Remember when I insisted that I wasn’t a boho/hippy chick? That loosey-goosey, drapey outfits just weren’t my cup of tea?
I’m really all about sharpness and angles and crisp lines. I appreciate the austerity of a pencil skirt, the severity of a well-tailored blazer. I would travel the seas for a button up shirt that doesn’t gape at the chest. And don’t get me started on military-inspired coats and silk ties.
But something happens during pivotal points in our lives. And turning the big 40 – a pretty pivotal point, I’d say! – did something to my sartorial aesthetic. All of a sudden, cardis replaced blazers as my go-to completer piece. I began to favor novelty print blouses over mannish button ups. I even succumbed and purchased a pair of harem pants a là Wendy (the exact pair, in fact).
And recently, I’ve developed a hankering for palazzos, or wide-leg pants. More overt and in your face than even flares or bell bottoms, palazzos were apparently the “it” thing last season (way to miss the bandwagon, M!) and a quick Google search unearths lovely images of svelte young ‘uns sporting them with everything from tiny bandeau tops to oversized tunics.
I’d experimented with different looks for this particular pair and although the peasant blouse with Spanish accents was adorable and the plain white tee knotted was fun under a kimono, I ultimately settled for today’s version because it’s a perfect balance of old me and new me. Crisp button up and fitted blazer, meet geometric-patterned flowy palazzo pants. Add some kitsch with a modest statement necklace that complements the colors of the main outfit and throw into the mix the highest-heeled pair of booties I could find and the results equal the perfect hybrid.
If I do say so meself.
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Blazer – Charlotte Russe
Palazzos – eBay
Boots – Cane by Michael Antonio
Necklace – eBay
:: Linking ::
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