Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Final Countdown

You can tell I was feeling more than a little cheeky when I took the photos for this outfit. The reason? I was listening to a whole playlist of 80's music, and when I was shooting this one it was "The Final Countdown." I'm not exactly sure why a hair-band rock anthem made me want to strike such saucy poses; perhaps it was because I was remembering the time I drunkenly karaoke'd that song in Tokyo at the insistence of my friends. For the record, my vocal range is nowhere near high enough to sing that song; nevertheless I belted it out and even jumped up on the table to sing it while pumping the air with one raised fist. I blame jetlag.

Ahem. Let me tell you about the outfit, shall I? This top is really tricky to work with because the color is exceptionally bright, and I have absolutely nothing else in my closet that is even close to this shade. I wanted to avoid pairing it with black because I feared it would make the green look garish, so I went with a navy backdrop instead. The green actually has quite a bit of blue in it, so the combination makes sense. Since I didn't want to bring in an entirely different third color, I mixed up the outfit a little by blending different shades of blue.

The sweater clip is one I made ages and ages ago, but until now I hadn't found a use for it. With this outfit it was an absolute necessity; the flower detail on the top prevents the cardigan from being buttoned, but I really needed the cardigan to stay closed so as to hide the incredible tackiness of my bra straps hanging out. Have I mentioned that I abhor strapless bras? The reason is that I don't have a whole lot to hold them up, so I find myself having to hike them up several times a day; as a result I often seek out creative ways to wear regular bras even with strapless or halter-style tops.

By the way, if you'd like to make a cardigan clip of your own, this excellent post from Kasmira will show you how it's done.

Cardigan: H&M
Top: Red Dress Shoppe
Skirt: Moon Collection
Shoes: Paolo

13 comments:

Honeybunches of Roses said...

this is such a girly look...fab!

Linda said...

I am hear to tell you that having plenty to hold up a strapless bra does not, in fact, help it stay up. They are pointless and evil. Love the outfit, though!

Sheila said...

I also loathe strapless bras, but in my case, because I have too much to hold up and they always end up near my waist (damned gravity! I shake my fist at you!).

I LOVE the green with the different shades of blue - and it's so nice to see you in a pencil skirt! You look very ladylike but still very funky.

As soon as I saw your post title, I started humming that song. My brother had that album on record. Great vision of you karaoke-ing!

Sal said...

Navy is just PERFECT with that brilliant green. And I'm so with you on strapless bras - they're nothing but trouble for we of the small rack.

Lorena said...

What a gorgeous color combo, simple yet unexpected!
You look great !

The Writing Instinct said...

This just might be the perfect colour combination - I can't stop looking at it!

I hate strapless bras too...

Eyeliah SS said...

Such great colors. Most people would wear that green blouse with you know a blakc cardigan, black heels and skirt. It makes such a difference to change those to another neutral. :-)

WendyB said...

Interesting to see you in this color combo, as just yesterday I was debating doing a ring in sapphire and emerald!

Candycane said...

You look soooo cute!!

Abigail Smith said...

Ace colour combo - I don't have anything in either of those colours but I'll look them cos I keep seeing people in them and they look awesome together.

Can I just say that I love my strapless bra! And at a 34H I have plenty to hold up - there's a pic of me rocking the straplessness on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/absnasm/3823786195/ just to prove it can be done. If your bra is falling down, you're probably wearing too big a back size - the band under your boobs should be providing the support, not the straps.

Check out Bravissimo's fitting guide and chuck out your tape measures! I'm a bit of a bra-vangelist about this, so sorry to rant, but I mean it!

http://www.bravissimo.com/perfectfit/getting-the-perfect-fit/default.aspx

KT said...

I love this look! I love the pairing of the colors, I love the top, love the shoes!

Krissie said...

Love this color combo and the amazing girliness of the ensemble! SO FAB!

Alli said...

I would wear this... totally feminine and fun and such a great combo of colors! My husband even peeked over my shoulder while I was reading this post and said, "That's cute! You should wear that."