I’m approaching this post like I’ve just put together the most eclectic ensemble on the face of the earth. As if I decided to wear a bright orange lampshade as a tube top and paired it with a pair of rainbow-sequined flare pants hand-stitched by a Peruvian monkey named Phyllis. With a palm tree-printed bucket hat and mismatched shoes thrown over top for good measure.
But no. It’s just some ruffles and pinstripes. Both are in varying shades of blue. There are orange earrings here too, because I was really feeling feisty.
When your wardrobe and day-to-day style consist of a steady rotation of turtlenecks, button downs, and jeans, even a skosh of colour can seem like a statement. And if I DARE to wear a print? In the name of all that is holy and Meryl Streep, I’m practically a maximalist!
I bought this ruffle top a few months ago under the spell of The Trend. My consciousness was first made aware of The Trend via Instagram, where every editor, blogger, and #influencer I follow suddenly started adorning their chests with ruffles large enough to make an Elizabethan gentlewoman proud. And so I became convinced that a shirt without ruffles was not a shirt worth owning, and vowed to integrate The Trend into my wardrobe asap.
Fast forward to now, and I’ve worn this top a grand total of two times. Serves me right for trying to follow a trend when we all know my rightful place on the sartorial spectrum is in Amish grandma territory. It’ll be turtlenecks and sensible high-rise pants for me from here on out, please and thank you.
Anyway, whilst trying to figure out innovative ways to style what is in reality not that exciting of a shirt, I decided to throw caution to the wind and pair it with a *gasp* printed skirt. Of course the print in question is a pinstripe which, seeing as pinstripes are a pattern generally associated with bankers, is really not that groundbreaking either.
So what I’ve ended up with in my quest to try stepping out of my comfort zone is actually pretty boring.
Looking at these pictures, I feel preppy. I hate feeling preppy.
At this point I would normally call time of death on this look and declare it a failure, but the only thing saving it is the surprisingly pleasing combination of both sky blue + burgundy (via the boots) and navy blue + orange (via the earrings). Instead of being preoccupied with following a trend —which is basically what maximalism is, in my opinion—, maybe what I’m missing is experimenting with unlikely colour pairings? Stay tuned. I’ll get better.