OOTD :: of cartoons, comic books and braving bodycon

11.10.14

11.10.14

11.10.14

In the eternal words of Britney Spears: Oops, I did it again!

In order to be compliant with Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up theme this week – Cartoon – I just had to Mad Hunt this top on eBay. To be fair and not to put the burden squarely on the challenge, I must admit that I had been wanting a Lichtenstein-esque top for quite some time. So this week was simply an excuse for me to splurge.

Not that the top was much of a splurge. At $16, I say I got off relatively easily. Funny story about it: because the seller was one of those Asian boutiques and I know their sizes run uber small, I initially ordered an XL. When that came, it was a shapeless bag on me so I took advantage of the hassle-free shipping to return that and reorder a large. When the replacement came, though, it felt two sizes smaller than the XL (so more like a medium). I was just gonna return it and call it a day when I decided, eff it! I’m gonna embrace my body – curves and lumps and bumps and all – and I’m gonna make the large-but-really-a-medium top work coz I liked the print and the price so much.

It really was fine on its own, but I thought to try an underlayer. Counter-intuitive, I know, considering I was worried about the top’s snug fit. But because the underlayer’s got longer sleeves and thus gives me more coverage, and because both layers are pretty thin fabrics, and because the underlayer actually acts like a slip and allows the too-tight top to wick over instead of cling to my body, I think the pairing ended up quite flattering. Invite a pencil skirt to the party, and all of a sudden, I’m out of my comfort zone and wearing head to toe bodycon and owning that ish!

Full disclosure: I’m probably gonna end up throwing a jacket over the entire affair for work because I’m still self-conscious about it all, but I guess now I see why people at work call me “skinny” and I should probably stop feeling so self-conscious in the first place.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Underlayer – F21
Skirt – F21
Shoes – Chucks!

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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32 thoughts on “OOTD :: of cartoons, comic books and braving bodycon

    • I never knew such a humble eBay top would garner so much attention. It IS fun, isn’t it? And I’ll see what I can do about stopping by for your linkup tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder, Alice!

    • Chameleon! Success! That is my M.O. after all. Always happy to keep people on their toes – variety is the spice of life after all.

  1. P.S. Meant to say the layers make it work so much better. The whole image is more interesting with the stripes. So smart in lots of ways.

  2. Gorgeous … bright, FLATTERING (no fit problem, honest … like a glove, I say!) and you did grand. Perfect with your kicks and skirt. It’s art, it’s culture, it’s not just for little kids anymore. Okay, now I’m all inspired! See what you do?

    • Ah, thanks! I often worry about my coolness factor dissipating as I get too old to relate to my students. Glad I still have a sartorial edge.

    • ARGH!!! NO!!! Don’t talk to me yet! I was planning to marathon the last two eps this weekend but life. I swear I’ll watch them tonight! Then we can fangirl squee. 😀

    • It works best with stiffer cottons that don’t lay flat on your body. Thank goodness in my previous life I was a white button up kinda gal and have a plethora of potential layering pieces.

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