So, it wasn’t an intentional inspiration, but as I was looking at myself in my outfit (especially once I donned my sunglasses) I was struck with the feeling that I was directly channeling Peter Seller’s character Dr. Strangelove from the eponymous movie.
Maybe it’s a stretch, but between the grinning skulls, the noir pallet and those round sunglasses, I can see the resemblance. But I digress…
I will never deny my love for skulls or the color black (it’s my last name), and I know both things tend to infiltrate my outfits, but when I saw this skull dotted shirt I knew it was destined for the blog.
I know the great leggings debate has divided our country, but my personal beliefs are, if your top covers your V&A, then you can wear them as pants. And, if I’m choosing any pant/leggings to strut around in, they’ve got to be the smoothing, slimming Hold Your Haunches leggings. I’m a totally believer in loving your body (including all your lumps and bumps), but sometimes I want to tone down my vajiggle-jaggle a bit when I’m traipsing around town. (Also, they’re super comfy.)
How’s that for a fashion bomb?
Top: Easy Pickins (Size 2X)
Leggings: Hold Your Haunches (Size XL)
Boots: Duo (Size 9)
I can’t deny it, I’ve really taken a shine to metallic hues lately. I was fortunate enough to be gifted such beautiful pieces by Lane Bryant, so there was no reason for me to feel gilt-y. Alright, alright, too many puns… I’ll stop now. I know that silence is golden.
This outfit made me feel very “Ladies Who Lunch…With Danger!” The shimmery gold sweater and the elegantly embellished skirt have a classical feel to them (albeit an updated classic), and the crocodile-embossed leather satchel reminds me of a vintage bag I would stumble across in my Grandmother’s closet. It begs to be passed down to future generations, and if I ever do have a daughter I can assure you it would eventually be in her possession. The bit of edge comes into play with the spiked rose gold collar necklace and the rose gold tipped pointy-toe heels. While the soft tone of the metal might disarm you, the sharp points will keep you on edge.
Are you a magpie for shiny style? Or do you think the sheen a big fat glitter bomb?
Top: Lane Collection gilded sweater by Lane Bryant (size 1X)
Skirt: Lane Collection glitterati skirt by Lane Bryant (size 18)
Shoes: Nasty Gal (Size 9.5)
The go-to uniform for any fashionista is black, black and more black. However, since I’m always rocking more color than the average person, I always have to punch up my noir look with bright bursts of color.
Besides the automatic accessory of my red hair, I cinched the sheer black tunic with a skinny neon yellow belt and grabbed a Rothko inspired YSL tote. While a more classic shape, the bag’s unusual painterly style helps keep the outfit more on the edgy side of the line.
The faux fur jacket echos the divided line look of the bag; light & dark, good & evil… all that nonsense. Topped off with extreme gold tipped cat-eye sunglasses and a multi-spike necklace, the edgy, punkish fashionista look is complete.
Faux Fur Jacket: ASOS
Top: Necessary Objects
Bra: Ashley Stewart
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Jeffery Campbell
Sunglasses: St. Marks street vendor