Sunday, June 24, 2012
Stop Me Before I Alliterate Again!
I'm joining in with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday again this week, and it feels quite apropos when featuring this outfit. I've always felt very 'visible' in tank tops, as they really showcase my bust.For much of my life this issue was moot, as i ran cold and who wants to wear a tank top in the fog, anyways?
But moving inland meant climbing summer temps, as the landscape disrobed herself of her modestly veiling fog. At first my own eyes were shocked to see the women of this part of the world divesting themselves of cumbersome vestments as well. Until the heat hit, at which point the wisdom of baring flesh became as apparent as........well, as the feminine charms with which each individual lady was blessed.
Yet i still feel a bit awkward in tanks. This one possesses a bit more thickness than average, which helps. The ribbing, thicker edging, and higher armholes all combine to ease my uncomfortable feelings. I still have to deal with the lack of any 'third layer', such as a jacket, cardigan, vest, etc. Reaching for a third layer has been second nature for me since i was in junior high! But it's just too hot sometimes, besides there's nothing stylish about mindless habits.
Which is why i like to have a couple of other tricks up my sleeve. Metaphorically speaking. In this look i relied heavily on 'the law of threes' (self-imposed). I find that repeating any motif three times in an outfit gives the look structure. Basically, it looks like you did it on purpose. In this look, i have two threes. (I don't know what is up with this post, but i'm making less and less sense the farther in i get!) The first: yummy coral tones in the tank, socks, and scarf. The second: floral motifs in the belt embroidery, necklace, earrings, and scarf. As a rule i prefer to keep my threes to a maximum of three, seeing as it is a law and all. And i want to look pulled together, rather than obsessively compelled. However, in this case the necklace and earrings are both quite delicate, and the floral motifs on the belt and scarf take a little attention to discern. So i gave myself a waiver.
I also relied on another fashion fundamental - fabulous feet. Any look improves immensely with the addition of one or two to die for shoes. My philosophy? Pull out your most outrageously scrumptious shoes at the slightest provocation. None of us lives forever. What are we waiting for!
I, for one, am waiting for any outfit tricks you have up your sleeves - whether you happen to be wearing any or not.