One of my favorite childhood pastimes was playing dress-up. I’ve always been a bit of a loner, and as a kid especially, I could spend hours entertaining myself with books and my own imagination.
I’m outing myself as the big ol’ nerd I am, but I used to imagine that I owned this fabulous fashion boutique, and I would create outfits out of my own closet and act out commercials in front of the mirror for this imagined boutique. When you grew up working poor like I did, with this major love of fashion, fantasy helped compensate for what was lacking materially.
|Skirt: Wet Seal (Similar here)|
|Tunic: Converse One Star
Tank: Old Navy Petites (Similar here)
Creativity was forced by circumstance in that if I wanted a certain look, I had to use the limited clothing options I had available, which were often hand-me-downs that were not my personal style. I spent hours in front of the mirror tying my ballerina wrap skirt into a shawl, using a tube belt (it was the 80s) into skirts, headbands, you name it.
That love of playing dress-up has never really gone
away. While I don’t have as much time to devote to such play, on
occasion, I love to shop my closet to put together pieces in different
ways than I’ve previously worn them. Sometimes, these experiments
create bold new outfits that I can’t wait to wear out and about. Other
times, not so much…
|Boots: Fergalicious by Fergie (Available here)
Clutch: The Limited (Available here)
|Necklace: Shoxie.com (Available here)|
Today’s look is the product of one of these experimental sessions. In this case, I don’t hate the outfit, but I’m not in love either. It’s probably not something that I personally would wear again, but I’m attracted to the darkness of the fabrics and how the tie-dye mixed with burgundy creates a mysterious, almost gothic feel while the shapes and floaty chiffon fabric of the top keep the overall look light.
|Cuff: Express (Similar here)|
|Fantasizing that the weather was actually as warm as it looks here!|
What do you think? Are you a fan of this look? Do you like playing dress-up, and/or did you do this as a child?