It took me a long time to enjoy wearing very feminine looks. I always had a fear of looking too delicate. Even now, I gravitate toward tempering soft looks with tougher pieces. I put this look together for my day job (I'm kind of a fashion Batman who blogs mainly by night). It follows the "basic canvas" philosophy, starting with a simple black long-sleeved tee and beige chinos (black denim, or trousers in either neutral are alternative workable options). It's the additions that give it panache: a long crochet sweater provides femininity and beauty, while a wide leather obi belt contrasts that soft feel with a smoother, more raw vibe. Although it's un-embellished except for a touch of hardware, the bold width adds oomph, creating a much bigger statement than a more expected narrower belt. The iconic color combination of beige and black not only highlighted the artistic pattern of the crochet, but also reinforced the classic feel. Black leather peep-toe pumps finished off the look with a nod toward cooler weather, without leaving summer entirely behind.
Recreate this look with any pairing of top (or topper :)) and accessories that showcases the duality between frills and grit. If not crochet, try a knit sweater with a pretty cable, or pointelle pattern with smooth leather, add a studded belt to a floral tunic, accent a lace blouse with a spike necklace or chain-handled bag. Shade the look toward classicism by finishing it with pumps, or add more weight to the edgier side with sandal-booties or ankle boots.
Brie (Hi!) More re: me under About. I'm the moving spirit behind this little life-meets-fashion fairy tale world, the home of my non-wrestling-related style musings and loves.