(Sorry about the blurriness of the pictures -- I ended up using a new camera that fixed the barrel distortion I'd been having previously, but for some reason these are rather fuzzy. I'll try to get it figured out!)
I love silk blouses in rich, earthy tones (I'm still pining over the Blythe Blouse in Silk in the Olive Moss shade that I missed from the first release!), and knew I had to have this one from Fossil. The Stovepipe Trousers in Wool Check weren't originally on my wishlist but I was impressed with their quality when I tried them on -- 100% wool and lined -- (review here) and was swayed by a markdown + 30% off discount. I also adored the Toni Tassel Loafers when I tried them on in-store (review here), and decided to go with the Vintage Champagne color. The dark red patent belt picks up on the patent caps on the loafers, and the two work well with the colorway of the trousers. I'll do individual reviews of the top, trousers, and loafers in future posts.
The loose bow and nonchalant hands-in-pockets capture my sense of style pretty well, I think. I like the menswear-inspired trousers and loafers for this reason, too. Though I think I'm missing a blazer to drape around my shoulders!
Here are some additional angles:
I was inspired by this photo from the Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 ad campaign, even though the collection purports to draw from the 1910's and I was thinking more of the 1930's for my outfit (but again, I could be wrong!)
For a second layer, I was thinking a chunky tan grandpa sweater to play up the masculine, lounging-in-a-den feel, and to juxtapose with the femininity of the silk blouse.
|Grandpa cardigan (other options here, here, here)|
The closest thing I currently have in my closet is this J.Crew mohair cardigan from 2010. I'm holding in the sides because it looks better this way as it's a size too large (this was before J.Crew came out with XXS's).
Shoes: J.Crew Toni Tassel Loafers, Vintage Champagne, 5.5 (similar here, here, here)
Because of its size I wouldn't be able to wear it unbuttoned, but I was considering tied at the waist as another option. Here I've double-tied the ends so they won't budge, and turned the knot inwards so the ends are hidden under the cardigan -- there is already a ruffly bow up top so I thought another one would be redundant.
I'd love to wear this embossed, briefcase-like satchel from Fossil over one shoulder with this outfit. I'm loving the briefcase shapes that have been proliferating in handbags, and this one is currently on my "dream" list, lol.
|Vintage Revival Satchel|