- Red cardi – thriifted
- Embellished tee – made by E.
- Skinnies – S.Oliver
- Silver flats – Target
- Pale purple flower pin – Dulken & Derrick, via Blue Onion Marketplace
Day Three of my self-imposed red cardi challenge. Sorry if I look a bit dazed in these photos, I took them early this morning before I even had my first cup of coffee. I’m rarely this quick to get ready, but I guess there is something to be said about setting certain terms or criteria on your getting-dressed routine; it really cuts the decision time down when you know you have to wear a certain something. I grabbed the red cardi, my new pair of jeans, and just filled in the gaps around that. I guess therein lies the appeal of the uniform – less choice can also mean less deliberation time.
While I loved how the bright red popped again a white eyelet top yesterday, I decided to try the cardi with a darker neutral today. This hand-embellished top E. made for me is of a dark gray, perhaps slate?, color and I love the way the darker neutral comes together with the bright red. I also played off the dark purple embellishments around the tee’s neckline and added this lilac Dulken & Derrick silk flower. Since the rest of the outfit is simple – dark wash jeans and silver flats – the embellished neckline will serve as the focal point of today’s look.
Now, a brief rant before I go – I wanted to purchase another pair of skinny jeans since I practically live in my other pair. Since I’m on a student budget, I first went to all the discount shops like Zara and C&A (sorry, H&M, you’re still being boycotted) and I was absolutely horrified with my findings: either my derrière is much larger than I thought or those stores’ suppliers are skimping on fabric when it comes to making the top portion of their pants. Is anyone else so over the low-waist trend? I couldn’t sit down in any of those for fear of exposing half of my junkage.
So I had to bite the bullet and do what Stacy and Clinton forever preach on What Not To Wear and just go to the adults’ jean section to find a well fitting pair. The problem with the grown-up store is that they have grown-up prices. But I realized that in the end it’s well worth it to spend a bit more on a pair of jeans that don’t require me to be standing the entire time I wear them. Luckily, I found this amazing pair at s.Oliver on sale for 30 Euros down from 60 Euros and they have enough of a higher rise waist that I can sit or bend comfortably; they have a bit of stretch in them, which I think is a must for skinny jeans; and they fit my ‘womanly’ body like a dream. Does this mean I should stop shopping in the Juniors section at TJMaxx now too?
Do you, dear readers, find it equally bothersome that jeans seem to now be mostly made of two leg bits and almost no waist portion to speak of? How much are you willing to spend on a pair of jeans in exchange for perfect cut and fit? (For me, 30 Euros is probably the most I’ve even dropped on a pair). S.