Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011: Stripes, Leopard, and Khaki

Trench: GAP (Swapped)
Dress: H&M ($? old)
Belt: Vintage ($3?)
Tights: We Love Colors
Bag: Coach ($6 thrift)
Sunnies: Ray Ban ($60 TjMaxx)
I love outfits like this, comfortable and cool and comprised of my favorite things: leopard print and stripes. It's funny how well the two go together, considering how extreme they are. In fact, this week seems to have been all about breaking the fashion "rules": A maxi dress on a short girl, Blue and black worn together, and mixed patterns. Do you believe in fashion "rules"? I don't, at least not anymore, too much time is wasted on worrying whether colors match, whether wearing white shoes in winter is faux pas, and if you can wear a floral and stripe together. I say, go for it! If it looks intentional, people won't notice, and they probably won't care either. I declare leopard a neutral! Speaking of which, I've been on the hunt for a pair of leopard flats for what seems like forever, and I've finally found the pair! They remind me a little of Audrey Hepburn, a little demure with the cute bow.

My hair is what happens when you're outside in freezing temperatures teaching simple machines to fifth graders. I've been volunteering at the Shipbuilding Museum for the past two days and the weather has been less than ideal. When I got home yesterday afternoon my hair was one giant knot after being whipped around by the wind, so this is my lemonade out of lemons hairstyle. When all else fails, make a bun. These pictures probably make it seem like the weather was nice, believe me it wasn't until about 5 o'clock. It was raining, then snowing, then sleeting, all while remaining an unsavory 30 something degree.

A couple of readers asked what it is I do at the museum, I'm an educational volunteer. Lately I've been running the ship themed scavenger hunt, but I'm learning how to teach Simple Machines and the Steam Box. (This is not what I wear when I'm there)

Have a great weekend!

39 comments:

Ana - Better in Sepia said...

I LOVE this outfit, and the previous one with the elephant print too! You always amaze me with how chic you look with the outfits that you describe as "simple." Did you get the crazy snow last night in Beverly? I'm SO over it.

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

love the striped dress, and the khaki jacket is so cute!


<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

SAMANTHA said...

i love the shoes + the mixture of stripes and leopard! too cute, my dear!

xo
sami

Helen said...

I love stripes and leopard print together! Adorable.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

yes to stripes and leopard print! love this!!!

The Daily Fashionista said...

Thank you so much for posting a link to your shoes!! I have officially worn my leopard print flats out. The sole just sort of flaps around now, and it doesn't really take to gluing well anymore. Anywho, your leopard and stripes are very pretty together. And I totally agree that leopard is a neutral. I wore my leopard flats recently with a floral dress and it looked cute together!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

One of my favorite looks on you so far! Just so cool! :D
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Vanessa said...

Can I just say that lately, you have looked so tailored and grown-up? It seems to me like you are in the middle of a style evolution/change, and I totally dig it. Even more, I'm loving the titles of your entries - straight to the point.

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

oh my goodness, this outfit is just pure sweetness. I love stripes, leopard print, and a great trench. Gorgeous outfit! xx veronika

lookthroughmyspecs said...

can I just say that this is one of my favorite outfits that you have ever posted? it truly is everything that I love - classic with a hint of sass with the leopard and the short hemline. love!

Santina said...

This is totally my kind of outfit...I love it from head to toe!

fawn said...

Elegantly understated. :)

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Love the stripes and animal print together, ingenious.

Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Lina said...

Ah! The return of my favourite patterns on you! The bun looks lovely, whether utilitarian or not, haha. I've also recently busted out my leopard-print flats, despite it still be sub-zero, but my shoes will say spring whether the weatherman does or not!

Natasha said...

This look totally reminds me of Bridget Bardot...I love it!

Natasha ~ Required2BeInspired

st. veronica said...

So cool & classic all at once, great outfit!
xx V
http://lagrandpretresse.blogspot.com/

sarah said...

I love this! The look somehow manages to remain sleek and classic even though you mix the stripes and leopard print - so very clever! The little jacket is darling, too. :)

Jesse said...

I love the pairing of the striped dress with the leopard belt. It totally works! Can't wait to try.

Penny said...

hahahah!i completely agree with what you said: declare leopard a neutral!in fact i was waiting for someone to make it official :)
i have an animal print skirt from h&m- in the beginning i was wearing it only in the evening but now has become my favourite every day item- better than jeans!

Amelia said...

girl, legs for days! i love the leopard & strip combo, classic and edgy at the same time

Sara Shoemaker said...

Wow. These are magazine shots! You sure know how to work the camera. Love this outfit!! There's so many designs in this outfit and it all comes together so beautifully :)

www.makersofshoes.blogspot.com/

Laurelann said...

For some reason, these pictures seem to stand out in my mind as some of the most swoon worthy that you've ever taken. It's like Old Hollywood mixed with grunge and I love it. It seems like calculated effortlessness, a whole photo shoot of oxymorons.

http://one-girl-vs-world.blogspot.com

I Don't Wear Jeans said...

This is cool. Great look for you.

http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

Chloe Rushworth said...

Absolutely love this look, that jacket is just fab for spring

C x

http://memiorsofalittlethingcalledlife.blogspot.com/

kelly ann said...

You look so gorgeous! I love your jacket. :)

Naomi said...

Cool blog! Your sense of style is really unique :)

rhiandflea.blogspot.com

Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy) said...

I know exactly how "looks can be deciving" I sit in my office and think I'll take a stroll in the beautiful vineyard outside our doors and the sun in shinning. But you cant feel the freezing wind from behind a computer. You look very pretty today:) I love that dress!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

i love that you incorporate leopard in the shoes and the belt! brilliant.

briannelee said...

Love this look! The pops of leopard are perfect.

Castle Fashion said...

I love this look! :D It's so simple and chic.

The hair kind of reminds me of Keiko Lynn. She always does that super high bun. But it looks cute on you too :)

Yasmeen
Castle Fashion

thegoodgirlgoneblog.com said...

Leopard and bows...on shoes. Definitely a win!

My Fashion Confession said...

This outfit is so lady like and pretty!

Ashley @ http://truefashionconfession.blogspot.com/

PorcelainTear said...

I love this outfit! :-D

Raji said...

I Love your trench coat, absolute perfection

Jillian said...

I love this look. I read and enjoy a lot of other style blogs, but you are consistently my favorite. I think mostly because no matter what you do--even when you're experimenting--it looks effortless. Sometimes when people play around with different looks, the clothes end up wearing them, but you're always spot-on lovely.

The Bohemienne said...

Love your Ray-Bans! I also just picked up a pair at TJM and am thrilled with them.

http://thebohemienne.wordpress.com/

Deni said...

I love your outfit...! great post!

xx
deni.

GoodFrameofMind said...

Love your blog and your great style - newest follower here :)

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

love the location! x hivennn

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