Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Fourth Challenge

When I opened the fourth item in the StyleList / Bluefly America’s Most Stylish Blogger contest, I immediately began to laugh. The Priorities plaid blouse in the package was nearly identical to the shirt I had on!

Classic plaid was hugely popular last fall and winter, and it has only gained momentum this season. From gingham to buffalo, the checkered pattern is popping up everywhere. Traditional red tartan always calls to mind two personas from opposite ends of the style spectrum: the prep and the punk. My style can be a bit manic, so both looks have a place in my wardrobe. Some days my outfits border on prim and proper; other days it’s all about attitude.

This time around, I decided to go the edgy route. I could just have easily buttoned this ruffled shirt up to the throat and paired it with a high-waist skirt and schoolboy blazer. Instead, I borrowed a grunge-era trademark and wore it unbuttoned over a laid-back oversize tee. Ultra dark skinnies, a bejeweled layered chain necklace and taupe ankle booties keep it chic and modern. 

14 comments:

Robin said...

Killer look. I particularly love the relaxed, rolled-up sleeve of the plaid versus the more tight, girlish plait in your hair. Cool touches like that really make the outfit.

K said...

That necklace is so cool. I'm in love with the multichain look. Add some plaid and I just die.

Linda said...

Gah! I always forget to vote every day. Love your take on this! Although some of the other entries are also very good. I vote for you though because I doubt half of them are as sweet as you. In fact one of them seems down-right scary.

Clare said...

I love those taupe ankle booties! This is a great look.

Lexie said...

i love the layered necklace - it really polishes the look!

Senorita Fashionista said...

Voted for you again!!! Your look is a winner again! Good luck!

Dylana said...

Looks awesome!

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Megan said...

Ah, I love that shirt! I'm hoping you'll win, good luck!
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Carolynn Cecilia said...

edgy & still sophisticated. I loves it! And you look so comfy too.

Nadia Kamballa said...

Great look. Love your braided hair..

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ALWAYS CHASING said...

I luuuurve your hair like this...if only mine was long enough to do so!

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Indiana Adams said...

Can I just tell you (again) how excited I am that you're up for AMSB? I've been voting for you each time, and I really hope you win the whole shebang!

Adored Austin adores you!

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Amy said...

Oh I always try to vote every day, but I am going to make a point to vote this week. This outfit is KILLER! I love how you styled up the basic plaid shirt and I am SO in love with those booties. Gorgeous, darling... gorgeous!

Hugs,
Amy

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