I haven’t done an outfit post in a while so I thought that as we are closing in on the end of July (where does the time go?) I would start with my favorite outfit for the month.
I immediately knew which outfit made the cut. This 1980’s day wear dress is one of my favorite thrift finds. When I bought this dress at the Goodwill in Willits California, the hem fell at my ankles. I looked pretty awesome let me tell you! I was drowning in material but I knew that if I drew up the hemline I would be on to something. And I was. Especially with the dress having long sleeves. With the shortened hem it’s the perfect mixture of opposites. Like doing a dark lip and light eye (which I did here) or visa-versa. There is just something about opposites in fashion that I find endearing and timeless.
What made the sale for me ultimately were the details; like POCKETS! I am a sucker for dresses but dresses with pockets are perfection in my book.
Since the print is so small I offset it with statement earrings so that there is a focal point somewhere. Confession: I know that a belt can add dimension to a waistline and I’ve seen a plethora of amazing examples but I do not normally like belts over dresses. I’ve tried and every so often I can pull it off but most of the time I’m just uncomfortable and I think that defeats the purpose don’t you? And so a trick I’ve come up with is to use pieces like statement shoes and earrings. These pieces can draw the eye up and down. I know they do that to me.
To round out the outfit I wore a pair of Dansko slingbacks and thus made this outfit completely thrifted! (Which is always a source of pride for me.) I actually have this shoe in an orange-y color too. The cut outs are sharp enough to grit out an outfit if that’s what you’re feeling but still feminine with the filigree type stitching. And above all else these babies are comfortable! Which is good because this is the day that I started experimenting with motion photography. But more on that in the very near future. Especially since it’s kind of a new obsession of mine…..
Other little details that I loved were the muted colors of my nail polish and lipstick. I chose a really cool navy blue for my toenails and am pleased that it has ended up matching just about everything I wear. The burgundy lipstick is a new addition to the hoard. It’s reminiscent of a time when all I wore were wine, raisin and burgundy shades. I find that the key to a good dark day time lip is to keep that eye makeup light and subdued. I normally just go for concealer, a nude or white shadow and a few coats of black mascara.
It’s always all of the little details that make up the whole. Over the years I’ve developed little quirks that have almost become my trademarks. I love all the twists and turns of someones fashion sense and it’s these details in outfits that have me on the lookout for inspiration.
Do you have any little outfit details or tips that you’ve come across that make your looks unique?
I’d love to hear them!