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.


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.


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.


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

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11 thoughts on “Week 5 :: of ensembles and outfits

  1. […] my black lace skirt (twin to this one so not too difficult to swap) and my go-to black knee high boots (which, apparently, aren’t that go-to since I’ve worn them all of once since the […]

  2. aggiekesler says:

    I love fashion! I’ve always wanted to write a fashion blog, but I haven’t had the courage yet. I love your outfit! 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      For me, it was never about courage and all about laziness. Ok, maybe it was a little bit about courage because to this day, I am still phenomenally uncomfortable in front of the camera. But I’m proud of my outfits so I persevere. I’m so happy you like this one – yellow for the win! – and I hope someday you do find the courage to start your own fashion blog.

  3. smashintwo says:

    Two words…love it!

  4. Lisa says:

    Great ensem—oops, I mean outfit—the yellow & black number is tres chic. Besides being a favorite color combo, I like several aspects—the floral skirt, as you said, preempts the bumblebee thing, and the sort of elliptical hemline adds flair — also that same V of the skirt in back plays off the V -neck of the black top in front, that strikes me as a pleasing visual balance! And the boots! Kapow! All in all this outfit is smashing.(And yes, Purther did take some good photos)

    • mtsedwards says:

      Odd, Ms. Lisa – for it being a fave color combo, I don’t recall ever having seen you in it. Huh.

      Thanks for the flattering comments. It’s a testament to the awesomeness of our school that my supervisor not only encourages me professionally but also provides cheerleading services in other extracurricular aspects of my life.

      Sorry you couldn’t see the outfit in person; my former student teacher came by and I had to treat him to lunch. Hope you had enough plates to cover the potluck without mine.

  5. jenortega says:

    We will keep in touch this summer via GCOGH. I will put up my clothes, and you will put up your capsule wardrobe and any new pieces. OR…I could come out by you for your bday celebration, and we could take inventory together. That would make it more fun! Did you see that new app where you can sell and buy clothes? Maybe you should use that to get rid of some items you have too many of.

    Argh! So sorry that I made you feel like you shouldn’t use Polyvore. Always take my opinion with a grain of salt. I am just not a visual person, so I need to see the pieces on a person to become fully invested. I don’t think most people feel that way, so have at it!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I’m starting to worry about the summer – who’s gonna take my pics? What, exactly, am I gonna wear when I’m in Yale and don’t have access to my closet? Argh. (Btw, Purther took the outside photo of me. Not bad, eh?)

      No, I’ve not heard of that app – show me?

      I always take opinions with grains of salt but I actually agree with you on this one so no salt added/needed. ;p

  6. Selah says:

    Hmm, I prefer outfits for inspiration but I use Go Chic Or Go Home to create ensembles ALL the time. Since the ensembles are pieces that I already own, I know how they fit and can better gauge whether or not they’ll really work together.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I tried GCOGH early on but found that taking inventory of my clothes really depressed me. Audrey from Putting Me Together swears by this site, though. Maybe I’ll give it another shot when I’ve got some time to take pictures. 🙂

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