BHLDN has such romantic, dreamy, quirky, vintage-inspired pieces. I adore the soft, powdery hues and the special touches of beading, lace, and ruffles. Had BHLDN existed when I was a bride, I imagine these things would have been on my list:
But I really shouldn't shoulda/coulda/woulda about our wedding day, as it was just lovely just the same:
I digress...back to BHLDN. I simply love their look. And for more than just weddings. I dream of a "BHLDN for the Everyday" type-line. I suppose Anthropologie comes close to fitting the bill, but I'd love to see more muted colors, more romance, more understated whimsy. But I suppose I'd like to see those things in all clothing lines just because that's my style. And so I went web-window shopping to see if I could put together some "BHLDN-Type Looks for the Everyday" from each of these three shops: Anthropologie, Lane Bryant, and IGIGI:
The outfit from Anthropologie was easiest to put together, perhaps because they're so closely tied with BHLDN. I love this first dress. It's nearly identical to the Flared Caraz Dress that I reviewed here
. (It also recently came out in a navy print that I snatched up as well since I loved the pink printed one so much.) This Frothed Dots Dress is an inch shorter than the Flared Caraz and the skirt isn't as flouncy, but everything else appears the same. It comes in three colors: pink, green, and navy. I picked the pink because it's the softest and most feminine. It would look lovely with pearls or rose gold...or any of the things I've posted beneath it!
Frothed Dots Dress $158
Ribbon Wrapped Ballet Flats $80
Looking Glass Earrings $32
Evolution Ball Necklace $38
Precisionist Belt $38
Frayed Bow Satchel $168
I wanted to apply this challenge to Lane Bryant just because I do so much shopping there and feel a certain loyalty to the store after working there for several years. They don't have a lot of formal items or vintage-romantic items, but they do have a lot of staples and basic trends. So my Lane Bryant outfit is definitely an everyday outfit with just a couple of the elements I love about BHLDN thrown in: the muted colors, the sequin embellishments, and the playful, flouncy ruffle around the hem of the top. The skirt is a great staple and the neutral pumps would go with anything. So while it's not a super stellar outfit on its own, the various pieces have a lot of versatility.
Elastic Waist Sequin Top $50
Refined Denim Pencil Skirt $30
Double Stick Drop Earrings $11
Patent Wedge Heel $60
IGIGI was the most challenging of all simply because their current lines have such a distinct style: bold colors; figure skimming shapes or flouncy, flirty shapes; exotic patterns and prints, etc. Their clothing has a lot of energy and sass while still managing to be feminine and pretty. My biggest struggle was finding an article of clothing in a pastel or muted color. I picked the Cora dress, and it's one I haven't paid much attention to when I've browsed the site. I'm glad I gave it another look.
On a side note, I love that IGIGI offers quick videos the the models moving in the dresses so you can see the flow of the garment, how it falls on the body, what body types it looks good on, the color in a different light, etc. It's so helpful! I also like that they provide the size that the model is wearing as well as the model's height. It just gives shoppers a better idea of how the garment is going to look on them. I wish more stores did that!
Anyways, on to the outfit. I'm not thrilled with it. I could definitely come up with something better from IGIGI with different outfit criteria, but this is it for now:
Cora Dress $112
Cicely Necklace $58
Gemma Minaudiere in Hazelnut $62
So obviously I'm really into the romantic, vintage, pastel, feminine, sweet, billowy, Marie-Antoinette-esque look right now. What sort of looks and trends are you into at the moment?