I have some free time on my hands, four outfits I wish to share and two days to go before my traditional monthly recap and moving onto new things in July. So I've decided to combine these four June photo sessions into two posts - here is post #1. I love looking at these photos taken a week ago because of the sunshine they bring in my gray rainy and very Seattle-ish kind of day! Oddly enough, I like them now for the very reason I didn't like them last week - they seemed too sunny, too contrasty. I almost rejected them as not good enough to post. But then again, as Justin wisely keeps reminding me, imperfect experiences make blogging more real, and I so agree with that. Why do we have this tendency to want to look/seem perfect? That is a question I think worth exploring, but for now I just want to talk about what I like and what I don't about these outfits (not photos).
Inspired by wonderfully kaftan'd Glenda of So What to Twenty! blog, I have finally found a kaftan which I liked for both the color palette, the print (chevron, but not a harsh pointy shape - rather wild tribal-like one) an the light flowy fabric. It's advertised as a beach cover up, and I am sure I will wear it that way too, but I wanted to style it as a city wear. Since the fabric is sheer, I can't really wear it simply as a dress (though I guess if I have a little black dress as my "cover up", I could layer the kaftan over it, and be good to go). So I opted for skinnies, similarly to what Glenda did, only I brought even more colors to my colorful kaftan outfit. It can work really well with neutrals, of course!
A couple of things I would change when I try this outfit the next time: choose a long necklace and different bra (this shape just seems wrong to me). It is also a bit too warm in skinnies on a hot day, but since we don't have extremely hot summers here, it still can work. Thinner fabric pants/leggings would be my preference though. I find a kaftan is really easy to style for hot days, I just had a black cami under it, and felt very comfortable and breezy.
Originally, I planned to paint my nails in bluish green, but I think red brings warmth to the color scheme, just like the yellow sandals do. If I opt for neutral/monochromatic palette, I definitely would go for different nail polish too.
I wanted to create a richly decorated, somewhat Mediterranean feel with this outfit, so I added more colors, gold, and also had a variety of bangles and bracelets. The new addition to my jewelry collection is this chunky acai & tagua bracelet. I really love the way it looks - love the combination of different shapes, sizes and colors. Although it is a bit tight for my wrist, and the darker blue beads bled color onto my skin after three hours in the sun. They say it's better to keep this kind of jewelry away from the straight sunlight - they are not kidding. :)
My sandals are by Born which is usually a very good sole company, but this pair proved not to be made for long walks - I sort of have to hold the sandals with my toes, do you know what I mean? I love the flowers and color of this pair and will wear it when I don't plan on walking much - more struggle than I prefer in my shoes. I am yet to find a good pair of summer sandals...
2. Ombré Skirt
Look at this beauty of a skirt! I purchased it a month or so ago in a consignment shop (I found such a shop for plus size women's clothing in Poulsbo, WA - "Curvy QT", great name)... for only $9. That's a score! (I saw a similar skirt by one of my fave brands for around $100!) The name tag was cut out, otherwise I would go and check out the makers of this skirt and if possible buy one in every color. Ahhhh!
I combined it with a peasant shirt and my animal print lightweight jacket once back in May (the picture below - never mind the Crocks on my feet, they are my best walking shoes ever by the way), but this time it was a thrifted eyelet shirt with pretty floral design... which I used as a turban at the beach later! :) The blouse was around $5 at Goodwill. Scored again!
What's common in both of these outfits - they are new silhouettes for me. I am very well aware that the most flattering shapes on me are straight lines (shift dresses, mid-knee length pencil skirts, straight legged pants)... and these are very different, not especially figure flattering shapes. I am not sure I 100% like them on me. Or is it just something new and therefore a bit uncomfortable? Just because I didn't wear such shapes in the past, I don't want to reject them as unflattering. I think style is so much more than wearing only what looks best on your body type. I want to be able to create different feelings and moods with my clothing. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Kaftan - by Chico's (bought on sale for less than $40). The acai/tague bracelet also by Chico's (you can find tons of this summery type of jewelry on eBay and Etsy as well).
Ombré skirt and eyelet blouse - thrifted.
The rest - remixed from my closet.