emerald

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If I were to make a list of some of my favorite elements, it would go something like this: high-waisted, fitted but not snug, just-past-the-knee length, jewel neckline, thick belt, navy. Throw emerald and short-sleeved into the mix and this dress is exactly what you get. I feel like it’s a gentle compliment of a dress—it’s not a showstopping look for sure, but I love how it fits and feels.

And it might not seem like a big deal, but I’m wearing wedges in this post. If you’re bored, flip back a couple of pages through the blog: I rarely ever wear wedges that are more than an inch tall (and that’s even generous, I’m trying to think of a single instance where I’ve worn them and am coming up blank, but I’m erring on the side of caution and saying there’s a time I can’t remember). We all know I have no problem with heels; I wear them 2-3 times a week. It’s just something about wedges gets to me. I’m not a short human (5’8″), and so I have proportionate feet. Wedges make me feel like I’m lumbering. Pointy-toed heels are delicate, feminine. Wedges echo loudly on wooden floors, and when I walk in them, it’s like a little voice in my head is chanting fee fi fo fum. Now, it’s just that: in my head.

Wedges are no less or more flattering than regular heels, and I’m not any more or less graceful in other shoes. And some of the most graceful people I know are on the taller end of the spectrum (@Caroline @Bekah), so we know this is a me-thing. Wedges just happen to be the thing that make me feel heavy, like I’m clomping instead of walking. In this dress, I didn’t care. They matched the dress, the rest of the look said ‘these are my favorite things, and they’re not for you’, and so wearing the wedges was a no-brainer. I’m 6’1″ in them, and I didn’t feel like I was stomping around on stilts, I felt like my tall friends.

I think a lot of times I get caught up in making an impression. Trying to tell people something about who I am by how I look. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes you have to be your own audience. It’s important to be quietly confident, just for you, regardless of who’s drawing a life-lesson from you. To be comfortable with yourself when you’re not performing, and being okay with your resting self. And a perfect color-block dress can be just the trick to remind you of that.

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