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Outfit: Black & White Plaid & Fashion Uniforms



The easiest way to dress with rainbow colored hair? Stick to black and white. You never end up clashing and your hair *pops* against the basic color palette. I'd rather be wearing a lot of bright colors most days, but this sort of outfit feels more appropriate for a grey and rainy day. Details, prints, and funny embroidery keep the basics from being boring. Basics are also a good uniform for getting work done. Whenever I feel like I have a lot on my plate I find myself in more black outfits and repeating a lot of items.
In fashion blogging you tend to act as the mannequin displaying your styling skills and prowess on yourself (because who else is going to wear it/let you dress them?!). But of course when we use ourselves as mannequins we run into limitations--I dress a certain way because I like it, but also because I know it suits my body/frame/figure/personality. This is perfectly accepted in the larger fashion world where many editors and stylists dress in a personal uniform. Anna Wintour's style hasn't changed in years. Carolina Herrera is nearly always photographed in a crisp white blouse and black skirt. There are loads of examples of fashion insiders who wear essentially the same thing day in and day out, yet they create and style and express themselves in a wide range of fashions. They are never seen as less creative or having a limited perspective even though they style themselves in a very limited, repetitive manner. I really like this trend of uniforms in the fashion industry because it is a reminder that having an interest in fashion, even "following" and knowing about the current trends, isn't the same as dressing like a magazine editorial! Clothes can express our interest in fashion and personal style, but it's also possible to dress simply, plainly, even repetitively, and still be an avid fan of fashion with your own unique perspective.

*pictures by Thomas*

16 comments:

Nmb B said...

Love this!

Anca Varsandan said...

I love everything about this, but the jacket is the bomb.
Anca,
http://thecasualcat.com

Linda Tran said...

Your photos are always so stunning & amazing!

http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

That braid is simply gorgeous! Do you think you could do a tutorial on how you do it? :)

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

@Anonymous, I have done a tutorial for this style braid--it's called a pull through braid. Tutorial here.

Rose said...

The more I see it, the more I fall in love with your blue hair. :)
It's so lovely! xx

Sibby said...

Everything about this outfit is incredible! I absolutely love the skirt ^.^
Sibby x
http://www.thereyouaresibby.co.uk

Lauren Lalicon said...

I'm loving these past few posts on fashion blogging. I hadn't thought about how fashion celebs are able to have a signature look and keep it refreshing throughout the years. I'm still loving that vibrant hair, btw!

Lauren Lalipop

Helen Veyna said...

I love that skirt! I really like how this black and white outfit brings out the brightness of your hair!

-Helen
Sweet Helen Grace

Claudia said...

I love your blue hair, it looks so good on you! And this outfit is so chic!

Claudia
http://junegold.blogspot.de

Pitterpatter4 said...

Thanks for talking about a fashion uniform. My uniform became a dress when I taught ballroom dancing in elementary and middle schools. Although, I don't teach any longer, I still wear a dress 90% of the time and it is anything but boring! My dresses are often fitted sheaths or fit and flare with empire waists. Occasionally someone will comment as if dresses are uncomfortable and I tell them that they are anything but uncomfortable..and as a bonus, it's usually one thing to wear unless I add a cardigan or jacket.

ModernVintageStyle said...

You're so right about black and white being a great canvas for your hair - and vice versa! Such a lovely look... Kx

Laura Mitbrodt said...

this is so cute! I love the leather jacket and cat shirt!
xo
www.laurajaneatelier.com

Jamie Rose D. said...

I just love this outfit - especially with your blue hair. The skirt is so incredibly full and looks amazing paired with the graphic t-shirt and leather jacket. Such a cool look.

Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

Lady Emily said...

That last photo is so beautiful!

Lady Emily said...

That last photo is so beautiful!