Reality versus fantasy: variations on a theme

In response to Angie's reality versus fantasy challenge, I noted in my previous post that my main fantasy is wearing more outfits that feature pumps--which I like but rarely wear. Here are a couple of outfits I wore to work (reality), also shown with pumps (fantasy).

1-3: taupe linen print sleeveless shift dress (made by me); taupe long cardi (Nic & Zoe); mauve cotton scarf; taupe cross-strap flats (Naot) versus pewter platform pumps (Paul Green).

4-9: gray and black brush stroke knit drapey dress (made by me), over black layering tee (Tees by Tina); black leggings (Lysse); black denim cropped moto (Free People); black and brown animal print cross body bag (Aimee Kestenberg); black patent cap-toe ballet flats (AGL) versus black d'Orsay pumps (Vince, Claire).

I have a feeling the pumps may not be as great with these outfits as the flats. I might need to wear somewhat different outfits to really make the pumps work. What do you think?

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • Chiara replied 5 years ago

    I think I like the higher heel with the shorter skirt and the flat heel with the longer tunic and leggings BUT I also prefer the plain shape and color of the pumps with the tunic and leggings. I think because it lets the tunic/jacket be the focus.

    But that could just be me, I also just tend to prefer less decoration on things.

    I think the shorter skirt and pumps show off your shapely legs beautifully!

  • Ledonna N. replied 5 years ago

    Your reality vs fantasy is pretty amazing per usuall I am in awe of your skill as a seamstress. Love love love 4-9

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Both dresses made by you FC???? OMG! That's really gorgeous! I am with Chiara here "I think I like the higher heel with the shorter skirt and the flat heel with the longer tunic and leggings BUT I also prefer the plain shape and color of the pumps with the tunic and leggings". Both your outfits are artsylicious:-)

  • Summer replied 5 years ago

    Lovely arty outfits.  You have such interesting clothes, Firecracker.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous dresses! Well, I'm absolutely no help, as I love all iterations. Well, maybe I prefer the flats with the leggings outfit, but it's only a minor preference. YLF! 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    I like the flats with the leggings and either shoe with the shorter skirt. But I agree, the Naots give a completely different "vibe" to the outfit. I rarely wear pumps either because they don't stay on my feet and even if I find a pair that do (with ankle straps, usually) they feel impractical for my world -- even when I prefer the look of them with an outfit. 

  • Peri replied 5 years ago

    So cute! It all looks like reality to me. 

  • kellygirl replied 5 years ago

    These dresses are amazing on you, Firecracker. I especially love the longer one with those cool pockets with the leggings and moto. Super awesome. I actually prefer both of these with flats but the pumps work too!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    The brush stroke dress is AMAZING!  I love it all, especially with the cropped moto...

  • AJ replied 5 years ago

    Your sewing skills are so FAB!!  These all look great!

    If shoes are the only difference between your reality vs fantasy style, then you are doing well!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    Love them both.  I feel the same about pumps, would wear them daily if I wasn't a stay at home, homeschooling mother... Yet I have too many in pretty colors as well as neutrals... All for date nights.. not giving up the fantasy...

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I LOVE THE OUTFITS WITH THE PUMPS. Does that surprise you? 

    #9 is Killer to the power of Killer. Wow. The cropped moto jacket is a winner, and so is wearing leggings under that very long frock. You look absolutely sensational, Queen Modern Arty Glam. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, Chiara. Good point about simplicity versus detail on the shoes; I agree with you!
    Ladywone, thanks! I think arty layers are your thing, too.
    Lyn, I'm laughing at "artsylicious"--and thank you.
    Summer, thank you.
    Diane, Suz, and Kelly, thanks for weighing in. All of you are on the flats team, at least part of the way.
    And Angie, thanks for your vote on the pumps, as well as the high compliments on the leggings outfit! I can't say I'm surprised; the pumps bring a touch of modern classic and a little sophistication to these outfits, don't they?
    It's nice to know I could go either way (flats or heels) with outfits like these. Maybe I'll start getting out the pumps more often, at least as a change for part of the day.
    Una, I'm not surprised you like the dress with the jacket. ;) Did you ever get yours?
    Ha ha, Peri!
    High five, TraceyLiz!
    AJ, you're so right. I think I've gotten better at curating a wearable wardrobe. I mean, if Angie had issued a challenge to dress for our fantasy life, that would be a different thing. And I probably wouldn't have the clothes for it. Or the budget-- ha ha!

  • DJP replied 5 years ago

    What Angie said!!
    The dresses are both lovely but the longer one is just sensational on you.
    Once again you have knocked it out of the park.

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    You have/make some fabulous outfits.
    I love them with the pumps but they also look good with the other shoes.
    That first outfit with the pumps is my favorite. You also did a great job with the tunic and leggings one.

  • dakotacheryl replied 5 years ago

    Fabulous dresses. I actually like both shoe versions with the shorter dress, but with your killer longer dress, I prefer the flats. You have such a flair for putting an outfit together!!

  • Olivegreen replied 5 years ago

    Not a thing would change, I like both versions. Especially that you build them from the ground up, picking your own fabric. Wow.

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