And now that St. Paddy’s Day festivities are over, we take you back to our regularly scheduled program…
I can hardly believe it, but I think the stars have aligned and I’m actually ahead of the game this time. As you may be aware, I’ve allowed my regular linkup folks to dictate my own blog themes; it’s just easier and more convenient that way.
And no one is queen of pre-planning the weekly themes than my dear friend Anne @ Spy Girl. (Don’t believe me? Take a gander at this).
The problem with aligning with Anne is that her week resets on Wednesdays, and previously, I’d always been behind since my week resets on Sundays. By some quirk of fate and schedule maneuvering, however, I may just have caught up for once – am actually one day early; the overachiever in me is so giddy right now! – and I’m proud to present to you today Togged to the Bricks week (aka 30s week).
Unlike ’20s clothing trends, the ’30s silhouette embraced the female form for all to see. Bias cut slip dresses and natural waistlines replaced drop waist dresses, backless gowns replaced the mini dress trend, and voluminousness adornment a la cap sleeves, ruffles and maxi lengths replaced the straight, frill-less lines of a flapper dress meant for comfortable shimmying about the dance floor.
We’ll get to some of those trends later in the week. But today, we open up our 30s-themed week with boatloads of blue, a splash of leopard and a simulated capelet.
The top sparked it all, of course. I actually own a real, honest-to-gosh capelet, but it promised to be way too warm for wool today. I was still psyched to wear something of that shape, though, and I remembered this piece from Christmas when I raided my mom’s closet. I’d snagged it then because of the color, never thinking its over-generous batwing sleeves would stand me in good stead now.
So I had the top but what about the rest? I knew I wanted to wear this for TARDIS Tuesday, so I ransacked my arsenal of cobalt bottoms and ended up liking best the slim lines of the pencil skirt paired with the volume of the top.
But then I got stuck.
Shoes make or break an outfit; that’s just basic OOTD Styling 101. And it’s the last part of my own creative process since I find it best to work in a visually linear fashion (vertically, from top to bottom). Usually, it’s also the easiest part since two thirds of the look is pretty much all done. So why did I have such a crap time finding the proper pair of shoes today?
The discards? Black ankle booties, silver pointed toe flats, cobalt pumps, and my new black stilettos. But all these choices left me feeling stumpy, frumpy, matchy-matchy, and vampy, respectively. The penultimate choice had been a pair of floral pumps but it was too much coupled with the busyness of the top, even to a pattern mixing maven like me.
As you see, I ended up settling for leopard pumps. Why settling? Because I’m just not happy with the overall outfit, is all. But to paraphrase the very sage Sally @ Almost Pretty, not every outfit will be a hit and sometimes, you’ve just gotta post the misses and live and learn.
The teacher in me can’t leave well enough alone, though. So why not transform my meh moment into a teachable moment by turning it over to you, my friends: What is it about this outfit that makes me wince with dissatisfaction? Do you see it and can you articulate it? Or is it all in my head and I just need to grin and bear it?
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
stolen gift from Mom
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Pumps – Shoedazzle
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