July 8, 2014

Daydream Believer












Something about summer always sends me into 1970s reveries. In middle school, I always liked watching Now and Then around this time of year. I would dream of having my own gang of free-spirited girlfriends to take Cosmo quizzes, discuss puberty, and ride cute bikes around with. (Lo and behold, I got my wish the summer before high school, and those girls are still some of my dearest friends to date.)

Needless to say, I didn't actually experience the 70s, but if I did, this would have been my summer uniform. I absolutely love the look of structured shorts and wedges, but I prefer pairing them with a more modest top to steer clear of "trashy" territory -- unless of course I'm at the beach! This charming floral blouse, handed down from my mom, initially seemed like a wardrobe challenge, but it ended up being the perfect remedy for these classic shorts. 

Usually I avoid tucking in shirts below my natural waist, as that tends to divide my already-short body in two even shorter halves. The print of this blouse is quite busy, but its collar draws the eye across the shoulders and away from the belly, and the v-neck and button snaps work to create a lengthening vertical. Rather than segmenting my body with a contrasting belt, I chose a subtle chain* that was slightly longer than my waist circumference, so the beading could continue that vertical past my hips. The platform heels do the rest!

*You may recall this "belt" from an previous post on my blog. Thanks to Jessica Quirk at What I Wore for this conversion tip!


Blouse: Style & Co. for Macy's
Shorts: Loft
Wedges: Born similar
 
Necklace (worn as belt): American Eagle 
Bird Skull Ring: H&M
Red Stone Ring: gifted
Arrow Ring: Macy's

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