Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Inspired by WendyB

This outfit was inspired by the incomparable Wendy Brandes, because when I grabbed this shirt out of the closet, I realized that the stripes are the color of cement. I decided to try to pull the purple undertones out of it by pairing it with my dusty purple ruffled skirt, fuzzy purple hat, and deep eggplant tights, punching up the contrast with some black accents. Had it not been for the fact that Wendy recently railed against the wearing of this drab and unflattering color, I probably wouldn't have given it nearly so much thought. She's right though; this color doesn't do anything for any skin tone, so it's best worn in small doses and with plenty of other contrasting shades.

Don't worry Wendy, if I'm ever nominated for an Oscar, there won't be a trace of this color in my outfit! Deep scarlet, flame orange, or emerald green perhaps, but I most certainly will not be strutting down the red carpet in cement.

Since Wendy inspired the outfit, it was only fitting that I topped it off with my fabulous swear rings. I liked the pairing of the flashy silver rings with the prominent brass buttons on the jacket. Mixing metals makes me feel like such a rebel.

Jacket: F21, modified by me
Shirt: thrifted
Hat: Accessorize/Monsoon
Skirt: a gift from mom
Tulle-trimmed slip: Glam Garb by Gunlis
Shoes: Tsubo

10 comments:

LPC said...

I love the proportions in this outfit. Perfect.

WendyB said...

You did a great job! The way you put this together doesn't say "cement" at all.

If you find yourself walking down the Oscar red carpet in one of those delicious colors, I'm going to INSIST on doing your coordinating jewels, of course.

Sheila said...

Your colour mixing definitely brings out the purple tones in that cement stripe, Audi - great job! I love mixing metals too - it feels so badass.

I totally want that jacket.

I wore my Tsubos today too!

Anonymous said...

Great outfit today! I must take issue with the cement thing tho, because my two very best sweaters(both cashmere-I live in sweaters) are varying shades of light cement. It is the very best color for me! I have really pale pink skin, very blonde curly hair and grey blue eyes, and cement tones down the whole kewpie doll effect. I even have a cement-ish shade on my nails today. Every time I wear said cement color, I get myriad compliments. Guess mine is the only skin/hair combo that cement works for.
~Madeline

Sal said...

Way to make cement work for you, lady. And I swoon over your swear rings. Again!

kanishk said...

You did a great job!
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Sara Lynn said...

this has to be one of my faves.

Jane W. said...

This is my dream outfit. Stunning!

Stephanie said...

I absolutely love the pairing of this outfit! The stripes, the purple and the knotted necklace.

Alyssa said...

Oooh! I like how the skirt is rather feminine, but is balanced out with a more gender-neutral look on top. You wear it well! And of course, love your rings. :)