Monday, March 22, 2010

Not Quite Right

There's something not-quite-right about this outfit, and I can't put my finger on it. I think it might be the stripes in the vest; they're perhaps a smidge too much to put next to the busy pattern of the dress. Or something. Whatever; I wore it over a week ago, so obviously I'm over it now. I do love the fact that it gave me an opportunity to wear my underutilized Steam Trunk vest and adorable John Fluevog boots. Plus my hair looked extra soft and fluffy that day. Win!

The back of the outfit looks better than the front, I think. Again, probably because there are no stripes. I love the little scroll pattern that's embroidered on the back of the vest.

T-shirt: H&M
Vest: Steam Trunk
Dress: All Saints
Skirt: Noa Noa
Boots: John Fluevog

18 comments:

Courtney said...

I think the problem is that there is so much white in the skirt but no white in the vest or the t-shirt. The white draws the eye to the poofy skirt, which makes your lower body look larger than it is while the dark, fitted vest and t-shirt make your upper body look smaller than it is. The combination gives an optical illusion of significantly altering your body proportions while visually dividing you in half.

I think a busy floral could work with that vest if the background color matched the vest (likewise that skirt would probably work with a stripey vest that had some white in the pattern. If anyone can pull off the combination of stripes + busy floral, you can!

Kayron said...

Overall, not bad but I agree, I think it's the colors on skirt that are a little off with the rest of it. If the vest was black & white or gray & black, I think it'd hang with the skirt as is a little better, or if the skirt had olive or brown instead of white for the background. I covet the shoes!

A-C said...

I too think its a color thing. The skirt is blues and white and the vest is green and tan. There's just no continuity from bottom to top (whereas there's continuity from dress to skirt. Either way, I like the outfit from waist up and from waist down, just not together.

Sheila said...

I agree with the other commenters: the skirt and vest just don't quite work together.

I do love all the pieces, though: those boots! Ah!

I thought of you on the weekend - I found a whole rack of discounted Noa Noa samples (skirts as low as $35). Nothing that I fell in love with, though.

Lindsey Cochran said...

I like what you were going for, but I wonder if the patterned skirt or dress (can't tell which it is) would have worked better with a sheer dark layer over it. Preferably something that echoed the colors of the vest rather that just being black.

And here's a totally off the wall suggestion for one of those days when you can't think of a thing to post: how about a tour of your makeshift modeling studio? I'm curious about all sorts of things I only glimpse in your styling photos. Like what does the rest of the poster on the wall above the table look like? And where does that three paneled door to your right lead you? And what does the rest of the room look like from your point of you? Sorry to be such a voyeur, but your fashion choices make me so curious about what marvels are lurking just outside of the range of the camera!

Anonymous said...

I think the shirt has too much puff to it but I love almost all your outfits, how you combine color and layers. You seem to wear a lot of shirts. I work in a office and I have very very skinny legs and always feel people are staring at them. How do I pull off outfits like your without showing my legs that often? Even boots look odd on me.

Gem said...

I agree it's a colour thing, but I feel like its the tan in the vest that jars. Probably because I feel like the skirt is the base point of the outfit (whether that is true or not it's not it feels). It's also why the back works better as there's no tan to distract me.

Could just be me. And I love the shape this makes!

Sara Lynn said...

I mnot sure but I have to say that I love your skirt, everytime I see it up here I love it. I really like your boots too, I think I really might be in envy of your entire wardrobe.

fröken lila said...

having read your blog for quite a while now i think i can understand how this outfit came together. i guess it might have worked (vest, skirts and shoes) if you had had a longer tunic (preferably in olive/grey tones) under the vest and over the skirt, thus reducing the amount of skirt (colour and pattern), bringing in another proportion to your upper and lower body (in the picture your legs look looooooooooong and your torso real short). anyhow, i love the skirt and hope to see it again soon!

i also would love to see more of your apartment, especially how your wardrobe looks like, how you sort your stuff, what kind of things you got on the wall, how you store your shoes...

Sal said...

The patterns may not be playing nicely, but the silhouette is perfection!

Linda said...

I think the vest is a little short for the look. It's cute, though. I love how the boots fit in with everything.

mennogirl said...

Since I don't remember if I have actually commented here before, I should probably say a general Hello and just say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog the past few months. Your creativity with skirt layering has been really inspirational for me (for some reason I that phrase sounds awfully cheesy to me, but trust me I mean it in a completely hip cool way :) )
That all said, I really love your John Fluevog boots! I recently saw Alice in Wonderland where she wears a similar pair in the first part of the movie and I would love to know more about them. Any leads/name you happen to have would be oh so appreciated!

j.p. said...

I love the shape, the textures, the proportions (I don't love how so many advise all of use to strive to have the exact same proportions - I love to change mine up), and minus the color incontinuity aforementioned, this outfit is one of the reasons I can't keep away from this site. Smashing.

sara star said...

I think cream tights would have grounded the outfit a bit.

Eyeliah said...

Too funny that I am all over this outfit, one of my faves in the last while (lol). Wouldn't change a thing.

WendyB said...

That skirt is so modern-day Marie Antoinette!

Audi said...

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I have a few ideas for improving this look the next time around.

Lindsey Cochran, fröken lila: That's a great idea -- I'll put together a little apartment tour sometime!

Anonymous: I totally get where you're coming from with the skinny legs. Realize though, that you probably exaggerate them a lot more in your own head than they actually appear to other people. So most importantly, you should work to appreciate your legs more and let them come out and be seen! Eventually you won't feel so self-conscious about them. In the meantime, you might ease yourself into it by using a few tactics: try patterned tights that will make your legs look fuller, try layering socks over tights to add some fun contrast and also add a bit of volume, avoid full skirts that will make your legs look proportionally smaller, wear below-the-knee hemlines so that your legs don't take center stage in the outfit. With boots, adding a pair of slouchy over-the-knee socks underneath will help fill in any gaps around your legs, and also looks fabulous and chic! Hope this helps.

mennogirl: Thanks for stopping by to comment! I haven't seen Alice yet but if/when I do I will keep an eye out for the boots!

WendyB: I love that dress even more now that you compared it with Marie Antoinette.

Chloe C 1 said...

I'm gonna be the lone voice here and say it's the shape. The reason the outfit works from the back is because of the rise of the vest and skirt. From the front, the vest has a visual rise or indent, as does the skirt. If either the vest or the skirt were leveled off, I think it would look better. But the shortening in both shortens your lower body. That detail coupled with the white of the skirt, which draws attention to the inconsistancy, makes this outfit a bit off, as you say.