Common Threads Challenge :: Orphans

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The last week of October found me styling my pieces with closet orphans. These may not be the most inspired, but at least it put into rotation some items that deserved much love and attention.

For Monday, my black trousers and two-toned peep-toes elevated a casual loose-weave sweater from beach basic to work worthy. (Both the sweater and the shoes are the orphans in this ensemble.) And I swear I look a lot more svelte in motion than this static pic suggests. Black is slimming, after all.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer gave new life to a silk top whose bejeweled neckline was all the rage when I started blogging several years ago but which may now be officially dated. I paired it with my fave palazzo pants and I like how the colors go, but I think this particular closet orphan is destined for the donation bin.

 

On Wednesday, the classic white button-up shares some of the limelight with wide-legged overalls. Not a very flattering silhouette, but oh so comfy just the same. However, don’t get too fixated on the overalls. These are not the orphans you are looking for. Actually, it’s the camel mules I’m wearing that needed much wardrobe love. I wear the black version all the time (see yesterday’s outfit, for example), but rarely these. And I must say they do help me look less farm girl and hopefully more urban sophisticate.

 

On Thursday, it was so hot and blustery and the Inland Empire winds were so intense that there was no way I was taking pics outdoors. Thank goodness my newly renovated sitting room has a fabulous wall that suffices as a backdrop (See that “artwork” on the wall? My husband made that out of picket fencing and different stains) for the Breton tee, styled here with two orphans: the denim A-line skirt and cream jacket. Now that I’m no longer on my vintage kick, perhaps both pieces will get more play now that I see how versatile they are.

 

 

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

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Common Threads Challenge :: Rock ‘n Roll/Androgyny

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The essentials of rock style are no big mystery: jeans and leather pants, a boyish biker jacket, some wicked-looking Portobello Road boots.  But it’s all a matter of combining these with a lot of slink and style and balancing the tough with the ethereal, the strict with the sensuous.

 

The third week of October was probably my most favorite because rock ‘n roll. That’s my jam. My default style niche. I guess I’m just a frustrated roadie at heart.

For Monday, a Basquiat blouse overlaid with a structured vest and completed by a pair of Chucks made my black trousers Panic! at the Disco concert worthy.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got the rock ‘n roll treatment with knee-high stiletto boots and a quintessential black tee (nerded it up, though, with Doctor Who rather than the expected band tee).

 

Speaking of Doctor Who, on Wednesday, the classic white button-up got the 10th Doctor treatment with yet another vest, casually loosened tie, striped trousers and a pair of Doc Marten oxfords. (I always did maintain that 10 had that rocker vibe, even if 12 was the one with the electric guitar).

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee stumped me for a rock ‘n roll/androgyny vibe, so I went a bit rogue and did gamine by pairing it with white capris, ankle-tie espadrilles and a classic trench. (Hey, at least the trench gives the ensemble a Sam Spade masculinity.)

 

On Friday, skinny jeans was a must to complete this very casual – perhaps too casual? – foray into androgyny. I borrowed my son’s Foo Fighters tee, but the plaid and Chucks are all my own. It’s the first time I’ve ever put all these elements together and it made my daughter exclaim, “Mom, you look just like Stiles on Teen Wolf!” I have no idea if that’s a bad thing or a good thing, but I think, at the very least, Stiles is a male character so I stayed true to my weekly theme. ;p

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Common Threads Challenge :: California Casual/Bohemian

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This is a look that is grounded in a time and place that may never have existed outside of our collective imagination: the tawny, golden-edged Malibu of the ’70s – possibly embodied by Farrah Fawcett in a white halter dress at sunset, glass of wine in hand…  [I]t is the combination of dreamy sexuality and surfer-girl vitality that makes this look [California Casual] so distinct – and so distinctly American.

 

That…high-low mesh of earthy and flashy is key to the Bohemian look. It’s all about wearing rich pieces capriciously – frayed jeans and ornate jewelry, rough-hewn sandals with a delicate dress.

 

The second week of October found me reveling in the comfort and ease of my chosen themes. For Monday, a simple peasant blouse and gladiator wedges transformed black trousers from board room to boardwalk beach cool.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got equally downgraded when styled with a light, breezy chiffon sundress.

 

On Wednesday, the classic white button-up hinted at themes to come with knee-high boots, but managed to retain this week’s Cali casual/Bohemian vibe when paired with an oversized sweater coat.

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee got a bit of ye ole pattern mixing treatment with my fave floral kimono which kept it relatively theme-compliant and I also opted for my driving moccasins to complete the look.

 

On Friday, skinny jeans gets a true Cali makeover with a boyfriend cardi, boat shoes, and a pseudo op-art top that used to be a peplum but I ripped the elastic out and transformed it into a more flowy tunic to keep up with my ever-changing body.

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Common Threads Challenge :: Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic

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Bianca Jagger.  Catherine Deneuve.  Princess Caroline of Monaco. These are the women for whom the word “chic” was invented…There’s a sense of selectiveness and couture to everything they wear – expensive or not – and to how they wear it… “The thing that is different about European chic is that it is effortless and sophisticated,” says designer Diane Von Furstenberg.  “The important part is the eclectic part – not what you wear, what you punctuate things with.”

 

“There’s a lot more eclecticism and experimentation in Britain than [there is in] French or Italian fashion,” says former Chloé designer Pheobe Philo. “Although we’re huge snobs, people are into wearing clothes that don’t conform.” Indeed, when it comes to this category [Posh Eclectic], ordinary conventions of dressing simply do not apply. Instead, there’s a certain madcap glamour, made up of equal parts country-estate frump and the black- sheep aristocrat’s disregard for what’s acceptable.

Last week’s theme was Euro Chic/Posh Eclectic which I felt was apropos as I got ready for my new principal’s observation of me on Monday. I was dressed to the nines, sporting my professional black trousers, but showing off a bit of my quirky side by pairing it with a red, velvet blazer and a pleat-front, tie-neck blouse. Sadly, I was still suffering from a bad case of the “I’m sick but no one can tell because I’m doped up on Nyquil”, so my observation did not go as swimmingly as I’d intended.

 

For the Tuesday black blazer look, I opted to be monochromatic and chose my “pop” to be less about color but more about textures, as evinced by the pearl collar of my black tee and the lace overlay of my pencil skirt. Still trying for Euro chic-ness.

 

Wednesday found me and my classic white button-up channeling my inner librarian as I styled it with my favorite grey cardi (a workhorse in my wardrobe), wool plaid wrap skirt, and sensible shoes. Let’s not forget the pearls either – my bid at being a “mum”.

 

Thursday’s Breton tee ensemble takes the literal approach to Euro chic/posh eclectic as I pair it with a midi circle skirt that proudly and brazenly displays the UK in all its red phone booth/lorry glory.

 

Friday and the skinny jeans is perhaps my most posh eclectic ensemble. My daughter gifted me with a quizzical look – like she was questioning my sanity – and even I paused a bit in the mirror before I did my “happy dance” and deemed the outfit okay for public consumption. I guess I really just wanted a reason to wear the velvet, Harry Potter-esque cape/coat that has been moldering in the depths of my closet.

So how do you think my pieces fared with this week’s theme and the challenge overall? Lemme know by commenting below…