That day I knew I wanted to wear a dress! And this combination, even though the pieces are not new, came together just recently. I love it! Oddly enough, I just wore teal & gold together in another combination, we took photos, but on the second thought, that one still need some improvement, so I probably won't share it just yet. But it was charming. I'm inclined to a little simpler looks these days. Maybe a dress or a skirt with a cardi - something easy to wear and feminine, and just like Beate said, if a piece of jewelry comes to mind, I'll add it, and if not - I go without. (Read Beate's thoughts on style and life in her inspiring interview here.)
This time, my dress (you could see it previously in this post from last October) asked for the company of this versatile necklace which goes beautifully with so many outfits, and is lightweight, which makes it a pleasure to wear (you could see it in this post from March).
I think I'm getting hold of how to combine pieces of different structure together. Being a self-taught fashionista and generally one who more than anything enjoys inventing the bicycle over and over again, I've probably invented it again this time too - so if what I discovered is commonplace, so be it, but in my book, it's a revelation. Are you intrigued?
Combine a structured piece with a less structured/loose piece for a more dynamic/interesting look. What? You already knew that? I told you - it's only another bicycle, but it was so much fun to invent it. It's exactly what I've done here - the dress has a businessy/blazery kind of feel, doesn't it, with the shape and collar like this. If I add another structured piece to it (like a blazer) - it would be too much, it would feel stiff and conservative. So I opted for a well loved cardigan (the looser, the better) - which not only created a great color contrast, but also took the too structured feel off the outfit. Voila!
Same with the necklace, by the way. I love wearing "office style", the shapes resonate with me, but I also love adding a whimsical element to it - then it feels not too office-ish, but rather artistic and free. Not to mention the teal nails!
Come to think of it, doesn't this realization help with understanding this great mystery-of-life-balance too? We need some structure in life, otherwise we'd be completely overwhelmed by the chaos. Humanity creates structure where there is none - we create all sorts of calendars, plans, horoscopes, belief systems and schedules for business, study and even fun. But if we follow structure too closely, we find ourselves overwhelmed by the feeling that every minute of our existence is spoken for, and there is no room to breathe. Structure is good, but so is the freedom to just be.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments and wishing me well, my dear friends. Everything is just fine here, I just needed a break from words after completing an unexpectedly intense piece of writing, and I now feel refreshed after a break. Thank you so much to everyone who left a "like" on our photo - we got over 40 votes, the Facebook part of the contest ends today (you can see it HERE and "like" our picture if you haven't yet). After that, all the photos will be on display in two different spa locations, and all visitors will have an opportunity to vote in person. Then, by combining all the votes (from FB and from the spa visitors), winners will be announced. Will we be rewarded by free banya passes? Hmm... ;)
Dress - Ashley Stewart
Cardi - Old Navy
Shoes - Rockport
Necklace - Lane Bryant
Purse - B Makowsky
Linking up with Throw Back Thursday and
I'm also joining for the first time Top of the World Style link-up hosted by Nicole of High Latitude Style - wonderful blog from Alaska! If you want tips how to look stylish in the extreme weather conditions, do visit Nicole!