… experiments that work.
This outfit is really all about my mom. A couple of months back, I mentioned to her that I’d developed an obsession with scarves. Within two weeks, she’d sent me a generous care package containing 10 gorgeous scarves she wasn’t wearing and this luxuriously soft black wrap.
But that’s not all! When I was visiting the ‘rents in September, we went to an “antique” fair down on Randolph Street. There were relatively few actual antiques to be found at this fair: It was mainly vintage furs, jewelry, clothes, and shoes. A few booths were hawking architectural artifacts and housewares, but the majority were brimming with clothing and accessories … much to my delight, mom’s excitement, and dad’s dismay. Mom and I spotted a booth with a 75% off bin, and spent at least 45 minutes rummaging in it. She bought me that fantastic loopy sterling brooch. (Click to enlarge.)
I mean really, isn’t she just the awesomeEST?
Oh wait, the experiment part.
Yeah, so I’d planned out an outfit in my head, like ya do. It centered around the booties and tights, but also involved a white tee and a pink bolero. When I threw on all of the pre-selected elements, the ensemble looked downright heinous. Ever had that happen? And doesn’t it just make you want to spit tacks?
Defeated by my own plan, I grabbed desperately for the wrap, and began burrowing through my long-sleeved tees looking for a match or a contrast. This nearly-fluorescent yellow jobber was bought last winter in a layering-tee-purchasing-frenzy at Target, but it was yet to be worn. So on it went, wrap ’round the shoulders, secured with the pin. I had no idea what I was doing: It was pure experimentation. And it just WORKED. Or, at least, I feel like it does.
I love that this outfit mixes some seriously old-broad elements (giant brooch, big-ass shawl) and some seriously trendy ones (booties, tights, yellow-with-gray) and that they dovetail flawlessly. What luck!
Many of my experiments fail. And in my early morning grog, I give up and revert to tried-and-boring. It’s always a thrill when my experiments work because they work so infrequently.
Here is a photo of the back of this outfit. Why? Because Husband Mike said, “You never show the backs of your outfits.” Good point, Hubs.