Thursday, March 14, 2013

From Barcelona to Business

Almost a year ago, last summer, I bought this simple, nearly shapeless tunic dress in Barcelona. Quite a few steps away from my typical style, I was immediately magnetized to it for a few reasons, partly because I had been wandering lonely, foreign streets, unable to speak Catalan, and saw the flash-boutique run by young French designers as an opportunity for some needed human contact and conversation. Unlike many other European cities, English seemed noticeably less prevalent in Barcelona; despite the flashy contemporary architecture, the dearth of sounds and sights in my native tongue lent a bygone era appeal, and isolation, to this old and rugged and beautiful city. Namely, though, I loved the bizarre pattern in muted neutral gray and black, like some crude abstraction of a dinosaur, drawn by a young child with a thick waxen crayon. 

 For the office earlier this week, I gave this dress the illusion of a sharp waist and some professional flair, adding a simple black blazer with a clean, neat velvet collar and a shining sequined gray vintage belt. My blazer toned down the surreal pattern, without completely obscuring it, and also added a necessary layer of warmth from the wet rainy day.

This belt was a gift from my dear friend Rebecca, swapped from her own wardrobe; sequins, unfortunately, are not always ideal, or appropriate, for daily attire, but I would be quite amiss if I could not regularly find occasion for something sparkling and bold.

As a finishing touch, my hair tied up high in a messy chignon, I wore these black chandelier earrings.


  1. I would love to travel to Barcelona. I have been to England and Germany. Now I just need to get to Spain, Ireland and Poland I will have my ancestry covered! :)

    Ali of

  2. Looks gorgeous - what a great find from Barcelona! x, Kat

    Love and Ace

  3. i visited barcelona a few years back and also found the language barrier much more of a problem for me than in other large cities. anyway, that print is FANTASTIC and i'm glad that you finally figured out a way to wear the dress!

    dash dot dotty

  4. Aw I can't wait to go to Europe one day. This dress/tunic is really cute. I love the pattern! Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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