Pretty Woman was to my high school self as Star Wars was to my elementary school self.
Both played seminal roles in my formative years and go a long way in explaining the fashion geek that I am today. So I guess it makes sense that I know when an outfit is golden when I do the Vivian booty shake.
Yeah, that one. In the black cocktail dress, hair askew, face focused and deliberating in front of the mirror. The little shimmy she does to – I don’t know – determine if it’s Edward-seducing material?
Anyhow, for reasons only known to my psyche, doing that mini cha cha signals that I’m done creating and the outfit is ready to go on a hanger. Last night, I timed myself and it took me 35 minutes from the minute Style Up posted to my inbox to the moment I finally executed the Vivian booty shake.
That sounds like very little time in the grand scheme of things, but when you consider the simplicity of the inspiration pic, it’s actually pretty sad that it took me that long. After all, how difficult is it to
Apparently very difficult. I think there are several things potentially unsatisfactory about this ensemble:
- The dress is a ponte fabric and theoretically figure-flattering since it skims instead of clings, but because my eye is just so used to bodycon pencil skirts that are a good inch above my knee, the fabric coupled with the modest length of this dress makes me feel frumpy.
- The wedges, although a sunny yellow, actually add to the frumpy feeling because of the heaviness of the heel.
- My bare arm wattle issue. ‘Nuff said.
So I had to really think about revamping the outfit to suit my hang-ups but still keep within the parameters of a recognizable dupe of the inspiration pic. I opted for an au courant bubble necklace to address the frumpy factor of #1; I threw on a light bolero to deal with #3; and I told myself to get over it and just wear the darned yellow wedges, making #2 moot.
A few of the comments on Style Up are pretty negative about the inspiration pic, which makes me wonder: do I continue to dupe looks even if they get bad press or can I opt out? Then again, had I opted out this time, I wouldn’t have attempted to make my iteration work and this dress, bolero and wedges would’ve remained closet orphans indefinitely until the next closet purge.
What say you, my friends? Yay or nay for this outfit? Yay or nay for opting out of “disliked” Style Up looks?
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Apt. 9 @ Kohl’s
Bolero – Marshall’s
Wedges – Breckelle’s
Necklace – eBay