I want to thank you all for such wonderful comments to my last couple of posts - and for sharing your stories and feelings. I think it might help those who are going through their youth with a similar confusion or perplexity, and wondering if life gets any better. It does! Our insecurities are not easy to work through, but not at all impossible. Our relationship with ourselves, and essentially our life does get better with age.
On to this outfit. I know I post a lot of outfits lately - one could say I'm on fire. What can I do? I feel like something inside of me finally opened up. I think I tried a little too hard earlier in my style journey, now I'm much more relaxed, I caught the wave - I don't try to come up with an unusual combination, instead I listen to the mood I'm in and just go with my instincts. I want to thank Melanie for this realization - it was something she said in a comment to me, and it really struck me like lightening. In styling, just like in any form of art, you as an artist really need to feel what you are doing, much more feel than think it over. I finally, finally get it - I learned how to catch the wave! OK, maybe not like "learned it all", miz fancy pants, but I'm on the right track, I know it!
I just love this outfit - and I wanted to share it, even though there are only three quick pictures Anya took of me before I left this afternoon (went to an antique mall after a long day of writing, just to relax a little, and bought me another Russian platok for $25 - gorgeous!). I found this chevron skirt back in 2013 on the sale rack at Lane Bryant, and immediately fell in love. It's polyester, but such a soft stretchy jersey fabric, and I just love the choice of colors and the zig-zag design. I wore this skirt a lot. But this week, when I had a little free time and popped into Goodwill, I found a matching top - in my size, perfect condition, and only $5.99. I imagine the many ways I would wear it - with this skirt, and as separates, so many possibilities, how could I resist buying it? So this was my very first styling, pretty straightforward, but I really like this outfit. My waist is not as tiny as it seems here, I have quite a round tummy these days - so it's a nice illusion, but I think I also learned something important here. I actually used to think that my natural waist line is lower than it is. Here is a hint. When you gain weight, cute little folds appear on your back. They sort of point out where you should put your belt - they define the smallest part of your torso. Such a nice little tip from mother nature. I think I wore belts in the wrong place all of my life! No wonder they seemed so uncomfortable to me.
And I just love these two patterns together. Only the vinyl carpet bag is vintage in this outfit, but I think the whole ensemble has a nice retro vibe.
It's been a busy week - I came back to swimming, went for a long walk with my parents yesterday (we used to walk a lot, then stopped for a while, now we're back in the saddle again), and I almost finished an exciting project which I will be ready to share with you over this weekend, maybe even as early as tomorrow - stay tuned!
Top - thrifted (Goodwill)
Everything else is old from my closet:
Skirt - Lane Bryant
Cardi - Old Navy
Belt - Target
Tights - Hue
Shoes - Dansko
Purse - thrifted (antique mall)