Lace It Up

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Confession: it took me a really long time to get on board with all the 70s trends that have been popping up this year. I know, I know – what was I thinking? Maybe it’s because I’m a thrift store shopper and I’ve been avoiding weird suede vests and patchwork skirts for the past 10 years. But like always, what’s old is new again, and I’ve finally acquired a taste for this revived trend. Enter: full suede dress.

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The first thing that drew me to this black suede dress from Stylexchange was the lace up neckline. This is another trend that is resurfacing from yesteryear, and I’m v. into it. The details on what is otherwise a very simple shift are such game changers. The bell sleeves give me major Stevie Nicks vibes, the short hemline flatters this 5’2″ frame, and as for the tassels? Genius. Call me a bandwagon fan (who are you anyway, a 22 year old dude referencing his favorite sports team?), but 70s trends, I’m feelin’ you. Sidenote: if you know me well, you know how much pleasure I get out of the genuine anger and frustration boys feel towards “bandwagon fans.” But I digress.

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Alright, I think it’s time we talk about these shoes. Initially, when styling this shift, I thought it needed some simple heels or booties. But then I made eye contact with these studded snakeskin works of art, and I forgot everything I’ve ever known (#dramatic). As for the rest of the outfit, I *attempted* to keep the rest simple with a bordeaux-hued hat, a black Botkier crossbody, sassy pave gold horn ear jackets, a few gold rings (peep that antler one), and some round aviators from Quay. Okay, it may not be “simple” but what even is simple anyway?

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To top off the look, I went with nude lips, nails that (unintentionally) matched the hat, and subtle winged eyeliner. Amp up black eye makeup and/or add an oxblood lip, take off the hat and sunnies, swap the booties for pumps (I’m picturing these <3), and this dress transitions seamlessly to a night out.

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Dress: Stylexchange | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell c/o Stylexchange | Sunnies: Quay Australia c/o Stylexchange | Crossbody: Botkier New York c/o Stylexchange | Earrings c/o Stylexchange | Rings c/o Stylexchange | Lips: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color (Nude Embrace) | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

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