Sunday, February 28, 2016

By the Belt















   I believe I’ve mentioned that during the winter months I find it extremely hard to muster enthusiasm toward my appearance.  Lately it always seems to be either dreary, foggy, or cold outside.  Really when I think about it I barely have the motivation to leave my house, let alone plan an outfit.  Besides, on my days off work I only ever go to my regular Starbucks or the Public Library to read.  I will state that after some pretty lengthy people watching at both locations I’m starting to think that it’s totally possible to overdress.  What I mean by this statement is, just because it’s a person’s day off and they’re finally not required to wear their completely drab work attire does not mean they have to go, "all out," for the afternoon.  From what I’ve been witnessing most individuals seem partial to the classic sweatpants plus Ugg boots combination.  Now keep in mind I stated MOST individuals.  There was that one time I was entering a Walmart on a Thursday afternoon and passed by this twenty-something female who was leaving wearing the most lovely cobalt blue, 80’s style, taffeta gown!  It was the middle of a winter work day and she had a cart load of groceries.  Despite the odd looks she was getting from the general public, that woman held her head high and marched through the mucky parking lot like she was royalty.  I was in awe.  “Good for you,” I thought as I shamefully acknowledged yet another afternoon of wearing Uggs.
   It would be accurate to say that women like the one I saw that day at Walmart inspire me.  Yep, that’s right folks, I found a stranger in the Walmart parking lot inspirational.  She didn’t care if she looked totally ridiculous wearing a prom dress, probably from 1986, to get groceries.  I assume she simply liked the dress and perhaps it was laundry day.  Whatever her reasons were for getting all, "dolled up," to hit, “Wally World,” this style blogger owes that lady a debt of gratitude.  Suddenly I had the urge to get creative with my clothes again.
   Lately one of my biggest fashion obsessions has been belts.  I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I find myself constantly trolling my favorite websites and thrift stores in search of my next favorite.  Recently at Goodwill I came across the little beauty I’m wearing in the photographs above.  There it was hanging hidden among all the others.  I almost missed it when I caught a glimmer of…gasp, could I be so lucky?!...its’ silver concho focal point.  For those of you who may not know me personally, I'm a total sucker for western wear.  I don’t believe there is such a thing as too much fringe or conchos.  (This statement will become totally clear when I finally decide to unveil a certain jacket I picked up while thrifting.)  Not only did this, destined to me mine, belt have a western vibe it also possessed other abstract details that gave it a 1980’s motif.  “80’s cowgirl,” I thought.  “IT’S MINE!!!”
   Between acquiring my new belt and witnessing the, "Woman of Walmart," I felt a renewed energy toward this blog.  This is more than I can say about how I feel toward the state of cleanliness in my house. (Which is sadly apparent by the floors shown in some of the photographs above.)  What can I say, maybe if I’d run into Mr. Clean outside of Walmart things would be different.  Despite my embarrassment towards well…being a pig…I’m happy to report I had a lot of fun constructing three separate looks using my new belt as inspiration.  I was surprised at how easy this accessory was to incorporate into each outfit.  It seems this belt goes with just about anything.  I’m highly considering pairing it with cobalt blue taffeta next.
-r.



Outfit #1
Sweater:  Banana Republic
Jeans:  Gap
Boots:  Ugg
Purse:  Isabella Fiore
Necklace:  Thrifted

Outfit #2
Blazer:  Thrifted  (Made in West Germany and so soft!)
Jeans:  Henry & Belle
Boots:  Ugg
Scarf:  Thrifted
Gloves:  Vintage
Sunglasses:  Vintage

Outfit #3
Blazer:  Nick & Mo   
Skirt:  Thrifted
Boots:  Ugg

*Belt:  Vintage  (Carolyn Tanner Designs Inc.)  

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