Friday, March 25, 2011
works cited: gap vest (gift from sister); target blouse; gap jeans; target boots; my mom's hand-me-down belt
The glossy, perfectly-curated, lit, and photographed magazine spreads feel like a double-edged sword. They are beautifully-done and inspire me to try new pairings, but they often leave me feeling not good enough, or rich enough, or hip-less enough (which is why I don't subscribe to magazines). It's also why I really love reading other people's style blogs--because they are a realistic look at just a regular person getting dressed in the morning. Sometimes an outfit works, and sometimes it doesn't, and one learns valuable things from each. Obviously, I'll never be as put together or glamorous as a magazine spread, but I learn more from seeing my own mediocre outfits photographed than I do from poring over the pages of Vogue. Often, I'll write about how I feel unsure about an outfit, but just as often, I try to put those feelings aside and see if there aren't things worth liking about any outfit--a color palette or an interesting silhouette that I might reuse in a way I like better next time. And this outfit is one of those--I love the vest that my sister sent me but I'm still trying to figure out how to wear it. Which reminds me of the other thing I like about style blogs--the interaction. Which is to say: do you have any ideas how to pair this vest? I'd be grateful for your suggestions!