I won Most Fantastical! Thank you to everyone who voted!
I won "Most Fantastical", and got a few other nods for "Most Eclectic" and even "Most Tropical" from some of the Style Council members. But really, it's the comments that really made my day.
Chris Benz echoed my feelings exactly when he said "if you’re going to go for it with vintage jewelry, then really go for it as Pamela does here. Why not throw on 25 bracelets if you were going to wear 10 anyway?"
To top it all of, Eleanor, of The Fiery Furnaces, says: "She looks ready for a picnic in a magical forest where the trees say “I love that lace cape!”" - Eleanor, I sure hope so! Can I go to this forrest?
Thank you to Eliza for putting this Style Challenge together and inviting me along (so honored!), plus a big thank you to the Style Council for being so nice about my outfits, and of course, thank you for all of you who voted and cheered me on!
I was lucky enough to be invited to participate, and just got luckier by being mentioned in WWD.com with the rest of the participants. Be sure to check out the whole she-bang, as all the outfits are fabulous!
The dress really goes with anything and can be worn in a myriad of ways, so styling it was not really that big of a challenge. I mean really, this piece is crazy-versatile as you can see from taking a look at all the challengers looks, the wear-a-thons on their site and of course, The Uniform Project's blog.
The challenge was super fun, and it was great to meet Eliza and the rest of the Bright Young Things team. I went nuts inside Cobblestones, which has been in the East Village for over 30 years and, as you might imagine, is chock-full of vintage treasures. A dangerous place for a vintage addict like myself! I kind of wanted to move in and make it my personal walk-in closet...
The insanity of so many wonderful choices went to my head, and I did a crazy thing tucking the dress into another dress with a fuller skirt, adding a belt, a lace capelet and a colorful handbag for one look– almost added a flowery hat too, thank god I resisted the urge! It ended up looking a little kooky and not in my favorite way, proving that dressing philosophy of 5-year-olds (where you wear everything you like, all together, all at once) is not really suited for adults. Hey, I tried.
So for my second look I kept the dress simple - just wore it with the buttons on the back, belted it with a simple black belt and piled on the jewellery. Because really, it's 100000 degrees here in NYC, I don't need to wear more clothes, I need to wear less clothes. When it comes to bangles, however, more is always better.
I also paired it with a few things I've been wearing to death this summer, like the YSL sunnies, my great-grandmother's necklace, & Zara wedges. Then, not quite done with my 5-year-old instincts I put on every ring at Cobblestones that fit, plus an extra necklace and bangle...
It was so much fun to see what the other challengers picked, and see their finished looks. Everyone's style is so unique and fabulous! I especially liked Tiffany's looks, one with a pink Comme de Garçons skirt and a turban (you know how much I loooove turbans!) & another with a Victorian crochet camisole and vintage boater hat, which looked even better in person.