Cardigan: H&M, via Plato’s Closet
Tank: Target, embellished by me
Tights: We Love Colors
Oxford booties: Civico10, via DSW
I would not term myself a “trendy” person, but when fall and spring roll around and magazines and style sites are full of “top trends” I do kind of perk up and take notice. Part of it is an aesthetic curiosity of sorts. As an art historian interested in how visual production is shaped by encounters and exchanges, the very notion of a fashion trend — a recurring theme across designers — is fascinating to me on a nerdy level. On a practical level, I like to see what retailers will be offering in a given season and imagine how I might participate in (or eschew) a trend. Ironically, for someone who studies contemporary art, it usually takes me a little while — several seasons, even — for my aesthetic to shift or expand sufficiently to adopt certain trends. I was late to the skinny jeans, oxford booties, and, as you can see here, the “military-inspired” parties.
Digression: Remember that gold cardigan that I “edited” about a month ago? Well the removed rosettes turned out to be the exact same shade of mustardy-yellow as tank from Target that I already owned. A few dots of liquid thread later and I had an embellished tank and just the right amount of frou on two separate items of clothes. (Not that you can really see the tank in these photos, but I thought you should know in case you were worried about where those mustard rosettes ended up.)
In any case, I think my “military chic” maybe ended up more quirky than serious, thanks to the crinkled grosgrain skirt and oxfords. But here at academichic we’re all about figuring out how to make trends work for us, not against us. So I’m loving the combination of goldenrod, navy, and olive, and it hits just the right balance of being current while still being “me.” Even better, it feels like a real fall outfit.
That deserves a leaf throw.