OOTD :: of old dogs and new tricks

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When the Phillip Lim collab at Target came out, I was smitten by its eclectic whimsy. I mean, think of it: leopard print and Japanese print and Lichtenstein-esque print all in one collection? I had to have it all.

Unfortunately, reality reared its ugly head and I was forced to return pretty much everything I purchased online because, in person, the items simply weren’t doing my bod any favors. The one piece I kept was the Japanese print top because Japanese, but I knew I was pigeon-holing myself with it. After all, it’s such a distinctive print that I knew I’d only really want to wear it once a season, this limiting its CPW quotient.

(Yep, I did a search on myself and found only one instance of my wearing the top. For shame, me!)

But my fellow Target buddy, Jan @ Fort Smith Stylista, has shown me the ways of the Japanese print Jedi by styling this top multiple times and every time she does so, I feel guilty and ashamed that I’ve relegated mine to the back of the closet.

Well, little buddy, it’s time to shine once again!

I thought to pair you with pale pink skinnies to pick up on the pink cherry blossoms of the print but it’s winter and I’m still feeling the back-to-work blahs, so perhaps I’ll save that pairing for the spring, giving me another opportunity to style you, yeah? Instead, this time around, how about partying it up with a fun, pleated, paperbag waist skirt?

You go, Glenn Coco!


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Phillip Lim for Target
Skirt – Zac Posen for Target
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Style to Inspire @ Rhea Etcetera



11 thoughts on “OOTD :: of old dogs and new tricks

  1. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    You’re making this work so much better than anything I did … I may put it with a leather skirt now! You inspire me, as always! But this may always be a piece I love that does not return the crush.

  2. That blouse is beautiful and so you…it definitely needs to come out and play more often! Almost Christmas break my friend… 🙂

  3. Kezzie says:

    I really like the blouse and you’ve made it look really nice with the styling! Nice puffy sleeves!x

    • mtsedwards says:

      The sleeves are rather puffy, aren’t they? I must have been a pirate in a previous life since I gravitate toward puffy sleeves so much. ;p

  4. Have you tried this blouse under a sleeveless dress? The sleeves have enough pattern that you wouldn’t lose the specialness of the blouse.

  5. Patti says:

    It’s a special blouse, not a “staple” – but wear the heck out of it anyway, it’s gorgeous. xox

  6. I really love the lines of this outfit. So classic yet feminine!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thankee kindly! Of course, as with most of my outfits recently, I had to do some last-minute tweaking, so imagine this with knee high fuzzy boots and a moto jacket instead, and you’ve got my actual outfit for the day.

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