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Summer maxi Chica dress with Hermes Collier de Chien belt, metal bag, wide brim straw hat, and sandals (all own)

Ageless fashion inaugural outfit

As you see in summer it can get really warm enough for summer dresses. Here, I am wearing a casual summer maxi dress outfit with super size floral pattern. I pinned the matching scarf to the shoulder and belted the dress for shape. I wear yellow patent leather (mod style) slides with golden block heels and a metal bag that I got years ago in Morocco. I picked this dress for the first post because it features my love for unique things that make up personal style.

In summer, the place where this picture is taken, serves as a boat launch site. Thus, since this is the inaugural post of my High Latitude Style blog I picked this picture.

In winter, this place serves as the entrance to an ice bridge. Cars enter the frozen Chena River here, drive about half a mile upstream and leave the river there and vice versa. Of course, there is always someone who does it too early in November, or too late in March/April and ends up in the river, and the newspaper.

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How I got the dress

A couple of years ago, on a day with 30 below zero (-34.4oC), my husband and I went shopping for a dress for the Moonlight Ball. I wanted a high-low hem dress in a jewel color. I don’t like ordering dance dresses online, as it is important to test-drive them with some of the dance moves that we do.

At that time, there was a little boutique in Fairbanks that had specialized in prom dresses. I was trying out some of the dresses that looked like they might fit, while my husband was outside the fitting room still browsing the store. When I came out to test the dress’ response to some dance moves with my husband, he stood there with a high-low hem dress on a hanger and asked “how do you like this dress?” My response was “Wow, this is quite a fashion statement with flowers as big as toilet seats.” “What do you mean?” he asked. “I would buy it, if I were looking for a summer dress that doesn’t go out of style because it is a statement in itself. But it’s not black tie. Let’s test out this emerald dress.”

He put the hanger with the dress back on the wall where he obviously had found it and came over. We made some Argentine tango moves while the other people in the store watched. There is not much going on at the last frontier. Thus, we were entertainment. We decided that the emerald dress qualified.

I went back into the dressing room, handed the emerald dress out, so my husband could already check us out, while I put on my layers of layers of winter gear. When you buy an evening gown at 30 below, you have not only to take off your clothes, but also your long underwear. Thus, it takes a while until you are back in your clothes.

When we came home, I wanted to hang the dress in my closet. I opened the bag and guess what? He had not only bought the emerald dress for the ball, but also this summer dress.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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