OOTD :: of roomies and tropical prints

4.17.14

4.17.14

4.17.14

from Roomies by Sara Zarr & Tara Altebrando

At the risk of sounding like a weirdo, I want to tell you how much our emails have meant to me in general. I really needed someone like you this summer. Someone on the outside who could look in with a different perspective. So even if we end up hating each other the second we meet – if we even ever do! – I want to say thanks.

I snagged this book from the library shelves because of the cover. I stayed because of the story.

Let me just say that I am not usually a fan of dual perspective novels; I find them contrived and gimmicky and the two voices end up sounding like each other anyway.

Not so with this book. I guess it helps that two different authors collaborated. Both EB and Lo are distinct young women with distinctly unique lives and personalities. Both are the kinds of girls I’d have loved to hang out with in high school, for totally different reasons. They are authentic and engaging and utterly believable. Kudos to Zarr and Altebrando for channeling their inner teens!

I also enjoyed the conceit of setting the scene in that limbo period right after senior year in high school. This is a time rarely explored in YA fiction. The authors’ portrayal of the impatience and anxiety, of the bittersweet I-wanna-stay-I wanna-go mentality, was so real that it brought an ache to my throat remembering that selfsame time in my life.

And of course, I love the fact that the cover art accessorizes so nicely with my outfit of the day.

Today’s 40s trend is the Hawaiian print and I won’t lie – I went to eBay for this little beauty when I realized that – gasp! – I owned nothing in a tropical print. And what closet is complete without a tropical print, yeah?

Sadly, most items that sport this print are either very bodycon (think luau dancers and pareos) or very mannish (think bermuda shorts-wearing tourists at Disneyland). This shirt was a happy discovery – look at the cunning wooden buttons that remind me of coconuts! – because the print wasn’t too obnoxious or derivative.

Unfortunately, it’s a short-sleeved collared button up, so it still had that non-femme feel to it. Enter flippy skirt and cropped denim jacket to inject some girly sass. I had a conversation going on over at Audrey’s Putting Me Together, and she’d mentioned that perhaps cropped denim jackets might skew too young. I mostly agree, but with my short-stack self, I think I can get away with it.

And even if I couldn’t, let’s just say I’m reliving my pre-university days à la EB and Lo from Roomies  in this ensemble.

And if that still doesn’t convince you, I say it’s Spring Break so it’s a fashion free for all! Mwaahahahaha!

Over to you, my friends. What books have you read and what outfits were inspired by them? Click on the froggy and do tell…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Skirt – Boohoo
Jacket – F21
Wedges – Ross

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20 thoughts on “OOTD :: of roomies and tropical prints

  1. I love those retro Hawaiian prints! That’s one thing I really missed in Britain (and Reese’s peanut butter cups), and as soon as we moved back to the Pacific NW I bought some picnic plates with a retro Hawaiian print. I agree, though, that the shirts are less than flattering if you want to look a little feminine, but you’ve done a great job here pairing it with a skirt and denim jacket – I love it!

  2. Pingback: OOTD T3: Outfit from a Quote(s) – A lot of points of interest | Substance AND Style

    • So glad you did as well. Your offering was choice! You totally rock the librarian vibe! Thanks for linking up.

  3. Oooh! I want to read this book! It reminds me of our summer before teaching started! Love the outfit, too. I don’t think it skews too young at all; you look very happy to be having your Spring Break.

    • It’s such a light, fast read that you’ll probably gobble it up in a day like I did. And yes, there’s something so understated and yet so RIGHT about a denim jacket.

  4. This skirt is so great! And I can’t believe you didn’t own anything in a tropical print; I adore tropical prints and probably have too many pieces. As if that’s a thing. 😉

    I need to link up but although I really, really like the book I’m reading, it’s not sartorially inspiring at all. Maybe I’ll come up with something though. Hopefully.

    • Well, maybe you can link up today’s look since you were reading a post on You Look Fab, right? And you know how much I love me a plaid!

  5. That looks like a fun read. My link this time might not have an outfit. You will find it amusing however.
    Tropical is 40’s! Doh! I didn’t pack any of my hawaiian shirts. Not missing them either.

    • I did find it quite amusing! You never cease to amuse, my friend. And I do think you found that road sign on purpose!

  6. Such a cute outfit, Maricel! The cropped style of the jacket + the tropical print are very 1940s. I love that your inspiration was the cover of the book! I used the cover of my book too! 🙂
    I agree with you about duel / multiple perspectives. That was one of the major problems I had with The Time Traveler’s Wife.

    • To be honest, the cover of the book matching the skirt was a happy accident that I discovered only after the photo shoot and I was making the collages. LOL!

      And yeah, now that I think on it, The Time Traveler’s Wife had that problem, didn’t it? Argh. You’re making me go back to Goodreads and revise my rating of that book, aren’t you?

      • My Goodreads stars are usually based off my immediate, emotional reaction to a book. The only reason I gave TTW 3 stars originally was so as not to offend various friends who really enjoyed it. Then I realized that was silly. I need to be honest with myself and my friends! If you like TTW, don’t change your rating for me.

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