I actually really like candid photos the best, but those are hard to come by because it requires that my friend(s) or significant other take photos at some random point in time without alerting me first. Turns out most people aren't thinking about things like, "Hmmm, would this be a great shot for Tracy's Instagram?" I mean, who does that? That would be kind of crazy. And I definitely don't do that. Because I'm not crazy. Yeah. *cough*
So, here we have what is a very very basic color scheme, of black and white w/darkwash jeans, and my work bag. There is definitely nothing wrong with the outfit. The vest with the leather military-inspired jacket and plain tee is a pretty chic combo.
But what really pulls the entire thing together and elevates it are THE SHOES!
They're blurry in the photo above, so here's another photo them:
Another thing is... don't be afraid to have a fashion "formula" and to stick with variations of it.
You'll notice I often wear "neutrals" (like black and white) and then bring in the "wow" with accessories. For one thing, I own a ton of basics, because I used to be really afraid of color and being "too much" or "too colorful and obnoxious", and drawing attention to myself in that way. I've since let that go, but most of my wardrobe is still very neutral so I can mix and match things easily.
My shoes though, are very far from neutral! Neon, plaids, spikes, mesh, velvet...
One of my fashion formulas is to wear neutrals, and then bring in some super obnoxious loud colorful shoes! And, because most of my outfit is black and white, it doesn't seem overdone, or like I'm trying too hard. It is just the right amount of interest, especially because I'm 35, not 25. Not that I think anyone has to dress a certain way just because they are getting older. I've found that veering too far into "quirky" or "adorkable", tends to make me look 12 instead of "youthful and fun".
Obviously, the neutrals w/statement shoes is a reliable safe spot for me when I just don't have time to think about what to wear, and it's a basic enough formula that you can apply it to your own wardrobe, no matter what your own personal style and color preferences are. This is super easy to implement! And yes, there are a lot of statement flats out there too!
Here's what I wore:
- Jacket: Military-inspired black faux leather jacket by Nanette Lepore
- Top: Plain white tee by Elizabeth & Clarke
- Vest: Black Wool double-breasted vest by Rag & Bone
- Pants: Dark wash "Cigarette Skinnies" denim by 7 for all Mankind
- Shoes: Betsey Johnson
- Accessories: laptop bag from DYT store (older item that is no longer in stock)
Petite Fashion Tip: I cuffed my jeans to be slightly above my ankles in the photos above, for a slimming and lengthening affect. Not only are anke-lengths really on trend, but they look great with heels, and flatter a shorter body type! I think my short legs look amazing when I cuff and pair with heels. I have not found that to be true with ballet flats though, so I would not cuff with flats!
Have an amazing weekend everyone, and as always, I'll be back Monday! My entire bathroom counter is full of products to review (and hey, if you'd like to be an occasional guest co-reviewer, hit me up via the Contact Me form at the top of my blog, or send me an email at email@example.com). Also, I'm still waiting to hear from one of the giveaway winners (which were announced on the (Mostly) Petite Me facebook page), so please get in touch with me this weekend so I can get your Sephora gift card to you!
See you Monday!