21 December 2010

  • Plaid Oxford: Forever 21, new!
  • Black Tank: Banana Republic
  • Black Wintershorts: Urban Outfitters, new!
  • Maroon Tights: HUE, new!
  • Brown Oxfords, Seychelles “Mercury,” new!

Oh my, what have we here… You’re thinking, do I know this woman? This woman doesn’t wear things like this: she would never wear pleated anything, and she certainly wouldn’t pair pleated shorts with this vaguely lumberjack-ish oxford. To that I say: you’re right. This outfit is way more like something Kendi or E. or Dotty would wear than something out of my typical lookbook, but here I am, trying it out anyway. After seeing so many of my fellow stylebloggers rock the wintershorts with tights look, I’d been dying to give it a try. What do you think? This first effort combines a number of items from my winter wish-list: these Seychelles “Mercury” oxfords (so comfy!), these maroon tights from HUE, and this oxford shirt, one of the fruits of my slightly impulsive post-exam trip to Forever 21 yesterday. I think I look a little bit more like I belong in a Japanese cartoon than in my regular life, but on this day of running errands, visiting friends and assembling Christmas gifts, I’ll take it. The shorts are way, way, way shorter than anything I’d wear in the summer with bare legs, but I’m liking the look with tights so far. It hasn’t made me want to run out and trade in all my pencil skirts for micro-minis, but it’s making me reconsider the flattering possibilities of a shorter hemline.

What’s a new trend you’ve experimented with this winter? What are your “rules” for trying out new styles and stepping outside your comfort zone? Do you boldly wear these newer, more experimental items out, or do you try them in a quiet moment first?

21 December 2010

21 December 2010

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  • Kyla

    I've been meaning to comment for a while and am finally getting around to it! First, you are beautiful. Just sayin'. Second, I'm quite envious of your light-filled indoor space for photo-taking. Your pics are very nice. Third, this outfit rocks my world. Good things happen when we step out of comfort zones, and this is one of them. Have a great day!

  • Kinsey

    You look great! I think it's awesome to push yourself out of your comfort zone every now and again. It really worked for you this time!

  • La Historiadora de Moda

    Check out those gams! I love the shorts and tights look for more casual days myself. It's not a look I would wear for days on campus, but I love it for the weekend or days when I'm working from home.

  • Tiffany

    This is a great look for you, and it's proof that you should rock the shorter hemlines more often. From these pictures it looks like you had a very successful shopping trip, and I love that you're venturing out of your comfort zone. Those shoes are killer!

  • amanda

    you look fabulous! it was a lot of fun watching so many people do the shorts with tights over the 30 for 30 … and this captures all of that fun. i haven't experimented with much of anything yet – but when i do, i love doing it loud & proud, like on a shopping trip or a day out somewhere.

  • Beth Ellen

    Aaaaahhhhhh! You look fabulous!!! I seriously thought at first I might be at the wrong blog, but you're totally rocking it. I fear shorts, as I also don't enjoy shorter hemlines on my bare legs, but with the tights here you just look great. What a great bit of shopping you've done since the 30 for 30.

  • dotty

    cheers to the winter shorts! welcome to the club. :)

  • S.

    Thanks, everyone! Your positive feedback was, as always, a huge confidence boost, and I have to admit: I walked around all day yesterday with a huge smile on my face. I'm always amazed by the paradoxical effect that stepping out of our comfort zone can have on us — there I was, wearing something that I couldn't have imagined wearing, and it was…fantastic! So many interesting lessons about fit, styling, exposure, etc. there, that I look forward to continuing to explore. It was also the kind of thing that the pre-blog S. would NEVER have worn — yet another fun example of the ways that blogging has brought me out of my shell!

    Kyla, I was remiss not to mention you on my brief list of inspiring winter-shorts wearers: you've been rocking this look for ages, and I'm amazed at all the awesome ways you've done so. My bad!

  • Lydia Marie

    I love those shorts! I love the colors in this outfit too, I still have yet to try shorts with tights but it's on my to-do list!

  • Linda

    You are totally pulling it off! I was just talking about this trend today and how I think it looks great on others, but I'm still not sold. This post is one step closer to me trying it.
    Looking good!

    The Auspicious Life