mara hoffman ingrid wrap dress
Outfits, Style

Why I bought this dress in 2 colors

brooklyn, ny

mara hoffman ingrid wrap dress
mara hoffman ingrid wrap dress

mara hoffman ingrid wrap dress
 Outfit Details:

Mara Hoffman Ingrid Wrap Dress

Zanzan “Gilot” (more rectangular sunglasses here)

old J.Crew red sandals

vintage straw bag (love this $8 option!)

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in “Bawse”


As I get older and my closet gets smaller — I went from a small room to a regular, non walk in closet — I’ve been paring down the contents within. That’s not to say I’m getting rid of all of my special but not-so-practical vintage dresses (heaven forbid), but I’ve been a lot better about keeping a one in, one out policy and only buying things I love and want to wear over and over. I already talked about wanting to buy this Mara Hoffman dress in a second color (my other one is blue gingham and I wore it on the blog here). I wear the gingham version almost every single week, so the cost per wear just gets lower and lower. And though it’s such a summery print, I can already see myself wearing it well into Fall. I went back and forth on getting a second color but when it went on sale, I didn’t even hesitate.

As for this vintage straw bag, I bought it on Etsy! I love vintage bags, and though there are currently so many amazing modern straw bags, my vintage collection is enough to keep me happy. Whether it’s a thrift store, fast fashion, or pricier contemporary piece, I just want to keep my closet full of pieces I’ll want to wear often. Clothing is meant to be worn more than once or twice, you know what I mean?

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  1. sav says:

    I just bought this on sale too but in black. SO EXCITED. I might have to buy the red too, not sure yet

  2. Jasmine says:

    Sigh… another dress that’s priced over 300… Why do bloggers keep advertising dresses that maybe 10% of the population could afford. Neitherless beautiful dress 🙂

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      I understand your frustration, and I’ll do my best to include more affordable/similar options when I wear something pricier! As a matter of fact, I saw that Urban Outfitters had some dresses in a similar style, but probably a synthetic fabric. I only wear what’s actually in my closet and don’t purchase things just to wear for the blog, so you’ll often see me in smaller designers, thrifted pieces, and vintage because that’s what I gravitate toward, and also I’ve been trying to cut back on my fast fashion purchases, choosing only pieces that I’ll wear over and over. I like Mara Hoffman’s approach to sustainability and ethical production, so I feel more comfortable spending extra money on one of her dresses in lieu of 5 pieces that I would’ve normally accumulated over time…even if I have to wait for them to go on sale:) But I also understand that’s not a possibility for everyone and that’s why fast fashion is such a popular thing, so I hear you and I’ll keep that in mind.

      p.s. That’s not to say I don’t love Madewell or an ASOS order (wearing a sale rack dress in my latest post!), but I am trying to scale back my own personal consumption after assessing my closet and seeing how much waste I was contributing.

  3. Beatrice says:

    It really looks like the perfect summer dress! And I love the idea of “price per wear”. I’d never though of my closet in those terms but it definitely helps to give some perspective to different purchases. Great post!

    Beatrice | The Bliss Bean

    • Keiko Lynn says:

      Totally! Even if something is $10, I think “How often will I actually wear this?” — I have skipped so many purchases that way. I’m trying to be more mindful of what I purchase.