I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.
― Coco Chanel
It was floral print and had a swingy skirt.
Classic but fun and oh so gorgeous.
On sale and in my size.
I must confess that I was like a kid in a candy store in Primark during last month’s trip to Scotland (which you can read about here, here, here and finally here). But I tried to be sensible and not just shop for the sake of shopping.
I fell in love with this dress right there and then and I have no regrets.
Last Thursday it worked perfectly beneath a cardigan during my super crazy workday and on its own for a cocktail event in the evening. Perfect right?
Today I continue with my outfit suggestions for Independence month in Barbados.
I think a good test for determining if an outfit is too cheesy is to ask the question: “Would I wear this at any other time of the year?”.
If the answer is no, then make some changes. Show your patriotism while holding on to your fashion sense. Please!
The bright yellow Balenciaga bag caught my attention as soon as I went to Polyvore so I decided to build my two looks around it.
Today’s outfits showcase two of the ways I think we can represent the 246 while keeping it classy and not venturing into “obvious” territory: prints and incorporating grey.
Solids scream “flag” but the lace print adds a little more interest to the blue, yellow and black while the grey jeans keep that ensemble from being too literal.
Hope you enjoy!
Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one’s own, it is always 20 times better.” -Margaret Oliphant
Growing up in Barbados in the 90’s and even early 2000s there were a few fashion rules that were drilled into your head with “matching” being the overarching theme.
You didn’t wear gold and silver together or mix patterns and you most certainly did not wear brown and black together.
Even in 2012 when colour blocking is “in” some people would still frown on pairing these two dark colours.
I say wear them…. But wear them like you mean it! Brown and black combos shouldn’t look like you just grabbed random items from a pile and threw them on. You have to choose carefully so you strike that right balance.
If you’re not used to pairing the two, I would suggest starting with leopard print clothes or accessories where most of the work is already done for you.
It so happened that for two days this week I ended up wearing brown and black. In the first case, I focused on animal prints while the second time around it was all about solids.
Do you still consider black and brown combinations to be taboo?