As much as we all hate daylight saving time, I have to say, the change of more light in the evenings really has spring pulsing through my veins!
I once saw a woman working in a train station in Toulouse, France, she was wearing skinny black jeans, and a uniform shirt similar to this, with short puffy sleeves. She had the collar popped and was wearing a classy scarf (those French women and their scarves!). I wish I’d taken a picture of her, but the image of her dressing up her otherwise boring train uniform has stayed with me.
I’ve switched her scarf for a colorful wooden beaded belt. It was a steal at $12 from Wet Seal. Although I’m afraid one day the elastic will die and the wooden beads will go skittering around the floor, to great embarrassment. Well, until then, I’m enjoying this find that looks very well-traveled – as if I found it languishing in a market stall in Bali.
Chevron Black and White shirt: Express, ’07
Cropped Jeans: J Brand, ’09
Belt: Wet Seal, ’10
Shoes: BCBG via N Rack, ’11
After seeing this skirt from Talbots (which was so much like the skirt I already owned) I decided to build an outfit around the styling in their ad.
I love the look of the classic military shirt. The shirt I had included in my 30-30 (see it featured here) was worn in heavy rotation. I realized it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to invest in another version of the same shirt. While shopping with my mom at Chico’s I discovered this lovely classic, loose version in ivory. It has that timeless American look. The first runway picture from the Ruffian S/S 2011 show and the second and third pictures from classic American designer, Ralph Lauren’s S/S 2011.
Normally I don’t shop at Chico’s, but I think it’s also good practice to find things wherever they might be hiding. A good wardrobe does not have to all come from Gucci to be stylish, Anthropologie to be creative, or Good Will to be cheap. Do you ever find wonderful things in unexpected places? If so where?
Military Shirt: Chicos, ’11 See it here
(The drawing is more creamy than the actual shirt, the picture is more reflective of the true color.)
Pleated Denim Skirt: Zara in Greece, ’02
Belt: Express, ’10
Sandals: BCBG Generations via N Rack, ’10