Fashion Friday: Peacocking


The title of today’s post has its obvious relevancy to my outfit, yes. But before I get into anything else, I would also like to point out the other source of its inspiration: this scene from Seventeen Again starring my boyfriend Zac Efron. You’re welcome for that little snippet of joy on this Friday morning.

Aaaanyway, moving back onto the actual topic of today’s post, the inspiration to start doing fashion posts of my own came from 1) being incredibly self-absorbed and 2) following a few too many actual fashion blogs. Reading fashion blogs is simultaneously helpful and disastrous for me, since it has helped me define my own style (feminine, vintage, hipster, twee?) but also makes me want to buy ALL THE CLOTHES.


This dress, in fact, was discovered on Dorothy Perkins, a UK-based clothing company that I had never even heard of before seeing a different dress (which I also bought, haha) on Girl with Curves. Ah well, at least this particular site doesn’t run me a zillion dollars. I think this dress was $69.00 and I had a 15% off promo code, plus free shipping, and they are ALWAYS running sales and promotions. (Note: even though it’s a UK company, they use US sizing and pricing on their site as long as you make sure you’ve indicated “United States” as your region.)


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Dress: Dorothy Perkins (no longer in stock, but same print here and here, and same silhouette here.)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Eelskin Clutch: gift from parents
Pearls: gift

This is my ideal look for a nice date night. Maybe to take in a show at the Kennedy Center, maybe have dinner at a nice restaurant… with a fantastic and colorful print like this, I try to keep everything else pretty minimal. No flashy bangles or giant rings this time, just a long string of pearls (it can be worn as a double-strand as well), and some neutral heels. I would normally have gone for a neutral bag as well, but the colors of the dress just happened to match up so wonderfully with the eelskin clutch my parents brought my back from one of their overseas trips that I couldn’t resist.

Here’s hoping that I have an opportunity to actually wear this outfit sometime soon, eh? (Hint hint, Sean ;)) Have a fantastic weekend!


  1. I love your shoes! I’ve never bought clothes online – I don’t know what’s stopping me because there are a lot of great deals out there. Love these posts!

    • I was wary about online shopping for a long time, and then fell into it because I always felt so bad about myself whenever I went clothes-shopping for “real” back when I was at my heaviest. Now I genuinely love it because you generally get things for so much cheaper, plus returns are almost always free!

  2. You are so stinking cute!!! LOVE the outfit!!

  3. Checked out the Dorothy Perkins website and there are a few dresses on it that have definitely caught my attention. I’ve never bought clothes online, mostly because I’m worried about the hassle of trying to find the right size. What can I say? I’m a traditionalist in the sense of trying everything on.
    Thanks the for the recommendation! Your dress is really pretty, and very you.

    • I’d say the most important thing is just doing a tiny bit of research when it comes to whatever that brand’s sizing is. Or, if you already have shopped in the “real” store before, you already know that. For example, Dorothy Perkins (and most British manufacturers) tend to cut things a little roomier. Another great thing is to shop at sites that have reviews, like Old Navy and Gap. Their reviews always let me know if the item fits true to size, or if it doesn’t look nearly as nice in person as it does online. Try it out (if you can find some retailers that won’t charge an arm and a leg for shipping to Canada, that is!)

  4. You look so glamorous! I love how you accessorized too. The shape of that dress flatters my figure too.

    • Thanks Grace!! Yeah, I’m definitely a big fan of this kind of silhouette for my arguably hourglass-ish shape. Skims over my hips, emphasizes my waist, good length (I think!). Win-win! 😀

  5. You look beautiful!!!

  6. I LOOOOVEE that dress 🙂 so glad I convinced you to buy it!! hhaha!

  7. Athena Rsays:

    Gorgeous dress! You look fabulous! I peruse DP just about every week, but I haven’t bought anything yet. I need to take the plunge.

  8. You are quick the peacock! THat dress looks perfect on you.

    For those of you who aren’t sure about shopping online, definitely be sure to check out the measurements for the company’s size. If you know your own measurements you can easily see if the sizing is on track for what size you think you should buy.

  9. Omg, when I saw the title I totally thought of that scene in seventeen again! I LOVE that movie! hahaha oh god it’s great. Also, you look absolutely adorable in this dress. Honestly, you always look SO cute in your fashion posts.

  10. I LOVE the “my hair is so heavy it takes ALL MY EFFORT to push my bangs back” shot.

  11. so pretty 🙂 go be a model already! jeez. I <3 your blog, though I don't think I've commented until now. hi! *waves*

  12. Total cute dress & purse although the grandma pearls gotta go. That dress needs some silver accessories 🙂

  13. Jackiesays:

    So cute! I love your sense of style, Gretchen. If that dress was still in stock, no doubt I would have purchased it today. I’m also a huge online shopper, but I think it’s because I’m at the computer all day and don’t have time to make it to the mall that often.

  14. These pictures look pretty pro! I really like the cut and color of this dress.

  15. Love love love!!! Such a cute outfit.

  16. Ermahgerd. That dress is fabulous. You look fantastic. So jealous.

  17. kristen @ livinlifeinloueisays:

    LOVE THE DRESS!! and the purse of course. you look very pretty and comfortable!

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