OOTD :: of pseudo capes and dissatisfaction

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.

from Sammy Davis Vintage

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 ::
Top – stolen gift from Mom
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Pumps – Shoedazzle

:: Linking ::
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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19 thoughts on “OOTD :: of pseudo capes and dissatisfaction

  1. dapperdolly says:

    Eek gads another rule I break and this time a basic fundamental! It’s hard enough trying to find a place for camera to get a full length shot lol without worrying about the shoes! I have one pair of heels, one pair of wedges, two pairs of walking shoes (which double up as sneakers and hiking boots), one pair of wellies and my indoor slippers. I used to have one pair of decorative shoes – a pair of Gold wedges that I wore the heck out of and they eventually had it, and a pair of White boots that I couldn’t handle the heel on so have away. That’s it – it I could actually show my shoes it wouldn’t be worth it lol and half the time they don’t really go with my outfits I just wear them anyway, at least they’re Black so are functional lol!

    I’m a massive fan of capelets and yours is gorgeous especially over the dress and I agree with your TA, the shoes do look somewhat nude so double as a print highlight and barely there extension of the legs. Nice 🙂

    • dapperdolly says:

      Oops forgot to say I have a pair of snowboots too which double up as wellies since for some reason in the last few years my wellies don’t fit as well and dig into my leg – was a real annoying surprise since I bought them when I was 18 and they’ve held up really well despite being nibbled by beaks. The snow boots were on sale though 😀

      • mtsedwards says:

        So as someone who lives in a place that doesn’t see much snow or wet, for that matter – understatement of the year! – you have to explain wellies to me. Do you wear them by themselves or over other shoes and then take them off when you get indoors?

        • dapperdolly says:

          Wellington boots are basically rubber boots with a rubber sole to keep off the mud and water, they range from calf to knee length but are very cold to wear so need thick socks! 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Aw, girl! At the risk of being an enabler, you’ve gotta get more shoes! If the clothes are the bread and butter, then the shoes are the dessert, the icing on the cake, the cream filling in the donut! (Yes, I have sweets on the mind).

      Although, in your case, I’m thinking your makeup and hair and lovely collection of chapeaux make up for lack of shoes. ;p

      • dapperdolly says:

        Lol I don’t have money for shoes; haven’t bought clothes in over 18 months and lost a ton this winter to really bad mold/fungus whilst having to still wear others with a little damp/mold because I can’t be chucking them away. The hats I have are all old, probably about 10 in total and mostly caps and beanies so more functional than fashion. Plus I love beanies 😀 But yeah I express myself more with my makeup and me hair speaks for itself 😀

  2. Seeker says:

    Oh I like it very much!!! The top really seems to be a capelet and the fabric with the sheer “thing” and the dots looks so cool with the shoes.
    You look amazing, dear!
    Thank you so much for linking with Très Chic Style Bits

    • mtsedwards says:

      I shall relay your very lovely compliments to my mother who bought this top in the first place.

      Always an honor to link up with you, dear Seeker!

  3. Val S says:

    I love that outfit! It looks great. I do love the shoes, but I think it would also look great if you had some mint shoes. And a whole bunch of silver bangles. So, next time…

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oooooh! Bangles!!! Yes, absolutely! And mint shoes – concept! Thanks, Val. There will definitely be a next time now. Now would you do mint pumps or mint flats? ;p

  4. Connie Snow* says:

    You are honestly the hardest working little fashion star. The hits just keep on coming!

  5. It’s in your head – this outfit is great! I thought you were wearing a dress with a real capelet, and I like how the “spots” on the top work with the leopard shoes – it’s not matchy-matchy, but cohesive. Also, LOVE the necklace! Is that a peacock? Oh, and the side pony is nice too.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ooooh, perspective! Gotta love it! Because I would never have looked at this outfit and gone – “Oh, it’s a dress!” But ow that you’ve pointed it out, I see what you’re talking about. Because of the lack of “garment grin”, the underlayer does look like one piece.

      And yes, it’s a peacock. 😀

  6. jenortega says:

    You know me…I have trouble with shoes all the time, and I don’t have anywhere near the pairs that you do (although I’ve come a long way in the past couple years). I think the leopard pair is a good choice. Oddly, they don’t draw attention and seem almost neutral here. I think the cobalt might have been a trifle too much, but then you always pull it off. You’ll have to tell me if you discover anything new from your followers.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Intrepid TA actually said she thinks it’s not the shoes – she agrees that it functions well as a neutral – but the blouse itself. She thinks it’s the square neckline making my linebacker shoulders look so pronounced when looking at me head-on. I am tending to agree with her because I don’t mind me in the pictures when I’m turned away from the camera.

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