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Outfit: Saying "Yes" To Fashion Experiments


My fashion philosophy over the years has become "never say never"--to sartorial experiments anyway!
There are still plenty of things I will say "no" and "never" to without a second thought! But fashion-wise experimentation is a very safe (although still sometimes daunting) realm. You might feel self-conscious or not yourself in a different style dress or new haircut, but they're hardly life-threatening. I took on overalls earlier this spring--and I'm so glad I did--and now I'm styling up a turban! I fell in love with Brothers and Sisters turbans on Instagram and admired them on a number of French bloggers, but to wear one myself was still a bit intimidating. One of the first style bloggers I ever followed (and whom I seem to mention all to frequently) was a girl named Agathe who wrote the now defunct Style Bytes. Her style was playful, but sophisticated and I remember she rocked several turbans. That was back in 2006 and I remember knowing where she got one of her turbans from, but still not daring to purchase one for myself because I thought it would look silly on me. Well, now it's 2016, ten years after my first fashion turban cravings and maybe it does look silly on me (Thomas did say "what is that thing on your head?"), but I think I like it.

One of the key "tricks" for me when experimenting with fashion is to pair the *daring* with the familiar. So from the neck up I'm trying out something new for me, but from the next down things are very familiar in my favorite dress shape, my over-worn black flats, and classic leather jacket. It's like trying some strange food for your appetizer, but getting something you already know you like for your main so you won't be starving! My dress is by Emily G.; who handmakes all of her distinct vintage-inspired dresses in Brooklyn. I'm always a sucker for a retro dress and even more so when they come in a bold, unique print like the Typography dress. The print is so fun and I love the little pops of color.

8 comments:

bestie said...

thomas's comment made me LOL. :D but yes, i agree: balancing the experimental with the familiar makes matters a lot less daunting. either way that turban looks gorgeous on you! it definitely works with the blonde, but i think it would be a nice contrast against red hair if/when you return to it as well. x

Laura Mitbrodt said...

Your turban is so cute! I love it with your dress
xo
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Claudia said...

Turbans are such a beautiful trend. You totally rock it! :)

Claudia
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Rachel said...

That dress is perfection! Looks gorgeous on you

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rina said...

You look adorable--thank you for the links to the turbans and the dress--I will probably end up purchasing one of each! I have found so many cute things via your blog (one example: I purchased the ASOS fox and polkadot sweater after I saw it on you, and I always get compliments when I wear it).

I also have to say that you are so rocking the blonde hair that I almost forget it was any other color! I can tell that you subtly change your makeup and wardrobe palette to work with whatever color you have at the moment. Have you ever thought of working as a photo stylist? I think you would shine at that!

Anonymous said...

I like the turban! It's reminiscent of a cloche hat, which would look great on you as well. And thanks for the link to the Emily G. page. I've been searching high and low for dresses with short sleeves in a certain style and she's got them.

Abby | Lace & Lilacs said...

SO lovely! I just adore your turban. <3

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

@rina, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! Thanks for the sweet comment. I would like to work as a stylist, but I don't know if I have the drive for it! There aren't really any styling opportunities where I live (or in the town I lived before this); it's one of the downsides to living in rural areas. I might be able to get styling gigs if I lived in a city where there are brands looking for stylists and photoshoots being organized, but I don't really want to move and I don't think anyone would consider having my travel all of the way for a shoot.
But somewhere down the line there might be opportunities with brands and shops and people more local to me, it will be about making connections and putting feelers out there so people know you are interested. I've also got some plans and work up my sleeve for this fall that might be more along those lines if everything pans out.