This 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!
So, 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.
To 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
$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 you 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!)