This outfit borders on one of those outfits that I would opt to leave off my blog, just because it's really simple. At its core, it's just a shirt and jeans. While some bloggers have the swagger to make such an outfit look spectacular, I find that it's not that easy for me. Hehe. I gleaned much from my Minimalist Style Challenge, however. So, I used what I had learned to turn a simple outfit into a smart casual one.
The plaid tassel scarf does a great deal of the work, here. It's fantastic! I've always wanted one of these reversible scarves in this particular color scheme, so I was stoked to get it from my sponsor, Oasap. It's only $17 and it's huuuuuge. I'm going to have to figure out some better ways to wrap it. I'm not the best when it comes to scarf tying. >_< The material is perfect and it's well suited for winter. The colors make this simple outfit pop. Also, if you have a tendency to wear darker colors in the winter, a scarf like this would easily add some brightness and aesthetic appeal. I look forward to wearing it often!
I wanted to add another splash of color. I just couldn't help myself. Hehe. So, I brought my convertible yellow backpack. I actually needed it though, because my partner and I planned to grab coffee. So, I packed the bag with my laptop, a book and some other stuff. Plus, I figured I might need something to stow away the sizable scarf. :D The splash of yellow is unexpected, as well, since it can be seen only from the back. It's those little style details that I have a tendency to emphasize and appreciate. ^_^
OK. Now, when the coat is removed, we end up with an eyeful of stripes. :D I thought it best to wear a patterned top to help elevate the shirt and jeans look. I really liked the swirl of patterns created by the black and white striped slub tunic and the reversible scarf. The sunglasses classed things up, as well. They're my absolute favorite and I wear them quite often. The contrast of color at the sides is what initially piqued my interest. I think it's a simple and chic twist on your average black sunglasses.
I know I've said this before, but the patterned long strap on the convertible backpack does me in, every time. It's so rad and I try to emphasize it whenever I can. As you can see, with the removal of the patterned scarf, I can still do some subtle clashing thanks to that long strap. :D For an extra dose of patterns, I wore some sheer fleur de lis patterned tights so they'd peak out from the jean cuffs.
The glossy black ankle booties are a new addition to my shoe collection. I mentioned awhile back that I won an UrbanOG Style Contest and earned a gift card. I used that gift card to buy a couple pairs of shoes. You can see the first pair I bought here. I'm loving this second pair that I picked up. If they look uncomfortable, that's because they are. Haha. The heel is a bit higher than I would normally wear, but I had been coveting this style of shoe forever. I had to buy it. I just wear gel inserts and they cut down on discomfort. I envy those of you who wear high heels. Due to my height, it's like wearing stilts. Haha.
Finally, you guys know how boyish I like to be, so I couldn't pass up the suspenders and fedora combo. All in all, I think there are quite a few enjoyable tidbits in this shirt and jeans look. I tried to make it interesting and complex without being fussy. I like how it turned out. I hope you like it, too! ^_^
Thrifted - Black Fedora (Buffalo Exchange - Austin), ModCloth Striped Top (Sale),
ModCloth Brown Braided Satchel (Sale), ModCloth Yellow Backpack
(Swap Group), Black Suspenders & ModCloth Fleur De Lis Tights (Sale)
Hot Topic - Judy Blue High Waisted Jeans in Dark Blue
c/o zeroUV - Bamboo Wood Horn Rimmed Sunglasses
c/o Jollychic - Black Double Breasted Tweed Coat
c/o Oasap - Reversible Plaid Tassel Scarf
c/o UrbanOG - Black Glossy Ankle Boots