I post my outfits on the blog every day at noon (12 p.m. EST) under this Style category #OOTD Daily Style and then I do a summary of all the looks in my Month of Style roundup at the end of the month.
The ‘Fit to be tied’ Look
I am not a very frilly, ruffly, feminine-forward sort of dresser. I don’t enjoy tiers, and I tend to shy away from Barbie pink colours or anything very Elle Woods (you know, from Legally Blonde), in terms of style aesthetic though I LOVE HER CHARACTER IN THE MOVIE!
So when I saw tie cuff sleeves in this great white shirt that Olivia Palermo was wearing (and I still secretly covet to this day but cannot figure out who made this shirt), a lightbulb went off in my head that the tie cuffs, that little bell sleeve-style ruffle at the end was just perfection:
So I started obsessing about tie-cuff sleeves but wanted to dip my toes into the water gently, so to speak.
As a result, I ended up with this Catherine Maladrino sweater in a navy blue (a nice neutral), and tie cuffs at the end of the sleeves to let me try out the trend in a soft manner..
….and can I just say.. WOW. I LOVE THEM NOW. I am obsessed with getting more sweater styles or shirts with this tie cuff because it adds a little something different without being too obvious or in your face.
I also got this beautiful bug (?) insect (?) bee (?????) statement necklace from Banana Republic (all secondhand), because the colours are right in my wheelhouse, but mostly that I love bees and beetles. And statement necklaces. I do not love insects that bite me (mosquitos, spiders), but I appreciate bees, butterflies, beetles, ladybugs and all helpful garden and earth creatures.
The necklace is just a beautiful, heavy piece of gorgeousness, that cost $185 at retail but I got it for $65 on Poshmark (I include shipping in these prices, so I bid $50 and paid $15 shipping).
It also adds a nice colour pop to the entire outfit because it stands out and with all of its colours, somehow ties in to the femininity angle of the ties on the wrists.
Another close up on it, sometimes Banana Republic’s items really hit it out of the park:
To keep everything else neutral, I threw on some dark even-rinsed denim from my favourite brand (right now, anyway), Frame denim, and decided on a little edgier sandal with studs, rather than something like a strappy suede sandal or heels.
It gives it a little something extra and unexpected to the otherwise kind of girly outfit, to add studs to the look, plus I chose a neutral sandal in a cognac brown that goes with all colours (except maybe black and grey… as they tend to go together with each other nicely in my head).
Oh, and the toes matching the necklace, picking up the purple hints in there, is the colour Elizabeth from the brand tenoverten though I will say it photographs more pinky purple than it really is. It is more of a dark purple in real life.