OOTD :: of cartoons, comic books and braving bodycon




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

Tagged , , , , , ,

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

  1. This top is just too fun!


    P.S. Hope you will stop by Thursday & join TBT Fashion link up.

    • mtsedwards says:

      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!

  2. jenortega says:

    Man! I wish I had seen this in person!

  3. HUH, WHAT??!!! Freakin’ adorable you are! Gosh, you always keep me on my toes Maricel! You are a bit of a chameleon, able to go from sneaks and graphic tees to heels and sequins! All good! Yes! All good!

    • mtsedwards says:

      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.

  4. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    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.

  5. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    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?

  6. Patti says:

    Embrace the body-con! You look fabulous, and thanks for linking up! xox

  7. Could you be any cooler? I think not! And I feel ya on the body acceptance thing. I aspire to it, but not always successfully.

    • mtsedwards says:

      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.

  8. Kezzie says:

    This is so cooolL! I I really like it. HAVE you watched it yet???I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mtsedwards says:

      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. 😀

  9. This is such a fun outfit! The t-shirt looks amazing on you but I love the stripes poking out from underneath!

  10. Sizing can be so weird, right? The layering trick is great – I’ll have to try that with some of my graphic tees. The pencil skirt with Chucks is a great look! ❤

    • mtsedwards says:

      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.

  11. If you like comics, try http://www.heruniverse.com. They have a lot comic gear that is designed for women.

  12. chessakat says:

    Stripes! Comics! Converse! *dies of awesome*

  13. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    POW! You look great! I like the whole mixture. Thanks for linking!

Tell me all about it! I'm listening...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: