I am going to start posting my daily outfits on the blog every day at noon (12 p.m. EST) instead of on Instagram especially after the SNAFU, and then doing a summary/Month of Style roundup at the end, like usual.
The I Love Elephants But Make it Fashion Look
This dress is EVERYTHING. It’s silk, a limited edition from Banana Republic, and looks like a neutral print of some sort right? Maybe a houndstooth? Or a plaid? No no.. peek up close (I promise, more detail shots in the future), and you will see TINY LITTLE ELEPHANTS ALL OVER IT. It looks like this up close:
The necklace was actually purchased with credits from eBay (it was practically free), and the colours match nicely with a steal of a cuff I got off an Amazon seller who didn’t know the brand Sibilia (you can see an example of her other lovely works here), and didn’t realize these things go for $100 – $200 per cuff from this seller. I love the concentric circles of the cuff which look like this:
I chose the necklace first, wanting to choose something in a neutral pop of colour, in a green and a red, but not a huge glitzy or statement/fashion-y necklace because I wanted a bit of colour at my neck but not anything too bright or arresting. I also chose a necklace in the collar style rather than a long pendant so that it has a choker-style (although I hate chokers) band of colour underneath the dress peeking out underneath the collar. I also don’t love necklaces that hang down so long and then touch the belt on a dress, because I feel like it confuses the eye.
Obviously, the cuff was also chosen because the teal colour went well with the green + red in the necklace.
The bag, is my very roomy, fun and stylish Givenchy Antigona, which I really like, and I decided to skip the heels and go for leather sandals instead, to open the look up to something a little more casual and less formal for work. I chose it in black because… it’s structured and black goes well with the neutral printed black and white elephant print.
The sandals are suede and very VERY comfortable despite the stiletto and the height. I know it sounds strange, but they are. I think the trick is to buy caged sandals so that they hug your feet, and then to buy them in suede so it’s comfortable leather that won’t dig in:
I love the braid going up the front as well. If you want a very similar look but a shorter heel and blockier (so it’s even more comfortable to walk in), you can check out these Kestal Caged Block Sandals but sizes are limited, or these Bella Vita Maisie sandals that are another caged leather style but with WAY more colours (navy blue, red, etc), and in way more sizes. But if you’re a size 37.5 and willing to pay for quality shoes these Jimmy Choo Stilettos would be very similar to what I have on, except it has an even more comfortable suede part going up the front to hug your foot. A 37.5 in Jimmy Choo is a size 37, as they run half a size small, by the way.
I chose the sandals in a cognac colour rather than black or dark brown so that it would draw your eye down from the neck, go to the wrist, and then unexpectedly, go to the footwear because it’s still a neutral colour but not black or white. Since the colour is a dark cognac suede, it is closer to my skintone than black let’s say, and it blends into my leg line, making my legs look longer because there’s nothing to cut off the eye line from the legs.