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Oklahoma!

Stairs at Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK

Stairs at Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK

Model of the Price Tower

Model of the Price Tower

Last week we took a short Thanksgiving trip to Oklahoma. I only got a photo of what I wore on one of the days, so in lieu of a full debriefing, I thought I'd talk about my favorite part of the trip, which happened to coincide with the outfit pic. I'll get into what I packed overall below.

The Price Tower! One of iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright's final projects, and his only "skyscraper." Skyscraper is in quotes because the building is short by today's standards and a mere 20ish stories. The building has a very compact footprint as well, but the style is sky-high. 

Unlike most boxy buildings, this one is skewed and chopped up on it's grid so that it becomes a compilation of different triangular fragments. There are few right angles to be found anywhere, including in the furniture, which FLW also designed. And although the design is not without it's critics, you can't visit this place and not leave thinking "how cool." At least that's how I felt! The original design allowed for several levels of apartment homes, and you better believe if I was living in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the 1950s, I'd want to live here; today it has a restaurant and hotel. 

Despite all the weird angles, or maybe because of them, this thing works. It's more about taking the architecture as a whole rather than focusing on the one weird corner you find yourself in. Which maybe is a good tip for dressing as well. As someone who likes to be different but not to stand out TOO much, I think the Price Tower is a good model. The devil is in the details.

 

 
Sitting in the lobby of the Price Tower. Jesse Kamm Newton blouse, Madewell skinny jeans, Veronique Branquinho boots, J. Crew cardigan.

Sitting in the lobby of the Price Tower. Jesse Kamm Newton blouse, Madewell skinny jeans, Veronique Branquinho boots, J. Crew cardigan.

Now: what I brought and what I actually ended up wearing, which was mostly everything! We flew up on Thanksgiving day, and home on the following Sunday. My husband and I shared a giant checked bag so I didn't need to pack particularly light, as is my habit. 

What I wore

  • Beige sweatshirt (wore 1/4 days)
  • Skinny jeans (wore 3/4 days)
  • Rachel Comey Lure pants (wore 1/4 days)
  • Veronique Branquinho camel color ankle boots (wore 4/4 days)
  • J. Crew grey oversize cardigan sweater (wore 1/4 days)
  • Jesse Kamm Newton blouse (wore 1/4 days)
  • Black undershirt cami (wore 2/4 days)
  • Amour Very Iris scoop tank (wore 1/4 days)
  • Ann Taylor black cropped wool cardigan (wore 1/4 days)
  • Everlane burgundy cashmere crew neck sweater (wore 1/4 days)
  • Leather jacket (wore 2/4 days because it was warm out)

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What I didn't wear

  • Everlane day heels (I tried them on one day but changed before leaving the hotel)
All the lights and air returns in the Price Tower were like these triangles!

All the lights and air returns in the Price Tower were like these triangles!

I think I did pretty well! Some things were "one time use" but they overlapped with other pieces I wore multiple times, so I think that makes it acceptable. I had a good mix of items that I could layer depending on the weather. Always planned for layersβ€”I love cardigans! It started out unseasonably warm but I was glad to have brought the crew neck sweater even though I wore it only on the day we wear heading home. The heels I put on one morning but quickly decided to stick with the boots for their ease, since I knew we'd be running around in and out of cars all day.

Activities on the trip varied from causal lounging at home to seeing different landmarks and eating in restaurants. The vibe with my family was very relaxed and I did not want to be overdressed, although I do always want to look put together. The "splurge" for the trip was the Newton blouse, pictured above, because I knew I'd have to iron it after pulling it out of the suitcase. Worth it though! It's such a nice vintage silhouette and just makes me feel like I'm on vacation. I'm so pleased I was wearing it on our Price Tower trip.

We have another trip coming up later this December to Detroit. I'll try to plan ahead and do a more visual inventory of that trip as well. Maybe we can find another spot where style and architecture intersect.

Looking down into the lobby of the Price Tower.

Looking down into the lobby of the Price Tower.