I had initially paired this top with a houndstooth pencil skirt, a black cropped tuxedo blazer, and white ballet flats.
But I woke up this morning and was overcome by the twee-ness of it all. I wasn’t feeling like wearing another pencil skirt ensemble. I wanted to mix things up a bit.
So I laid in bed, hitting the snooze several times while I ran through my closet inventory in my half-dozing mind. Apparently, this pseudo-REM mode works just as well as standing in the shower in terms of coming up with brilliant ideas because I gotta say: I’m jazzed about this combo.
I’m great believer in juxtaposing opposites: complementary colors, close-fitting bottoms with blousy tops, high-end luxe with fast fashion. So it’s no surprise that I’m totally digging this juxtaposition of tough with twee.
The pearl detail on the Peter Pan collar takes on a rebel edge when paired with camouflage skinnies. If you’re not a camo kind of gal – yes, BFF! I’m talking to you! – this same look can be employed with any other sort of patterned or colored skinny jean or even a slouchy boyfriend if that’s more complimentary to your body type.
I belabored the choice of shoes only because these are my most uncomfortable pair. I feel like a footbound geisha when I wear these, and that’s even after my cobbler has stretched the vamp, something I usually have done with all my footwear to accommodate my abnormally wide feet.
Still, I chose fashion over comfort today because it really does complete the vibe I’m going for: the stiletto and peep toe keep the twee while the buckle and zip detail add to the tough.
And you, my friends? What are your thoughts on dichotomy? Do you like mixing it up or sticking with a style niche from head to toe?