I bought this dress months ago and was originally saving it for a wedding, but I changed my mind and decided that residency graduation called for something fancy. It came with a belt in the same polka-dot fabric, but instead, I opted to add my own touch with a solid black sash for contrast. I frequently find myself switching out the belt that a dress comes with - it's a good way to make it look a bit more your own.
I decided to play off the polka dots with simple pearl jewelry, then added a pop of color with a red handbag - not to mention red toenails and just a touch of cherry-red lip stain! Anyone who knows me is aware that black, white, and red is my favorite color combination, so I was essentially in love with this outfit. I attempted something different with my hair (gasp) by using a 1-inch clipless curling iron to make soft waves. Those take some getting used to - I have a few burns to prove it!
The bag is vintage! I found it a few months ago at a local antiques store which had a small vintage clothing section in their basement. I love unearthing fun things from where you least expect them.
Dress: The Limited, plus a sash from another dress
Shoes: Bandolino from Famous Footwear
Necklace: The Limited [buy here]
Earrings: The Limited [buy here]
Bracelet: Old, unknown
Purse: Vintage (~1960's)
Below are a few more snapshots from the event. Congratulations to all of my Midwestern co-residents!
|All 14 of the PGY1 and PGY2 residents with Midwestern|
|With my friend Pearl|
|Whew! It took some hard work to get this paper.|
Thanks to my lovely parents for all the photos!