Wardrobe | Keeping Cool in Cotton Lace

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Every once in a while, it’s okay for a girl to splurge… right? I’ve been really itching to try out the sheer maxi trend, but for the most part just couldn’t see that look fitting in with my personal style. When I saw this 1930’s eyelet lace dress, I knew it would be just the ticket!

Instead of wearing a full slip, or conversely, just my skivvies, I thought it would be sort of daring, and pretty cool, to wear a black bra and my old spandex volleyball shorts underneath this classic dress. To tie in the black, I donned a dark grey belt and carried a brown and black striped purse (which also gave a nod to my amber necklace). I’m totally in love, and definitely not regretting the splurge!

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dress: Crafty Crow Vintage | necklace: Hartville Flea Market | belt: thrited | shoes: DSW

35 Responses

  1. skunkboy says:

    Aaaahhhhh… I love, love, love this on you! That dress is SO GORGEOUS and you pull the look off so well. <3

  2. Love this so much! The other day I saw someone do the maxi skirt in a 20’s kind of style. I’m dying to try it.
    xo,
    Em

  3. Teresa says:

    That dress is gorgeous!
    A fabulous colour on you.

  4. Alessia says:

    oh man. that’s pretty.

  5. steffy says:

    your pictures are always so perfect and i just love the color of that dress!
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  6. aelish says:

    beautiful dress! you look great!

  7. Claire Livia says:

    love this dress, this whole look is absolutely stunning! deffinately worth the splurge.

  8. emily keen says:

    This dress fits you soooo goood!!! I love the pretty yellow against the black under-things and the hair and makeup just pulled together the whole pretty look. I have a dress quite similar in style and era, so I may be to pull it out and try something similar.

  9. Ashley says:

    What an amazing dress! And it looks so gorgeous on you!

  10. Stephanie says:

    This is just beautiful and soo so flattering on you!

  11. Robin says:

    OMGosh this eyelet maxi is absolutely perfect. You look just lovely! I love it love it love it! You look so pretty!

  12. Your dress is oh-so dreamy! Lost in the Haze

  13. Mallory G says:

    HOLY CRAP that dress is amazing.

  14. Rae Veda says:

    I’m in love with that dress. Swoon!!
    xo, rv
    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

  15. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous, you have the most incredible outfits!

  16. Katherine says:

    That colour is gorgeous!

  17. Valerie says:

    Hello, I have just found your blog and its lovely. I really like this dress its so pretty, but I wanted to ask you something. I am a much bigger size than you, but when I saw some of your knee length outfits on you I though you looked longer and leaner and I wondered if you felt like that too. I tend to wear long things (to cover up), but now I am wondering if knee length would work for me too.
    V
    xxx

  18. Briana says:

    Could be one of my faves! That shade of yellow is dashing on you! That first picture makes me think of rainbow sherbert ice cream :)

  19. Ciara says:

    Mandi, this outfit looks so nice on you! I love the maxi eyelet dress. It’s beeeeautiful! (and so are you!) ?

  20. Mandi says:

    Valerie,
    I think proportions are important. If I wear something to my knee, I make sure it has a high waist to it, so that my lower half appears longer and leaner. In turn, I wear a higher neckline for the same reason. Also, color is important. If you want to appear longer and leaner, wearing similar colors on the top and bottom helps, and nude shoes with nude legs (or brown tights with brown shoes) helps create that look too. Those aren’t steadfast rules, but just what I’ve discovered to be helpful! :)

  21. taylor says:

    wow, that outfit looks gorgeous! so very flattering on you! also love your hair, it’s so pretty :)

  22. Kim says:

    Hi Mandi! What a beautiful dress. I am in love with it and I love love how you styled it!! It is beautiful!!!
    I learn so much from you!!!
    -Kim

  23. Ashley says:

    So….you’re ridiculously beautiful! And that dress is divine!

  24. allison says:

    Oh wow. Beautiful! This is one of my favorite outfit posts you’ve ever done. So lovely.
    http://onegladmorning.blogspot.com/

  25. moxiemandie says:

    seriously love.
    also, I rarely comment here, but I still read often and I really do love your photos & wish mine looked even a smidge as great as yours do. :)
    your fan,
    another mandi(e)

  26. Orchid Grey says:

    you are stunning in this dress! I love how you decided to be a bit daring with what you wore underneath.

  27. jessica says:

    I know what you mean about taking the “sheer” plunge. A little nerve wracking for me – plus I couldn’t begin to think about wearing it to work. But I like that you chose a nice color and then brough the peek a boo edge with the black undergarments. it makes it cute and classic and sexy all together.
    And your hair is getting so long! I love it

  28. i love this! you’re so gorgeous.

  29. Nina says:

    pretty dress and grat shoes.
    i really love your blog!

  30. Trude says:

    Love love love! Looks absolutely gorgeous on you, and reveals the perfect amount of skin. :)

  31. Alex York says:

    you look stunning in this outfit!!! :D

  32. Leila says:

    Oh it’s so gorgeous! Love the lemonbreeze-yellow!

  33. Button says:

    I think you pull this off well, so beautiful.

  34. Yellowgirl says:

    Wow. This is one of the lovliest dresses I have ever laid eyes on. Yellow is my favorite.