Navy and cream, two ways

This first one, which I'm wearing today, my son called an angel outfit. An angel shirt, and angel boots. 

This hi-low embroidered tunic top is one that had been in the holding zone for a very long time. I'd loved it so much that I saved it through years of it not fitting. And now it fits again, yay! And look: I said I didn't like fringe, no way no how, and here I am happily wearing fringe. :) The jeans are cream colored wide legged, new to me, acquired pretty much exclusively because I have several dark blue tops and sweaters and wearing a column of dark blue makes me melancholy (so wearing them with dark-wash jeans is out). I really wanted oatmeal or cream socks, but alas! Wardrobe hole (note to self). So blue stripes had to suffice.

The second one I took the photos of a few weeks ago (but I didn't actually wear it; it hasn't been cool enough for this sweater yet). Newest handknit sweater, a simple v-neck with three-quarter length sleeves.

I might not wear these cream colored jeans with anything but dark blue, but I'm guessing even if not, I'll get a decent amount of wear out of them.


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Lusting after Fluevogs

Amy's thoughts about my edge actually being arty included the idea of Fluevogs.

I've long loved the look of Fluevogs, all the cool people in my world wear them. But I associate them with heels, which aren't practical for my life. And I need that wider width. But I indulged the thought and went browsing. See first two Finds. And quickly became obsessed.

The closest place I can try them on in person is more than 400 miles away. And the brand is not available on Zappos. 

I found these on Amazon (second two Finds): Not as exciting, but would allow me to try them on, and free returns. 



What is "arty"?

When I initially filled out my profile here, I chose fashion personas of Artistic Eclectic and Bohemian Hippie. It's taken me years of evolution, but I do think of myself as an artist, and I think that's part of what drew me to that first persona. But I don't think I know it really means, in terms of style, still. 

I've emphasized the Bohemian side since I've been here, since I know what that means, and since it doesn't make me feel like a poser. 

Amiable asked me today if the hard edge, toughness, I seek could actually be arty-ness. And I think it's certainly possible. 

What do you think? What is arty / artistic eclectic? And does it fit me, or am I fooling myself?


WIW Kismet

I love this shirt, except that it's a little bit short and the bracelet-length sleeves really bug me. [Does anyone else have wardrobe items like that? With excepts? What do you do?] I "solved" the second problem here by scrunching the sleeves. (It doesn't tolerate very much scrunching, but it's working OK so far this morning). And the first was somewhat lessened by wearing a belt. Anyway, the patterning and overlapping pieces always remind me a bit of tattoos, so it somehow feels both pretty and tough. (And I don't think I've ever met a paisley I didn't love.)

It felt like everything came together perfectly on this one. The shirt background matches the boots, the rose stitching on the boots matches the shirt, and I got to wear never-worn lace-and-cables (with beads!) socks. I know the stitching on the boots and the socks don't show when it's worn this way, but still. These details add to my happiness with this outfit. Which was high. :)

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

Worn here with: 
Vigoss bootcuts
brown Justin belt
Nocono boots
handknit beaded socks
lafont specs


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Another questionable pair of jeans I got on my latest shopping trip. I've never worn skinnies before. I'm clueless. 

Question 1: Do they fit? How do they look? Since I've never worn them, I have no idea what criteria to go by.

Question 2: Are they me? Do I care if they fit? Maybe I'm so firmly entrenched in bootcuts (and flares, and sometimes wide leg) land that I can safely continue avoiding this silhouette.


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