When I put together this outfit for the next Winter Edition Challenge prompt, “Bright Colors”, I intended to just have the jacket and the blue socks as my “bright” elements, but it felt too monochromatic, so I decided to add the orange/red scarf that I made from a piece of leftover fabric. It wasn’t until I looked at the photos that I realized, all I need is a beret and a pencil mustache and I can be your stereotypical Frenchman. You know, this guy (the string of onions has to do with the origin of the look – it came from the Breton farmers who sold onions door-to-door in the UK back in the day, nicknamed “Onion Johnny“.)
Shirt: Forever21; Jacket: Pendleton, thrifted
Jeans & socks: Target; Booties: ShopRuche
Scarf: self-made (it’s polyester, so I didn’t even hem it, I just singed the edge to keep it from fraying.)
Anybody watched the Golden Globes? I don’t know if it was because I was half asleep when I watched it, or because I didn’t care about most of the nominations, or because Ricky Gervais wasn’t as drunk as he was last year, but I found it mind-numbingly boring. So Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet won. Again. Hurrah. The only win I’m happy about is The Artist (I haven’t seen it, but I want to. From what I heard it’s pretty amazing.) And Peter Dinklage, of course. Everybody looked good though, or at least there wasn’t any red carpet disaster.
Anyway, I was invited to participate in the ABC’s of Style challenge by Kayla of My Greatest Hits. Since I’m always looking for style inspirations, I jumped at the chance. I missed the first one, “A is for Army-inspired”, so here’s my submission for “B is for Bows.”
T-shirt & Coat: Forever21 (it doesn’t show in the photos, but this coat is a dust and lint magnet!)
Skirt: thrifted, Boots: ShopRuche, Tights: Target, Bow: self-made
I blame blogging for putting into my head the idea of only wearing certain colors during a certain time/season. Take today’s outfit for example. Before I started the blog, I would not think twice about wearing an orange sweater (it appears red in the photos, but it’s actually more of a rust/pumpkin color. I need to fix my white balance) in December – not that I had one back then. But now I’m like, “Is it too much of a fall color? Should I just wear holiday colors now?” Which is silly, of course.
Still, I feel that, for me at least, there is a certain amount of playing dress up when it comes to personal style blogging. I just have to make sure that what I wear every day is not too much of a costume that I lose the “personal” part of it. So for this, I made it even more of a “fall” outfit by adding the leaf brooch. Winter or not, I’m still going to dress like it’s fall if I want to.
Jeans: Forever21, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche, remixed
Brooch: Getty Center gift shop
Tunic (usually belted) + skinny jeans + boots has been my go-to outfit formula for a while, but I never thought to pair it with booties until I saw a girl at work wear something similar. I like the silhouette, but I’m a little iffy about the details – namely, the colors. Like how the green of the print doesn’t match the teal/green of my jeans and how the tan of my boots is darker than the tan of my blazer.
So what do you guys think – is this a case to apply my OCD about matching colors, or does it work?
Tunic: Handmade Store, remixed
Blazer & Jeans: thrifted, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche, remixed
I have to say, now that I make myself take pictures outside, my apartment building ain’t half-bad…
Dress: I Love Ronson thrifted, remixed
Leggings: Charlotte Russe, remixed
Boots: ShopRuche (I’d been drooling over this pair last winter, and they were always sold out, so when they got back in stock I jumped at it, only to find – a week later!!! – the very same pair sold at the mall for $15 less! Grrr….)
Jacket (below): Gap thrifted
I’m still trying to figure this jacket out.
Oh well. I’ll wear it, see how it works out.
I sound so spaced out today. Just got nothing interesting to say, I guess.