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Catching Rae

Ankle-Slapper for the First Days of Spring

Occasion: Post office, instant oil change, tailoring appointment with client, lunch
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 68°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Bailey 44 tee, Marithé et François Girbaud cargo skirt, Report Signature Adelina sandals, unbranded crossbody, House of Harlow starburst necklace.

This is an unusual outfit for me, but I was in the mood for weird - and this lantern-hem, high-waisted, cropped-length cargo skirt seemed to fit the bill. 

Although the lantern hem helps reduce the skirt's footprint a bit, it still has more volume than I'm used to working with for my frame, plus the cropped length means it doesn't have the elongating effect of a full maxi. Because of this, I chose to pair the skirt with a very fitted black top and high vamp sandals. This ensured that the eye gets to see the smallest part of my waist, my small ankles, and a long, continuous line of similar colors from head to toe. 

Because it was a warm day to be covered in black and deep brown, I wanted to keep the accessories light, so I took a cue from the thin straps of my sandals and chose a dainty gold bag and necklace. I liked how the metallics brightened up the black and brought a breezy feel to the outfit. Although it wasn't intentional, I was also pleasantly surprised by the way the neckline of the top mimics the shape of the skirt.

Spring doesn't mean pastels and florals for everyone, but it does help to keep your dark items breezy and lighten them up with accessories so that you don't feel out of touch with the seasons.