Monday, February 27, 2012

Bad to the bone

 Photo credit: Views, by Laura

I might be alone in this, but I find that my own personal style is different from my dream style.  My dream style is "badass rocker chick" - masculine, tough, and a little scary, the kind of girl who kicks ass in the moshpit and in the office.  But the sad truth is that I don't think I can pull it off: I don't have the attitude or the body.  But Laura from Views, by Laura has both in spades.  Let's see how she does it...

Why is she so cute?
  • Commit to the look: head-to-toe leather is a whole lotta look, but you need to dive in fully if you're going to attempt this look.  This just wouldn't work as well with a pair of jeans, but you could probably pull it off with black leggings. 
  • Color counterpoint: I'm a big fan of monochromatic dressing - it makes an outfit look instantly pulled-together - but typically wouldn't recommend it in black for anyone who doesn't work at the MAC counter*.  What makes this look work is the bright berry blouse.  It creates a focal point and does double-duty to break up all the black when the cuffs peak out from jacket sleeves.  The rich red is strong enough to stand up to all that black leather.
  • Feminine details: When dealing with a tough, male-inspired look, you want to pull in some special touches to keep it firmly in the lady territory.  The puff sleeves and swingy shape of the jacket elevate it beyond the standard biker jacket and Laura's gauzy and airy blouse (the hem almost looks ruffled) softens the look.
  • Major shoes: Like I said, this is a whole lotta look, so you need serious shoes to balance the outfit.  Flats or pumps would be out of place, moto boots would work - but they're pretty expected.  The wedge booties like Laura's are the perfect thing.  They're substantial enough to go with the tough vibe, but they are feminine and visually interesting.  And let's be honest: when you're wearing tight leather pants, you take height where you can get it.
  • Beauty routine compliments the look: Laura's low-key makeup keeps the outfit from being over-the-top.  And I've never paid attention to whether sunglasses match the hair, but she's doing that here and I absolutely love it!
  • Surprisingly wearable: I'm a very timid dresser in real life, but this look is surprisingly wearable.  The leather pants are the scariest part, but as long as you're comfortable in jeggings or leggings, you can pull them off.  Fit is key, of course: make sure that there is no pulling at the seams and that the fabric doesn't pucker anywhere.  Go a size up if you need to - no one is going to see the tag!  The longer hem of the shirt is a godsend for anyone with a little junko in el trunko and the shoes are fantastic in that they blend with the leather pants and create one loooong line.  Bonus cute points: they look like you could walk in them!   

*If you DO work at the MAC counter, can you hook me up with the friends & family discount?

1 comment:

  1. I love the jacket/blouse combo! But I'm having trouble with the "necklace over blouse" trend on collared blouses. Probably because I can't figure out how to make it work on me... I'm very self-centered. ;)


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