Making it ‘Pop’

2 Oct

093009FashionFullBodyThis outfit was about taking a bold pair of stockings that already “popped” but blending them with an outfit that “popped” from head-to-toe … and amazingly enough, I had all the right accessories in the right color tones to pull it off. But I’ll let you be the judge of that!

093009FashionBackSeamsSo, once again, I started building the outfit from the stockings — the most outspoken part of the ensemble.

To make the crazy, plum back-seams have a grounded look, I paired them with a classic navy blue-and-white Swiss polka dot dress, with a full A-line skirt … and for kicks, I wore a petticoat to make the skirt become a soft, full bell shape.

093009FashionUpperDetailTo tie in the Barney-inspired hosiery, I turned to accessories: a teal, plum and white busy, floral print belt (circa. 1980s), a couple varied purple- and plum-toned elastic beaded bracelets, and a mesh, beaded necklace in hues of lavender, pink and blue.

Now, to fully accentuate the plum stockings, I decided to go with a pair of black shoes, with a bold, cut-out buckle/strap detail and wooden heel.

Estimated grand total: $36.10

093009FashionTightsShoes

$10 Navy Blue Swiss Polka Dot Dress (End-of-season clearance at Forever 21)
$6 Plum Back-seam Stockings (Full price at StockingStore.com)
$7 Mesh, Beaded Necklace (Artisan stand at Philadelphia Folk Festival)
$5 Varied Purple- and Plum-Toned Elastic Bracelets (average price at 5-7-9)
$10 Bold, Cut-Out Buckled Black Heels (Originally $55 by Wanted, then bought under an Easy Pickens’ label on Clearance)
$.10 Teal, Purple & White Printed Belt (Clearance Bins at a Goodwill)

How You Can Make It ‘Pop’
So,
it might be important to note that these purchases have spanned a couple years … I first bought the mesh necklace back in 2002 because I wanted a necklace that would make a statement … whether from dressing up a pair of jeans to jazzing up a corporate suit. That’s the secret: start with an accessory that’s unique and that Photo 144you love.

The whole outfit doesn’t have to be a bold-theme from head-to-toe, like this one. Simply take that mesh necklace, for example, and pair it with a black wrap dress, black tights and heels, then all of a sudden a “typical, rat-race uniform” has turned into an alluring, bold statement — making you even more memorable!

When you are out and about, whether window shopping or on a mission, keep in mind the colors and style of your statement piece so that as you browse clearance racks you will be keen to snag the next layer for your head-to-toe theme!

(By the way, the evidence of how quickly I put together this outfit, is my tossled hair. Granted it was the end of the day when I shot these photos, but that morning, I spent about 15 minutes throwing the outfit together before I headed out the door — first, using a little product to pull my hair back into a barret. Certainly a clear sign this is not a hair blog!)

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8 Responses to “Making it ‘Pop’”

  1. Ashley October 2, 2009 at 10:56 AM #

    I love the look of dressing head to toe in colors of the same family. It is unexpected and very pretty.

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  2. CMD October 2, 2009 at 10:59 AM #

    You have a true gift for stretching a buck. I’m sure there are many women in this uncertain economic climate who would be interested in learning more about your talents.

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  3. SJM October 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM #

    Love your blog! Fun outfit – so you!! So clever.

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  4. Ms. Single Mama October 4, 2009 at 11:00 PM #

    LOVE, love, love that dress.

    Keep up the bloggin’ sista!

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  5. Amy October 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM #

    I can’t believe that all cost so little to put together! Looks really good, plz continue to disclose tips and where to find good deals!

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  6. Barbara Wallace October 16, 2009 at 8:59 PM #

    Again, love the shoes. A striking outfit – classic, outgoing – this is all business!

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  7. Lucas Reilly. November 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM #

    There are a few more tags that could be added to this post, me thinks. Well-blogged, Ms. Wallace. Keep it up. It all looks very nice. If I may complement is such a way, it is rather “dated”.

    Decades out yon need there sexy too, eh?

    -Lucas

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    • robinesque February 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM #

      The difference is that “decades yon” invented sexy, while decades since have continually found ways to butcher the essence of “sexy” — and that may even include Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back” claim. But, this is just my humble opinion!

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