I wore this forever ago.
But, actually, I wear the general idea of this outfit quite often.
The "base" of the outfit is all black (obviously), but the shirt thrown over adds that needed punch of color.
Throw on gobs of accessories and some beyond-basic shoes, and it just works.
When I say I wear this often, I mean really often. With a hot pink plaid early 90's shirt... or yellow striped cardi... or cropped jacket with shoulder pads... or navy sequined shrug.
The easy thing is I don't really have to think too much.
I just put on the black "base" and then throw on whatever else I'm in the mood for.
I mean, here it is with fish lips.
What a valuable, yet often overlooked accessory!
(Yes, the mirror is dirty again. I'm fully aware of that.)
pulling it all together...
black satin skinnies: BCBG
black flowy tank: William Rast for Target, via Goodwill
pink plaid shirt: Can't remember tag, via Goodwill. Silk, so it hangs scrumptiously.
heels: Can't remember the brand. Oh, blast. But these are some of the most awesome jumping on the stage/guitar playing shoes. The heel is set back a bit more than usual, which makes them super sturdy.
earrings: Oregon boutique
bracelets: forever 21, from friends, from mom-in-law
rings: Grams', Forever 21, Kenya
(The yellow nail polish is the cheap NYC stuff in taxi cab yellow. Some asked. If I were to do it again, I'd go with a better quality one. This stuff requires 3 coats to not be see-through-y.)
A closer look at the accessories... and the wrinkle on my forehead.
So many times we just wear the same "base" outfit and change up what I would maybe call the "punch factor."
Do you realize that? Being aware of that habit can make getting dressed fast in the mornings SO much easier. It can also make shopping much easier, because you can drum down whether you're in need of "base" stuff or "punch" stuff... or something different altogether.
It can also come in handy when you've fallen into a rut and are feeling rather blah about your clothing but don't know what to do about it.
Always wear skinnies as a part of your "base?" Try a cropped boyfriend cut.
Stuck in the rut of bootcut? Try a straight leg... or a wide-leg over some cute flats.
Always use a bright color as your "punch" over denim? Try this summer's neutral trend!
I'm just realizing that could be a whole other blog post in and of itself.