Relax & Repeat
Occasion: Client Appointment
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 80°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Talbots tencel jacket (Talbots), 3.1 Phillip Lim top (flea market), DIY cropped wide legs (flea market), Gentle Souls slides (flea market), vintage bag (flea market)
If you followed my Truncated Trunks post from last week, then today's outfit may look a bit familiar! This is basically a dressier version of the same outfit, created with counterparts specifically acquired to replicate the ease, comfort, and overall success of the casual version.
The basic elements of this outfit are as such:
- Wide leg cropped pants
- Cropped tank
- Mid-vamp mules
- Soft-handed jacket
But we all know that sometimes duplicating doesn't turn out like we thought it would! Like when you fall in love with a certain pair of jeans and buy another wash... only to find that the second color doesn't fit, flatter, or mix with the rest of your wardrobe as well as the original.
To help mitigate this effect, the key is to work within your own personal style rubric, which can include:
- Signature colors
- Ideal shirt length
- Ideal pant length
- Preferred fabric drape
- Preferred luster and texture
To illustrate this point, this would NOT be a successful outfit for my personal style if it was made of a stiff and boxy crop top, thick wooly wide legs cropped at the ankle, a bulky jacket, and bubblegum pink flat mules. It only works because the pants were hemmed to my ideal length, the top and jacket are made of slinky fabrics, and the mules have a nice 3" heel (my most comfortable).
If you aren't sure what your ideal lengths and colors are, a great place to start is with the original outfit you are trying to replicate. Don't worry if it isn't obvious right away - figuring out these patterns on your own can take a lot of introspection.
Still, developing your style preferences to the point where you can clearly identify them means that you never have to reinvent the wheel! That means less time pondering the mysteries of your closet and more brain power saved for your larger passions in life.