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Caged Fury

I have a fashion comfort zone of ballet flats and dresses from the 1950s (or at least ones that appear to be from that era). Even after I chopped all my hair off about a year ago my style didn't really change that much--if anything the more boyish crop was a nice excuse to wear more feminine pieces because then everything was about "juxtapositioning." However, when Stuart Weitzman approached me and asked if I'd like a pair of shoes from their spring/summer line I couldn't resist these quite out of character gladiator sandals. They wonderfully look like nothing else in my wardrobe and push my style from safe and comfortable into something a little more edgy. I usually feel out of place in edgy looks and I blame my face--either the round cheeks or my inability to apply a proper smoky eye--but in something tough or more "hardcore" I feel like a porcelain doll wrapped in leather--they just don't suit each other. This outfit however felt really comfortable and really me. Maybe it was the favorite dress that has been in my wardrobe for years or the way the sandals reminded me of the knee socks I used to wear, but whatever the reason despite this look not being saccharine I didn't feel like I was playing dress-up.

Outfit details:
thrifted denim jacket (similar here)
Triptych dress (similar here)

16 comments:

Rebecca said...

those shoes are so amazing! the outfit definitely looks great on you :)

Daphne said...

What a fantastic look! I like what you said about juxtaposition, and the fact that this outfit is being worn in a forest setting is another great example of that!

Anna said...

I know what you mean. Boyfriend jeans, t-shirts, and easy, pullover dresses are my go-to comfort pieces. I've always liked that edgy, kind of androgynous style, but I tend to step back when I try to envision myself wearing such clothes - I feel I don't have that 'cool factor' to pull it off like those ladies in Totokaelo. But it shouldn't matter, and I should try it out just for fun. It's all about experimentation, right?

I really love your look - that dress and those sandals really stand out! You definitely have the edginess to pull off more looks like these.

Shannon Willardson said...

I actually really love this edgy look on you! You're totally rocking it!

Shannon
http://GBOfashion.com

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Bivisyani Questibrilia said...

Awesome sandals! And no, I have to disagree. You wearing leather would be totally edgy. Your face would be like a twist ending to an angsty film, so to speak. Or, you know, just makes you unpredictable :)

Ashlyn said...

I know exactly what you mean about falling into a comfort zone and then it feeling so good to get outside of that. You've styled up the shoes wonderfully and I hope to see them paired with several little summer dresses soon. Love the experimentation.

Jennifer said...

Rebecca, I don't usually comment on your blog (I read it every day though), but you look hot! Your legs look great!

MintJulep said...

Those sandals are gonna be haunting my every moment for months to come - as I am about to see the last episode of Spartacus, sniff - and let me add as I'm at it, I have been really hoping to see you take the plunge one of these days and go for a "darker" look, an edgier version of yourself. I would love it even better if you went a little further than this, but hey: this look on you is AMAZING!!
http://fashionfauxpas-mintjulep.blogspot.com

said...

You look awesome! You've still maintained your personal style, somehow, but that shirt and those shoes together . . . badass. And still "cute" at the same time. <3 You're amazing.

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Sora said...

This is definitely new coming from you but I love how it looks! You somehow pulled it out in a way that doesn't look edgy :3

http://dangerous-imagination.tumblr.com

Rebekah Bradford said...

I love this outfit! I was so surprised to see it on you, but it looks great. It's so different!

http://findingmyinspiration.blogspot.com/

Bevin Valentine said...

That's awesome that you went out of your comfort zone and loved it! I was recently thinking something similar about whether I could pull off edgy lace-up heels, and ultimately whether I would *want* to. It's great when risks work out.

Bevin
www.magnoliareverie.com

Leah said...

Love love love the shoes! Adds such an edge to the emsemble

Anonymous said...

Hello, i found your blog through reading a "Damn girl ya look good" post on Rookiemag (it's the only part of Rookie I read these days).

I just wanted to say I love how thoughtful and put-together your outfits look - with harmonious colours and not much with the accessories.

considering that, I applaud your bold choice of the gladiator sandals. it looks like you took a big risk, but I think it totally works!