I love mixing things together that you wouldn’t normally expect. I’m a photographer by day (along with wife, student, blogger, and more) and I like to dream up new things you wouldn’t see everyday. Ideas range from fancy dresses in a forest to glamorous props on a not so glamorous outfit. It’s the unexpected things that make you stand out.
Same goes for fashion.
I put together and modeled 3 unexpected combos that work! Not to mention look totally cool.
1. Polished + Distressed
Though this might seem totally contradictory, it’s amazing all the options you have in your closet when you clean it out. I totally forgot I even had this gray blazer! Or is it blue? I haven’t been able to decide, so leave your answer in the comments. But please let’s not start a war of “No, that dress is blue and black not white and gold!” 😉
I think a blazer is very important to have in your closet. I got this blazer many years ago when I was shopping with my mom. I was given a gift card and couldn’t wait to use it! I was going crazy having a hard time choosing between gorgeous shoes, a new purse, or a sparkly top. My mom strongly suggested I buy a blazer because it will never go out of style. Mothers, hu? Well I bought the blazer and was so sad afterward because I spent my gift card on something I found to be boring and never wore. Until recently. So mom, if you’re reading this, you were right.
I’m not in a professional business type job so I always think I look a little too “stuffy” when I wear it, but then I found a combo I feel relaxed and chic in!
Thready, holey, distressed jeans + a blazer looks so chic! A loose v neck for the “sloppy” feel and just the right amount of sparkle here and there balances it out.
2. Girly + Punk
Tell me, what could be more girly than a full out sparkly, sequin dress? I LOVE sparkles so therefore I love this outfit. Throw on any kind of leather or motorcycle jacket over anything really girly and you just mastered it. It doesn’t have to be a dress, either. Look for color, material, or any girly factor (ruffles, design, etc).
Nude heels are a safe bet for anything, but if I had some killer black, spiky heels I would have worn those.
3. Fancy + Athletic
I had a hard time thinking of a 3rd idea so I enlisted my husband’s help. I asked him to think of things that were opposites and I gave him the examples of polished + distressed and girly +punk. He gave me some erm…different ideas like red+pink and happy+sad…or something like that. But right as he resumed watching a sports game on his phone he said athletic+fancy and bam…idea!
Bless his soul and bless that sports game.
This was my favorite outfit and I loved the way I felt in it. The sparkly necklace and skirt are dressy and the shirt and kicks are athletic. Well, it’s about as athletic as I get.
I love, love this gray shirt. It is so comfortable and loose. I made it from my husband’s old V neck. I would include the tutorial, but the tutorial isn’t exactly what got me this shirt. I don’t know how I messed up the cutting, but it worked out in the end because I love it! But don’t ask me to recreate it.
There you have it! 3 unexpected combos that work. No, I’m not Marilyn Monroe’s biggest fan but it seems fitting to end with this quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”