Friday, February 10, 2012
Trial and Error... Lots of Error
Sometimes things come together with an outfit. And sometimes they don't. I started off here with a blue leopard-print dress I picked up at a thrift-store. I grabbed it because (1) it's blue leopard-print and (2) it was only $6. I figured -- mistakenly -- it'd be a snazzy piece, easy to build an outfit around. I was wrong.
The first time I tried it on, it looked awful. Matronly. How could blue leopard-print be boring? The cut of the dress is terrible and it just hung on me like a sack. And, despite being blue leopard-print, it lacked punch. It was dull.
I tried to overcome these deficiencies but with mixed success. I added a petticoat underneath it which added fullness to the skirt and improved the silhouette. That worked.
My efforts to perk up the dullness, however, failed. I added color (mustard tights, gold flats, gold belt) and white gloves but those items look awkward next to the blue leopard-print. They don't mesh. I initially thought blue leopard-print would be inherently pretty but, instead, it became a hurdle I was trying to jump. And I couldn't get high enough to clear it.
I feel that I fell on my face with this outfit. I've had a string of hits lately so I was getting cocky. I guess this is the Fashion God's way of making me humble again. Back to the drawing-board...