(Quick disclosure, especially since the lovely Veronika just did a post about this, which I think is great to discuss: my closet has always been a mix of designer/mainstream [ya'll know I need my F21 as much as my Shopbop], but I really think the more into fashion I get, the more my idea of "designer" changes. I now think most of the stuff Shopbop carries is designer, whereas I used to think the epitome of couture was whatever Nordstrom TBD carried. Not that it isn't really pretty and nice and quality [please understand I'm not judging brands here because I do not discriminate-- ask my closet], but I've had the [mis?]fortune of gaining more knowledge about the millions of gorgeous designers out there, and it's been quite difficult trying to fill my closet with designers I respect and think are worth the cash.)
I've checked Rebecca Taylor off the list (and know that I haven't seen my last of her! sigh, love), and figured it was time to check off another. DvF was one of them. Up until now, I've not found anything by her that I thought was worthy and affordable enough (because honestly, $450 on a dress is just not in the budget at the moment!), but the Neiman Marcus pre-sale had such great stock, I had to finally cave. This top may be a season or two old, but it has a timeless quality about it that I knew would take me from season to season, year after year. Great fabric, nice flowy, elegant fit, beautiful pattern... Plus, a $265 down to $90 price-tag was within the budget, so it happened. Yes. It happened.
Top: DvF Ortega "In Budding Roses" blouse
Skirt: Etsy (gruhche)
Shoes: JS Cedary Sandal
Necklace: The Limited
It looks great dressy, like above, or even just with skinny blue or black jeans. It's a little tough to get the sleeves in to a blazer, but trust me. I'm working on it. :) The color palate is bright but somehow stays out of the loud and obnoxious realm. I'm very happy with it, and it was a nice little addition to my pre-sale fun! (The Robbi+Nikki top I've been talking about is great, too! It'll will be in an OOTD soon, believe you me...)