Since I love stripes, this was actually a tough combo because I had so many striped tops to choose from…
Jacket: Casual Corner $4.69 (Goodwill)
Striped Top: BCBG $23.99 (Baubles N Beads consignment store in Houston)
Skirt: Amanda Smith $9.99 (Fashion Junction consignment store)
Shoes: Ellen Tracy $3.39 (Goodwill)
Total Cost: 42.06
I’d give this outfit a solid “B”.
Actually, I’m going to change the grading system to a rating system on a scale of 1 – 5. I don’t know – grading with an A or F sounds so critical and negative.
So here it is:
5 – “Wow – you go girl! You have outdone yourself”
4 – “Looking good, sister!”
3 – “Passable, but could use a few tweaks to push it up to a 4 or 5 level”
2 – “Ummm, needs quite a bit of work. You have one or two elements that you can build upon, but as a whole, this doesn’t work.”
1 – “Don’t go there, girlfriend. Tomorrow’s a new day, so let’s just start over.”
There!! I like my rating system! Positive reinforcement without judgment.
So like I said, Blazer Over Strips is a solid 4, and I’m OK with that. I welcome any suggestions that might push it up to a 5 (gold jewelry? a broach on the jacket? I know the jacket is a bit long in the sleeves,so it might never be a 5).
So let me tell you about the striped top in this outfit. I remember buying this top as I was checking out my purchases at my favorite consignment store in Houston.
You might remember that I mentioned once in an earlier post that shirts for me are like an impulse buy of a candy bar at the grocery store check out lane. I can be completely finished shopping, and while the clerk is ringing up my order, I start grabbing shirts as I’m standing in line, and throw them on top of the pile without even trying them on.
The lady at Baubles N Beads actually knew this about me, and would purposefully slow down as she rang things up, because she knew, the slower she went, the more I’d buy…..
So anyways, I remember this shirt hanging behind the counter and I fell in love with it. When I found out it was my size and it was from BCBG, I was sold. This was back around 2001 – 2oo2, and I think I had just learned that BCBG was a hot brand. And I remember I paid $23.99, because that was a lot for me to spend on a shirt. But it was striped, and it was BCBG, so I didn’t have a choice at that point. I had to buy it.
So I bought the shirt “sight un-worn” (which is a terrible shopping habit I have, despite my attempt to overcome it with my 2010 Shopping Rules).
When I eventually tried the shirt on at home, I was horrified to find out how form-fitting it was – very “spandexy” and snug. This was almost 10 years ago, and I don’t know when that extra-small-tight-fitting-shirt trend started, but I surely wasn’t comfortable with it.
So therefore, that shirt has literally sat in my closet for nearly 10 years, because I didn’t feel comfortable wearing something so tight. But I couldn’t get rid of it, because it’s so cute.
The problem was, once again, I just didn’t know how to wear it. I definitely can’t wear it without a jacket over it, because it’s too tight and short, and I’m still uncomfortable with THAT look (i.e. exposed hips).
And wearing a shirt without a collar under a jacket?? That certainly wasn’t in my fashion comfort level.
Fast-forward to today, and since I have started writing this blog, I have become more comfortable with wearing tighter shirts, and wearing them under jackets is as normal to me as wearing a belted jacket. Yes, 10 years after the trend started, I’m almost up to par.
So once again THANK YOU Kimberly and your Inspiration Calendar!!! That cute little striped shirt may never have seen the light of day, had you not inspired me to wear it.
OK, one more thing. Just a visual statement on how screwed up the American women’s fashion sizing it. Remember yesterday’s pants were incorrectly marked as a size 0? Check out what size the skirt was that I wore today. I guess this just reinforces how important it is to try things on….