There are many mornings when I put on an outfit I selected the night before, take my pictures for the blog, and then change up outfit details before I go out the door. Somehow the process of photographing my outfit makes me re-think the “look” of the day.
With this ensemble, it was only once I got dressed that I remembered the problem with these culottes – fun pattern, great price when I bought them, BUT unflattering with a tucked-in top. Wearing a wide belt helped, but I was still dissatisfied. Just the same I left for work without making any changes. Around midday when the weather warmed up and I took off the jacket, I finally figured it out. I untucked the chambray shirt (long shirttail) and put the belt over the shirt – voila! No pictures of this change, but next time I’ll remember how to wear these culottes successfully!
A perfect example of dressing up for a Saturday night out. The question always is (at least in the Bay Area): Am I too dressed up? Or not dressed up enough? I tried to hedge my bets by wearing my favorite distressed jeans.
I have rules for distressed jeans: not for the office even on Casual Friday, but perfect for any night out short of the orchestra or a real dressy event! Hot pink is one of my favorite shades – these fuchsia/pink shades don’t match perfectly, but I’m not sure it matters here!
Bought on sale at Urban Outfitters, this dress is flattering, machine-washable, and a little funky (see gathered portion at the bottom of the dress!). It is perfect for summer, for travel – I could go on and on. I could even see it with a white tee underneath going into cooler weather. And it is perfect for layering – whether I choose a crocheted top or a sheer button down shirt.
I cannot say it too many times – if you buy the perfect black midi dress (perfect meaning relatively cheap and a little flow-y), you can find a MILLION ways to wear it!
I couldn’t help myself. These two patterns looked SO RIGHT together and, even though I had second thoughts, I wore these culottes and tee together – with my head held high!
Separately, of course, these items have a lot of versatility but I love the idea of summery printed culottes. I am also glad that yellow print tops seem to be everywhere – I gravitate towards yellow anything so I’m on board. Are you?
I’m sorry, I’m just in the mood for black and white! It’s such a clean look and, somehow, in hot weather, that is perfect. Layers feel too complicated as does pattern mixing.
And this is another incredibly cheap dress from Urban Outfitters this time – sale on top of sale and then reduced some more. I love any dress with an odd detail – and the gathered bottom portion of this dress qualifies! So much fun.
Over time, I’ve also acquired some white accessories and now is the perfect time of year to use them. So it is possible that you may see me again in black and white before summer is over. Why don’t you join me with a similar cool summer look?
Let me be perfectly clear: I have NEVER liked fringe. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I was never even on the “fringe” of hippiedom. It always looks to me like a little Davy Crockett, Roaring 20’s and 1960’s protest to me. But this past spring, I was briefly seduced by a simple black sleeveless top with 3 inches of silky fringe at the bottom. I mean it was J. Crew for Pete’s sake! Darling, I thought, with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt or with a simple white tee underneath. Since then I have pulled it out of my closet AT LEAST ten times and I have worn it exactly 0 times. Why, you ask?
1. Fringe does not lend itself to a shapely silhouette – unless you want to wear a fringed pencil skirt (I can barely type that because it sounds so awful)
2. Fringe rarely adds anything to the item it decorates – sandals, boots, handbags, scarves ( except maybe the wool scarf you wore last winter), kimonos, suede jackets, earrings. It gets tangled, dirty, etc. And tying beads at the end of the fringe does NOT help!
3. 99.9% of the time fringe looks, well, cheap. I’ve seen a very few couture items that looked good with fringe. See a few of them here:
This dress is from last summer, when I was determined to dress it up with a wide belt and even a jacket. Now I’ve discovered that I was going about styling this dress all wrong! This is meant to be a cool, effortless summer shift – no belt, no overworked styling. I love it with this almost transparent sweater – perfect cool neutrals for summer.
When I had everything on, I realized that the only shoes that would do were my new Seychelles animal print sandals. The closest I’ll ever get to style perfection!
I think this dress could go two different ways – 1) the way I treated it by combining it with summery cognac accessories or 2) the matchy-match way (accessorizing with black or one other bright color). I will probably wear it a variety of different ways, but I like the unexpected and more casual approach I took here.
BTW, this dress cost maybe $22 at ASOS. I have learned several secrets of success on the ASOS website: wait for sales and experiment enough to know which dress styles and sizes work before the sales begin. This dress is made of my favorite neoprene fabric – easy to wash and no ironing required. What is better than that?
Believe it or not, this is a hi low dress from last year – I guess this look has become more dramatic in the past year! In any case, this simple shirtwaist dress design is incredibly versatile. I could wear this unbuttoned with a tee and white jeans and instantly have the duster look.
My obi is also incredibly useful – I’ve worn it with the pink side out and it looks great that way as well. You can also use a scarf to achieve the sash effect. I am all about clothes that can be worn many different ways. This is a large part of the fun of fashion to me!