Monday, May 9, 2011

Prairie Underground Review and Giveaway


Oh my friends, words cannot express my excitement about this giveaway. At this point, I'm sure you're all aware of my borderline unhealthy obsession with Prairie Underground's Long Cloak Hoodies. I purchased the red one pictured above while visiting New York in February, and it quickly became my absolute favorite garment. I am not kidding when I say I'm tempted to wear it constantly, and despite the hefty price tag I've ponied up for an additional two. Yes, really. And I have absolutely no regrets.

Prairie Underground is a company that creates clothing in small batches from materials that include organic cotton farmed sustainably and remnant/salvaged fabrics. Their garments are designed and ethically made in Seattle. So THAT'S a big boatload of awesome. And, of course, their designs are fun, flattering, comfortable, versatile, unique, and utterly gorgeous. I am perfectly comfortable with my raving fangirl status, thankyouverymuch.

I got in touch with the amazing designers behind Prairie Underground - Davora Lindner and Camilla Eckersley - and they generously offered to send me a couple more designs to try out.*


Wise as they are, the ladies sent me a pair of their Denim Girdle Leggings. These are basically the only pair I've ever tried that successfully straddle the line between jeggings and jeans. They are stretchy and flexible and fabulously comfortable, and work beautifully as denim leggings.


But they also have enough detail - including cargo-like decorative seaming - and structure to work as skinny jeans, too. They launder beautifully, have a marvelously high rise, and you can see exactly how happy they make me in the three above photos.

I was also sent this Sateen Mothette dress in coral:


As you can see, this dress is utterly lovely ... but I don't feel it quite works with my figure. The dress waistline falls several inches below my own waist, and the asymmetric flap at hip-level juts out a bit more than I'd like. Looking at the website photos, however, I believe that this dress would be stunning on a gal with slightly different proportions.

So, my loss is your gain: I'm giving this dress away to a lucky Already Pretty reader! A couple of IMPORTANT things to note:
  • It is this exact dress that I'm giving away. I opened it from the package and tried it on twice. Never had it on for more than 15 minutes total, including the time it took to take this photo. But the dress is not 100% new. You've been warned.
  • This dress is a size medium. I wear a size 8 in most mall dresses and it fit me in the waist, bust, and hips. You can find a size chart for this dress here and I would guess that the dress will fit a U.S. size 6, 8, or a smallish 10. Flat measurements are 16" bust, 14" waist, 19" at widest part of hips.
  • If you have questions, you can e-mail me and I'll respond as best I can. DO NOT LEAVE QUESTIONS IN THE COMMENTS OF THIS POST. I will not respond to them.

If you enter this giveaway, you are agreeing to receive a dress that has been tried on by me and fits the above specifications. If you don't like it, it doesn't fit, or you didn't carefully read these detailed disclaimers, that's on you, kitten. No returns, exchanges, or complaints. Got it? Great! Here's what you've got to do to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us how you'd style this amazing dress, and A VALID E-MAIL. Comments without a valid e-mail in the comment will be disqualified.

  2. This contest is open to international readers. I'll be mailing the dress myself, so it might come slowly ... but it'll come!

  3. Cross your fingers!

Enter by midnight CST on Sunday, May 15, 2011. I'll draw a winner at random the following day. This giveaway is open to everyone, including international readers. Good luck

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111 comments:

Beauty Bets said...

I TOTALLY works with your figure! More important: That coral is smashing on you.

margosita said...

I love love love the long cloak. And as soon as I have any disposable income, I'm going to order one.

That said, I also love the dress. So I'd love to win it.

margosita (at) me (dot) com

emmag said...

This dress is my fav color and the bodice detailing is to die for. I'll have my fingers crossed to be the lucky one....

emma@syevenandemma.com

segrunner said...

I love the hooded dress with boots, big earrings and a scarf :)

Kate said...

Loving the color! Would wear it with some equally bright coloredtights and either boots or basic flats. Throw on some chunky jewelry and I will be good to go!

Kate said...

Dagnabit! Forgot my email. kate@kateolmstead.com. My apologies.

Anonymous said...

ooooo so perrrttyy
i would wear that with leopard print flats and a blazer, maybe a belt too. The flats would definetly be a nice touch! love the color!
xo
Rory
rfgoaliegirl@gmail.com

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Loryn said...

the dress has so much going on, I think I would just wear it with some light brown chunky sandals and maybe some big hoops.

meandthebeastloryn@gmail.com

Rebecca said...

I would wear it with a purple belted cardigan.

minnchic(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I wear it with black earrings, bracelet and flats... the perfect summer dress for work!

covaleekyle@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Neutral toned wedges and a several mixed bangles


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T @ The Happy Clipper said...

I would wear this with a dark denim jacket and black sandals.
tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

Elise said...

Wow that dress is stunning! I think I'd make it more office (ie AC) appropriate by layering a light long sleeved t underneath or a cozy sweater over it.

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mindy said...

What a totally cute dress! I love it :)

Celia said...

Ohhh soo many ways to style it! A skinny black belt and black flats. Or nude wedges and a big ol' flower in my hair. Or for winter, a chunky knit sweater and tights. Or, because I'm from Texas, leather cowgirl boots for a dance!

Celia
celiawiser@gmail.com

Jess said...

I'd wear this dress with my favorite sweater, a colorful patchwork cardigan.

geekgrrl@bust.com

The EcoDiva said...
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The EcoDiva said...

Prarie Underground is one of my top fave designers. I'd totally love this dress on cool night with tights, boots and a beautiful small cardigan. In the summer heat with a simple pair of sandals and bangle bracelets...simply LOVE the color ;)

my e-mail is: TheEcoDiva@gmail.com

THX!!

Laura said...

I think the dress looks gorgeous on you. I would wear it with nude platform heels, a wide straw hat, a bright bracelet, and big black sunglasses- I'd feel smashing as I enjoy my lunch in the atrium at the rose garden. I definitely need a bright new dress. I'll cross my fingers and get sewing too.
sactogirly at gmail dot com

Fashion Flirt said...

That's one lovely frock! I really like the coral on you.

Horan.MaryRebecca@gmail.com

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Birdie said...

I love this dress! I'd wear it with tall black heels, my hair up and long thin earrings. It's a great cut!

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Heather said...

I was just lusting after this exact dress!

I'd wear this with my lightweight black summer scarf and some black flats, with my tiny/tight jean jacket over.

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Breanne said...

I'd wear it with the Cynthia Vincent for Target wedges I stalked forever on eBay and a fun gold belt! (Maybe a chunky gold bracelet too!)

breanne.reinhard(at)gmail(dot)com

Alison said...

I'd wear it with some summery wedge sandals!

moodsformoderns AT gmail DOT com

anya said...

Sally that color looks stunning on you. But i also love coral. I'm wearing a coral blouse as we speak. Of course I would adore the dress. ( Even though it suits you well) .
anyamedici at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

A beautiful color and unusual style. I think I would open a couple more buttons and wear a contrasting camisole and a brown suede jacket and chocolate brown suede boots.
I might belt it too.

Thanks!


lulukat2010 at gmail.com

coffeeaddict said...

What a gorgeous dress! In coral, my new favourite summer colour. And by new I mean I've discovered I love wearing coral a couple of years ago :-)
Let's see: I'd wear it with a pair of turquoise wedges and a brooch on the the hip flap, maybe just a DIY grosgrain ribbon on a safety pin and some bangles.

Here's my e-mail: anakrepel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Cute dress! I like the gathering on the top. I'm all about black, so I would wear a thick black belt with it and black accessories.

amyejoyce at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

It is lovely on you! Have only recently discovered Prairie Underground (thank you, Sal!). That would be the perfect little travel dress for my trip to Europe this summer. Depending on the shade, would wear with little chartreusey green sweater from Hobbs (looks great with coral) -- or navy heals and jacket, or with denim jacket and sandals or with .... just about everything! Susan sjmars2006@yahoo.com [sjmars2006 at yahoo dot com]

Anonymous said...

amazing dress! coral is one of my favorite colors to wear - i would probably just wear black flats and silver jewelry so as not to distract from the fabulousness of the dress!
loislane1001 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Shannon Loar-Tenney said...

I'd rock the dress with a pair of zebra print strappy sandals, wedge heal. I'd also need a clutch to finish the look and sutle earrings.

Shannon Loar-Tenney said...

I'd rock the dress with a pair of zebra print, wedge sandals. Finishing the look with a seqiun clutch and sutle diamond earrings.

Rachel said...

I would love that dress! I am also going to check out their site for more goodies!

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Shiny Green Penny said...

I would wear this dress with strappy sandals and an ear to ear grin of happiness - sophisticated dress but still comfy and relaxed.

I learned about Prairie Underground on your blog and now am lusting after their collection!

Dani said...

I agree with what a lot of other folks have said, the color of the coral dress looks amazing on you, makes your skin glow and your hair radiant...but then so does the shirt you are wearing in today's outfit post.

I would style that dress with my black and white harlequin tights, black mary janes, a black military blazer and coral earrings and bangles...with a crown braid and coral ribbon

danielle.bradnan@gmail.com

Mandy said...

I would wear this dress with some sandals, lipstick, and a smile for my upcoming trip to Jamaica!
mandyflycello (at) yahoo (dot) com

Stabs said...

Love the Dress it is beautiful!

karen.stablein at gmail.com

Heather said...

I would wear it for spring/summer with my new espadrilles!

heatherpeck78(at)yahoo(dot)com

romanachick said...

I would style this lovely dress with brown strappy sandals, bracelets, and dangly earings.

romanachick66@yahoo.com

Soft said...

That dress is fabulous! I would wear it with some brown peep toe pumps. soft.animal@yahoo.com

Krista said...

Love the colour! I think it also looks fantastic on you but would gladly take it off your hands if I won it!
I would wear it as is with some bright flats and turquoise jewelry!


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elpf said...

That color is to die for. I think I would wear it with colorful flats and a belt. I might throw on a simple jacket because I'm always cold.

edielp(at)gmail(dot)com

chibiyui said...

That color is great, but I'd stick to styling with black at first till I got used to it more. I do have a cute pair of heeled mary janes that would go nicely with it.

Sasha said...

I love this dress! It looks like it'd be relatively easy to bike in too! I'd wear it with a beaded cuff and huge earrings.

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Kristi said...

I love the color - I'd probably wear it with bright flats and a big bracelet.

tisiree (at) gmail (dot) com

Erin said...

Love the dress, and I would love to be the lucky winner! I would style with basic black pumps and some funky jewelry. Thanks for the chance!

ekmarquez@hotmail.com

Carbon Girl said...

I adore coral and brown, so I would style this dress with my brown gladiator wedges and wooden bangles in the summer and my brown frye's and a brown cardi in the winter. I love Prairie Underground and would love even more to own something from them.

chicks 04 (at) gmail (dot) com

Sara said...

This is the perfect dress! In the summer is is fantastic with a variety of sandals depending on day or night gold strappy or brown gladiator or brown knee high boots in the winter!


zayabijoux at g mail dot com

bella said...

that is one gorgeous dress...with light blue sandals, all summer long!

bkastori@yahoo.com

little Bean said...

I'd love to rock that color! nightmaji [at] yahoo (dot) com

Michelle said...

Love the dress, but I'm always cold. Sleeveless dresses always get a cardigan -- for this dress, simple open front drape cardigan and heeled sandals.

michelle.pallas@gmail.com

Jean said...

Yum. I would style it simply. With high platform sandals or, in winter, boots. Large hoop earrings and maybe a bracelet in the same metal.

Droooool

thilmanyj at yahoo.com

gwen said...

I'm commenting not to enter the contest, but to ask Prairie Underground to start making plus-sized clothes!

I know it's a long shot, but there's a big wide-open market of plus-sized women who would love love love to be able to buy your clothes. (You're hearing from one of them right now... one who's been fruitlessly searching for somewhere to buy a long hoodie-dress for months, now!)

AnnaSpringer said...

I'd style it with a grey cardigan and grey boots, with silver earrings.

LOVELY!

annaspringer@abbacominc.com

Rachel B said...

Beauty! I love the color and details, so I would wear nude strappy sandals and add just a few bangles, keep the focus on the dress.

Fingers crossed!

johnandrach (at) me (dot) com

saphira said...

I so love the color of the dress. i would wear it with a nice pair of heel and a black belt

Jo said...

So lovely! The color is totally this season, too!

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Anonymous said...

The dress would look smashing with turqoise flats and a big silver geometric earrings.

H.

hachadwin[at]gmail[dot]com

PK said...

I'd love to try that dress with my favorite pair of Reiker buckle boots. I've been mostly-unemployed since finishing graduate school last spring, and I'm a single mom, so my opportunities to be out of the house doing something fulfilling, or feeling attractive, are limited at best. I've gotten into a real rut in the last few months of wearing nothing but saggy, baggy, dull-colored clothing, as if I'm trying to make myself as unnoticeable as possible. I don't have any money for a wardrobe, currently, so I've been out thrifting and church-saling, trying to introduce some color into my wardrobe in the hopes that it will renew my feeling good about myself, and make me want to no longer fade into the background. The first thing I thought when I looked at that dress was Wow! Color!, and then that I think it would suit me, and then that it would suit these boots (that I'm wearing right now with a $2 church-sale skirt and a pair of Target tights - and THANK YOU for turning me on to buying Target's totally affordable, totally colorful tights - just one more small way I'm trying to learn how to be less drab and dull).

Jenn said...

I love the dress!!! Your generosity, I also love.

Audi said...

That color is utterly gorgeous, and I just love all the detailing. I'd wear it with my wide black belt and Pour la Victoire sandals.

I actually found a local shop in SF that sells Prairie Underground stuff -- I tried on the long hoodie but it doesn't work as well on my figure as it does on yours. However, I think I need to have the Orchid Cape!

Jilliebeanie said...

The color and design are awesome! I'd love to take this for a spin with some nude pumps (to be purchased soon, hopefully), and a floral head scarf.

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Anonymous said...

This dress is so cute and would be a much-needed girlier addition to my summer wardrobe! hemm0055 at gmail dot com

Emily McIntyre said...

What a lovely dress, and one I actually think looks stunning on you. I've been wanting something in that color of coral for some time. I'd definitely pair the dress with some simple flats and subdued jewelry to let it pop. I also have a unique suede belt that might work with it in a monochromatic experiment.

emily (dot) mcintyre (at) rocketmail.com

Candice said...

Beautiful! I would pair it with a black cardigan and cute wedge sandals. Thanks!

candice(dot)eggleston(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy said...

I'm rather long-waisted, so this dress just might work! It's absolutely lovely.
As for styling it, I'm rather not-creative, so first time would be with a basic pump and lady-like necklace. I might get some confidence later and pull out the leather and spikes.
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Diana said...

I'd keep it simple with my new giant Naot platform sandals and a wooden bangle bracelet. This dress needs to be the star of the show!

I actually think I might be around your size/shape, but since it looks great on you in my opinion, I'd love to win!

Sidewalk Chic said...

Sal, you look amazing in that shade of coral. I think the design does look great on you, and I really like the ruffle detail on top.

Gah, if I won, I'd probably wear it with really tall brown wedges and a long blazer. Love this.

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Rob and Corrie said...

Lovely...and I think it might fit me. :) So I'd wear it with my metallic flats and lots of silver jewelry.

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k said...

I would wear amazing chandelier earrings and sexy slingbacks. I think the style would help give me a more feminine figure by accentuating my hips.

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Anonymous said...

I would wear this dress with a cardigan and lots of gold jewelry. It's very nice! My e-mail is twoandahalf at gmail dot com.

Bekki said...

Love the color first of all! I would probably style it several different ways, but with Summer on the way, I'd pair it with nude wedges and a 3/4 sleeve yellow cardigan with a thin nude belt. Bekkileigh@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Gray, yellow or pale beige shoes. Yellow or pale beige purse. No necklace. kimwalshstone at yahoo dot com

pretty said...

Red lips, red belt and red shoes. I am missing the perfect LRD! aprettyface dot blog at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the coral color of this dress for summer. I would wear it with these great michael Kors luggage colored strappy heels and some gold bangles stacked. thanks
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Emily said...

I think I'd probably style this with cognac boots or sandals, and a chunky silver bracelet.

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Teresa said...

What a great giveaway! I think the coral dress would look great with some gladiator sandals. Thanks!

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Sherry said...

This dress has such great colour and details, it almost styles itself! But I think I'd be accessorizing with bracelets for sure: either silver cuffs (I have a gorgeous vintage one from my grandma) with big silver earrings and strappy black heels for a modern/dressy vibe, or a bit more casual with some coloured and/or wooden bangles and a bold summery wedge.

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Grace said...

I would wear this dress with belt and a jacket for work. the waist line seems to be a little lower than the dresses you usually wear and a medium and wide belt will raise the waist line a little bit.
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lawtalkinggirl said...

I'd wear the dress with tall brown boots and a turquoise belt. lawtalkinggirl@gmail.com

heidi said...

beautiful dress, thanks for the giveaway! i think i'd wear it with a belted cardigan! - heidi (hamoth@gmail.com)

Rebeccak said...

That dress is amazing! I'd pair it with teal tights and teal suede wedges - I love the whole complimentary coloiur combo. I might also tie a little patterned teal scarf in under the collar :)

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Kristina said...

Love the dress! I'd pair it with my robin's egg blue flats, which don't seem to go quite right with anything else.

Amanda said...

Prairie Underground makes clothing I absolutely covet. Someday I'll save enough to invest in a piece!

That dress is lovely. Coral isn't one of my usual colors (black, brown, gray) so I'm not sure yet how I would style it but I'm certain I'd love to win it. :)

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Scribbler said...

I'm not sure how I'd style it. It's not the usual type of clothing I wear but I would love to win and try :)

Scribbler said...

I'm not sure how I'd style it. It's not the usual type of clothing I wear but I would love to win and try :)

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Tenshi said...

I love ruffles and gathers, so this dress is right up my alley! And also in my size...
I'd wear it with either black pumps or my wine-red high-heeled booties, if the color doesn't clash, chunky golden bracelets, small (golden) earrings, and my hair in french braids, maybe pinned up.

va said...

I would style it with a long sleeve top underneath and some pants but I would like to give this to my mom she would love it .

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thanks

catnip33 said...

I would wear the dress with a freshwater pearl necklace and some wedge sandals and I'd be set for summer!

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Zerlina said...

I would rock this dress out with my worn out denim jacket and my Frye Engineer 8R boots!

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Suburban Plumage said...

Oh, that's exactly the right proportions for my body! And I'm forced to admit that I have two pairs of coral-ish shoes... so they'd take turns going with this dress!

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RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

The retail pieces pieces in my wardrobe are thrifted ao it would actually by nice to own something a little newer. I'd wear it with, black, yellow or turquoise. And a fabulous gele of course.
Angela

gustosa giveaways said...

I just add a bracelet and pearl necklace to accessorize.

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shadab said...

i love the hooded dress,will wear it with my black jeans....you r stunning..its like this colour is just made for you.
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agnes said...

I'll pair it with a cute pair of sandals (tan or beige) and a pair of dangling earrings.

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ne-knopka said...

Amazing dress and color!
I would wear it with sandals

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Anonymous said...

This dress so rocks, I love it! It goes so well with so many different styles of shoes and accessories!

I would wear it with:
*my black below-the-knee leather boots and my big clunky black acrylic bracelet
*with my red sneakers (with the white trim) and the thin stand of faux white pearls I bought at a flea market years and years ago...
*with spring green, vintage ball earrings and a brightly colored vintage plastic choker
*With wooden jewelry (necklace, earrings)

troccar@hotmail.com

Lynn said...

I have their hoodie coat, too, in navy and I love, love, love it. I would style this dress with my lime green cardi and my remix yellow platform peeptoes. Yes I would! (I might even send you a photo.)

ltbrod (at) tds (dot) net

Jennifer Nicole said...

Great dress. :) I'd add a classic bent with a pair of black pumps, my black slightly cat-eye glasses and a big - but still almost casual - cocktail-style ring. Quirky? Yes. My thing? Totally, haha.

Thanks for giving the dress away, you generous lady, you! I hate when things don't fit just the way I like them to, but am happy this is your solution to that problem!

jen@awakenedaesthetic.com

mframe said...

I would wear it with a nude pair of heels. I also have some breast cancer ribbon jewelry that would look great with it!
mframe00@gmail.com

Billie Jo said...

Lovely dress! Can't wait to check out more of Prairie's designs. I have a new pair of shoes that would look great with this dress!

You can find me at billliejo@gmail.com
:)

Ľubaša said...

Lovely dress. I would wear it with my coral wedges and with long metal necklace. thanks
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

Heavensent1 said...

I'd style it with a simple pendant necklace, bracelet and earrings and an off-white sweater to cover...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

kajsa said...

This dress is perfect! I think a chunky bracelet and brown wedges would be a perfect addition.

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Diana said...

How are you going to pick between so many great ideas out there?! A friend recently introduced me to prairie underground and it has become my new favorite thing to window shop. So gorgeous!

I would wear it out on a date with some sheer black hose, basic pumps, hair up, and dazzling smile :)

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jen said...

I'd pair it with a blazer and flats for work and sandals for after!

Emily Joyce said...

That's one of my favorite colors! I'd wear it with ballet flats and a dainty necklace.
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