Friday, January 8, 2016

Fail and fix

Necklace: Bauble BarJacket: H&M (option, option) | Top: JCrew | Bag: Express (option) | Bottoms: Express (option) | Boots: Vince Camuto

I have a quick post for you guys today. I've been meaning to share this with you after I had a text convo with Gina about this jacket and a couple of variations of this outfit I put together. Then, Kristi left me a comment on one of my photos this week, and that reminded me once again that I needed to share this!

Ok first, I told you guys that you all need a Kristi in your life. She's so positive and supportive and uplifting. Yesterday I snapped my Chick-Fil-A lunch with the caption that it was my first bad meal all week. She replied and said something like "There's no such thing as bad meals, just balance." I love that.

But I'm getting off topic. 

She clearly has love goggles for me, which I hope she never loses BTW, but I had to prove to her that I make bad fashion choices, and sometimes when I do these pretty little flat lays, they don't always turn out the best in real life. First, I ended up making one change before I even put the outfit on, and that was switching to black riding boots instead of the cognac. But there were still some issues.

Boots: MICHAEL Michael Kors

The proportions aren't that flattering. The outfit itself isn't bad, but it really does not look balanced on me. I feel like I look short and squatty in this. And too boyish. I did end up wearing this out of the house, but just to the salon for a lash appointment.

Top: bp. (Nordstrom) | Skirt: Express | Wedge Booties: Sam Edelman

The second time around, I decided to make the following changes:

1. I definitely needed heeled booties instead of the flat knee high boots.
2. A skirt with tights felt a lot less clunky than black skinnies.
3. I wanted to show more skin in an effort to further elongate my body head to toe, so I nixed the mock turtleneck and went with a wide scoopneck.

I hope you can see what I'm talking about looking at these outfits side by side. Funny how the same jacket appears a lot longer on the left than it does on the right, not to mention how taller I look on the right (and not just because of the wedges.) Trading the heavy bib necklace for a delicate one also visually lightened the load up near my neck. And maybe I'm crazy, but I feel like my hair style on the right just further helps with the overall proportions of the outfit.

So there you have it! I make mistakes, but I do like learning from them. My outlook changes constantly, so I'm sure I will find even more tweaks to make if I decide to try a third version of this outfit recipe! Have a great weekend!


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  1. In the first one I think it's the turtleneck that mess it up, a simple stripe would have been ok I think. The second one is perfect!


  2. This is such a great post! I feel like every outfit I put together is a "this or that" exercise, alternating various shoes/bag/necklace options until I settle on something. This just shows what a difference those changes can make. The first outfit is by no means a fail, but I agree that the second (although visually very similar) is just more balanced and flattering. (And yes, Kristi's positive energy is the best Vitamin!)
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  3. Wow! The side by side pics really show what you mean! You did look shorter with the riding boots and black pants. I always find a longer jacket or sweater requires more skin on the bottom or it all blends together and you end up not looking great. Not that you don't always look amazing.
    xo, Lee

  4. omg this is fabulous girl! love the outfit! Glad I found your blog through the link up! I can't wait to keep reading your blogging journey this year and hope you stop by mine too!

  5. You know, the more I look the more I agree! At first glance, I thought the first attempt was great! A bit covered up, but still very polished. But then I looked at the "fix" and I realize that the shirt change and skirt are way more flattering! I know we are both petite (nice word for short) so I totally feel your pain on proportions

  6. I'm a lurker on your blog and usually only comment via IG. But this post is so great I felt the need to let you know. The first outfit isn't a fail, but I do love how you switched t-neck to scoopneck and pants for skirt. The side by side comparison illustrates the evolution of your outfit perfectly. Thank you for sharing your thought process on pulling this look together. Would love to see more of these types of post in the future!