Exclamation Point

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I wore this a few days ago with flats during the day (I was doing a lot of walking), and then switched into what I really had in mind when putting this together. Compared to the flats, these metallic heels are a much better finish, kinda like an exclamation point to the outfit.

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I often like thinking about fashion in terms of metaphors. I’m not a very artistic or creative person (I’ve heavily slanted towards the maths and sciences since I was a kid, with art classes being not much more than that place where I embarrass myself with franken-creations), so while I can appreciate interesting or artistic takes on fashion, I’m not very good at creatively combusting them myself. Thinking about clothing in more tangible terms, such as an “exclamation point” to an outfit, a “big sister” to a less fashion forward counterpart, or a X-principle, helps me visualize the many working parts of an outfit. I’d love to hear any fashion metaphors or helpful sayings you may have!

DetailsBanana Republic vest :: Ann Taylor shirt :: Koral Los Angeles jeans :: Kate Spade shoes (also at Saks) :: Valentino handbag (in tan & red patent) :: Banana Republic belt :: Punch necklace :: Vintage watch :: Stella & Dot bracelets #1 & #2 (c/o)

Altered – Banana Republic vest has been altered :: Ann Taylor shirt has been slimmed

12 Comments

  • Reply June 23, 2013

    Somebody from Somewhere

  • Reply June 23, 2013

    Kelsey Wilburn

    i came across your blog rather randomly and absolutely love your sense of style. it is so new and fresh compared to many of the blogs i currently follow! adore the menswear inspirations and totally want to adopt that bow-tie style you have going!
    kw, http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

  • Reply June 23, 2013

    Nancy María Martínez

    Gorgeous outfit, Kelly! And I love the location (nice pics!). I think that you are more creative than you give yourself credit for. It takes creativity to put together a blog with a unique concept, like this one. And, while you definitely have “a style,” you put together your outfits with creativity and finesse. You look fabulous in these pics. I love that you are so tiny, yet you still have great curves to show off in your jeans. Most of the petite blogs are written by girls with straighter figures, which are nothing like mine! I should seriously consider buying some of the jeans brands you feature in hopes of looking equally fabulous (though I would have to buy them in 2 or 3 sizes larger than what you wear!)

    • Reply June 24, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Nancy! I have small spurts of creativity here and there…hehe. =)

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    OzGal

    Smart & classy outfit – and those heels are gorgeous and definitely an exclamation mark!

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    India Saka

    Love your heels!

  • Reply June 24, 2013

    michelle

    i love this! i really like it with the flats too! and you are making me want a vest.

  • Reply June 27, 2013

    Mong

    An exclamation mark is definitely how I feel when I throw on heels to any outfits. I always stirred clear of art and creative subjects as a child myself. I mostly did it to avoid critics.

  • Reply July 3, 2013

    Une femme

    Now I have some serious shoe envy, even though I can no longer wear heels quite that high. Love that high-shine silver! You have an amazing bag collection too. You’ve inspired me to get serious about having some things altered. (I’m 5’1″.)

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