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white lace dress
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skinny strap heels

Dress: Beacons Closet (similar lace dresses here, here or this short version). Shoes: Steve Madden.  Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.  Shades: Ray Ban

I bought this dress without trying it on because it checks off my mental list of dress requirements: has sleeves/ it’s long/romantic lace pattern –> bonus.  This one online is shorter but with the same effect (gorge in Autumn with black knit tights). The colour and print on the one I found though reminds me soooo much of the Valentino RTW 2012 collection.

Mind you, the length bothered me grazing around the upper ankles so I raised the front of it to show more leg and add in some shape.  Pin first then sew (or use fusion tape like here).  I went with the strappy heels to balance out the volume (worn with jeans in this post).

In Autumn I’m wearing tall or short boots plus a hat. For sure.


  1. Stephanie says:

    OMG LOVE this look!!


  2. Camilla says:

    that dress is so pretty

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

    ps, win a pair of Rayban sunglasses on my blog!

  3. Little Rus says:

    This is such a beautiful find! Frankly, I envy you a little (and in a good way). I think, this dress is perfect – you look beautiful! x

    • Karen says:

      Aww thank you. You can find dresses like this for sure if you like frequenting thrift/vintage spots. Even high streets too have good versions : ) Zara has a few right now!

  4. OLIVIA IRENE says:

    Your dress is amazing! I love the lace! Beautiful my dear!


  5. WendyB says:

    Love the romantic dress contrasted with the graffiti!

  6. magdalena says:

    your shoes <3

  7. Derrar says:

    this dress is fabulous! Just like you :p

  8. Brooke says:

    Love the juxtaposition of a delicate dress and rocky terrain. (Also, that is some RAD spacey nail polish.)

    Just wanted to let you know I used a photo from your “Ola Barcelona” post in an article highlighting outfits that mix ornate and casual elements. You can find it here.

    Thanks for your help illustrating one of my favorite style mashups!

    • Karen says:

      Cool : )

  9. 5th Avenue says:

    Nice… You’re right, the shoes create the perfect balance.

  10. Raena says:

    What color nail polish are you using? Have you used some sort of nail art technique? It looks like a lovely blue galaxy! Mind sharing a close-up photo please. 🙂

  11. Fraka says:

    Cute, classy and fresh. : )

  12. Laura. says:

    love those shoes! this style is right up my street.

  13. Sandra says:

    Hey Karen, you look awesome. Literally do the same thing while shopping half my dresses. In other words, don’t bother to try them on 🙂 I need to say that I admire your youthful yet elegant and sophisticated style. I learned about you and your blog all the way from Finland. I was at my hairdresser’s and read about you from Ebony. I’m inspired by colored women who aren’t afraid to experiment. Sandy

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