Who knew The Shack could be so beautifully photogenic? The yellow door served as the perfect compliment for my funky, high-fashion inspired ensemble today. I was really feelin the fresh textures in this look, but then I realized I was lacking some color. Here on STYLE FROM SUBURBIA we always wear color. It's just what we do. So I added my color for today's look in the form of jewels on my earrings and on my necklace. I think it worked.
Top: (Express) City Walk Thrift Store ($3)
Sweater: City Walk Thrift Store ($2)
Pants: Wet Seal ($4.80) Let's just all take a moment to appreciate these culottes. They are beautiful. They are distressed. They are a neutral denim, yet they are a statement piece that will elevate any outfit to the next level. AND THEY WERE FOUR DOLLARS.
(now that we're done with our moment, we'll continue with the rest of the ootd...)
Shoes: ASOS ($34)
Necklace: LOFT (Gifted)
Earrings: Cole Couture ($1) Guys, Cole Couture has $1 earring sales. They are life-changing, believe me. Think of all the great gifts you can get for people (and YOURSELF) without spending any money!!
Thank you again to Sarah Giddens for taking awesome pictures for me.
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In this look, we have a ruffled shirt, a skirt that is basically a giant ruffle, and ruffled shoes. (my apologies about the parallelism there...) This skirt is BRIGHT. So of course it immediately caught my eye lurking on the rack at City Walk Thrift Store! A black shirt complemented it and definitely toned it down.
Also, I've been taking a break from wearing really feminine looking outfits, so I decided to bring back something very elegant and chic with this one.
Top: LOFT (Final Sale $4.88) You must never leave the mall without checking out the LOFT final sale rack. Seriously. You will be amazed at the magic you will find.
Skirt: City Walk ($3)
Shoes: H&M ($7)
Necklace: Teen Challenge Super Thrift ($2)
So here we have your most basic combo: a white button-down and jeans. But we vamped it up a bit in order to look "High Fashion."
In my opinion, High Fashion refers to the way people in fashion magazines and street-style blogs dress. You know, when you'd flip through Elle or Vogue and think to yourself, "Who the heck would wear that?? It doesn't match!!"
Flipping through magazines like that can perfectly attest to the idea (one I agree with so strongly) that people wear certain outfits because of the feelings of confidence and pleasure the outfits give them. These people do not care what others think. They do not care that other people could be looking at them and thinking "you look ridiculous," or "are you colorblind?!"
My Thoughts on High Fashion
As we know, one of (if not THE) primary motivator behind what I wear is my craving to look different than those around me, to use my sense of style to blast the idea that I am a unique non-conformist with an original and colorful personality.
So I like to incorporate High Fashion inspired looks into my wardrobe because, like other fashionistas, I feel confident and powerful wearing edgy, borderline weird looks. I feel confident wearing High Fashion looks because these looks help me communicate my uniqueness and originality.
So What Does This Mean for YOU, Dear Reader?
Be bold. I know there's that thing in your closet that you bought and really want to wear but you're afraid to because you think "I can't pull it off," or "people will think I look stupid." DO IT. WEAR IT. Some people will think you look stupid, for sure. Ignore them. But you know what, THE RIGHT PEOPLE will look think you look great. They'll be inspired by the way you confidently stepped out of your comfort zone. You will help THEM build up the nerve to wear something they've always wanted to wear!! And this cycle of confidence building and creative self-expression will keep growing. #heckyes.
In conclusion, some people may think I looked ridiculous in my rolled up flare jeans and mustard socks with black sandals. But you know what? I felt great. I challenge you, reader, to pick a day and dress "High Fashion." It's pretty simple--roll up your jeans, or add some socks with your sandals. If I believe in anything, I believe in the idea that that you already have stuff in your closet you can use to look High Fashion. Even though the magazines definitely don't exemplify this, High Fashion looks CAN TOTALLY BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT SPENDING A TON OF MONEY ON DESIGNER ITEMS. Just wear something outside your comfort zone. I promise you won't regret it.
Jeans: Thrifted (Gap) $2
Platforms: Charlotte Russe ($20)
Socks: Forever21 ($4)
So here we're gonna talk about how to get creative when you're thrifting.
.....So you enter the pants section of Goodwill and you see a bunch of plain old jeans and then some pants that look like they only belong at a boring office. Well, my friends, your typical professional pleated pant can actually be used to create a unique, fashionable ensemble.
Change up the traditional business garb with some color! I added a bright kelly green sweater with some brilliant coral loafers. Also, I paired some cool dangly geode earrings with this look to really make it different.
My motto is: if you want to stand out, look chic, or just feel better about life, always wear color!! It also makes for much better pictures, trust me. ;)
Always add color to an outfit.
Collared Shirt: Thrifted ($1)
Kelly Green Sweater: (Gap) Thrifted ($2)
Pleated Pants: (Talbots) Thrifted ($3)
Blazer: Garage Sale ($4)
Sunnies: Zaful ($5)
LOAFERS: GAP FACTORY! ($20)
Earrings: Cole Couture Boutique ($1)
MANY thanks to Sarah Giddens for an awesome Photoshoot!!!