Give me a piece, any piece of clothing, and I will tell you how that piece goes with jeans.
I don’t know what it is but I hate getting dressed and looking too girly, too put together, or too perfect. Maybe it’s because a perfectly put together ensemble emits the illusion that I have my shit together, and because fashion is a way to express who you are and I in fact definitively do not have my shit together, I need to throw the outfit off in some way. And what better way to bring an outfit back down to earth than with denim? It’s the utilitarian fabric that takes pieces that are otherwise reserved for special events, and seamlessly brings them out to the street. A fabric that says “Hey, these shoes may be worth $700 but my girl here got them on sale at The Outnet for 65% off because she’s got street (read: internet sale) smarts. And now we’re gonna run around town in them because they look fly as hell.”
Is it just me or does denim sound a lot like Tom Haverford?
This top is by Karen Millen, and I bought it God-knows-how-long-ago at the Wrentham Outlets. It’s totally gorgeous and I love it, but I never wore it until just recently when I bought these jeans, which just so happened to be the perfect pair. The pair that could take the Karen Millen Lace crop top from “one day I’ll have the right event” to “let’s do this”.
The rest of the outfit was a mix of simple pieces that were either dainty (the shoes) or block-y (the sunglasses and clutch), all of which played into the top’s vibe perfectly. I put my hair into a messy pony to 1) keep the top as visible as possible and 2) make double extra sure the outfit wasn’t too perfect.
The shoes actually fall into the same boat as the top. I bought them on super sale and am totally in love with them, but I could count the number of times I’d worn them on one hand. Why is it that the nice things we treat ourselves with, that are often the most worthy of regular use, are always the things that sit in our closets, waiting for the right time to be worn? Next time you’re looking at something in your wardrobe with the tags still attached and think “I wish I had an event to wear this to” take a good long think and instead try to find a way to wear it in an everyday situation. Because why shouldn’t you look and feel fly as hell every day?
One final shot of the shoes, because Casadei makes a very aesthetically pleasing, and dare I say aerodynamic, heel.