Thursday, November 18, 2010

Selective Inspiration

I've been in a bit of a clothes slump lately. I'm bored to death of my current wardrobe, but I've got no money for a shopping spree. I recently splurged at Forever 21, and after paying my credit card bill the other day, it's safe to say that's not going to be happening any time soon. I love what Kendi Everyday is doing with her 30 for 30 challenge, but to be frank, I've been remixing some of the pieces in my closet since high school. I'm officially in a rut.

Needless to say, I take notice when I see another blogger create a great outfit out of items that may possibly be lurking in my closet. Thank god for Google Reader's ability to "star" blog posts, because otherwise I may have totally forgotten about this post from Tieka at Selective Potential.

Right away, I knew I could recreate her warm and cozy, yet functional, outfit. Actually, I even have the pieces to create a near-carbon copy, but I opted to throw my own spin on it. Inspiration is one thing, but straight up copying is another. Instead, I opted to modify this look to include my favorite fall colorway- navy blue and light brown. I also skipped the knit hat, because I look incredible silly in those. I bought one about three years ago and I have yet to wear it. The socks are actually above-the-knee style, but I think I like them even better scrunched down like this. And, of course, the shoes. I really don't mean to keep wearing them, and I swear I do wear other footwear, but hey- the look called for them!

Overall, I'm really pleased with this look. It required buying nothing new, yet is a pairing I've never tried before. Thanks for the inspiration, Tieka!

Shirt: Forever 21
Sweater: Adriana (New Deal Clothing- Santa Cruz, CA)
Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch DIY cutoffs
Belt & Buckle: vintage Levi Strauss (Sweet Jane- Philadelphia, PA)
Tights: L'eggs
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Forever 21
Sunglasses: flea market


  1. Yaaaay!! I'm so glad you tried this style for yourself! I absolutely love it on you. I was in the same thought as you - I wanted to try something "new" without buying anything "new"! :)


  2. ahh, this looks SO good. I love cutoffs with tights for that fall. I wore some a few days ago, actually.

  3. beautiful ;)