Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chainmail!






Keppie is getting sooo big!!


Occasion:

I am a big fan of funky necklaces. I never really change my earrings and for the most part the only rings I wear are my engagement and wedding rings, so necklaces allow me to have a creative outlet with my jewelry. As you may notice, a lot of my necklaces are thrifted. I love thrifting necklaces because you are almost guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind piece, which to me is pretty cool. Not that I mind having the same necklace as others, and believe me, I spend plenty of time shuffling through the sale bins at my favorite stores like Banana Republic and J.CREW looking for great pieces on sale - and you can bet that they made 1000s of each of those:)

D got me this really cool chainmail necklace from an independent designer/vendor who came to his workplace and set up a table in the cafeteria hoping to sell their jewelry. I LOVE it! It is such a cool, unique piece and I really wanted to pick an outfit that showed it off:) I chose this olive-y brown tunic with cool puffy sleeves, ruching down the middle and a nice waist-tie not only because I wanted to keep my color palette neutral, but also because the V-neck would be a great neckline to show off the necklace. To keep the outfit simple, since the necklace is a bit of a statement in itself, I paired it with a simple black pencil skirt and my black moccasins. To add a bit more interest to the kinda plain outfit, I opted for a silk scarf with brown tones mixed in and a cool chain detail to play off the chainmail of the necklace.

Outfit:

Black Undershirt: Kayla's Blessing (Chicago, IL)

Tunic: Annie Sez

Skirt: Target

Tights: Century 21 (Hue)

Necklace: Gift from D

Scarf: Century 21

Shoes: Zappos (Minnetonka)


Do you ever build outfits around your accessories? What are your favorite accessories and where do you get them??

5 comments:

Modesty is Pretty said...

Oh your dog is so cute!! Okay your outfit is awesome as always, I love your necklace! ABout jewelry I have a cameo necklace I love, I bought it at a garage sale for $3 dollars. I don't wear much jewelry, in fact I just decided to start wearing more again, the other day I tried earrings, a pair pearl earrings that my father gave me 18 years ago, but when I looked at myself I didn't like the way they looked on me anymore, so I think I'll stay away from earring but I will try chucky necklaces, I'm just trying to find special pieces of jewelry, something that has a special meaning, so for now it's my cameo necklace. =D

Ilona said...

Hi Keppie, nice to meet you! :-)

That's a great necklace and I can totally understand that you startet with it when choosing your clothes. I'm surprised that it works so well to wear a longer tunic with a skirt. Everytime I tried this I just looked weird. Maybe the difference is that you did this with a pencil skirt while most of my own skirts are more of the flowing type...

My favourite accessories are scarves, both worn around the neck or as a headscarf. There's a monthly local flea market and I normally don't leave without a scarf (or two...), so since I'm living here, I've gathered lots of them. And yes, sometimes I build an outfit around a scarf. And as I bought some coloured tights recently I might soon start to build outfits around those, too.

à la Modest said...

Your dog is so cute! I feel like I needed to point that out first because the first time I put my dog in my post, no one commented on how cute he was haha. I got a little bratty and tweeted about it, and now everybody is forced to comment on his cute looks :) (I'm really far from bratty)

That is such a gorgeous necklace!! I would have snagged that too if I saw it!

Sarah said...

ooh I love this statement necklace.

heidiluxe said...

you have the best jewelry collection. and you know how to wear it. i am completely inspired.
i love to build an outfit around accessories. i'm a shoes kind of gal so i feel like i have a completely different look just based on changing shoes and tights.