For those rocker-edgy days…

Yes, I know I’m a woman of a certain age. Yes, I know there are rules that come into play for dressing age-appropriately. But on some days, I just don’t care. Those are the days when I make a purchase like the “Arrested” boot by Topshop.

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Perfect for casual days kicking around town, they have the edge of the moto/combat look, yet they’re somewhat softened (okay…barely, imperceptibly, hardly-at-all softened) by the grey color. Tuck in a pair of faded jeans, toss on a slightly oversized sweater, and you’re done.

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Yet another dress

Alas, there’s no sign of my dress passion fading. Suffice it to say that last night I had a dream that the feds had accessed my financial records, and their conclusion was: “This woman spends too much money on too many dresses!” Given the fact that most of my purchases have been on (significant) sale, “too much money” isn’t exactly accurate. I will admit, however, that “too many dresses” is.

Setting all of that aside for the moment, this is my latest acquisition. It’s part of Nordstrom’s 40% off sale, which I find hard to resist. To be sure, it will show up at a party or dinner this holiday season.

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And so the love affair with dresses continues…

It’s official. In spite of the fact that I’ve worn separates most of my adult life, I’m experiencing a fascination with dresses that both surprises and delights me. I’ve always shied away from them, convinced that it’s nearly impossible to get a single garment to fit well in all the right places. That may have been the case in the past, but the issue seems to have magically disappeared.

Case in point: this ponte fit-and-flare dress from Banana Republic. I simply added a wide black belt, subtly patterned black tights, and black suede booties for a look that can go from the office to dinner with ease.

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This flared drop-waist dress, also from Banana, is another easy-to-wear choice. I team mine with a cropped cardigan, tights, and black suede pumps for a great fall look. And P.S. — it’s currently on sale.

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More Malandrino

And so the love affair with the designs of Catherine Malandrino continues.

Convinced that a woman can never have too many LBDs, I recently purchased this one on sale at Neiman Marcus. It’s the Aimee Crocodile-Jacquard dress, and the unique pattern sets it apart from all other little black dresses. Longer on me than on the model (so what else is new?), it looks great paired with black textured tights and sky-high pumps, and will be the perfect dress for holiday parties.

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