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How to Wear a Shift Dress

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These photos are a month old. I spent the Saturday before Father’s Day Weekend with my dad since I was in Portland over Father’s Day (sorry, Dad). Every year he always wants to go to the Pittsburgh Arts Fest. Last year we actually went to the Arts Fest on Father’s Day after brunch at Meat and Potatoes. Fun fact: a Bloody Mary really takes the edge off of my anxiety.

Needless to say, Pittsburgh Arts Fest STRESSES ME OUT. There are too many people, people have tattoos of Abraham Lincoln on their shins and there are a lot of women wearing things that they shouldn’t be for their body type. This is potentially why I look so uncomfortable in these photos.

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One day I will be a less awkward blogger when it comes to fashion. And everything.

I’m so attracted to a shift dress even if it isn’t ideal for my body type (short, athletically-slim – yes, I just made up athletically-slim to describe my body type). They’re basically ideal for girls who are models (5’8” and taller, super skinny) but I’m trying to incorporate more prints in my closet and this fit the bill.

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Please note how stressed I am to be in public.

I had to wear this dress twice to be really sold on it, which is how most things that aren’t colored chino shorts, dark super skinny jeans and neutral-colored over-sized tops (I know my style, what can I say?) are for me. I have to get some compliments on whatever I’m wearing to know it truly deserves to take up closet space.

I love the print as I said, but I also love the back detail of this dress. I’m a sucker for cut-out backs, awful tan lines and all. I’ve worn it twice, once with my hair down and once up (post-12 mile run this day, whoops) and think that something with the back detail like this definitely needs to be shown off.

 

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I love a good back cut-out.

Dress: Nordstrom / Shoes: Elie Tahari / Bag: Kate Spade

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Tan Lines, or How to Wear an Open Back Tank

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Last Saturday, I stupidly got started with my 14-mile run at around 11:30 a.m. I was of course up late texting boys and then always feel the need on Saturday mornings to waste half the morning doing who knows what. After all that, and knowing temperatures were soon going to be in the 80s, I decided to have a photo shoot of all the things in my long run bag.

When I got to the trail, I got ready to pull out my Amiphod and then – nothing. I left it on the table where I was photographing it. I spent about 2 minutes trying to decide if it was a terrible idea to do a 14 mile run without water or food, besides at mile 8 when I ran back past my car, and made the decision that it would be miserable. The worst part was that I was SO PUMPED to run 14 miles like a psychopath then was so annoyed at my irresponsibility that I felt annoyed my whole run.

Along with dying of heat stroke and dehydration and being a complete waste of life the rest of the day (it was gorgeous and sunny and I had the. hardest. time. moving off the couch, I had ruined my tan that I have spent a lot of time working on (minus the fact I still have spring suit tan lines on my thighs from Nicaragua/my Lululemon Speed Shorts).

I wanted to look cute and festival-y for the Bastille concert last Sunday since I am attending exactly zero music festivals this year. Open back is the best way to do that, right? Plus, you never know who you’re going to run into that you hate and have to look cuter than. (Once again, sorry I’m not sorry.)

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Bastille with Angela. All photo credits in this post: Angela.

I’m oblivious to most things, if you haven’t picked up on that yet. (Have you even read my blog?) I totally forgot about my running tank tan lines until I looked at these photos. Whoops. Is it a matter of me not caring or me being so self-confident that I don’t care? A little of both, I think.

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I tried to wave my hair and have entirely forgotten how. Not only am I a failure at being an adult, I’m a failure at being a real girl.

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My everyday jewelry.

how to wear an open back tank | almost getting it together

By-products of being Italian: SUPER-COOL tan lines and even cooler moles.

how to wear an open back tank | almost getting it together

Add some details with studded shorts.

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Had to have some color with a neutral top – loving these wedges from Dolce Vita.

Top: Nordstrom / Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters (old) / Shoes: Dolce Vita / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

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