- Blazer and patterned plum tights (Gap)
- Tie-neck bow-print blouse (H&M)
- Shorts (Forever 21)
- Bag (vintage Coach)
- Swear rings (Wendy Brandes)
- Black patent oxfords (American Apparel)
With Asian genes on my side, I tend to "look like I'm twelve" (to quote the boy) when I wear something too cutesy, so these days I'm actively trying to wean myself off of looks that skew toward the young side. This blouse is definitely on the edge of "too cute" territory, but in the end I decided I liked the print and detachable black bow too much to care.
Maybe I should accept that these sorts of items work for me and stop fighting it, and instead try styling girlish items in a more adult way. I tried doing that in this outfit by pairing the blouse with patterned tights, purple lipstick, and swear rings. But it needs more than subtle touches and accessories to look grown-up. The next time I wear it, I'm thinking denim leggings, a teal long-sleeve tee underneath the blouse, and motorcycle boots.
Do you ever find yourself gravitating towards a style you're trying to stay away from? Do you just embrace it or do you actively try to shift your personal style in another direction? How do you deal with it?