Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Contrast

Searching back through my archives to find my original Memento Mori post yesterday reminded me that it has been awhile since I've worn this adorable dress. Since we had another day of nice hot weather, it just so happened to be the perfect time to pull it out again, and coincidentally it was also a great way to make use of the new waistcoat I bought last week in an effort to add some more steampunk elements to my wardrobe.

The dress is super soft and comfy, but because it's pretty much see-through it necessitates a layer underneath, in this case a lace-trimmed cami and a black skirt. This proved advantageous for today's outfit, since the black layer added some striking contrast and outlined the top and bottom of the dress, which I thought looked better than the off-white fabric right next to my pale skin. My aversion to tanning really limits my ability to wear white, which is why I often layer my white and off-white pieces with another contrasting layer.

Waistcoat: Heathen
Dress: Lady Language
Skirt: From my sister
Shoes: John Fluevog

8 comments:

kittyscreations said...

I love how you make even simple black and white look fantastic!

Sal said...

The waistcoat is FANTASTIC! And love the layers - a great reminder that layering need not be relegated to fall and winter only.

Kimberly said...

Love all the layering you did here and I agree with Sal - fantastic waistcoat! Keep cool!

Charlotte Sometimes said...

Beautiful, I actually thought the black bits at top and bottom were part of the dress! Love the waistcoat.

closetdramatist said...

Your blog is wonderful! I've only just discovered it. I am a gerontologist, in love with style on a budget---and I am inspired by every outfit you put together. Thanks to you, I'm seeing my own wardrobe with fresh eyes. Salud!

Sheila said...

I love this outfit, but then I love most of your outfits! You are so good at layering.

Your hairstyle totally suits you - very Louise Brooks. Red lipstick!

Alli said...

Love the combo of black and white... I'm really pale too, and it never occurred to me before that adding a darker layer would make white garments more wearable. You make things look so easy!

Emily Kennedy said...

Wow! That Sal comment was truly a catalyst. I have been going through the archive and wondering when the evolution towards more structure would really become evident. This is right about the time. Although, finding the velvet vest also seems to be a contributing factor. And the Louise Brooks bob. Yup, it's all coming together.