Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tie it with a Bow


As D and I finish up the last bit of packing, I am trying to squeeze in one or two more outfit posts since I will be taking an 11 day hiatus to backpack through Europe (yay!!! so excited!!!). It isn't real to me yet that we actually leave tomorrow. I don't think it will be real until we land early Friday morning. We have a packed itinerary and we are gonna cram as much as we can into the next 11-12 days. I love you D, and I am so excited to finally go on our long awaited honeymoon! The weather is supposed to be amazing! It'll be a nice break from this 40 degree business as Paris is supposed to be in the 60s and 70s and Amsterdam is supposed to be mid-50s! Woohoo!!

I have had this purple (?) colored shirt in my closet for a few months now, but I wasn't quite sure what to wear with it. The bow detail is super cute and I wanted to find some way to showcase the color of the bow detail. I have the same shirt in black and white and that one was much easier to style (obviously because black and white go with everything) but this interesting purply-grey (is that a color?) version was really puzzling me! I was hanging and reorganizing a bunch of my clothes when I turned over my closet for spring, and I happened to hang it next to this madras print button down shirt and...voila - instant outfit inspiration:)

I didn't really realize this when I put this outfit on, but it became very apparent once I was reviewing the pictures - this shirt is too big and not very flattering and it bunches in weird places when I move. I debated not posting this outfit, but since this is a daily personal style blog and I am a real person who makes mistakes with some outfits, I thought that I should document that not every outfit is a winner or even looks good. It's easy to post the outfits that make us feel confident and secure, but I'm not always confident and secure and that deserves to be documented too. So even though I don't really like the way this outfit fits me, I wore it and I'm gonna suck it up and show it.

I decided to pair the shirts with a navy A-line skirt that had also been languishing in my closet untouched for months. I got this skirt on super final clearance for $3.99 and since I only have black and brown tights (I really need to learn how to branch out into the world of colored tights...o well, maybe next winter) I had to wait until I didn't need tights to wear this skirt. I decided to wear my gemstone studded flats and top the ensemble off with my navy knitted beret. I think it's a good transitional outfit for this cool March weather we've been having...c'mon Spring - HURRY UP!


Shirt: Banana Republic

Button-down: J.CREW

Skirt: GAP

Shoes: Banana Republic

Hat: H&M

How would you wear this shirt? What would you pair it with? 


Lullie said...

This is, by far, my favorite outfit you've ever blogged about! You look so cute and very confident and comfortable! (some alliteration love for ya.) Is the bow sweater still in stores? I LOVE IT!!!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I disagree, actually. I LOVE this outfit & think it's just great. You look chic & comfortable & so, so cute. Don't ditch the bow shirt!

bigonmodesty said...

I love this outfit. I love the pairing of the two shirts, they look great together.

Elaine said...

The bow is so cute!

ibegum. said...

i loved your shoes! and the hat!
your blog is so cute,your looks are fashionable,all i can say to you about them is,you go sister! and here's my blog,hope you visit and follow!

two birds said...

i'm glad you posted this outfit, because i think it's pretty amazing. i love the bow shirt! and i think it looks great on you!