31 December 2010

To Dress Outside the Box

I stepped into my closet this morning and randomly grabbed this shirt and this dress.  There was not a lot of thought put into the selection. I was just trying to put a look together before my husband got home from work. (Staying in your pjs all day can lead to ridicule if one isn't careful.) When all of sudden, Bam! I fell in love with the pairing.

Out of the Box

Then when I turned around with these pieces in hand and tried to step into the box in which I usually get dressed, I realized that that crazy box was just a teeny tiny speck on the very distant horizon.

Please excuse the blur, but I couldn't really pass up the "looking back" picture with copy like that now could I?

Seeing how far outside of my tried and truly comfortable box I was, I knew with certainty that this was the perfect outfit to wear to close out the year on the old bloggy blog.


All you seasoned personal style bloggers are probably thinking to yourselves, "Stripes and polka dots? That's outside the box?" And my answer is, "Yes, yes it is."
Oh, and open toed shoes with tights is pretty out there too, while we're on the topic of crazy wazy fashion.

Polka dot Dress: Thrifted; Striped Top: The Limited
Pink Sweater: Old Navy; Belt: Express
Black Tights: 9 West; Black Heels: Me Too (DSW Clearance! $17, baby)
Earrings: 600 years old and only been worn once.  I realized today that they have avoided the trash for just this moment

So why then is this the perfect outfit to end the year? It's perfect because as I look forward to 2011 I'm so excited to continue to dress outside of the box. (I mean within reason, don't look for me in some scuba gear and a feather boa anytime soon.  I plan to keep my looks within the realm of reality.)  But, I do look forward to mixing the crap out of my closet.  I'm having too much fun to stop now!  I can't wait to use the clothes I have in new and (hopefully) interesting ways.  I'm excited about mixing and matching and maybe even

What are you looking forward to in 2011? 


lifeinlimits said...

Oh my gosh. I am in LOVE with this outfit. =D

Elle Sees said...

i love the pop of color here!
i'm looking forward to anything GOOD 2011 can bring. happy new yearrrrrsssss

Amber said...

Loving your looks of late honey, so cute and sassy. Have a wonderful New Year and may 2011 be all you wish for. axxx

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

I was just writing about how all of the outfits that felt crazy to me when I put them on actually became my favorites of the year. It feels good to step out of the box. It's definitely one of my style resolutions for 2011 (I'm planning on posting all of them tomorrow if you want to check it out.)

This outfit is adorable. I love the ruffles on the top and the shoes with tights- maybe next time you could do open toed shoes with colored tights! That would be super crazy.

E said...

This is a really cute look. It's been a blast to follow you as you start your style blog and continue to grow. Keep it up!

Keira L. said...

I just stumbled across your adorable blog through ElleSees -- and I'm so glad I did! :) I think your pattern mixing is perfection in this outfit.

Mandy said...

Definitely a cute look to end the year!

Linda W said...

You randomly put this together?! Incredible - it looks well planned and styled. Great look!

The Auspicious Life

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

how pretty! the stripes are very subtle and i think it looks great with the polka dots.

silvergirl said...

I love your look
The mix of prints and color is perfect
I think you are headed on the right path for 2011

Rose said...

Um, why was I not following your blog earlier? Psssh. This is cute! Keep mixing!

the boot said...

i don't believe in any fashion "rules," it all depends how you work it! (that was so afterschool special. sorry.)

Olivia said...

I am looking forward to you coming over and telling me how to wear all these random pieces in my own closet! Help!

Lydia Marie said...

I love this! That shirt and that dress were seriously made for each other.

Beti said...

lovely outfit :)

Lizzy said...

Molly! This is super cute!!! I love it! Happy New year!

Ramsey said...

You look darlin' girl...cuteness!!! I am loving on that ruffled top. Actually on the whole outfit!