Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kickin' Off the 30 for 30: Outfit 1!


When I walked into school yesterday (yes, I started the 30 for 30 a day early...I am just so excited!) my classmate told me that I looked like a "hot librarian with a Yeminite flair". The Yeminite part really only referred to my necklace...but I'll take the compliment...thanks E! (The glasses really weren't intentional, but when I went to put in my contact lenses yesterday morning, my eyes revolted and told me that they needed a break...hence the librarian look.)

I wanted to start out the 30 for 30 challenge with a simple outfit and build up to wearing more creative outfits once I get the hang of this whole remixing thing. I chose some of the more conservative pieces to being with. My black turtleneck paired so nicely with my grey corduroy skirt. Since the outfit started out as a blank canvas, I wanted the accessories to really shine. The necklace was a recent purchase at Forever 21 and at $7.50 it was a great deal! I don't tend to love clothes from Forever 21 since they tend to be lesser quality and fall apart quickly, but their accessories are a really affordable price and look much more expensive then they really are. Also, since accessories tend to get less wear and tear than clothes (they aren't washed and dried, dry cleaned, etc.) even the cheaper ones hold up well. I prefer to spend more on quality clothes items and keep it reasonable with trendy 'statement' necklaces. You never know how long they'll be 'in'...so there really isn't much point in investing in pricey pieces (that's just my humble opinion).

I really love the look of the double belting technique that I saw in the J.CREW catalogue many months ago. I have since duplicated the look with multiple belts and numerous outfits. For this outfit, I paired a skinny black patent leather belt and a skinny leather snakeskin belt in mint green. It looks complicated, but all you do is twist them in the back a few times and belt them into each other in the front. It's a simple techinque that looks really fancy and interesting:)

I added a bit more interest with my patterned fishnets. You might have noticed that I've been wearing these a lot lately. I am not really into the colored tights look...to be honest, I just am not brave enough to try to pull them off. However, I really do like the look of fun fishnets. I think they are much more wearable for someone who is experimenting with more interesting tights, but maybe isn't ready to take the plunge into wild colors...maybe I'll get over my fear soon and try a pair of colored tights, but for now I'll stick with the fishnets:) Lastly, I topped my ensemble off with my grey knitted beret and my black fringy moccasins.
Here's to the 30 for 30!

Are you participating in the 30 for 30? Be sure to leave me a link so I can check out everyone's fabulous remixing skills:)


Shey said...

You always have the perect accessories! And please forgive my nousiness but you look so beautiful in your wedding pictures. =)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I looooove this necklace!

Modestly Fashioned said...

@Shey - thanks:) it's not nosy when it's in the pic!!

@Suburbansweetheart - thanks! me too:)

Ilona said...

Great start for the challenge! I love the necklace and the different shades of black and grey really allow it to shine. The two belts are an inventive yet subtle detail so it somehow balances the necklace and isn't too much.

I was smiling when I read the thing about coloured tights and wearing fishnets instead - because I love to wear coloured tights but I'm not brave enough for fishnets, just the other way round. However, I like how you wear your fishnet tights to spice up more monochromatic outfits and it might inspire me to try it myself. As it's still too cold for fishnets only I can already see me ending up wearing them with coloured tights underneath... *g*

To answer the question: yes, I'm participating in the challenge for the first time, too, at: http://lailona.wordpress.com

devorelebeaumonstre. said...

great necklace. x

p.s. I'm having a valentine's giveaway on my blog if you'd like to check it out. xx

Jewelscapes Handmade Jewelry said...

Great necklace! I also love how you did the double belts, a look I keep forgetting to try.
I'm doing the 30X30 too,and have a link up every Wednesday for everyone who wears jewelry with an outfit, hope to see you there!


madeforsunnydays said...

Love your necklace and the double belts, so fabulous!

Kathrine said...

Oh my goodness, I just did that double belts thing today, as I couldn't make my mind up which of the two to wear! So I wore them both! Funny! I loove the necklace, great accessory!

widethinker said...

wow, love the necklace and the double belt. the overall silhouette of the outfit is very flattering on you. nice!

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CE said...

the belting technique! GENIUS!