Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Restrained



This outfit features one of only two clothing items I bought down in Tulum during my Christmas holiday. I was a remarkably restrained shopper despite the abundance of really cute clothes in the shops; I think it was the fact that the heat made it not so fun to try things on. I found this asymmetric, layered halter dress in a shop called Shalom right on Tulum's main drag; it set me back about $75, which I thought was a great deal for such a unique piece. The dress is going to be perfect for the warmer months, but it works equally well layered up in this cozy winter look.

Because the dress drapes fairly low in the front and is sleeveless, I added the scarf to fill in the neckline, and the purple cardigan to keep my arms warm. I selected the bulky scarf and drapey cardigan in order to give the whole outfit a relaxed, organic feel. Adding a belt gave some definition to my waist, although I matched the belt to the dress so as not to disrupt the long flowing line of the outfit too much.

This outfit was pretty warm by itself, so for outerwear I wore my cropped black leather jacket to put an extra layer just over my arms. I thought I'd also include my handbag in the photo, since I went with the unexpected choice of my brown Lucky bag. I thought black would be too obvious, and a shade of brown with less red in it would've clashed. This bag is sort of cognac-colored though, so I thought it blended nicely with the warm purple and red tones while still adding an interesting color mix.

By the way, as soon as I figure out how to enable the sound on my camera, I'll shoot a video tutorial about this method of tying a long scarf, as well as another method that I've gotten questions about. Hopefully I'll have that for you by next week.

Scarf: H&M
Cardigan: S
Dress: Forla Paris
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Tights: MP, via Sock Dreams
Boots: Fly London
Jacket: Skin Graft
Handbag: Lucky Brand

16 comments:

mely said...

What a great outfit, I love the dress and the jacket gives it a bit of a punk rock kick. Lovely!

Mikaela said...

that dress is amazing!! i love it. and your outfit, as usual, rocks!!!

Luinae said...

The purple cardi is such a unique colour! Have you ever considered to a scarf tying tutorial? You always have so many unique ways to tie your scarf.

Sheila said...

"It's hard and restrained, and it's totally cool" are the lyrics that immediately sprung to mind, haha.

I can't wait to see the dress on its own - I can't get an accurate picture of the shape and structure of it.

Love the mixing of all the red-based colours.

evanadine said...

i also cant wait to see the dress on its own. you are such a master of layers and mixing. i bow down to your expertise. :)

Sal said...

Another brilliant mix of colors AND layers. And I'm very keen to see the tutorial on that scarf tie ...

Diana said...

I love how all of the elements of this outfit came together. You are a master at layering.

j.p. said...

I might as well comment, although it seems kind of pointless. This is one of those 'pure satisfaction' ensembles. Scratches a hundred style and attitude itches for me. Since, of course it's all about me? Waaaait a minute...

J. said...

Looking forward to the video! That scarf is sumptous.

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

That dress look very cool! I love the way you styled it here. The blue and red are a great combo too. I'm looking forward to the scarf tutorial! I have a couple long ones that would be better short sometimes.

A said...

yes! I can't wait for the scarf tutorial....as I was reading I was actually thinking, I should ask her how to try the scarf like that!

Chelsea said...

the scarf, belt, cardigan, bag... all perfect choices for this ensemble... you look fabulous! and I can't wait for the scarf tutorial :)

Anonymous said...

As usual, loving the outfit and the colors. I don't know if you have covered this before, but I am very interested in your collection of earrings. They always seem to be nicely proportioned to your face, neck and hair. I'd love to know more about them (I am a jewelry designer so this sort of thing fascinates me) and how you choose them for your outfits.
~ Madeline

Ally said...

Looove this! Like Chelsea, I'd like a scarf tutorial for this too :)

Fawn said...

1. Holy crap, I love your sense of style.

2. We both live in San Francisco. Want to go thrifting with me?

enterrement de vie de célibataire Paris said...

Belle association de couleurs.
Lilou