Friday, October 12, 2012

Overage

Dress - All Saints, gift from Megan
Necklace - gift from Lynne
Cardigan - Ann Taylor, thrifted
Belt - Rugged Warehouse
Tights - Anna Sui
Mu boots - Cydwoq

I really admire people who can grab things out of their closet and remix and match and always look put together. That's been one of my goals for the 4+ years of my blog. In the mirror, this outfit looked like it worked. When breaking down the individual pieces, it feels like a lot. But I think I managed to keep it cohesive. What do you think?

One of the biggest things that stood in my way of style was buying things I loved, but that were too "expert" for my current style level. I'm drawn to wild tights, bizarre shoes, and extreme shapes. I've passed on many pieces that I wish I had now, I also let a lot of things sit around unworn because they felt like a challenge. I remember seeing these tights online and asking a guy friend of mine what he thought of them. The consensus was "man repeller". I bought them anyway.

It's okay to feel like things you like are outside of your grasp, but don't let that fear limit you to a closet full of safe pieces. Over time, those difficult pieces can become style basics. All the tv-style gurus say you need a LBDs and blazer as basics, MMD says your basic can be a chartreuse leather vest, a pair of patent yellow boots, or red and orange tights.

Be bold!
My new favorite necklace - It looks like a space rock!

25 comments:

  1. I like this! I don't think it feels like too much at all. The sweater is a great contrast to the reds going on in the dress and tights. And the necklace is super awesome. Remixing is definitely a challenge. There are many days I want to say screw it and go back to bed, but something keeps pushing me forward! And I agree with your be bold statement, even if it's something I still struggle with sometimes! Must take chances!!

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  2. megan i love your tights! the thights and the boots give your outfit your personal face. your necklace is amazing!
    i completely agree with you, red and orange tights are basics.

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  3. This outfit makes me feel happy! Not too much at all. You're waaaaay ahead of me; it took me until my 40s to be willing to play with extreme shapes (except for that period in the 80s when extreme shapes were about all you could find, hello oversized everything!), and I wish I'd started much sooner; all of my recent favourites have been edgy (for me) silhouettes.

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  4. You need to be a calendar girl for that brand of shoe. They're like something you would design. What's with the closed garage? Is it all finished up inside? And now we won't get a cool glimpse of the technical mechanical mess anymore? ;(
    Or maybe you're locked out?? ;)

    Anyway, you look really cute here Megan, and it's nice that you gifted yourself (lol) the dress.

    Have a fun weekend with your kitties.

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    1. The closed garage is the one attached to the house. They are putting a front on the other one so I haven't been taking as many pics in there (You can see the construction reflected in the far right window). Eventually I won't be able to get the same light when the wall goes up. But hopefully I'll be able to work out some rough and tough background as the year goes on. Winter light is very different from summer light.

      Also the dress is from Megan (mee-gan) of the Fashionable Bureaucrat: http://thefashionablebureaucrat.blogspot.com/ She sent me two All Saints dresses that didn't fit her. I have obsessively worn them since.

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  5. I love those tights and I love your attitude. Our must-haves truly are personal. Thank goodness for that, or we'd all be fighting over the same black sweater : > You look terrific!

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  6. I agree with you 110%. I feel like I wobble between extremes all the time. I almost always end up much tamer than my inner rebel feels. Maybe someday...

    I have NEVER seen you in something that I didn't wholeheartedly like. This outfit is no exception. Every thing you put together seems just right. Your use of color and proportion suits you perfectly. Then topping it all off with the best shoes and boots in the whole world? You've got a thing that's perfectly Megan. Now THAT'S style.

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  7. Too cool for school as always Megan Mae. You always look styled like you, like everyone has said already. Go boldly forth and something something...like they say in Star Trek. yeah.

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  8. I didn't even notice the tights until you pointed them out - I love this outfit! The reds are perfectly offset with the bold blue cardi! Love.

    Although I've been in a "basics-gathering" mode for a while when out shopping, I am still really drawn to my crazy stuff.

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  9. I hope you told your friend that you were so hot you needed the tights as guy repellant so your husband wouldn't have to spend so much time fighting off potential suitors, or something witty. I like it.

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  10. Amazing tights and lovely and original outfit.

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  11. I totally agree! No LBD in my closet. In fact, there's no black anything in my closet. My neutral is red. I rarely wear fewer than three distinctly different colors together.

    Also: Those tights are amazing. That was the first thing I noticed. I think when people decide that they speak for a whole gender (i.e. friend saying the tights are man repellant), they're being a wee bit self-reverential. There are plenty of dudes that would totally dig a girl in tights like those. Too bad he's too boxed up to appreciate such things. His loss, not yours.

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  12. I agree with tea. The tights comment was a dickish thing to say. I like to dress for myself first thing, then for everyone.. man or woman. Also, does anyone ever call a man's outfit 'woman-repellant?'. Daft.

    Anyway, your outfit is great. The belt sasses up the cardi and I agree, the tights and boots make it even more MMD. Great gift from Megan!

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  13. Yes! Go bold or go home. What does "man repeller" mean anyway? As if all men have the same tastes in fashion or women. Besides, we should be dressing for ourselves, not men.

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    1. It's a reference to http://www.manrepeller.com/ - which I should have put in the post. Mainly about over the top ~fashion~ like runway styled stuff or things too over the top for the 'Normal Male'.

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  14. I like the mix. The tights are awesome with the dress and boots. *so in love with your new boot collection.* I suppose I own a lot of basics. But not the blazer, white button down LBD sort. More like the colorful tee, cardigan and jeans sort. I think "basics" ae different for everyone. It all depends on your place and role in life.

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  15. Go girl! I totally agree. I have always gone with crazy pieces, but always found that my style actually needed tamed down more. I think I've finally found a happy medium where I'm at now. I love the tights and I think you've done a great job with your layering.

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  16. I think this is one of my favourite outfits of yours. I love the boots (LOVE THE BOOTS) with that dress! I so admire your remix-abilities. Good for you for getting the tights anyway - they are great! I'm a fan of Leandra's and of the "man repeller" concept myself, and I appreciate your exhortation to "Be bold!"

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  17. I really love this look- what great prezzie you get! The dress is so great, and I like hot the sweater breaks up the block of plaid. I'm crazy about your pendant, also!

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  18. Great post, Megan...and wonderful outfit. I agree that we must wear what we like and what makes us feel good....whatever that is. Even if someone tells us it's a "man repeller". haha That was funny. And I love that you bought those tights anyway and are wearin' em proud. :)
    The color of your cardigan is so pretty.

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  19. Love the outfit Megan--it works as "you"!!! The teal color looks great on you!!

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  20. I dunno, Megan, I wouldn't let my hubs see those tights. He'd love 'em! You look great, as always. Like Sheila and Amber, you have the gift of pulling the most diverse pieces together to make an amazing, original, and cohesive whole.

    Glad you like the necklace. I loved the feel of it and the color, and obviously you a lot, since I didn't keep it...lol.

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  21. Hear, hear! Im so with you, Bold is the way to go! You look really put together in this outfit, no woories! Love the mixture of prints and colours, go really well together. :)

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  22. Before even reading your post, I was just going to say what makes clothes unique are the people wearing them. I love everything you got on: boots, tights, dress, necklace, cardigan & belt. Actually the color of that cardi quite unique. I probably wouldn't have the guts to pull them ALL together and If I wore them together I wouldn't look like me. But seriously this outfit is great. =)

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