Plaid Draped Top: Mango | Denim Cut-Offs: Topshop | Necklaces: New Look | Lace-Up Booties: Superb Bazaar | Shoulder Bag: Nina Ricci | Bangle: Suiteblanco, Hermes | Watch: Charriol
Funny story: I had this strange obsession with late-Sixties to Seventies Rock music back when I was sixteen–Woodstock, Bob Dylan, the Who, Hotel California on repeat, Almost Famous, so on and forth (sans the psychotropics as I do not support LSD, Shrooms, or any form of recreational drugs and its usage). It actually came to the point that I wrote a drama for our Literature 101 class inspired by Deep Purple (and an adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s ‘May Day Eve’).
Hilarious, but props to creativity! I think that was an innovative mash-up. Anyway, what I’d honestly give to relive my college experience–where my worries were mostly limited to being exempted from Finals (this was my number 1 priority), making it to the Dean’s List (or at least getting an above average QPI), and being fashionable on campus (as you may guess, I had pretty shallow priorities).
I digress. A little after my Woodstock phase, I started having an appreciation for Grunge Bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Veruca Salt, et al. I guess I was going through the various music ere! So the thing is, when I transition from one music genre to another, my style transforms to fit my current music state. While on this phase, I bought a whole new set of plaid button-downs in green, blue, and red from Topshop (sometimes, Topman), a variety of leather jackets, oversized cotton shirts, distressed cut-of jeans, and a pair of lace-up Doc Marten’s–which I wore to death the next succeeding weeks with a huge Miu Miu motorcycle bag.
A few months after, when I finally got over my short-lived obsession with Grunge bands, I went back to my usual college ensemble and disposed of my plaids (well, most of them at least) thinking the trend wouldn’t come back for a long time!
Fast forward to 6 years later and then Plaids are making a comeback! I’m seeing a trend though of Plaids being paired with florals–I’m not quite sure on how to go about that, I’m assessing if I like the trend enough to plunge into it so I haven’t gone around pairing my plaids with florals just yet. I did, however, buy a few plaid items in the form of cropped tops, draped kimono cuts, and blouses (no cotton shirts or button downs anymore).
I pulled inspiration from my college days of course, but tweaked it a slight bit for a more refined look. It’s still 100% casual though but at least I’ve graduated from button-downs. Don’t get me wrong, I think the plaids and denim shorts pairing is respectable and comfortable, I just don’t want to make a big deal out of an outfit that’s practically something anyone–without much of a forethought–would come up with in the mornings while they’re set to do random errands, you know what I mean?
Call me snooty or whatnot but I have this compulsion to only want to share outfits I’ve really thought through (and would wear, of course)–ones that have an inspiration and a basis. Well, mostly at least. Remember, Fashion tells a story, and an outfit that’s a derivative of something you grabbed from your shelf “just because” it was the first thing you saw, does not a good story make.
That’s just me though. Disclaimer: I don’t judge or say anything about people who don’t share my principle. It is, after all, how you wear your outfit that makes it “you” and that makes it awesome. Confidence, I always say.
Anyway, Fashion police mode: off.
Here are some more photos taken by The Talented Boyfriend (check out the rad cat-eye makeup I did for the first time paired with my Mac Ruby Woo lipstick!):
Here was a selfie I took on the day itself, posted on my instagram (Follow me here if you haven’t yet):
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