Worn to: work, mechanic
Tunic, heeled oxfords, purse: Forever 21
Vest: Forever 21 (via Buffalo Exchange)
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Charm necklace: gift from parents
Watch: Timex (via Target)
I’ve been wanting to try a non-fitted dress/tunic over flared jeans for a while now. It’s a very boho look, and while my boho side generally comes out in warm weather, this type of look in fall-weight clothing really appeals to me. There was a post on YLF a couple months ago about a spread in InStyle that talked about some “new” layering techniques for this season which has been floating around in the back of my mind. This outfit actually ended up using two techniques on the list: “Dress or Skirt Over Pants” and “Cropped Over Long”.
Behind the outfit:
This actually didn’t start out anywhere near how it ended up. I started with the tunic which I usually pair with belt+skinnies+boots, and was all set to do the same today but then two things happened: 1) it wasn’t raining, and 2) I didn’t feel like wearing a belt.
Thing 1 came up first. Because we get a lot of fall/winter/spring rain here in Cascadia, I try to wear floor-skimming hems on days when the ground is actually dry (like today). So I figured hey, this is a great chance for me to try this tunic over flared jeans, which I immediately fell for and am actively scheming how to budget in a few more flared tunics so I can do more of this!
Which brings us to thing 2. This tunic has zero shape and is made of pretty thick cotton, so I always belt it. I tried 3 or 4 belts (wide, skinny, colorful, metal…) before finally realizing I really didn’t want to wear one; it just looked off with the flared jeans, restricting and anti-boho. But it still needed some shaping, so I thought I’d further play up the 70s vibe and added the furry vest. I wasn’t sure if the super cropped length would work with the tunic, but I rather like how the proportions ended up.