The Outfit Inspiration Calendar is off to a great start. Thanks for all the feedback on the idea. I will admit that I felt a tad bit lame about doing it at first. Like umm, now you don’t know how to dress yourself, Eboni? But, that was just stupid. Who doesn’t need a little inspiration from time to time. So with that said, let’s get into the second look inspired by my calendar. Again, this look was inspired by two looks…
The first inspiring look was this photo of Joy Bryant. It was the InStyle.com Look of the Week recently, and I thought it was just very quaint and comfortable looking. Again, it is very simple look… perfect for running around town, but not too dressed up.
I have a couple floral dresses, but for some reason, but I had another photo in my inspiration folder — Inspirational look #2 that JUMPED out at me and I was just hell bent on wearing red. This is odd because I generally don’t wear much red. I know this is going to sound silly but I have major Snow White complex and red makes me feel super pale. I rarely wear red solids for this reason, though I will wear red patterns. I know, I know… .we all have our little complexes! Lol!
So, I took the belted sweater and tan boots from Look #1 and combined them with the red dress in look # 2 and this is what I came up with…
|Sweater: Super Old | Dress: Old Navy | Belt: Super Old | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Socks: Nordstrom Rack | Bag: Nine West | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: Farmer’s Market | Sunnies: H&M|
I’ve had this dress for a couple years now, and can you believe I’ve only worn it twice. Any idea why? Because it’s RED! It’s a shame really, because it is such a cute, simple, throw-on dress. It’s great layered under pretty much any sweater, blazer, or jacket you’ve got. When I was packing for my move, I deliberately kept the dress even though I hadn’t worn it in at least a year. Red is hot this fall (when is red ever out of style?) and I am determined to work this dress into my wardrobe more often.
So, the best thing about this sweater that I’ve held on to forever even though it has a teeny tiny invisible hole in the back… it’s hooded! I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn the hood, but I love that it’s there! Lol! Hence, the title of this post… Little Red Riding Hood… silly girl, I know.
So, I am sure most of you guys know that the fashion world is going crazy for chunky knits this season. Well, I think they look great on some folks, but quite frankly all that bulk doesn’t do anything for my upper half. I am pretty broad as it is. In fact, this has been the issue with me finding a faux fur vest that I like. I am convinced that they are just not for me because they make me look like a football player. Anyway, back to the chunky knits. I actually do have a heavier sweater that is closer to the sweater Joy Bryant is wearing, but when I put it on with the dress, I felt heavy and bulky. Joy’s sweater isn’t exactly “chunky” but the pockets and cable knit give it a little more bulk. I opted for this super lightweight sweater instead. It was MUCH more flattering for me and my body type.
Fabrice is still utterly confused by the whole socks thing. I will admit that I a tad bit obsessed with socks these days. As with all my obsessions (remember the H&M bangle, and the flower pins), I will get over it soon enough and I’ll be obsessing over something new.
Next time I wear this dress, I am thinking of recreating the red dress + army green look more literally. I’ve got my Old Navy utility vest… This dress is sleeveless, so I’ll probably end up layering another shirt under the dress and wearing the vest over the dress, belted. hmmm.. the wheels are turning…