with it. Maybe tie it in the front for a chilly spring evening? Orrr layer a black and white stripped shirt over it and let the dress act like a skirt. Orrr, a black and white stripped (or black and white checked) button up UNDER it (I always feel very nerdy, in a totally good way, when I wear button ups under things). One last one for winter, black tights (or red) and a black blazer or cardi?

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