Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Lombardi’s, grocery store
Sweater dress: H&M
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Booties: Forever 21
Hoop earrings, bangles: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Today’s outfit was inspired by a recent outfit of Jessica’s from WhatIWore. I love the bold, graphic quality of her outfit but mostly I was inspired by the silhouette! A dress over flared jeans isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, but I really love the boho flavor it has. Even a form-fitting dress like this one gives enough of the boho vibe, though a flared or empire dress would be much stronger. Last time I wore this dress, I wore it over skinny jeans (OK also the color is way off in these photos, it’s much better represented in the one I just linked!). I love how it looks with flared jeans, too! What do you all think, is this a silhouette you enjoy?
Behind the outfit:
When looking at Jessica’s outfit it was clear that I don’t have the exact pieces (except for the scarf, apparently!) necessary to copy her look, but I certainly have similar enough pieces. The outfit can be broken down as: striped dress/tunic + dotty scarf + flared jeans + heels. I specifically included the patterns in the formula because I think the pattern mix is integral to the outfit, and is also very on-trend; having at least one color repeated in both the stripe and dot pattern will help tie them together, but it’s not a requirement.
So after determining the outfit formula, I knew I wanted to wear this striped dress with these flared jeans. From there, I debated about whether to wear this black dotty scarf or my brown dotty scarf; I decided I liked the graphic contrast of the black/white more than the softness of the brown/cream (both scarves tie in one of the stripe colors, but again this isn’t a requirement). Since the scarf is so bold, I wanted matching toned booties and in this case I could wear either black or cognac; black would ground the outfit darkly, and the cognac that I chose grounds it lightly. I also added a stack of jingly bangles to play up the boho vibe, and wore my mixed gold/silver watch since this outfit is warm-toned.