Basic dress by Hackwith Design House | size medium, I shortened the sleeves (here it is before)
No6 Clog wedges | mine are the old school, a couple years old, new version in grey suede
Matt & Nat vegan Ohara purse | 15% off at Zady with code GRECHEN15
Kristen Elspeth necklace | mine is silver
I have learned a lot of lessons since becoming much more conscious of what I add to my closet and KEEP in it. More on those specific revelations later, but for today’s purposes, I’ll just say that while I love this dress, it’s not practical for my everyday life because of the dolman sleeves. Lesson learned. It’s a great party dress, I wore it to my step-son’s bar mitzvah party, and it works for dinner with friends, but the sleeves are such that it’s difficult to carry my regular tote bag on my shoulder without the sleeve getting in the way, and bringing the dress “up” with it. If you’re familiar with this type of sleeve, you probably get what I’m talking about. If not, sorry, I don’t know how to explain it any better! It’s just much too fussy for my regular bags.
So, the only way I’m able to wear it comfortably is with a cross body bag. I ordered this one a while ago from Zady because I’ve been wanting to try a vegan Matt & Nat bag, and this one was the first one to really appeal to me (I’m a SUCKER for these frame top closures!!). I intended for this to be my “travel” bag and “going out” bag because it’s much too small for me to carry every day, and I’ve used it once so far, with much success. I love that the faux leather doesn’t look like plastic and that it can easily be a nice clutch without the shoulder strap. It holds a lot more than it looks like it will, and has two inside pockets as well as one on the outside.
I’m conflicted on vegan leather, honestly, as I’ve mentioned before, because while I would like to reduce the amount of leather I wear/consume for ethical reasons, most faux leather isn’t a whole lot better for the environment because it is all petroleum-based. Matt & Nat at least uses 100% recycled plastic as their linings, and tries to be as socially responsible as possible, while holding zero cruelty as their ultimate goal.
Anyway, I’m very pleased with the bag so far, although I don’t use it very often. It will be the bag I bring in my backpack to use at my destination when I travel, and I’ll use it as a clutch when I’m just going out for dinner. I just don’t ever think I’ll be able to pare down enough to be able to use such a small bag every day; I rely so much on my big bags and everything I carry in them…
Incidentally, this does mean I’m selling the small Rag & Bone pilot bag (mine is all black) I got to use for travel. I have used it once, and it’s great, but I like this one better, and don’t need both. If you’re interested, email me and make an offer 🙂
If you’ve joined me on my minimal closet journey and are trying to be more conscious of what/why you buy, what have you learned about styles that work for your lifestyle and styles that don’t? Would a dress like this fit into your everyday wardrobe?