I had so much trouble picking out pictures I liked today – do you ever have days where it seems like you’ve somehow forgotten how to smile? Not because you’re unhappy, but because your face muscles just don’t want to co-operate for some unknown reason? Despite this, I really enjoyed the combination of patterned scarf and striped tshirt and would very happily pair these items together again.
I’ve paired this scarf and striped top before, but I just couldn’t resist doing it again – I love the way the patterns play off each other. I also just realised that almost every time I wear this black-and-white striped top I choose black-and-white shoes to go with it, can’t help myself apparently!
I don’t buy new clothes every month, so most of the time I’m trying to find new ways to mix-and-match what I’ve got. Every now and then I have a little breakthrough, where I discover a combination I hadn’t expected or a new way to style something. More often (unfortunately) I’m just reusing old ideas – like today. Elements from earlier outfits mashed together into a new one.
Possibly you might call this cheating, but I call it “functional”. My aim is not to have an enormous wardrobe, nor a “fashionable” one, but a wardrobe where all the items work neatly together to create almost-endless combinations. Because THEN no matter how behind the laundry is, or how much I’m lacking inspiration, it will still be easy to pull together an outfit.
I didn’t realise until I went to write up today’s post that my outfit is incredibly similar to one I’ve worn before. Shock, horror!
The first time I wore this outfit was towards the end of my first month of blogging, so it’s interesting note what has changed since then:
* Stripes with spots – I don’t think that had crossed my mind as a possibility back then
* I’ve discovered some more interesting ways to tie scarves
* I’m a little less awkward in photos
* It’s still hard to look dignified in windy weather
* I’m more likely to have one blazer cuff rolled up and the other down and not even notice. For hours. Whoops.
I know the layering is distracting, but this is so you can see what the outfit looks like without the denim jacket hiding everything!
Day 18 of the Fox In Flats Style Dare was Leopard Print. This was a tricky one for me – I have never owned (or even been tempted by) anything leopard print. It just isn’t something I’m in to. But in the interest of trying new things, I picked this scarf up super cheap and thought I could definitely wear it for a single day. (And if things go badly, I have a good friend ready and waiting to take it off my hands!)
Leopard print can vary a lot in pattern – I was just lucky this heavily reduced scarf happened to be my most preferred sort. Medium sized spots, not too yellow, soft blending tones. The first thing I noticed was how it surprisingly goes with so much in my wardrobe. I’ve heard SO many people preach about how versatile leopard print is, but I wasn’t convinced it would work for me so well as I don’t use a lot of brown.
I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to create a version of this picture I’ve had saved in Pinterest for a while. Mine doesn’t work as well as Bri’s, partly because my belt is too dark and gets lost, but mostly because I covered up my striped top with a denim jacket. Hey, it’s cold here! (I think the leopard scarf and denim is a winning combination on its own anyway.) Later in the day I tried a slightly different style with the same clothes (see below), and I think I prefer this second look.
Linking up with Kiwi Womens Style for Wardrobe Wednesday.
[Scarf: Target $6]