Delicate Things

I’ve had this dress for like a year and a half and have not worn it ONCE.  Shaaaaame!  I finally wore it for my birthday dinner last Friday.  I acquired it from a clothing swap, new with its tags still on, and while I didn’t really have anywhere to wear it to I couldn’t pass up a FREE brand new H&M dress!  
Even though this dress looks white in these pictures, it’s a very, very, very pale pink in person, the way that this dress is pink.  I know I said that yesterday too, but I swear I’m not crazy or colorblind!  I would rather have it be white, though, because it’s so pale that it is pretty much white, but it’s not, and I just want it to make up its dang mind.  Like, commit. Don’t be pink but look white, dress.  Psh.
Regardless, I keep wishing this was a hot pink like this one or at least something more saturated.  My style tends not to be terribly feminine, like in the sense that you don’t see me with a lot of bows and pastels and frills, so a pale dress in a lightweight fabric with a pleated bust is almost too much for me.  One idea I’ve caught onto from magazines is to mix feminine pieces with pieces that have a tougher edge, a bit of grit, or at least some structure to ground the feminine pieces.  Like, a delicate lace dress paired with a cargo jacket and spiked booties or a feminine top paired with a faux leather moto jacket.  If I had a cargo jacket (still looking for the right one) I would have worn it with this dress, but for now a denim jacket and animal print accessories will do.  With these pieces, this dress didn’t feel too delicate to me at all, and it felt very much like me!
Below are great options that I think can be dressed up for weddings or showers or dressed down:
Links to Shop for Dress:
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Annnd a second collage because there were so many good leopard pump options:
Links to Shop for Leopard Pumps:
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Shop for the Look:

Dress: H&M (similarsimilar)
Jacket: Target (exact, similar)
Pumps: Target (exact)
Belt: Target

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