Black Crane carpenter pants | sold out, the linen culottes are very similar
James Perse drape-front shirt
Dieppa Restrepo penny Loafers
Lizzie Fortunato necklace | use code GRECHEN15 for 15% off at Hampden
Balenciaga bag (secondhand) | new version
This outfit was a result of being inspired by Materfamilia’s recent “navy” post and a how-would-totokaelo-style-it moment. I love navy, but don’t have many pieces that are navy. Only these pants actually, and that’s because all the other colors were sold out when I bought them. So it wasn’t exactly on purpose…but I do love them, and think a navy dress would be nice.
Also, since I don’t wear color, I love to play with shape and different silhouettes, and am often inspired by Totokaelo’s styling. They seem to take the biggest, most oversized pieces and put them together to make them work. In real life, they don’t work very well on me, but I do like to try. And they always look amazing on the models. Unconventional, yes, but very modern and stylish in my opinion.
AND…since I’ve had a problem with this shirt since I bought it, I thought I’d try and wear it with these pants to create a “don’t” outfit for my shape. Which works actually, and I love it. But I don’t think I’m going to keep the shirt (I didn’t wear it out, only for the photo). I bought it at the same time that I bought the double v-neck shirt from James Perse and I’ve worn that one already a few times. Every time I pull this draped one out and put it on, I take it back off again. Not because I don’t love it, I do, but the more I try it, the more I think it’s just too big on me. I can’t size down, because then the arms would be way too small on me, and anyway, the drape just adds bulk around my waist, which is what I should be accentuating instead of hiding.
Not that I always WANT to accentuate my waist, which is why I bought this top in the first place; because it’s so beautiful and interesting. I tried it on with my Hope news trousers, which are slimmer in the hips and legs than these pants, and it’s beautiful, but still not perfect. And I’ve purchased quite a lot of oversized pieces, things to hide my body, since I lost weight, so I have enough of those. What I don’t have are pieces that really show off my body & my curves.
That’s interesting, isn’t it? When I was heavier, I did tend to wear things that were cut closer to my body and showed it off, remember? Now that I’m smaller, I am happier to hide it more often. I don’t know why that is, other than perhaps I’ve been experimenting with oversized, since I could never “do” oversized before – as nothing was really oversized, and wearing bigger things always made me look SO much bigger than I was, which I didn’t want.
So, while I do love this shirt, I’m going to exchange it today. I will definitely re-purchase it once it goes on sale somewhere (for 50% off), because I’d love to have it in my closet, just not at the expense of other things, or for full-price…