Thursday, January 6, 2011

Stepping Out of My Closet Against The Grain

I know I know I know that color blocked is the look for s/ss11. I've been color blocked for a while now, and I'm glad to see that people are getting it. I'm always against the grain. I had a boss that would always tell me that I was "too forward," with my style. So true to my "against the grain" nature, I recently sported a look more patterned, colorful and bohemian than I normally choose.

I sort of feel like I should be part of a gypsy caravan, skipping around with a ribboned tamborine ushering in the new year in this outfit. But I actually like all the elements of the look...

Close up view of the skirt. Small and tiny details and lots of color...what doesn't go with this skirt? The classic pencil shape makes it perfect for a blouse or simple tee on top.

This vintage belt came my way from one of my boyfriend's great aunts. Until now, I have only worn it with a basic black shirt dress. It works perfectly with my boots, which I love but don't wear very often...the heel isn't as high as I like to wear, but yesterday (when I wore this) I had a lot of running around to do and they worked out perfectly.

The knit vest I purchased about 4 years back or so in an attempt to go for the vintage bohemian style and it just hung in my closet until last month...I've been wearing it with a lot of billowy sleeved tops and it's just one extra layer of warmth without having to throw on a coat. The necklace is a bit special to me. The vintage pendant was from my Grandma Grace but the chain it was on was awful so I sewed it onto a black velvet ribbon and used velcro to attach it in the back. I like how it sort of mimics the shapes in the skirt.

I probably won't go too far in this style direction, but I enjoy stepping out of my "box" every now and again...change is good and refreshing.


TrophyBoutique said...

Yay for tons of color! Go for it.

Anonymous said...

i love your outfit! so bohemian and fresh, i feel like i can't get enough of colours lately, i'm just sick of winter blacks and neutrals..

Anonymous said...

I can totally get the gypsy reference. You look great though!

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Anonymous said...

I love you stepping out of the box! You look fabulous. I am really appreciating the vintage necklace and belt. They are quite the treasure to own and covet.

Happy New Year!
XO Mish

Rachel {Inspiration in Italy} said...

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! This is such a vibrant and unique outfit, and I love those boots!


Pearl Westwood said...

You remind me of Stevie Nicks! I agree it feels good to just go out there sometimes. I have to say your hair is looking enviably shiney! x

Heart Charlie said...

Love your accessories and the bright colors! Thnx for the music suggestions!!

Amy Mcmillan said...

Love the outfit! Gorgeous belt.
I'm now following, hope you can do the same :)

Meream said...

I actually like this look! Loads of fun. :)

Also, I may be in love with your belt.

Henar said...

I love that bohemian look, very cool!


Hannah said...

Love all these colours...great outfit choice! xx

rouli said...

great belt dear!


Debora said...

Supercute outfit dear :) I like it !! It's so bohemian and colorful, something to break a boring day ^^

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vint junky said...

Love the seventies bohemian feel and especially the print on that skirt. Just the thing to brighten these grey days

michelle_ said...

love love this outfittt !
i love the boho feel of it !

Ms Wanda said...

I can't believe your boss told you your style was too forward. How outrageous. I'm so with you on the block colour. I love big bold too (and geometric patterns)!!