If you are a longtime follower of Sea of Shoes, you may know that I have a lifelong affinity for all things Ralph Lauren. I always feel completely at home wearing anything Ralph, it’s a very natural extension of my personal style. I’ve been a long time collector of his old label Rugby Ralph Lauren. It was like a younger, preppier, more playful version of classic Ralph Lauren. We used to have a Rugby Ralph Lauren store here in Dallas and it was heaven on earth to me. My closet overflows with it because I can’t bear to get rid of any of my Rugby. When the stores and label shuttered I was pretty heartbroken. I was very happy when Ralph Lauren launched the new Polo Ralph Lauren, which is a lot like Rugby used to be.

This dress is Polo Ralph Lauren, and I actually found it on Instagram when Prototype Vintage in Austin posted it. I called the store right away and got my hands on it. I’m wearing it here with some very old Giuseppe Zanotti lucite wedge boots, a vintage belt, and a vintage squash blossom necklace.

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This is another find from Re-Edited Vintage. It is a Japanese made dress with exquisite detailing. You can’t believe the amount of pintucking in this dress! It must have taken ages to make. I feel incredibly lucky to have it. It is the kind of dress that calls for a petticoat, and luckily I have a ruffled Laura Ashley petticoat that went with it perfectly. See, I knew it would pay to hoard my Laura Ashley! The paper parasol is a thrift store find. It’s so funny how this dress, petticoat, and parasol went together so well. I often find vintage to be serendipitous that way.

I regret that we didn’t get a good photo of my white granny boots in this shoot. They are my prized possessions! Rachel Comey made them last season and I ordered them as soon as they were available for purchase. I was going crazy with impatience until my pair arrived. I’m nuts for Victorian style boots so these really were a dream come true for me. I will be sure to get a good picture of these boots soon, you all have to see them. If Rachel Comey made these again, I would buy them in every color. It would be so great if they came in a patent red, or even in a multicolored combination.

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When I first saw pieces of the Christofle jewelry collection at their Dallas boutique, I felt an instant affinity for the clean asymmetrical lines and simplicity of the collection. The recurring motifs of irregular circles is simultaneously innovative and timelessly classic. I love the silver pieces that are adorned with diamonds to make them both modern and precious. When it comes to jewelry, it is heirloom pieces like these I gravitate towards. If I was looking for a Valentine’s treat for myself…I can think of nothing better than a stack of the signature Idole de Christofle bangles. These are the kinds of pieces I would want to become my style signature, looking equally chic with a black boatneck bodysuit and pencil skirt or with a cable knit turtleneck and brogues for a dressed down look.

Wearing Wolford black bodysuit with No. 21 pencil skirt, grey coat, Chanel pumps with Idole de Christofle white gold and diamond deck ring, pendant necklace, sterling silver bangle, sterling silver thin bangle, and silver plated multi-ring layering necklace. Continue reading