OOTD :: of swimming in the blue and arty slick




A more appropriate subject line would’ve been “sailing in the blue” because, boy howdy! The wind was a-blowin’ on picture day! And I swear to you that those trousers are really super blue in person. My light simply wasn’t cooperating that day.

Photo shoot snafus notwithstanding, I find myself particularly fond of this ensemble. It’s my version of arty slick, which is really a fancy way of saying rock and roll, isn’t it? According to my buddies Andrea and Kim, arty slick is

Full of structured, asymmetrical jackets and dresses, layered tops with uneven hems, and boldly sculptural jewelry, this is about both avant-garde flair and minimalist cool.

But for me – a person who lacks the sharp angularity true arty slick ensembles require – I interpret the look as “understated drama”. And there’s nothing more dramatic than wearing a pair of deep blue velvet flares to work. Unless, of course, you pair said flares with an equally dramatic kimono and an oversized chain for a necklace.

Oddly, for all its excess, I feel most comfortable in this ensemble. Chalk it up to the color – huzzahs for muted TARDIS blue! – or to the slouchiness of the top that allows me to let it all hang. Or perhaps it’s just because my feet are finally happy now that the weather has turned and I can bust out my platform wedges which are so comfy, I can strut the halls with confidence.

Never underestimate the uplifting power of happy feet.

 : Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – omg, it’s so old, I’ve forgotten where it’s from
  Flares – Almost Famous @ Karmaloop
Wedges – eBay
Necklace – Payless

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

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12 thoughts on “OOTD :: of swimming in the blue and arty slick

  1. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    A+ on capturing the spirit of Mr T.
    And that kimono print… want to examine it closely to, um, pirate it! Aaaaargh!

    • mtsedwards says:

      LOLOLOL! Thanks for the giggle. And it’s not even Talk Like a Pirate Day! You know, if you click on the pic a couple of times, it gives you a super close up. Just sayin’… ;p

  2. Val S says:

    I love this outfit! I don’t know if I’d call it arty slick, but I love the big flares and the kimono-y top. I just wore a similar top yesterday. Now I need to find some big ol’ flares like yours!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yeah, you caught me out, Val! I was really trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. I guess I just didn’t want to use “boho” again so soon after yesterday. I suppose I should’ve called yesterday “festival cowgirl” and reserved hippie/boho for today, eh?

      • Anne the SpyGirl says:

        Oh yes, I was going to comment that there’s the Sawdust Festival at the same venue as Coachella — for all them country music lovers. So you ARE festival ready

        • mtsedwards says:

          Yeah, but I do think I’m a bit too old (in body, if not in spirit) to go mucking about with thousands of strangers in the heat. I’ll just admire the style and the vibe form the comfort of my climate-controlled environment, thank you very much. ;p

  3. meganarz says:

    Very boho chic! Love that little top

  4. Wink n Pout says:

    Haven’t seen someone rock flares in such a long time now! Absolutely love your attitude in this look…. it really comes through how much you might be enjoying being in that outfit 🙂

    Glad to discover your blog!

    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog , App

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, thanks for stopping by and following me. I hope I don’t disappoint. And yes, I got a lot of compliments from people of my era – brings us all back to the old days, eh? ;p

  5. jenortega says:

    You look super happy in this outfit which makes it all the more beautiful.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Awww, thanks! I think I’ve found the trick to looking good in front of the camera – flash a cheesy grin. 😀

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