Monday, July 28, 2014

The Intersection of Tacky & Chic


If you've been reading for a while, you'll already know that I love a challenge. If you've just clicked on the blog for the first time....well, I guess I just told you. So now you know.  I love a challenge.

One of my favourite things to do with fashion is take something that traditionally has certain connotations associated with it and use it in a different way. Take this leopard print blouse. Although you are always hearing the fashion industry proclaiming that leopard print is a neutral, a claim which I firmly believe, it doesn't necessarily mean that leopard print is particularly easy to wear.

Leopard print is one of those things that historically, was sort of the calling card of the Loose Woman, or perhaps more recently, the ex-Vegas-showgirl-turned-barfly-cougar.  Nowadays, we can see these stereotypes as the thinly-veiled attempts at slut-shaming that they are; yet the trepidation many of us feel for dressing in leopard still does persist, if only subconsciously. After all, if I were to say to you that on a given day I was planning on wearing a silky leopard print blouse paired with a pair of short shorts, big hair, and bright orange lipstick, you might think of my choices as questionable, am I right?

And yet that is exactly what I am wearing.  It's really all down to your choice of print, fabric, and pairings. There are as many permutations of leopard print out there as there are molecules in the universe. It takes time to find just the right one that complements you in skin tone, scale, and what already exists in your wardrobe. Leopard print in and of itself tries really hard, so I find that it works best to pair it with something that is a little more carefree. I chose this loosely-tucked, casual shorts look paired with flat loafers, no jewellery, slightly messy hair, and no makeup other than a bit of orange on the lip; comfy, unassuming, and I daresay the opposite of what one might expect. Roar.






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7 comments:

  1. I'm a big fan of leopard print in all it's guises! Great post - I like how you turned the connotation of the description of what you were wearing around by your choice of cuts and shapes.

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  2. Wonderful choices, to make an unexpected, chic look, Kristin. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday., xox

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  3. I adore leopard print, and that one is really good on you. The loafers are the perfect "grounding" element.

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  4. Love this look on you. I think it has to be the right leopard print and yours certainly is so. Love the top , and with the white shorts and the black loafer a lovely look! I love the bit of red with the lipstick too!
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  5. I like leopard in a minimal form...A bag, belt, shoe. I feel like it's overwhelming on me. You selected a great tone for your coloring. I like how you classed it up with the crisp white shorts and loafers.

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  6. I have many leopard items and I love to wear them, makes me feel a little sassy and chic however keeping it classy is key. Your outfit is purrrfect!! =)
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  7. Yup! Nothing loosey-goosey or bad-girl about this blouse. You have it just right (as always!) and I am in envy and admiration of your long legs and willowy figure in your shorts. Perfect little mocs with the look.
    I still have a hard time with animal prints ... but don't object as much as I have in the past. You look completely cool in this, with none of the implication that " I'd wear the real pelt if I could, but can't so I wear the print" Very ladylike and subdued. Works for me!

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