OOTD :: of grunge-y hues and plaid blues


Lightning strikes again.

I told you once that my TARDIS Tuesday outfits always end up being my favorites of the week, and this one is no exception.

Initially, it was a bit of a style malfunction. I tried wearing the plaid (my nod to grunge) underneath the McQ dress, thinking myself uber clever for trying my hand at reverse layering. But the top just added bulk to the already body conscious dress, and I’m still working on losing some poundage, so that version was ix-nayed right quick. Styling the dress with the shirt over it may be more commonplace and perhaps a wee bit sloppy for work, but it does leave me feeling more secure and less self-conscious and that’s all that matters.

Notable things about this outfit:

  • the neckline of the McQ dress – it’s literally one big zipper. So I can make the hole as large as off-the-shoulder or as tight as a crew. Today, I chose to find middle ground and did a cowl neckline. How fun is that?!
  • the Vivienne Westwood necklace – my other signature piece aside from my Viv Westwood knuckle ring (have I highlighted that piece yet as an HGB? If not, it deserves its day in the sun). It’s actually a pseudo-locket because the globe opens up and looks like this and it’s the coolest thing ever. I went through a V.W. phase after I marathoned the anime NANA and I own an embarrassing and exorbitant collection of V.W. jewelry.
  • the Chelsea boots – I Mad Hunted this pair for over a month and if you know me, you know that’s a long time for me to go without settling. I knew the silhouette I wanted and was very particular – not too wide so it gaped at the ankles; not too low so it looked more like a shootie; not fake leather so it cracks and creased; not too expensive so it broke the bank. I stalked this pair from ASOS and almost didn’t get it because I thought $50 too dear. Thank goodness I followed my gut and got it anyway (pre 90-Day Spending Fast, of course); it is super comfy and exactly what I wanted.

So this may be my most informal, most casual, most pushing-the-envelope-for-work outfit of the week, but it’s TARDIS blue, it’s a dress, it’s grunge, and it’s comprised of items that are not recently purchased. Oh, and I’m also sporting the TARDIS watch I got from my big sis for my birthday. Woots abound.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – McQ for Target
Top – F21
Pants – Karmaloop
Necklace – Vivienne Westwood @ Hervia
Shoes – ASOS

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

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14 thoughts on “OOTD :: of grunge-y hues and plaid blues

  1. One (of the many) things I love about your style is that you can be so versatile. I think I would look and feel absolutely ridiculous in a grunge-inspired outfit but you knocked it out of the park!

  2. Patti says:

    Love the Tardis dress and the plaid “grunge” shirt – you have made a wonderful look. And the boots = yummy. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep – these boots will stand me in good stead all through fall and winter, I think. If we ever see fall and winter, that is.

  3. I love the texture on the dress and the zipper neck. And the plaid with the Chelsea boots is just so perfectly cool.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, yes! I forgot to mention the waffle texture! Good eye. It made the dress very sheer but nothing my pants and a tank top couldn’t fix, eh?

  4. Button downs under dresses can be tricky. I love the shirt over and around the waist!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep, I think one has to be svelte or use a dress that’s not so clingy to make it work. Have loved the look ever since Lisa @ Respect the Shoes but I’m not as petite as she is. I was surprised that tied around the waist worked for me – you know me and “belts”.

  5. Autumn says:

    Nicely done! This is today? It’s a billion degrees out! Stay cool and hydrate! 🙂

  6. Val S says:

    I love everything about this outfit! The Chelsea boots, the pendant, the colors, the grunge – perfect!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yep, and I felt all swagger today too. It was a perfect outfit for my mood (didn’t get much sleep last night) and was very badass walking around campus.

  7. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    Another stellar Tardis ensemble! Very cool neckline detail. Thanks for linking!

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