Happy New Year from my new home in the San Francisco Bay! The last few months have been bonkers, so blogging has taken a back burner while life gets figured out. In the span of two months, Mr. AN and I: got married (I’ll have a post on this later), moved from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area, traveled back home to LA to spend the holidays with family, and then back up to The Bay to spend New Year’s Eve with friends.
In a very Twilight Zone-esque twist of fate, somewhere between the wedding and the move, I managed to whip myself into a pretty aggressive stress-induced skin rash.
The Twilight Zone – Season 1, Episode 8 “Time Enough at Last”
…a bookworm laments how the world around him prevents him from doing the one thing he truly wants to do, read books. The world is destroyed by an H-bomb, leaving him as what appears to be the only survivor, with food to last a lifetime, and a heap of intact books from what used to be the public library. Finally, with all the time in the world and no one to stop him, he sifts through the pile of books he can now happily spend his life reading, only to accidentally break his glasses. Nearly blind without his glasses, he is unable to read the books he finally has the time to read, and exclaims, “That’s not fair! There was time now!”…
In my version, the books are wooly blazers/coats, and the glasses is an angry, clothing-hating rash.
“That’s not fair! There was cold enough weather now!”
Practically the same thing, right? ;)
A notch down on the Twilight Zone scale, this real leather crop top is from a store so opposite my sartorial senses, I was shy to admit I had ordered from them when Mr. AN asked what package I was waiting for. Sheepishly trying to explain my purchase to the look of concern on his face was no small feat. What store you ask? Nasty Gal.
And yet, somewhere among the club gear and modern hippie garb, I found exactly what I was looking for. An all leather, petite-friendly crop top, perfect for layering. Who knew? It fits beautifully off the rack, which is a plus because leather alterations are something I like to avoid.
So, Why a Leather Crop Top?
- My wardrobe runs on the prim side, so I like to include elements that add a little edge. Leather adds that element of edge while still staying true to my style.
- Crop tops are great layering pieces than can be worn over longer blouses or even dresses (like this look I totally plan to copy one day by LA girl, Sheryl).
- My favorite wardrobe element to play with is texture, of which leather is one. It looks so great mixed with the usual wardrobe wools, silks and cottons.
Put it all together and it makes perfect sense why the perfect leather layering crop top has been on my list of must-finds for a while!
— Outfit Details —
Coat Zara (old) (super duper similar…check stores)
Crop Top Nasty Gal
Shirt Banana Republic
Jeans – Rag & Bone (love, love these! On sale! Runs one size small)
Shoes J.Crew (runs narrow)
Necklaces Vintage & Downtown L.A.
Rings Catbird, vintage, & Downtown LA