Usually when something is all over Instagram I avoid it like the plague. Popular trends on Instagram are just plain basic af i.e. the red swimsuits. However, after an impulse purchase at American Apparel I got sucked in. I got an off-the-shoulder top with a choker attached. It was on sale, sue me. And to be honest, I thought I would never wear it. I actually started thinking about who I was going to gift this to. Back-less and shoulder-less clothing items are not my forte. I have a tattoo on my shoulder, dark marks on my back and I hate wearing strapless bras... all I saw were cons. But for some unknown reason I just thought f*** it! Who cares about my bra straps and dark marks? Not me. And voila, this happened.
I took notes from Gigi Hadid with this styling trick. To be honest I think I have been doing it for ages, but when I was picking an outfit for this shoot I did it intentionally. What is "it"? Being matchy-matchy. My hat and culotte pants are essentially the same exact hue of olive green. I bought them on the same day, but had no intention of wearing them together.
For the most part this trend flattering, with its many variations the off-the-shoulder trend can work everyone. I recently went shopping with my cousin who is pretty much my height but has a significantly larger chest than me. Her boobs sometimes change the way some clothes look on her. When we were going through the racks I picked out an off-the-shoulder top with ruffles for her. At first she was not feeling it at all, but after trying it on and seeing it on herself, she loved it. I am happy I got to help her try out the trend.
Starting this post the usual way, but it will end on a tangent. This past Monday was Memorial Day. Usually I am one to just chill at home, but my cousin was holding a party. It wasn't necessarily Memorial Day themed, it was actually meant to be a birthday/business promotion shindig. Naturally, I showed up looking both hella comfortable and presentable. I just got this sweatshirt dress a few days prior so I have been dying to wear it out. It is even more comfortable than I expected. Too bad it was short sleeve because it was sorta chilly that day (despite the fact the sun was out). I truly can not wait to wear this dress again.
Other thoughts I have:
Here are some of my favorite looks so far (I will continue to be updating). If anyone finds my boy Harry Styles "@" me.
This shoot was actually shot a couple years ago, but I think it has to be one of my top five favorite photoshoots to date. I met the photographer Corey (@dCoreyf) off of Instagram. Meeting someone from Instagram was still a new concept for me. It freaked me out. Thank goodness Corey is such a nice person. He made shooting with a stranger less painful.
Thigh high boots man... they're great and all, but they have a tendency to slip a bit. I also feel like they are becoming basic because they are E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. If university/college girls are wearing a trend, that means that that trend has fully saturated the market. Another sure fire way to tell if something has fully saturated the market... its available at Forever 21. I mean no shade, I am just stating facts. Also I love Forever 21 please sponsor me (lol).
I really love this vintage Ramones top. A friend of a friend gave it to me, she owns a boutique in Milwaukee called ReModel. I'm glad she was generous enough to send me this and a few other items. I have been trying to jump on the vintage train for so long. This tee will be the stepping stone to future vintage pieces to come and sustainable shopping habits. Just don't ask me to name a Ramones song, its not that deep.
I am pretty sure I bought three pairs of culottes in the same day. No, scratch that. I for sure bought three pairs of culottes in the same day. The fashion gods have been so kind these past few seasons. I am just in love with the non form-fitting trend going on right now. It's just liberating in more ways than one.
This outfit + shoot location combo is aesthetically pleasing to me. Something about the pink wall and burgundy culottes just goes. Or maybe what I am really raving about is the pink flower detailing matching the wall.... All I know is this outfit screams all types of YAAAAAAAS for me.