Effortless With An Edge

Top: Banana Republic – sold out (Similar, Similar, Similar) // Pants: A.N.A. (under $25 right now) // Shoes: Similar, Similar, Similar // Bag: Similar, Similar // Sunglasses: Similar, Similar // Watch: Similar // Bracelets: Mantrabands

Hey, y’all!  Hope your week has been fab so far!  Ok, so this is a slightly random story, but I was watching Project Runway last night.   I love the designer, Kenya!  She has a lot of talent, and I loved her look last night.  She should’ve won (or Ayanna), but whatever.  She was working with a plus sized model, and she made a comment that I thought was somewhat profound because I can absolutely relate.  Before I started this blog, one of the topics I wanted to cover was how to look effortless at any size.  She said, “When you are a woman of size, you have more to prove when you get dressed.  It’s easy for a size 2 to throw on a tank and some jeans and then she’s done, but if a woman who is a size 18 does the same thing, she has to be more polished.”  And that is so true!!  I have a coworker who is beautiful and thin.  She could probably show up to work in a paper bag, and it would look chic.  If I showed up like that, I would look a mess!  In fact, there are many times I endeavor to look simple and effortless, and I end up looking crazy and disheveled.  But in order to pull off the effortless look, I need to take a little extra effort to look polished!!  Maybe I’m wearing a t-shirt and jeans, but I need to tuck part of the shirt in or tie it in a knot to give it some shape.  Maybe I need to wear a pop of color lipstick and throw my hair in a bun.  Maybe I need to throw on a pair of heels.  All in an effort to look effortless!! It’s incredible, but it’s so true.  Some of you can relate.

Anyway, I guess I should talk about this outfit!!  I’m not sure I would categorize this look as effortless.  Would you??  I guess it’s somewhat effortless.  It’s just a top and jeans, but I think it has a little too much going on to be considered effortless.   It certainly required very little effort to put together, so let’s call it effortless with an edge.   But, I will do a post on tips for achieving effortless style in the future.  I’ve mentioned this top before.  It’s from the Olivia Palermo Collection for Banana Republic.   It’s one of the pieces I really wanted when I saw her runway show in NYC.  Unfortunately, it’s sold out now, but her collection still has a lot of great pieces!  I’ve linked below to somewhat similarly styled shirts.  Obviously this shirt is pretty unique, so I wasn’t able to find an exact match.  But I loved the idea of pairing a unique blouse with an equally unique pair of pants.  My first thought was to pair the top with my usual blue jeans or my black ankle pants, but I wanted to try something different.  I seriously love these oregano colored destructed jeansll (which are on sale right now for under $25).  They are fun, and I love how they fit.  I added my fave leopard pumps and other fun neutrals, and the rest is history.  Would you put together this combination?  Have a great week, and thanks so much for reading!!

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Photographer: Jerren Willis Photography

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