OOTD :: of icy willows and the simple things




Sometimes, you’ve just gotta let the clothes do all the talking for you.

Take today’s outfit, for example. There’s nary a print nor statement necklace in sight. I didn’t do a completer piece. I resisted the temptation to over-embellish. Why? Because it was perfectly fine the way it was and wanted to be left alone, thank you very much.

When I initially threw the ensemble together, I didn’t have very high expectations. Frankly, I was compelled to put these specific pieces in play mainly because of the colors from the inspiration photo and not much else. The trousers were new and I wanted to use them relatively soonish because they felt very Spring-like, but I’d never have thought to pair it with a tunic since both felt too floaty together, if you know what I mean.

But then something clicked when I surveyed the results in the mirror. This is what happens when you’ve got strong pieces. The lines are clean and simple. The drape of the tunic top is strengthened by the crispness of the linen trousers. The shoe may be a daring stilleto but it’s mostly unseen due to the length of the pant. I kept the accessories just as spare and discreet. The vibe was very minimalist, and I liked it.

You know, we really ought to take a cue from nature when we dress – beauty is borne of simplicity and elegance and more often than not, Mother (Nature) does know best.


 : Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Joe Fresh @ jcp
  Trousers – NY&Co.
Stilettos – Jessica Simpson @ Ross

:: Linking ::
Stylish Tuesday @ Life’s a Party
Style Sessions @ Style Elixir


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12 thoughts on “OOTD :: of icy willows and the simple things

  1. […] Wearing these heels are what did it. I thought for the longest time that my foot pain was due to the lack of carpet in our classrooms. And since our new principal swears the concrete floor will be replaced this summer, I thought I just had to hang on and wait it out. My stilettos’ appearances were few and far between this year because of this. […]

  2. Look at those heels, girl! Sweet!

  3. ADA says:

    Hi Maricel, first time here. Stopping by from Stylish Tuesday. =) I am Ada, nice to meet you. Loving that royal blue top and paired with white bottoms you can’t go wrong. Perfect for Spring.

    I invite you to check out my blog. Thanks and have a great day!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oooh, thanks for the visit! I’m a newbie to Stylish Tuesday and look forward to meeting new folks. Heading over to your blog now! ;p

  4. Lovely look, Maricel – you can link it up to Anne’s “52 pick-up”, as I think she is featuring “looks inspired by trees”, and the icy willow def. qualifies! xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, ma’am. I actually planned all my outfits this week to reflect Anne’s tree challenge. I’m just waiting for her linkie to go live so I can jump in. Stay tuned for more arbor-esque ensembles for the remainder of the week. 😉

  5. You look very elegant today. And now I have “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled stuck in my head!

  6. jenortega says:

    I really do like the clean look of this; you were right to forego embellishment.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Now if only we actually get carpet in our classrooms this summer. Then I can wear these stilettos and these trousers that require the height of the stilettos more often.

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