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Friday, December 2, 2011

Grounding an Outfit

Top: Target  |  Skirt: Thrifted  |  Belt: Forever 21  |  Yellow Flats: Old Navy  |  Necklace: Anthropologie (gifted)  |  Cuff: Target

(Sorry for the lack of outfit posts this week.  I was without a tripod, and my husband wasn't home when there's daylight.)

Earlier this year I came across a page in InStyle where they put together different outfits and explained "why it works."  Under one outfit's description they wrote something like, "The flowy top works because it's grounded by the sturdy belt, bold accessories, and the structure of the pants."  I don't think I'd ever heard the concept of "grounding an outfit," but it made sense to what I knew intuitively, and the concept stuck with me.  

I've had this skirt for a long time, but I couldn't figure out how to style it.  The pleats and the light color and light texture of the fabric give off an airy vibe, and a lot of the outfits I tried to create with it came off  too airy/floaty...ungrounded, etc.  Whatever you want to call it, it just didn't feel right.  But, thanks to InStyle, I at least knew that I needed to find a way to ground the outfit.  

Well, long story short, yesterday I saw this outfit on this girl's blog and I thought it was a perfect way to ground my pleated skirt.  The denim top gives it some structure and weight, and adding a sturdy belt and some heavy jewelry helps anchor it.  I also added a dark layering piece underneath to give it some more depth.  I'm so glad I could finally wear this skirt!  (The same concept is played out here, too.)

12 comments:

  1. Love it. The skirt looks really good on u.

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  2. Awesome skirt!  Love the outfit!

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  3. Yes, your outfit is very grounded. The belt adds structure so it's not too flowy. I also like the chambray shirt to rough and tough it up a bit. 
    Cheers 
    Bre

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  4. love pleated skirts and how you added a pop of yellow in your shoes!! have a great weekend love! :D

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  5. Lovely, Audrey! Even though I love my tights, super jealous that you're able to step out bare legged because it means your weather is warmer than mine. Your skirt is very pretty, but I like most of all, the pop of yellow shoes. Have a great weekend!

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  6. So so cute! I just works. :) I need some inspiration big time and this is perfect :)

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  7. I love that concept! Thanks for sharing. Now I might be able to figure out how to wear my pleated chiffon skirt I recently made....we'll see if I can pull it off as well as you :)

    merricksart

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  8. This is so cute on both of you.. I am so proud of you for thrifting that amazing skirt!! :D -Rachel (forthebirdsakron.blogspot.com)

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  9. Love that skirt Audrey! You look so cute :)

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  10. I totally dig that skirt, let me tell you. I like the way you styled it, too. Good job... grounding it.

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  11. You look soooo cute. I love that skirt. The sturdy belt and chambray shirt definitely dress it down and make it more sturdy and grounded. Those mustard flats are ADORABLE!! I need to buy me a chambray shirt, baaaaddddd-lyyyyy!!

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