Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Floral on Leopard

February 2016

Hello! For the past couple weeks as I stand in front of my closet trying to figure out what to wear, I'm having an increasingly difficult time styling new looks. The harsh winter weather seemingly makes dressing stylishly about a hundred times more difficult. I gaze longingly at my platform wedges and vibrant spring dresses before I sullenly pull out yet another black dress or faux fur coat to style my outfit around. I'm impatiently counting down the days that I'll be able to ditch winter coats entirely and care-freely step outside with bare legs. But for now, I'm stuck working around styling looks that will be appropriate as snow falls all around me outside.

When I can't think of what to wear, I typically just throw on all black and call it a day. And I've been having a sort of styling block the past few days so it's been a lot of black for the past few days. As much as I love all black looks, there is something as too much black. It can get boring, dull and feel somewhat tired. For this look, I wanted to break that pattern of wearing primarily all black.

I decided to pull a floral dress out of my closet that I would typically reserve for the fall or spring. The airy silhouette and light fabric make this a dress not as suited for winter but I just love the deep colors, mod floral print and swingy silhouette and couldn't resist wearing it any longer. Additionally, there's sort of a retro sixties/seventies feel to this dress that I love. To make it appropriate for winter, I knew that I would need to layer. I decided to play up the sort of sixties/seventies vibe of the dress by layering a leopard print, long-sleeve button down top underneath the dress. The leopard print of the blouse and the floral print of the dress effortlessly complement each other. Also, I love the way that the collar of the button down playfully peeks out from under the dress. The high collar of this top sort of reminds me of something that Twiggy would have worn in the sixties or the seventies. 

I wanted to draw attention to the collar of the button down so I decided to accessorize with a few necklaces. I pulled out four different necklaces to layer together- three golden crystal necklaces (to emphasize that sixties free-spirited vibe) and my golden "Tori" necklace. I slipped on a pair of golden sunglasses to complement the golden color of my necklaces. A feminine shade of pink lipstick pulled all the colors in the outfit together. 

To keep warm, I layered a neutral tan coat over this outfit. I also slipped into a pair of burgundy thigh-high socks to highlight the shades of maroon in the dress. I styled a pair of neutral leopard print booties with the socks to contrast the leopard print pattern in my blouse. 

Floral dress: Urban Outfitters
Leopard print blouse: Vintage
Thigh high socks: Unknown
Leopard print heeled booties: Charlotte Russe
Tan coat: Vintage via Yerdle
Necklaces: Assorted
Sunglasses: c/o Giant Vintage
Lipstick: Wet 'N Wild

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