What to Wear #51: Flower Child

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I always did like a flower pattern. I’ve mentioned this (possibly) 70s-80s inspired top on this blog before. It’s long, so it works well with leggings – today the dark-red ones. It also has cutouts on the shoulders that ensure I stay cool in this somewhat muggy weather and they are still SFW.

The bangles add to the vintage vibe, and they also glitter slightly – always a bonus.

Ready to go.

Top: TK Maxx.

Leggings: C&A.

Bangles: Accessorize during a sale a few years ago.

Earrings: Bijou Brigitte.


What to Wear #24

I enjoyed wearing that long denim shirt so much yesterday (actually, I always do), that I’m not feeling like straying too far from that outfit idea today. But as I have written before, one of my personal style commandments is that thou shalt not wear the same pattern two days in a row, much less the same top! Yes, I do change my outfit every day. As my dear grandmother used to say, the best way to preserve an item of clothing is to wear it.

Another top I discovered in Kapp Ahl during my trip to Oslo last year floats out of my closet and off the hanger. A long blouse or button-down shirt that almost reaches my knees, it is indeed satisfyingly long. With a creamy-white-slightly-beige background covered in a delicate paisley pattern in tangerine, red, blush pink, brown and a bit of black, it feels suitable to both autumn and spring. The colors in the pattern are interesting to work with.

I’m feeling like my slightly-olive-green leggings will work with this, but to avoid looking like Peter Pan (even though it’s so cool how he can just fly at will) and also because the blouse-shirt-top is slightly transparent, I put on a nude-colored long sleeveless tank top first. Now we’ve got it! “He can fly!” – “He can fly!” – “He flew.”

Dangly goldstone earrings pick up nicely on both the brown and the blush pink on the top, and the brown Chelsea boots will work with the whole ensemble.


What to Wear #23

While rummaging in the leggings box yesterday, I saw another pair I wanted to wear immediately. They had a black background and either slightly splotchy or slightly distorted flowers printed on it. I held them in my hands and finally knew what the pattern reminded me of, though it wasn’t necessarily in the same style. I was taken back to a summer back home, reading The Ghost of Tillie Jean Cassaway by Ellen Harvey Showell and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The book was a significant contribution to my fascination with ghost stories and Gammell’s illustrations were both beautiful and scary, perfectly visualizing the chilling undertone of the book and the somehow not hopeless sadness of the unfolding story.

Who says clothes are boring.

I tear myself away from memory lane (until I come back later) and continue. The leggings are a bit on the nylon side, so I’d appreciate more coverage on top. My beloved long denim I-think-slightly-billowing-watch-me-go button-down from Kapp Ahl in Oslo once again proves to be a trusty companion, as does a light-grey sleeveless tank top, because, again, who wants drafts to make their way around your limbs. One eye-catching accessory feels like enough, so I go for the leaf-branch-shaped silver ring and the little sparkling studs. One slick of fuchsia lip crayon and I’m ready to go.

What to Wear #19

Well, this is becoming not only a leggings week, but a week of daring choices! I’m sailing a fashionista wave. I’m an unstoppable force of self-expression.

Or I’ve just shopped enough and like babbling about myself, being an overgrown teenager who still sometimes finds it hard to believe that she bought herself her very own closet.

I love long tops, and I love long tops with a colorful print even more. This one is slightly longer in the back, with 3/4 sleeves and round cut-outs just below the shoulder on the upper arms. No, I’m not cold when I wear this thing. White background, and large lilac, fuchsia. pink and even orange flowers plus green leaves adorn this creation, and I love wearing it. I was strolling through TK Maxx with a friend, or attempting to stroll, because it was a Saturday and the place was hopelessly crowded with women who were snatching clothes of racks with a glassy look in their by then unseeing eyes. “We have to leave now, this is too much”, my friend said. I nodded, turned around, saw the top, glanced at the size tag, grabbed it with optimism sparking off my fingers, and here we are.

I’ve already worn both black leggings and jeggings this week, so I’m feeling like adding something different on the bottom. It should be more on the neutral side to classically balance out the garden show on the top, but not too neutral. The solution is light olive green leggins with darker stretchy insets and I’m curious to try them out. Flowers on top, some kind of green on the bottom – stem and blossom look, check.

That gold ring with the white, very slightly holographic stone finds its way to the pile, as do the small gold earring studs. It’s supposed to be a cloudy day, which makes me want to wear bright colors on principle.