A Weight Off My Shoulders

I think it is pretty obvious to look at me and know that I am a rebel, a badass, a maverick. I mean, everything about me just screams “I wear a leather jacket and lean on random buildings while casually smoking a cigarette and not caring what you think”.

OK, so none of this is true (except I do own a leather jacket), but I do like to think that when it comes to fashion, I find my own little ways to rage against the machine. Like this dress for example. This dress is the second piece of clothing I have bought this season that is supposed to be worn off the shoulder, but I prefer the look of it on. Does that make me an iconoclast? An innovator? Someone who doesn’t want to have to constantly worry about having to readjust her sleeves? (All of the above?) Perhaps. And perhaps in a few weeks I will determine I do want to wear this dress off the shoulder, because I am a woman and it is my prerogative to change my mind. Until then, I’ll just be leaning on this building (without a cigarette, c’mon guys, it’s 2017!) and looking for a cause to rebel without.

 

Dress: Target (Similar)

Bandana: Madewell

Shoes: Vince (Similar 1Similar 2)

Earrings: Paperdolls Boutique (Similar)

The Itty Bitty Midi Committee

As a female who exists on the more petite side of the spectrum, I can sometimes have trouble styling midi skirts. It is easy for the volume and length of the skirt to totally overwhelm my frame, leaving me looking less like a well-dressed lady and more like a head with legs (the torsoless horsewoman, while perhaps less infamous, can still strike fear into the hearts of many a traveler).

My instinct when it comes to combatting this issue is usually to keep my top structured, to try and create a clear delineation. However, just this once, I am completely and totally wrong (which I had to learn the hard way after trying on literally every structured top I own…). Instead, I realized that if I keep the top a more casual, I get the silhouette I am looking for without drawing too much addition to my smaller stature.  And then I can twirl around in my pretty skirt (that is basically the love child of a petticoat and something one would wear to salsa dance) to my heart’s content!

 

Top: Target (Similar)

Skirt: J. Crew

Necklace: Target (Similar 1Similar 2)

Heels: Old Navy