Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

Week 5 :: of ensembles and outfits

So yesterday, one of my fave blog ladies discussed the difference between outfits and ensembles and it was like – POW!  Instant clarity.

ensemble vs. outfit

I love when someone else articulates my thoughts for a change.  (In my profession, I spend an inordinate amount of time in the pursuit of clarity – both for myself and for my students – and this can be extremely exhausting.  Glad that in this little niche of my universe, I can relinquish responsibility and be the Padawan, not the master.)

The outfit/ensemble discussion is particularly relevant  because my inspiration pic for today is the latter and I’m no longer pleased with this.  I think it was the power of suggestion, but when my BF said she preferred seeing people in the clothes (outfit) over just a Polyvore-esque collage of clothes (ensemble), it struck a chord in me and I’ve tried my darndest to accommodate that wish.

But sometimes, it’s just impossible to find an outfit clone to the one I’ve concocted.  I know this isn’t really in keeping with the spirit of this blog (read Inception) but as I morph and grow, I’m realizing that having themed weeks forces me to work backwards.  That is, I come up with my own creations but then I have to find an “inspiration” pic to match my outfit.

For today, then, I give you an ensemble that I unearthed after I decided it was high time I wore this skirt.

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I purchased it from H&M two seasons ago and I’ve not worn it because the detailing at the waist begs for a tucked-in shirt and back then, I was still self-consciously pudgy and was not a tucked-in fan.  Now, I am still pudgy but less self-conscious, and it being Floral Week and all, I’d finally run out of excuses.

I’m digging how the entire look defies the whole “you-look-like-a-bumblebee-in-yellow-and-black” trap because of the floral pattern of the skirt.  (Any print, for that matter, would save you from that stigma.) Also, I don’t know if you can tell, but the skirt sports that current high-low trend, adding even more oomph to an already stunning piece.  Makes me want to kick myself that it took me this long to utilize it.

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I’d originally planned on wearing my new Seychelles sandals but it proved too chilly so that’s another post for another day.  Instead, I’m wearing Seychelles boots which provide comfort, warmth and – may I say? – style.  Can’t beat that trifecta!  An afterthought necklace completes the outfit and I’m hoping it doesn’t compete too much with the subtle lace edging of the tank.

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Tank – Old Navy
Cardi – F21
Skirt – H&M
Boots – Seychelles
Necklace – Target

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