OOTD :: of conservative rock ‘n roll chic

september 12

september 12

september 12

september 12

Can someone please explain the neckline/arm optical illusion?

See, I’ve come to realize that I don’t mind sleeveless tops if the neckline is anything but a crew.

Boat neck, v-neck, scoop neck, halter – I’m good to go. And accessories work the same way. Throw on a statement necklace or a scarf and all of a sudden, my arms seem to shrink in my estimation.

But put me in a crew neck and no sleeves and I morph into the Hulk.

Whyyy?!

That said, I must admit to feeling particularly stylish in this sleeveless ensemble. I think it’s due in large part to the pieces playing up to my rocker chic persona. Next to Audrey Hepburn classic and Twiggy 60s retro, rock ‘n roll chic is the iconic look that I enjoy dressing the most. The trick is to always have a balance between nighttime glam and daytime work appropriateness.

Leather skirt? Yep. Suede ankle booties? Yes, please. Sassy hi-low top? Of course. A strategic implementation of a cropped blazer to make the ensemble less trashy and more kitschy? Absolutely!

Okay, that last sentence is a bit inaccurate. I threw on the blazer, not only because I want the outfit to be more work appropriate but also because, for all my posturing and fancy words, I still feel under-dressed in sleeveless tops. And since looking good is 99% confidence, why sabotage myself and my day?

Sleeves up my happiness factor to the nth degree; who am I to mess with a sure thing?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Tobi (sim, sim, sim)
Blazer – F21
Skirt – H&M
Booties – Westies (sim, sim, sim)
Bangles – H&M
Purse – ideeli

P.S. KS#1 is right again – purses make a difference as an accessory in photo shoots. Too bad this one might be going back – the blue handles stain. :/

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