dream closet #1.

{left to right: top row - 1 2 3  ~  middle row - 1 2 3  ~  bottom row 1 2 3}
My first encounter with Milly took place in April 2005. I had just started my tenure at a high-end retailer in Georgetown. We didn't carry the line, but I was told to scout out another high-end boutique in the neighborhood. I became a very touchy-feely shopper after working at Intermix. I started to understand the difference between cheap and quality fabrics--and I really started to determine what my own style esthetic would be. 

When I saw that first Milly dress in the window at Wink, a lightbulb turned on in my noggin. It epitomized the vision I had for myself: preppy, put-together, and polished. {phew--say those three p's fast!} From that day forward, Milly has always been one of my go-to designers. I may not always be able to purchase it, but I can at least admire the impeccable style and stellar workmanship. To make this story come full circle, I ended up working weekends at Wink for 2+ years after college until we moved to RI. I am one of those people who loves working retail--and now miss it dearly!

{via rent the runway}
Fun side note: One of my style icons {if you can even call her that since she is a fictional character on a TV show} is Blair Waldorf, who often sports Milly on Gossip Girl.
No wonder I like her!

The good news for me? I can rent a plethora of Milly dresses on Rent the Runway, thus affording me the opportunity to wear a few pieces from my dream closet and not totally break the bank. I may or may not have already rented two Milly dresses to date--one of which appears in my profile blurb to the right! See that gold stunner? Yeah, it's the Like Honey dress :)

Until {cv} and I make it big, I'll just make the most of my Milly madness and include many of their pieces in my Friday's Fancies. The pieces I do own {and the ones I allow myself to buy!} will be pieces I see in my wardrobe for years to come. With Milly, that isn't a hard requirement to fulfill.

What designers do you wish could fill your closet? 
Until tomorrow, xoxo {av}

49 comments:

  1. i'll take every one of those, please and thank you.

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  2. I must have that beautiful yellow peacoat - it's too good to be true! :)

    xoxo
    Jenna

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  3. Milly is really cute--I like anything preppy (there are even little sailboats :) If I could fill my closet with anything? Michael Kors, Isabel Marant and Tucker--dream world!

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  4. her collections are lovely :)
    this dream closet thing is a great idea :D

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  5. OMG, I am so obsessed with Milly... def one of my favorite designers!

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  6. I wish Milly would do a "Milly for Target" line, haha I loveeee all the sailboat stuff!!

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  7. oh yes please. i will take all of the above. i need new clothes...

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  8. Great picks, I love these outfits. Those orange shorts are so great for Spring!!

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  9. so cute! i love the yellow coat and white dress!

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  10. So cute! I love the top left dress (white, green and black). Its classic yet modern at the same time, fabulous!

    xoxo
    -CPF

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  11. I HEART Milly, too! Have you tried RTR? I have looked online but haven't pulled the trigger on actually renting!

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  12. I hadn't heard of this brand before but I'm liking it!! This made me want to go shopping..

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  13. I love love Milly- even their logo makes me giddy. That yellow coat is AMAZING!!

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  14. Oh gosh, I love the white top with the orange shorts! So perfect for spring. I'm a sucker for Diane Von Furstenberg dresses too, but I really just end up wearing jeans and tees. I'm saving all of my DVF and Frock by Tracy Reese (love her dresses, too) to wear to work.

    P.S. My first job in high school was at a high-end boutique! I love folding clothes and organizing racks (and shopping!), so it was kind of meant to be. :)

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  15. you have really great taste miss av! can we go shopping together with a limitless budget :) i esp like the white 3/4 sleeve top with the orange shorts. v cute. xoxo jcd :: stop by cornflake dreams to enter a personalized print giveaway !!

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  16. Love love love Wink and I oogle at the shoes in Intermix while walking home from work through Georgetown! Also am loving the coral and navy combo.

    ~ Julie

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  17. so with you on this one! this is how i *wish* i looked everyday haha. i'm also a huge fan of trina turk.

    xo.ashley

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  18. Yellow coat, hands down favorite. I don't own any Milly, but I certainly appreciate beautiful clothes when I see them!

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  19. I love ALL of these outfits! Seeing these really makes me wish that I lived in a beach town of some kind!

    I wish I could fill my closet with everything Anthropologie! If I ever hit the jackpot, I think this would be my first stop! :)

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  20. Everything that I am craving for spring! So perfect

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  21. Hello there, I am in love with that yellow coat. This post is increasing my spring fever :)

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  22. white dress, sailboat blouse and yellow coat! My top 3's:) i just love this post, you have such lovely style!!! xo

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  23. such beautiful things!!
    xoxo em

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  24. I love love love all Milly. Roomie works part time at Bloomies and gets a great discount. Working on a few things to call my own!

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  25. LOVE the new Milly collection! Your blog is precious. And I'm glad you liked the flower-shaped eggs! I want to find me a set of those... I'll let you know when I do!
    - Emily

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  26. I LOVE LOVE the Milly collection! So pretty!

    If could have anything to fill my closet with Spring clothes, I would have to pick Tory Burch! From shoes, to tunics, to purses...ahhh I am in love!

    Xoxo :)

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  27. Love this! That yellow coat is my dream! :)

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  28. Oh Milly-how charming! That first dress is DIVINE, and I love the little white sheath with the notched neck, too!

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  29. I'm in LOVE with the two diagonal striped orange dresses! i waaaant..lol...and the sailboat top is super cute too.
    —Lorena

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  30. i seriously love this Milly collection. absolute perfection! xx

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  31. okay! this is too cute! thanks for the comment! love it! we should do guest posts soon! :]
    -kar
    www.karpluswade.blogspot.com

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  32. Great blog, so happy you visited my site and in return to have found yours.

    BTW just became your newest follower!

    Sabrina
    http://missworkingirl.blogspot.com/

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  33. These are super cute dresses. I don't think a girl can have to many.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Good luck on the Giveaway!
    Muah!

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  34. I love Milly, would gladly wear any of those outfits!! So cute!

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  35. I ADORE Milly!!! Def one of my go-to designers!

    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

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  36. Um... I love them ALL! and that rarely happens! where is my credit card? haha!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  37. I <3 everything... I can't even pick a favorite!!! I guess I'll just have to take everything....
    ~Lindsay

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  38. I would like everything in the second room, please & thank you! :) :)
    <3 leigh

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  39. I just adore Milly!!! Such wonderful amazing clothes! Too bad I can't afford it. Maybe someday!

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  40. So lovely, that maxi dress is a dream come true

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  41. omg, these are AMAZING beyond belief. My favorite is the maxi dress- ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! And the first two dresses and the 6th outfit, you better rent the runway on these! They are amazing.

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  42. love the pics! i adore that white dress, so crisp and Springy.

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  43. Every bride has their own color, and some dynamic, some dazzling colorful, full of love ... ... and some colors are the future of each symbol, depicting the

    bride's future.
    Wedding Dress

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  44. Oh la la. I'd love to open my closet and see these beauties!

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  45. Goodness gracious these outfits are spectacular - adore the first dress! The fabrics and detailing look divine!

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  46. I do love me some Milly! Can't wait for Friday's Fancies (dare I wonder if they will include some darling Milly?)

    xo,
    Kelly

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