Tuesday, April 11, 2011
"You know the difference between you and me? I make this look GOOD."
-- Jay (Men in Black)
cami -- Express
shirt -- Talbots (thrifted)
pants -- Gap boy fit
shoes -- Thom McKan (KMart)
belt -- (thrifted)
cool shades -- (borrowed)
This is another one of those days that I had trouble figuring out how to pull together a cohesive look out of my separate pieces. So, this is going to be a little of this, and a little of that, and maybe it'll be easier the next time.
First off, we have the choking necklace and my "genuine leather," "made in China," boxing belt. (It's not *really* a boxing belt, but that's what my photographer thought it looked like, and as soon as he said it, I had to agree.)
A bit overpowering wasn't it? So my wide boxing belt was a definite no go. I switched it out for a skinnier belt, and my choker for a non-choking necklace. Much, much better if I say so myself.
I also tried wearing my belt in the traditional fashion, with my shirt both unbuttoned and buttoned. Wow. Talk about wearing something so that it'll accentuate your gut! Pay no attention to the fact that I have my eyes closed -- I think I shut them so I wouldn't have to see myself!
I can really see the attraction in cutting off my head for my pictures. Not only does it make me much more anonymous, but also it makes my shut eyes much less of a dominant feature in the picture. Well, obviously you're not going to see my eyes if I crop my head out.
What I mean though is I think that most of us can be so overcritical of ourselves that when you look at a picture of yourself with something like shut eyes, which is so visibly apparent -- boy, can we zero in on that one flaw and obsess about it until we can't see anything else about our picture. And even when it's not something as apparent as my eyes being shut, I can still find something to obsess about and criticize about myself. Oh, and by the way? I think my shoes were all wrong for this look.
The real inspiration behind this outfit was Gracey over at Fashion for Giants. I have been wanting to try my hand at mixing prints and patterns, and she said to try mixing very subtle prints and patterns. So I took this kind of swirly black and gray camisole and paired it with a black and white gingham check patterned shirt.
J: "Did you ever flashy-thing me?"
J: "I ain't playing, K! Did you ever flashy-thing me?"
Today's factoid: Most people probably associate the phrase Men in Black with the 1997 science fiction comedy about two men who keep an eye on aliens in New York City, after the aliens threaten to blow up the world. However, the phrase was initially used in the 1950s, and refers to any unusual, threatening, or strangely behaved individual whose appearance is linked in some way to a UFO sighting.
Do you believe in extra-terrestial life?
Addendum: My son just burst my Men in Black bubble and told me that my sunglasses looked like what old people would wear. I was crushed!