Ah, the best laid plans of mice and men…
The outfit planned for this particular piece was initially intended for Thursday, for no other reason than that it felt like a Thursday outfit.
But then I checked the forecast and, although I should know better than to trust meteorologists in So. Cal. (they might as well be using a bowl of water to scry the future for all the use they are to me), there is a prediction of a cooling trend later on this week. So I swapped today’s original ensemble (pants and a long-sleeved top) with this one in the hopes that the weather predictors prove me wrong for once.
The only problem I had with this outfit was the scarf, which unfortunately is the centerpiece of the look and could not be substituted. At first, I was ecstatic because its resemblance to the painting was uncanny – right down to the colors and Impressionist-y brushstrokes.
Then I put it on.
It’s a ruffle scarf, also known in the knitting world as the potato chip scarf. It’s fun to look at and relatively fun to knit but I never realized what a pain it is to style. After attempting multiple methods of scarf-tying, I still ended up looking either like a surprised ostrich or a guillotined Queen Elizabeth.
Thank Buddha I remembered the good ol’ wraparound and tuck or I would’ve thrown in the towel and picked another painting altogether. Paired with a structured blazer, the ruffles look contained and deliberate rather than fabric vomit around my neck. I’m also proud of that rather outré combination of chartreuse and yellow. I would normally have picked a brown or neutral shoe, but the painting told me to take a chance. Here’s hoping it paid off.
A shout out goes to my daughter who vetoed the blue cardi I was going to wear as my completer piece. I’d shown her the painting and then given her the two choices. The conversation went something like this:
Aly (wrinkling her nose at the cardi): I don’t like it.
Me: But that’s what I’d planned.
Aly: I don’t like it. Too much blue.
Me (putting the white blazer on): Ok, now?
Aly: Better. The blue made you look dark. The white makes you look happy. And it picks up the white in the painting too.
I love my intuitive fashionista-in-training!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Gabrielle Rocha @ 6pm.com
Blazer – Apostrophe @ Sears
Scarf – Marshall’s
Shoes – Call It Spring Roessing at jcp