Thursday, August 19, 2010

Secret Recipes

I'm really glad that Dolly Parton photo is getting so much love, she really is one of my favorite people.
Skirt: Vintage ($5)
Belt: Vintage ($3)
Shoes: F21 ($13 sale)
Dress (top): Kensie via Idee Geniale/Delightful Dozen
Sometimes the best way to find inspiration is by just playing dress-up. I was all ready to photograph myself wearing this dress how I originally had it, with a brown belt and brown shoes, but then took a look in the mirror and decided that I needed to challenge myself more. I have to say, I love how it works as a top. I normally wouldn't have gone for something with such dramatic shoulders, but that's the beauty of clothing swaps, it's mine for a day and then I send it along. I added my white leather skirt for a bottom, and my leopard print belt as a mid-tone. To even out the brown shades in the belt, I added the Baracus Bracelet, which has gold and silver chains. For me, when I'm putting together an outfit it's all about balance.

Also, this leather skirt makes me feel like an 80's rock video girl. When ever I put it on I half expect a piece of cherry pie to fall from the sky and land suggestively on my lap. And yes, that link goes straight to the Warrant video, check out those awesome polka-dot bed sheets. Those bed sheets, and maybe the lip couch, are the only redeeming qualities of that video.

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What's your recipe for stylish success?

40 comments:

eleanor said...

I love this outfit - and I love how logically you put it together!

I don't think I have a recipe. This winter I have just been sticking with the outfit combination of coat/cardigan/thermal/dress/tights/boots.

X

PS. How gorgeous are you!?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i love the cream and black together--a more subtle variation on black and white.
so lovely!

Andrea Garland said...

Congrats to that outfit... u look awesome :D love the hourglass figure and that leopard belt

dear kate said...

gorgeous!
one of my favorite looks by you ever!
katie

just my style said...

Oh WOW! This look is incredible! I love love love it! You can tell you feel great in it too...the pics are great!

Archives said...

wow - i LOVE that belt!!!

Eunice said...

my recipe for stylish success? experimenting! and definitely browsing blogs for inspiration :)
you are looking so chic and fine!


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Karli said...

Long time reader - rare commenter but this outfit totally took my breathe away! You look AWESOME! Win for sure.

thegoodgirlgoneblog.com said...

GREAT shoes!

Kate Maggie said...

What a babe! You are rocking this outfit. I love it. Those shoes are amazing..I just got my first pair of heels yesterday and am SO excited to wear them. You have inspired me, once again. x

chrystie the gemini said...

great outfit! love the belt :)
i can't get over how awesome your hair is, you make it look effortless.

http://anchoringgemini.blogspot.com/

Lauren said...

Love, love, love this! I love the creativity behind it and I love the way the pieces all come together. You are totally channeling a rock-star vibe - be it in the 80s or now :) I love the accessories - the belt, the shoes, and bracelet!

Small Time Style

casual ambiguity said...

If I saw you on a shampoo commercial I'd totally be brainwashed into going out and buying that brand, haha, I LOVE your hair a ridiculous amount.

Rio said...

Great outfit! Looove those shoes! ;)
(http://showersofsunflowers.blogspot.com)

Leigh said...

I actually think the dramatic shoulders work for you. Love the outfit.

Saltwatering.

The Owl's Closet said...

Love the outfit! I love how you added the animal print belt. It truly adds to the outfit:)

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Christina said...

I love to find odd pairings. I find a lot of pairings that don't really go together well, but you never know until you try. I think this is an example of an odd pairing. I would never think of these three pieces independently, but when they are sitting in your closet and possibly hanging up next to each other you think, "Let's see how this works" and shazam! You've got a really stylish outfit.

sallyannie☆ said...

I love that you own a leopard print belt - and you wear it amazingly, too :D

Half Dressed said...

Fab outfit, I love the impact that the belt has :)

L x
Half Dressed

.Alyspank said...

I think my recipe is very much mix and match... sometimes the only way to find items that go well together is to randomly match them with one another!

Cute look, by the way! And I agree with L, that belt really pops out against the solids.

-Weezy from http://beautysimplistic.blogspot.com

Chloe Trayner said...

This is an amazing look, I love seeing a bit of your rockabilly influences come into your style! I'm envious of those shoes, they look great on you and the way you've styled the dress just blew me away.

The Village Idiot said...

YOU LOOK HOT! YOUR HAIR LOOKS GREAT- I LOVE THE PHOTO WHERE YOU ARE ABOUT TO FLIP YOUR HAIR!
KILLER SHOES

ShoesForDessert said...

You look AMAZING in this outfit! I love the more body conscious look on you - that skirt especially is working for you! Loving the leopard belt too.

Rachel said...

I don't think you need our recipes, because you have yours down!
You look like a model in these pics, lovin the leopard.
~Ruby
http://wroughtironstyle.wordpress.com/

Leigh said...

i love the simplicity of the outfit, but it is still really great!

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joy said...

The belt tops it all off!

Fashionablylate said...

You look soooo rediculously CHIC!

Dora Berry said...

I love how confident you are in your outfits and you really are an inspiration to me everyday! Thanks for being such a great and dedicated blogger! We have almost the exactly same body type, (hips, girl - love em'!) so seeing your outfits really gives me confidence that I can do them too. Thanks for being awesome!

valeriew said...

I love this leopard print belt! Perfect way to spice up your ensemble

Kimberellie said...

Oh you look gorgeous! The proportions of this outfit are perfect! I think proportion is my recipe for dress success. I sort of think of outfits as art...art I wear. I dress myself up and think of the rules of art: line, texture, balance, composition, negative space, you know, that sort of stuff.

Sometimes I'm afraid though, my outfits come out like some of my art works did: not quite there.!

But this look on you: a perfectly balanced composition with good contrast interesting pattern and excellent lines ;-).

Lexie, Little Boat said...

in this look i like how your flouncy sleeves balance out your hourglass shape! and that belt s such a fun touch!

Molly said...

How are those shoes from F21? I mean, it's a hell of a deal, but are they comfy?

chellemorgan said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the shoes, and that white skirt is stunning.

xo Chelle
discoveringelegance.com

Orchid Grey said...

Molly, shoes straight formt he store are rarely comfortable for me, I added a lot of support with Dr. Scholls!

Kaitlyn Elizabeth said...

OMG Julie, this outfit is exceptional, classy and sexy!

bubbs said...

Fabulous outfit! Leopard print was a great touch! I think my recipe is equal parts comfort + mood + style, teehee.

Bubbs
www.paris-on-my-mind.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

Something about this outfit is really intriguing.... The leopard belt? I think so...

Becca Jane said...

I really like how you've mixed up this dress and made it look totally different - that skirt is perfect!

Elaine said...

Love this. you look fabulous!

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chucksmith40 said...

Any leather skirt worn in August is inspirational but you have really done well with this look. AWESOME! Women should not be afraid to wear leather skirts all year long. VERY "classy" look... I LOVE it!

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