Last week’s post was very practical, so I decided to push myself creatively this week. Being creative helps me get excited and getting excited helps me write posts, so here we go!
My challenge this week was to style looks inspired by different cities. Beauty standards and styles differ drastically from place to place, so if you feel like your style could use a change of scene, choose a city and go for a different look!
I will occasionally get very into South Korean television shows. Netflix knows this all too well, which is why “Emotional East Asian Dramedies” shows up as a suggested category. The fun thing is how completely different they are. Different stories, different styles, different responses – it’s an escape to a different place.
To describe South Korean style without using the word cute is almost impossible. It is almost too cute to believe. The lead actresses in Korean TV shows are tiny and short and perfectly adorable. Smooth hair, flawless skin, pink lips. They don’t try to look grown up. They’ll wear sneakers and oversized sweaters and bows and pink and short skirts and patterned tights. Sometimes all at the same time.
I felt super cute in this look. The leggings helped the skirt (which is definitely on the short side) feel secure and acceptable. The white lace top gave the look femininity and layering the lace over a striped tee made it feel young. I wore my bowler hat to give the whole look a bit more punch and added light shoes to brighten up the color scheme.
New York City
New York, Paris, and Milan are the world’s fashion capitals, but they all have different styles. NYC style is aggressive and sleek and edgy. New Yorkers love black and denim. I don’t have any black heels right now, but black heels or black ankle boots would have really added to this look.
This style is all about having quality pieces that become staples, then adding an interesting piece. A statement coat, killer shoes, or a designer bag plus all black basics – that is how it’s done. It’s versatile, works for day or night, and relies more on the personality of the wearer than on the personality of the clothes. This is style for confident people who know who they are.
For Barcelona style, I was inspired by the colors and structure of the city itself, especially the architecture of Antoni Gaudí. His buildings are all curves and roughness and colorful mosaics. Layers and layers and layers.
To mimic Gaudi’s crazy mosaics, I started off with a printed floral dress. For an unexpected layer, I layered a denim shirt dress over the floral. With a cinched belt, the shirt dress functioned as a kind of trench coat. A classic look, but with unusual materials. The ensemble felt eccentric, artistic, colorful, but grounded. Red lipstick needed to happen with this one. I
I loved wearing this outfit. Layers on layers, full of texture and personality.
London! Of the four inspiration cities this week, this is the only one I’ve actually visited and this outfit is definitely the one that I want to wear over and over again. It suited me.
When I listen to interviews with shining examples of London style, the common theme is always a fear of looking like they tried too hard. There’s a certain kind of messy mix that just looks cool. The British love their traditional textiles (knits, tweeds, bouclé wool, leather). Tweed blazers with jeans and leather brogues. Fisherman knit sweaters with corduroy mini skirts. Hair shouldn’t look done, even if it takes a long time to make it look undone. If you do eyeliner, smudge it up.
For this look, I started with a black turtleneck and tweedy skirt. Ribbed gray tights for texture and warmth. Jean jacket to make the whole thing a little more casual (and to not look like I tried to hard). Smudgy eyeliner, hair allowed to do its own thing. Scuffy leather oxford shoes and a gray morning. Very London.
If you want add variety to your outfits, choose a place that inspires you and put together an outfit that reminds you of that place. It is a ton of fun. This week made me excited to get dressed in the mornings!