20 August 2010 – Miss Bling Bling!

August 20th, 2010 § 10 comments

2010 Academichic – Miss Bling Bling, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Blue dress: Banana Republic Outlet
  • Orange-yellow scarf: Ferragamo via Filene’s Basement
  • Orange-yellow Bling: gifts
  • Purple belt: American Apparel
  • Purple flip-flops: Nine West

First, I wanted to voice how much I will miss S! She, E, and A, have worked very hard on Academichic and I am so happy to be a part of this fine group of women!
The title of this post comes from the catcalls of the street vendors in Florence who would entice the foreign students to buy umbrellas, pashminas, or anything with the David on it by yelling “Heyyyyy Miss Bling Bling” as we walked by on our way to school. Somehow I managed to leave Florence with only one pashmina, one umbrella and an apron with David emblazoned across it – all of which have since been lost – but “Heyyyyy Miss Bling Bling” remains my favorite attention getting phrase. This has been a hectic week since I’ve recently moved into my new apartment and have been busy unpacking, assembling furniture, and generally nesting. Despite the inevitable stress of a move it does present an opportunity to assess what things you have and what things you can give up – this orange-yellow rhinestone S-shaped pin was a definite keeper worthy of “Miss Bling Bling” distinction and deserving of a prominent place in my next outfit. It also perfectly matched this citrine ring.

2010 Academichic – Bling!, originally uploaded by academichic.

Additionally, orange-yellow has split complements of blue and purple, both of which are easier colors for me. This blue dress is probably too short to be work appropriate, but hey, it’s still summer where I am, and I don’t start work officially until August 30th! I have paired this bright blue primarily with black in the past, but that’s the great thing about the color wheel challenge – it has really made me expand the range of colors I’m wiling to combine and to think far outside the safe confines of a neutral pallet with occasional splashes of color. It seems to me that this whole exercise has been one in basically just going with it – “it” being showy, close, or seemingly opposite color pairings. Rather than the neat and clean matching with which I was brought up, the last four weeks have been dedicated to pushing myself to be a little off-kilter, break with the usual and do something on the edge.

2010 Academichic – Miss Bling Bling, originally uploaded by academichic.

For some reason the idea of a slant-rhyme comes to mind as an example of something that takes reading aloud, speaking and articulating the words, to really make sense and function as a rhyme. Likewise these outfits needed to be aired, tried out, messed around with in order to broaden my horizons more generally. I think after this I’ll be more likely to think of these kinds of complements and pairings in my everyday attire. But back to this outfit. Once I’d found the pin I knew that I wanted to wear it with this orange-yellow scarf and purple was brought in with the belt and shoes to complete the split complement.

2010 Academichic – Blue-Yellow/Orange-Purple, originally uploaded by academichic.

As reader GingerR asked after E’s post from August 16th, “I noticed that your outfit contains a very small percent of the start color. Any thoughts about how the proportions of color should be balanced and what that does to the quirky effect?” I think personally I’ve been more obvious in my blocks of colors because of this challenge, and so for the sake of fulfilling the color wheel module of the week some of my outfits have had bigger color elements than they might otherwise. If I were to do a redux of this outfit I’d probably ditch the scarf and showcase the pin — maybe placing it directly on the belt for maximum contrast or string it on a simple chain to wear as a necklace. I loved the scarf and pin together, but I would likely wear those two with more neutrals in order for them to have the most pop. I think the proportion of colors should be one or two as dominant and one as accent – mostly because it is hard to equally incorporate that many colors into one outfit without looking like a Kandinsky painting run amok. But that being said, it’s really up to you and what you’re comfortable with or what effect you are trying to achieve. What are your thoughts on proportions of colors? Has this challenge made you think differently about unusual color combinations? What pairings have you come up with?

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§ 10 Responses to 20 August 2010 – Miss Bling Bling!"

  1. R says:

    I love contrast between the blue and the orange-yellow scarf and acessories, but… why flip-flops? Maybe it is a cultural thing – I’m oustide U.S. – but aren’t they too casual for such a nice ensemble? I mean, you are put together from the feet up, but then I look at your feet and I think that a simple pair of sandals or flats would have made the whole ensemble perfect.

    Please don’t take offense to that, I think what I’m trying to ask is: are flip-flops acceptable or coherent when the rest of the outift is not casual?

  2. MONKEYFACE says:

    What I like about this challenge is that it is showing how colors I would’ve NEVER thought to put together can actually work! I see purple-blue-yellow in my future for sure now. My favorite part of this outfit, though, is how the shortness of the dress and your flip-flops take this outfit from seeming somewhat formal to becoming summery chic.

  3. Terri says:

    I like the scarf. I have a new one and I keep playing with various iterations to see the possibilities.

  4. Brittany says:

    I have this dress and I LOVE it. I wore it with a belt that was light and dark brown, but that’s as wild of a color combo I’ve tried because it was to more formal events. I like the scarf idea, I’ll have to try it the next time I get to wear it :).

  5. Gem says:

    I have a hard time balancing colours. I love colour, but when I try to coordinate contrasting colours in my clothing – it’s a fine line between clownish and stylish. I find that I tend to use one bright colour in a top or bottom, then white or black as the other main piece, and then a contrasting colour for accessories. For example, one of my favourite outfits is a bright green skirt, a black short sleeve top, and a large feltted necklace in various shades of green with a splash of red. I’m still looking for a red bracelet to complete the ensemble. :)

  6. Sara Rose says:

    Oh good lord, I want that ring, that scarf, and that pin! I’m a bit of a collector of those three things. I know a lot of people disdain flip flops, but I assume you’re in the Midwest too, and honestly, sometimes they are just EASIER to deal with. Kudos!

  7. the scarf + brooch is a great idea. .can imagine it draped over coats, ideal for the winter

  8. Diana says:

    I love that scarf, and the way you pinned it is gorgeous!

  9. I think I just developed a complex; no one ever called me ‘miss bling bling’ in Florence!!

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