The Art of Fashion

It may be fall in the stores but it is definitely still summer outside! We had a really hot weekend here in Texas, so hubby and I were looking for any excuse to stay inside. We decided to head down to the Dallas Museum of Art for an air-conditioned afternoon spent wandering the exhibits. Even though we have both been multiple times I felt like I was seeing everything for the first time!

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

There are so many amazing pieces that I have never noticed, including paintings by my favorite artist, Claude Monet. For our honeymoon a couple of summers ago, we made a day trip out to Giverny from Paris, to visit Monet’s home and the gardens filled with the famous water lilies. I could spend hours looking at his paintings, there is something so calming and restful about his style.

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

I am a firm believer that art and fashion go hand in hand. From the vibrant colors in the European oil paintings of women draped in silks, to the ancient Egyptians covered in their statement jewels… you can’t help but be inspired! Art gives you a new perspective of something you might see everyday. It teaches us to look at things differently – sometimes as the artist saw it or maybe as the artist wants us to see it. Fashion is the same way. We pull pieces together in unique ways to create our own look.

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

When I am shopping I try to think about all of the ways I can style the piece I am considering buying. If I can only think of one outfit, then I don’t find it worth my investment because the item hasn’t inspired me to get creative. If I can see it styled multiple ways, then I know it’s a great piece. This LBD is one of those pieces. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a black dress, but for me there has to be something special about it. The intricate lace details on the sleeves and skirt are what made me fall in love. It adds a soft romantic feel against the heavy pleated skirt.

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBD

The Art of Fashion - Waketon Road: A day at the DMA wearing Banana Republic LBDWhile this little number is on the dressier side, I loved it paired with my flats for a day of wandering around the museum. It felt feminine and chic, but still comfortable. I can easily throw on a pair of heels and take this dress out for a night on the town. That’s what makes it such a great piece!

What are some ways that you keep your creative juices flowing? Hope you have a wonderful Monday and thank you for reading! xo Bryn

Shop the Look:

Dress: Banana Republic, Bag: Saint Laurent, Shoes: Ann Taylor (similar)

32 thoughts on “The Art of Fashion

  1. Jen

    Those colorful stripes are the perfect backdrop! You look lovely, Bryn. I agree — style and fashion are definitely forms of, and inspired by, art. I tend to fall in love with a piece and all of its details, then figure out how to style it with the rest of my wardrobe. If I love everything about it and can’t stop thinking about it, then I know I have to pick it up!

    Jen | affecionada

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Jen! You’re so right… If I can’t stop thinking about something I know I have to have it! xo Bryn

  2. Nidhi Patel

    What a great way to spend the day! Monet is one of my favorites as well, and I love that you’re drawing inspiration from art! Hope you have a great week!!
    xx
    An Unblurred Lady

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Nidhi! I love getting inspiration from art! The colors and textures are amazing! Thanks for stopping by! xo Bryn

  3. Amy Arnold

    Looks like a wonderful place to visit on a hot day! And how gorgeous is this dress on you! Love it.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Amy Ann! It was a great way to beat the heat! xo Bryn

  4. molly

    Loving this post! You look gorgeous!

    Xx
    Molly
    molly@trendychickadee.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thanks Molly! Hope you’re having a great week! xo Bryn

  5. Jennifer

    i have always through of fashion as a form of art… the styling, fabrics, play off patterns, etc. Looks like a fun day and you look beautiful! Love your dress and of course you styled it perfectly!

    xo, Jennifer
    http://www.publicistinpearls.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      I completely agree Jennifer! It’s why I love fashion so much! Thank you! xo Bryn

  6. Lauren

    Monet is one of my favorite artists, too! The pretty scenery is just so mesmerizing! And I love the lace detail on the sleeves of your dress… so adorable!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      He has such amazing pieces! I love them! Thanks so much Lauren! xo Bryn

  7. Deasy Noel

    Oh, I love seeing classic paintings. So many beautiful ones. I would love to see Monet’s house with the many water lilies <3

    http://www.deasynoel.com

  8. Britney

    Love this look! I especially like the little lace detail “sleeve” at the shoulder. Very chic.

  9. mallory

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful!! Love!

    mallory | http://www.the-drifter.com

  10. Kate

    You’re right about the versatility of that dress! I love pieces like that. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  11. Kelsey Bang

    what a fun place to be! you look stunning!

    kelseybang.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Kelsey! xo Bryn

  12. Tamara

    I totally agree with what you said. fashion is definitely !

    Love the pleats very chic and feminine!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      It really is! Thanks Tamara! xo Bryn

  13. rosie

    these are great pictures I love the one of you in between the frames.

    Life is just Rosie

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Rosie! xo Bryn

  14. Edye

    What lovely pictures! Your outfit is lovely xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Edye! xo Bryn

  15. Mel

    Wow, the museum you went to looks so much fun! Also I completely adore your YSL bag, I’ve been wanting one for a while myself as well 🙂

    http://www.pennyanddash.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you! It is a great museum! And I highly recommend the YSL clutch, it’s a great investment! xo Bryn

  16. TOUCHOFGUCCI

    Love your outfit – very gorgeous! x

    TOUCHOFGUCCI // BLOGLOVIN 

  17. Kathryn

    I can’t get enough of this post! I think the same way in that art and fashion go hand in hand. Such a lovely day and a beautiful outfit to pair with it!

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Kathryn! I’m glad you agree! Hope you’re having a great week! xo Bryn

  18. Meghan

    You are simply stunning!!! I love your bag too. And your right, the perfect LBD is always a great investment piece.

    Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com

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