Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Michelle Dockery on Letterman

Photo credit: Daily Mail via Pinterest

Are you as obsessed with Downton Abbey as I am? I have a girl-crush on Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, and who recently appeared on Letterman. (you can watch the interview via the Daily Mail link above) While I didn't love the dress she wore for the interview, the outfit she wore to meet fans outside the building was a winner.

Why is she so cute? 
  • Masculine/feminine balance - Michelle is wearing a boxy blazer, paired with a button-up blouse and jeans. This look could be very heavy, and very masculine if not styled and fitted carefully. First, the blouse is very light, and the collar doesn't protrude above the jacket (like a man's suit). Then, she is wearing skinny jeans and sky-high heels. This combo keeps the outfit from being either overly sexy/girly on one end of the spectrum, or too square/masculine on the other. 
  • Effortless - Michelle looks effortless because she isn't over dressed. She is put together, playful, wearing amazing colors against her skin, but more importantly she is balancing cool and feminine
To explain a little better, let's look at a few ways she could have styled this outfit: 

What if she wore... ?
  • ...wide-legged pants, instead of skinny? The whole outfit could turn very Diane Keaton circa Annie Hall - extremely cool, but not a look I particularly like. She had a masculine, androgynous silhouette, which can be very stylish if done right. But you could also lose the shape of your figure. If androgyny is your style, go for it. But if you're looking to retain a feminine silhouette, try to balance the masculine with the feminine in your outfits. 
  • ...a bustier/corset top, instead of a boxy jacket? Tooooooo much. With a very fitted or revealing top, Michelle would be more appropriate for a dance club than for an afternoon interview in February. Way too sexy for the occasion. Trying too hard. The boxy shape of the jacket tones it down and makes it appear as if she just tossed something on and looks amazing. 
  • ...ballet flats, instead of heels? Ballet flats are very feminine, and I think the outfit would still look great, but it would be more casual and less sexy. 
  • ...oxford flats, instead of heels? Lace-up oxford flats are very masculine, and I think you would lose the feminine balance with those. But oxford flats with a floaty sundress? Cute!  
What do you think? Does that make sense? I would love to hear from you. Are you into the androgynous look? Girly-girl? Different style every day?

Thanks for reading!!!!
~emily

2 comments:

  1. I have horrible style...keep up the good work. Perhaps there is hope for me yet! (I am inspired!)

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    1. :) Thanks so much for reading! I'm really glad you like it. But don't get down on yourself. That bums me out.

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~emily