Do-Over: Orange Top & Black Bottom

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I was feeling uninspired today, so I decided to do another “do-over” post by going through my archives to find an outfit I’m not happy with and redoing it. This time I picked this outfit, which, as usual, has some messed-up proportion. The blouse has kind of a peplum, and it starts about 4 inches above my actual waist, so it makes me looks really short-waisted (quite a feat, considering my long torso!), and the rolled jeans and flats don’t help either. I’ve paired this top with wide-leg jeans before and it looked OK, so this time I wanted to see if I could pair it with something else. I kept the bottom silhouette fitted, only with a pencil skirt instead of skinny jeans. The shoes I’m not so sure about, but I like that they add a bit of an edge to the outfit and keep it from being too “office-y”.

I don’t know if it’s much of an improvement (I’m thinking about putting this blouse into my “donate” pile anyway), but at least it looks more interesting, right?

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orange polka dot blouse black pencil skirt by 14 shades of greyorange polka dot blouse black pencil skirt black heels by 14 shades of grey

Comparison:

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Blouse: Target, Skirt: Forever21, Heels: hand-me-down

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Do-Over: White Dress & Chambray

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Did you ever look through your old photo albums and just cringe at whatever you were wearing back then? The thing about having a style blog is that you get that all the time. Or at least I do. I was looking through my archives the other day and noticed a bunch outfits that started out as good ideas, but the execution is meh, or outfits that I thought were good ideas back then but now they are more like “WTF was I thinking?” So I decided to take those outfits and re-style them, keeping the basic idea while trying to improve the execution. I kind of did it already here, but even then I was not exactly happy with the second try. I’m going to make it a more regular feature of the blog now. And hey, it can be greatwhen I don’t know what to wear – just pick an old outfit that I don’t like and make it better!

So, for my first do-over, I picked this outfit. I like the idea but it ended up looking really awkward because I messed up the proportions (always a problem area for me). I fixed it by choosing a more fitted chambray shirt, getting rid of the belt, and keeping the footwear simple to stay true to the relaxed feel of the inspiration pin.

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For comparison:

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What do you guys think?

Dress: Miss Sixty, Shirt: Esprit, Sandals: gift