Monday, June 29, 2009

Reader Question

On a recent visit to Stockholm, I was convinced by my boyfriend and an enthusiastic salesclerk to purchase some trendy leggings made by a Swedish designer, and supposedly all the rage in Scandinavia. Since then, much to my boyfriend's dismay, I have found no occasions and few outfits to match these leggings.

My boyfriend, obsessed with me trading my usual black threads in for flamboyant and colorful attire, suggested pairing the leggings with these cutoff jean shorts, and dark green H&M sweater. I put this outfit on to humor him, but really I think it makes me look like a Dr. Seuss character at best, colorblind at worst. Still, we agreed that if you approved of his crazy combination, I would wear it out in public at least once.

So, what do you think? And, with what else can I match these leggings that would be a bit more on the conservative side?

Dr. Seuss in Syracuse
Dear Dr. Suess in Syracuse,

I think the leggings are really fun and were a good purchase! My only issue with this outfit is the way it divides your body into sections. It could use a little more continuity between the top, shorts and leggings. This effect could be lessened by wearing a top that is closer in color to the shorts such as a white peasant blouse or even just a plain white tee or tank. Alternatively, I think these leggings would look great with a dress. With only two pieces, you wouldn't have to worry about the "sectioning." If color is a limiting factor, you could go for a dress in a neutral color like white (once again). If you're feeling adventurous, try a dress with a print! I think stripes really lend to pattern-mixing because they're such a simple design. I'm all about pairing bold colors, but if that's stopping you from wearing the leggings, then start out with neutrals. Work your way up to crazy color pairings. My #1 piece of advice: wear the leggings!


Fashionista said...

Well I would pair these fab leggings with a black puffy skirt, tie a purple wide shiny or lace or silk ribbon around the waist as a bow and a black tank top. OR a purple puffy dress with wide black/purple and golden florals. allright, that inspired me to do this dress for my next fashion show. Thanks a lot! :)

Marilyn Hayward said...

Okay, so first of all, I'm from Lawrence too! Secondly, I was reading your blog on and (this is really bizarre) but we have the same vintage band jacket. I got my blue Hutchinson Marching Band jacket at a thrift store in Hutch in 2006. So. Crazy. Anyway, fantastic blog and taste!

Kansas Couture said...

Fashionista -

So glad you were inspired by the leggings! Sounds like an awesome dress. I'd love to see a picture of the final product.

Marilyn -

Wow, that's awesome! What a small world. Now I'll know it's you if I spot someone in Lawrence wearing that jacket. Thanks so much for reading! :)

Fashionista said...

What size are you? Maybe I could do the dress just so it would fit you! Since I am really inspired by your blog it would be like a gift!

mro said...

syracuse- what do you think about something like this:

I agree w/Katy that its smart to keep your color palette neutral until you are comfortable playing with more colors. A flowy white top would look nice, along with other neutrals, but you could also rock a deep purple top to match your tights, and then add small pops of colors/accessories to finish the look!

Dana (MODAna) said...

I actually sort of like the way she's wearing them
however, if I were her I'd definitely find a black micromini and wear it over them, along w/ black ankle boots in winter