What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland is the most beautiful place to visit this time of year. I’m always blown away by seeing roses in hues I’ve never experienced in nature before.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

But, one corner of the garden is my absolute favorite. It switches from the expected rows of roses to massive palms and tropical plants.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’d just found this dress at Buffalo Exchange as the summer weather finally hit — the strappy back made it the perfect choice for an unseasonably hot day. Green and royal purple are two colors I normally wouldn’t pair but it somehow worked on this dress.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

A mix of bodycon silhouettes, palms prints and stripes feel right for summer:

1. Topshop playsuit, 2. ModCloth dress, 3. Topshop dress, 4. ModCloth dress, 5. Heavenly wedges, 6. Norma Kamali swimsuit, 7. Tibi dress, 8. ModCloth dress and 9. Topshop peplum top.

Nubby Twiglet | What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

I’m busy exploring Europe right now and absolutely loving it (Berlin is pretty much the coolest place I’ve ever been) but at the same time, I’ll be glad to get back to Portland and soak up the rest of summer there — it’s my favorite time of year to rediscover all my favorite places across the city like the Rose Garden.


I wore: Buffalo Exchange dress (secondhand) and Marc by Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.
Photos: Joey Maas.

5 Responses to What I Wore: Tropical Stripes

  1. Pearl says:

    I love the back of this dress, as you said the color combination just works perfectly. It also looks great against the tropical settings.

    I also really like that second to last ModCloth dress you selected, such a cute design!

  2. Sage Hahn says:

    I was in my town’s local thrift store and found this same dress! I almost didn’t buy it because, like you, I wouldn’t ever think to pair the two colors.

    But then I imagined this post and went for it, and I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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