Weekends are my opportunity to really wear whatever the heck I want, and July 25th was no exception! Not only am I not confined to a frigid ice-box of an office, but I can also wear some things that might be inappropriate for the office regardless, like sheer-back tops and miniskirts without leggings underneath. That’s what I did for this fun-filled day. Quite possibly my favorite random outfits look from July!
This outfit… oh how I loved this outfit! It all started with this skirt that I got at the Milwaukee Blogger Bazaar a few months ago. I believe it originally belonged to Maya of Charmingly Styled, and it’s from Forever21. I paired it with a sheer back top I found at Savers and a pair of olive Nine West boots that I snagged at Plato’s Closet. My Nani’s tan bag worked perfect to keep my hands free for the afternoon. I added some necklaces and a small arm party, threw my hair in a ponytail, and smudged some dark grey liner around my eyes.
I took the above shot on my way to get my hair cut. I was so excited to have the extra time to use the wall behind the shopping mall near Bii for shots, that I didn’t even think about having a problem with being there before the mall opened. Whoops, I was wrong! For the first time in three years of having Suburban Style Challenge, I was approached by security and asked what I was doing. Yikes! I explained myself, told them they could see the photos if they wanted, and said I was packing up because I’d filled my memory card (which was true). Thankfully, they were nice and just told me to be on my way, but eesh, it could have been a big pain. Lesson learned I guess… scout for security cameras before setting up the tripod, haha!
On the plus side, I was able to shoot pictures after the event I went to in the afternoon, which was a clothing swap. I added a bunch of stuff to my wardrobe, including the purple pearl bracelet below, and got rid of even more stuff. Win win! The rest of my bracelets include the Christina Link bracelet and the Renegade Cluster bracelet, both from Stella & Dot, as well as a coral bracelet I made ages ago. The black beaded bracelets are a rather new addition, also from Stella & Dot, and are discontinued. The Jessie Stretch bracelet set is a good match though, and would look very similar. You can also see my right hand rings, including the bow from Premier Jewelry, my now-discontinued Stella & Dot labradorite ring, and my Benjamin Black Goldsmiths Double Midi Ring, along with one of the midi rings I got in Kansas City.
I’m not going to lie, I’m annoyed that I didn’t think to check to make sure all my clasps were in the back before taking this shot of my necklaces, but oh well. Real blogger beauty, right? Ah well, my LOVE letter necklace that totally reminded me of the 90’s was actually a recent Forever21 purchase, surprisingly (or not, you decide). It’s still available right now for just $1.99! The chevron is from 9thandElm.com, but I’m not sure if it’s available any longer or not. And last but not least, the claw is the Stella & Dot Sahara Pendant. It’s kind of the “grown up” version of my cheapo Claire’s version, though it doesn’t layer as nicely with the Rebel Pendant because the two are so similar in length. I quite liked these three necklaces together.
Here’s another look at the bracelets, rings, and the strap from my grandma’s purse. One of the last shots I got in at the mall before getting shooed away, ha. On my left hand, in addition to my wedding set, is the Stella & Dot Eternal Band ring, which is on sale for just $17.55 right now (a steal if you’ve been looking for an infinity style ring). It’s a little hard to see, but yea. And the shirt, in case you can’t read it, says “rebels can never find peace”. I regret not grabbing a pic of the back of this… it’s a high-low hemline with a sheer back. I wore it with a plain black racerback bra (this one, which I have three of, because I’m obsessed).
And here are my Nine West boots from Plato’s Closet. I actually got these because for some silly reason, I donated the brown knee high boots that I wore every time I dressed like a pirate. These were a last minute, pre-Renaissance Faire find that were something like $20. I wasn’t sure if I’d wear them outside of the costume, but it turns out, I kind of adore them, so it was definitely money well spent. I’ve gotten quite a bit of wear out of them this summer, and see them easily working their way into my fall wardrobe.
As I said above, I loved this look.
It was really nice to be able to wear what I want, without worrying about work restrictions (temperature or dress-code). I feel like I don’t get to do it very often, so when I do I like to wear things like this, that I feel truly comfortable in, and really reflect the style I feel best in. It helps when I get to go to places of non-judgement, like Bii Hair Salon and clothing swaps where I get to hang with fellow bloggers (shout out to Loop Looks and Nski Beauty)!
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