Black Crane linen wide leg culottes | size medium
Everlane slub slouchy tee | medium, purchased with credits from Everlane
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals
Jerome Dreyfuss Florent backpack | purchased with credits at Forzieri, gold suede version
Margot Wolf necklace
It’s been so rainy and yucky here up until the last few days that I haven’t worn these Black Crane culottes much since the first time. Excitedly, I pulled them out yesterday to wear, but right before I left the house, I changed into a 3/4 sleeve white top instead of this Everlane tee, because I wanted more arm coverage (I was afraid I’d be cold inside. It was so hot outside that I wasn’t.)
BUT. I don’t know. I love these pants. And I love how they look when I see them on me. BUT…..all day yesterday, I felt (again) more high-school art teacher than I wanted to feel. I blame the shoes, and all my silver jewelry. Who am I kidding, I do lean towards high-school art teacher sometimes (or have you seen Grace & Frankie yet? I hope I don’t go too far towards Frankie!!), with my loose and flowy silhouettes, but this time I crossed the line.
(I like this outfit with the culottes better…)
I actually think the first way I wore these was more “modern” – with a more fitted top and platform sandals – and ultimately more in the direction I’d like to go with my style. I wanted to try a more “relaxed” look though, like all the kids are doing these days, and this is my attempt at it. I don’t think it works on me. And as much as I appreciate my Birkenstocks, perhaps I shouldn’t try and wear them with EVERYTHING LOL.
I’m still trying to interpret my feelings about this outfit yesterday, honestly. I remember at some point, being pretty uncomfortable, shifting around a lot, and wishing I was wearing something else. I need to determine if I would have felt that way if I was by myself (instead of with a friend I’m always comparing myself sartorially to), and if that means I’m truly moving away from “normcore,” boho, flowy, and towards more modern, dark, and structural. All day yesterday, I wished I was wearing something more fitted and dark.
And remember, I was really wearing a white top, so that may be something too – perhaps I would have felt different if I’d been wearing this black tee. But no, I think overall, I felt too “messy.” Too “artsy.” I am not artsy. Maybe a little, but not all-out artsy. Artsy with edge? Modern artsy?
Ugh. Just when you think you might have things figured out. You think you have your personal style DOWN**, and then wham! life comes and hits you upside the head and says, “no! not that!” For now, I’ll just say I know my style when I see it, when I wear it, when I FEEL it. Sort of like the Supreme Court’s view of pornography…
This. Was not it.
*a note on the Everlane tee – I like it, but it’s not amazing; I prefer the shape & style of the u-neck tee to this one. The slub is nice, but I don’t like the pocket and the rolled sleeves. And at this point, I’d rather have the “straight” drape of the u-neck tee over the more full drape of this one…
**I don’t believe in “personal style” as a reference point anymore. I don’t think everyone has a signature style, or can necessarily pinpoint a specific type of style she likes best. How can we? We are always changing, learning, trying new things, aren’t we? Or is that just me? 😉