Not Everything Is Black and White

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When I was a teenager, I loved black and white stripes. I owned striped pants, shirts, cardigans, skirts, dresses, anything I could find in stripe, I wanted. To the goth community (or at least my circle of friends), stripes were very Beetle Juice, and BJ was super chill in our eyes and got the (v hard to come by) goth seal of approval. But like most of my style choices from my teenage years, I grew tired of stripes and garnered a sort of disdain for them. So I’m not sure why, but more recently I felt compelled to add stripes to my closet again. It’s as if my eyes (or mind) suddenly saw how they could work for present-day me and accept that not everything when it comes to style needs to be so black and white (pun!) – there are some pieces that are definitely suited to a certain style, but that’s often the exception, and stripes, stripes are for everyone (amen). This outfit is like an ode to teenage me, but more grown up and definitely more present-day me. I’ve felt sort of off in most things I have been wearing of late. I’ve been saying for awhile now I feel very little connection to most of the clothes I own, but when I purchased this dress recently (from my new job, which I will talk about later!) and put this outfit together, this sense of comfort, confidence and ease washed over me. It’s hard not to feel confident with a vintage neck scarf, faux-leather moto jacket and over the knee faux-suede boots…it just feels quintessentially bad-ass.

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Let me know what outfit or piece of clothing makes you feel your best. What do you grab in your closet that you know will feel just right?

– WHAT I WORE –
Dress: Zara via Common Sort | Jacket: H&M (old) | Scarf: vintage via Common Sort | Boots c/o Public Desire | Sunglasses: Public Butter | Tights: old
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Outfit: Up Tha Punx

Larkspur Vintage | Outfit: Up Tha PunxLarkspur Vintage | Outfit: Up Tha PunxI’ve owned this faux leather jacket for about 7 years now. I used to wear it religiously, but when my style took a more soft turn, it ended up in the back of my closet (or packed in a box, rather). I’ve never been able to get rid of it though, just the same as I have never been able to get rid of my jean vest that I had cut the sleeves off of and then had my boyfriend at the time draw on the back of. They are both sentimental pieces and the only remaining items from my punk/goth days. I knew that even if I wasn’t really wearing this jacket, I would want to hold onto it. I’m telling you, finding a moto jacket like this was not easy, and it still feels just as relevant as it did back then, so I’m glad it has stayed with me all these years. I can’t say I’ll be pulling it out of my closet a ton this Fall, because it does feel very much like my former self, that of which I don’t really identify with anymore, but it was nice to bring one of my more sentimental pieces out of the darkness and share it with you guys.
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Blouse: vintage via Penny Arcade
Skirt: vintage via Odd Finds
Shoes: Sylvie and Shimmy
Bow tie: handmade