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Delft Blue Dress: Taking Inspiration From Delftware

Jessica Wagner

The Summer Maxi Dress

Laaaaaaaaadies! This one is for you.

Upcoming travels or celebratory festivities? Have a summer wedding to attend? This could be your “go to” dress. Fresh, ethereal and perfect for all warm-weather occasions.

You’re welcome. ;)

It seems that blue and white never really go out of style. I love a beautiful dress that hits all the high notes. I don’t know if I’ve ever told you but blue is definitely one of my favorite colors to wear. I like it in absolutely all its shades and forms.

This delicate blue ivory print feels inspired by Delftware ceramics.

Have you ever heard of Delftware

According to Vogue, Valentino himself used Delft Blue in a design for his own Fall 1968 collection that propelled him into the national spotlight as a celebrity fashion designer. How’s that for some fashion history?

17th century Dutch craftsmen (obsessed with the Ming Dynasty porcelain that was then being imported from China) saw a market for less expensive versions, and Delftware pottery was born.

Blue and white-painted china can be found everywhere, pouring out of small vintage storefronts. It’s hard to imagine antique shops without this lovely form of ceramics.

Found the Tinman passing through on his way to Emerald City.

I find Delftware incredibly charming (my favorite teacup is a Delft Blue!) So when I stopped in Top Knot Boutique (@shoptkb) a couple weeks ago to scope their goods in person, I was immediately enchanted with this blue porcelain maxi.

Let’s tick the boxes shall we?

  • Vintage-inspired update of the quintessential prairie dress
  • Super soft breezy blend with a dainty floral motif
  • Ruffled fluttery details and the off-the-shoulder neckline  
  • Distinctly modern femininity in a classic silhouette

In person, the pattern is even reminiscent of the Cuban Spanish / Moroccan or talavera tiles from my favorite travel spot down in Mexico, but I still feel so very Dutch wearing it.

Have you ever bought clothing inspired by your travels?

I love how long column/maxi dresses can be styled on the more casual side. You can pair them with sandals and throw your hair up in a bun. It’s the epitome of that effortless summer style. I’m looking forward to styling this one for a date night or my next garden party.


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Outfit Details:
Dress: Top Knot Boutique Off shoulder Ruffle Maxi Shoes: Gingham, old (similar here) Pearl, (similar here) Hat: Nordstrom Straw Boater (old, similar here)  Bag: Cult Gaia Ark Watch: Old (love this one here) Lips: MAC So Select

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Dark Romance

Jessica Wagner

All Occasion Dress

Anthropologie: Madera Maxi Dress by Bhanuni

Every wardrobe should have one go-to lush, detail-rich dress. Think of it as a secret weapon for those spontaneous special events.

It’s great when you have the time to search out that perfect party outfit, but sometimes you only have a few hours notice. The solution is having an all-occasion dress on hand, one that works in any season and can be worn to multiple events.

When searching for a swoon-worthy gown, look for thoughtful touches that make the dress unique. Maybe it’s elaborate in structure or decoration. Perhaps it’s made of an unusual fabric, color or print. 

The obstacle when shopping for an elegant dress is being able to weigh price verse wear-ability. 

So, while there is no way that magnificent dress is going to get the same airtime as your favorite pair of jeans - hear me out- jeans on the rare, are truly magnifiqué! A gorgeous frock is probably going to take a dip into your clothes budget, so make it worth the investment. When you find something that meets your criteria, and makes you feel like a million, splurge. That's what makes it "special." Choose a dress you would wear traveling Europe, attending a up-scale cocktail event, or even to mark an unremarkable day! There's always a reason to celebrate, so find "the one you can't live without" and wear it every chance you get.

I have a few scrumptious dresses (mostly from weddings) that I wish I could wear all the time but they are just too romantic for a typical night out. I love this particular Anthropologie dress for it's fancy-boho style. This is an all-occasion dress that can be just as gorgeous dressed up with heels and accessories (wedding) or dressed down with a casual denim jacket and ankle boots (date night.)

It’s memorable in its vibrant colors and lovely print, but not so much that it couldn’t be worn to multiple affairs. This dress is even more exquisite in person. The upper bodice is adorned with detailed sequins, delicate beading, and dainty rosettes. The empire waist and tiered full skirt are perfect for formal events in early fall, spring and summer. It’s really a light soft fabric and the dark turquoise against the pale blues and oxblood reds give it garden party appeal.

In this particular stage in life, weddings are what come to mind when I think of occasion dressing. As a guest as you want to spiff it up, but you don’t want to out-shine the bride (or wedding party.) Wearing white is out of the question and black can be a snooze-fest. So just how fancy should one go?

Coming from a girl who likes to go glam, when in doubt, opt for elegance. Being well dressed is a beautiful form of politeness. 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Anthropologie Madera Maxi Shoes: Urban Outfitters Sam Edelman Petty Suede Ankle Boot  Bag: Vintage MCM Heritage Boston Sunglasses: Chloé 62mm Watch: Michael Kors Bracelet: Arm Candy Lips: MAC Sin