9.28.2009

Beatnik Beauty

I can’t do it. I simply cannot bring myself to splurge on dresses that look absolutely ambrosial both dangling from the shop rack and when hugging your body, yet are destined to spend their days lopsidedly suspended from a hanger in the depths of my closet, lucky to be so much as yanked out for special occasions. Don’t get me wrong kittens, I adore dresses just as much as the next girl, but I most often find myself turning to the classy comforts of my highly valued skinny jeans; and simply can’t see the point in investing much cash in flirty frocks. That said; I am still incapable of resisting their coquettish call; their teasing temptation; their amorous ambush. Thus, I am permitting myself to invest in a few fragments of frippery; and the ones that I plan on scooping up are Xhilaration’s Boho Woven Dress.

I have always been intrigued by the hippie movement. The ideas of peace, love, free spirit…it has all rung true for me over the years; made me eager to learn more, to embrace the fringes and headbands; the rose-colored glasses and wide-brimmed, floppy hats; even the poetry readings and bead-encrusted fashions. The Boho Woven Dress has the ability to invoke visions of all of this merely by slipping it over your head.

Darlings, I certainly do not foresee this frock collecting dust in a bureau drawer, or sitting idly in my closet awaiting its turn to be wined and dined. I imagine it being donned bare-legged with a weatherbeaten pair of cognac boots as I frolic in an abandoned field, a chain of daisies intertwined about my head like an organic crown. I picture it being tossed on over a pair of opaque tights, its billowy bubble sleeves providing a very modern-day Juliet Capulet silhouette. I see it being the ideal layering piece for vests of all shapes, sizes, and textures.

The only problem I do foresee, however, is choosing the print that is blissfully ideal for me. Will it be the Teardrop or the Paisley Stripe? The Feather Paisley or the Paisley Swirl? It is predicaments like this that give me the absolute worst headaches. Perhaps the truly ideal thing to do in such a situation is to simply spring for all four – at only $24.99 apiece, I can’t imagine a more appropriate solution.

Ready to try beatnik beauty on for size, lovelies?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Target for the pictures.
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40 comments

Leah said...

I love the paisley stripe and the feather paisley. I hope you'll get both. They are lovely.

meraldia said...

I love boho style on dresses and skirts! My closet is full of them!
xxxx

Couture Cookie said...

I like all of them and would probably buy them without thinking twice... rent and bills are boring, fashion is fun!

Jaime said...

SO cute! Great find!! Target never fails... I really like that purple one.

issa said...

love the boots.

bryna said...

these dresses are too cute!

jessica said...

oh how i adore easy simple, yet gorgeous, dresses ♥

Luinae said...

They would look so great with flat boots!

Nikolett said...

Ah they're so pretty! I agree though, sometimes it's so hard to find an occasion to wear these things, especially since at university, NOBODY wears dresses. But perhaps I could give these a wear (during the springtime?). Thanks for sharing these!

Nikolett said...

Ah they're so pretty! I agree though, sometimes it's so hard to find an occasion to wear these things, especially since at university, NOBODY wears dresses. But perhaps I could give these a wear (during the springtime?). Thanks for sharing these!

ana said...

Oh I love this outfits!!! the dress with the boots... such a great idea and it looks great!

Kaydee said...

Your blog is great! Such good inspirations :)
I do agree with you though, dresses are great, but sometimes theres nothing better than a pair of jeans! lol
Kaydee

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous dresses, darling! I just love Target!

xoxox,
CC

janettaylor said...

I l♥ve ethnic look very much...

X♥X♥

Caramell said...

these dresses look so boho ^^ I'm so tired that I'm even not able to write smth more interesting x.x

The Blonde Duck said...

I wear dresses all the time, but mine are tailored and 50s style. If I wore this, I'd look pregnant (big boobs, small waist, big hips). Great in theory, bad for current styles (like skinny jeans! It's not cute. Duckies in skinny jeans is really not cute. )

Fashion Cappuccino said...

I love how pretty those printed dresses are!! Such a great price too! xoxoxo

Sam said...

Perfect for our Sydney summer that's just around the corner! Very girlie and flirty - the top one os my fave!

Kristin said...

I think I could get into those! My cowboy boots wants to be their friends!

Sarah Edwina Rose said...

Oh I agree, always drawn to the spangly and impractical and it sits forlorn gathering dust. These however, are fab!

MizzJ said...

hehe your writing for this post is hilarious! It certainly is a dilemma, maybe 2 out of 4 would be best both fashionably and economically?

Fashionista said...

great finds!!!

Pixie July said...

I love the quote in your last post - and everything you uncover and write about is so inspiring. You're like a sartorial archaeologist! xx

Gabbi said...

Gorgeous dresses and I definitely see how functionally pretty they can be... ♥

Kendra said...

i love boho style it is so casual but can be dressy all the same

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Lily G. said...

Cute dresses!! Target can have some cute stuff!

Emily said...

ah these are too cute :]

Emily said...

ah these are too cute :]

Keith said...

These are amazing. I'm sure you would look fantastic in them. Hope your week started off well. Take care. Cheers!

Taylor Sterling said...

I am always on board with the boho trend. I like to keep it glamorous! I love Target for dresses ALWAYS!!

Kellie Collis said...

Such pretty dresses! x

Amelia said...

I guess I'm the opposite--I'd wear a cute dress over jeans anyday. I like the hippie style, but I don't find it very flattering for my body shape. Oh, well.

Elizabeth Marie said...

Target is my happy place! I'm with Kristin, add cowboy boots and I think I'd be happy.

I haven't tried those Ken Paves/J Simpson bangs...hair do's...what do you think? I've heard they are pricey but you can keep on using them...hmmm...good idea lady! XO

Sherin said...

Oh, I love them. I've recently gotten into dresses, so I'm really appreciating beautiful dresses tese days.

S.Elisabeth said...

Splurge if you love them all! I love these dresses, and if worn right they can be incredibly pretty!

Kat said...

yeah - very dressy dresses can be a bit of a waste of money, therefore i tend to buy ones that are generally quite simple.
liking the hippy dresses

Charlotte said...

my mum is totally into those dresses. that's probably why I aren't that much... haha. But I have to say, this is so much better than the big sweaters she used to wear.

Little Red said...

Such cute dresses! I like the Teardrop one best. And they all look great with boots!

stylewithbenefits said...

Love the boho/hippy-style dresses. They definitely would look great paired with the boots you envision!

xo, Becs

All Women Stalker said...

Perfect for my beatnik outlook! Well, I try to be beatnik. Haha

-meream

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