War and Peace

Some of the most clever outfits are ones that weave an unexpected juxtaposition into the mix. You know the type: Deconstructed denim with sequins, a frothy tulle skirt with Doc Marten boots; an evening ball gown with flat sandals, etc. The unexpected is typically what gives an outfit its uniqueness and personality. In other words, an outfit can be just an outfit, or, it can be an OUTFIT. You get my point. The key to creating an interesting look is to be brave enough to venture into an area where some might say you're in violation of the fashion status quo 

For today's midweek style story, I created an outfit that's sweet with a hardy dose of badass, or, what I like to call, War and Peace. In recent years I had been on a hunt for a pair a camouflage jeans (war). I finally found a pair that I love, and mixed with a pair of killer heels, and a sweet ruffle-neck top (peace) with an asymmetric line - Alas, I'm finally able to put together the look I envisioned. While positioned in an area that looks like a war zone rather than a place to have a pristine fashion shoot, I feel like the entire story comes to life. What better way to drive my point home, than to be photographed looking pretty in place that is ugly. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and I'll meet you below in the comment section.

Outfit Details:
Black Label Camo Print Denim in petite: Chico's (Sold Out. You might be able to find them in the boutiques)
Ruffle Neck Top: Anthropologie (from last year but check out these great options Banana Republic Twill Ruffle-Neck Sleeveless TopTibi Ruffle Neck Top and MDS Stripes Reversible Ruffle Tank)
Sandals by Michael Kors (I've had them for years)
Polish is Ladylike by essie


Sartorial Savvy:
  1. With its asymmetrical hem that flows away from the body, the top creates a nice balance with the skinny silhouette of the camouflage jeans - while one is fitted, the other is flared.
  2. I chose gold accessories to coordinate with the gold ankle zipper on the jeans. 
  3. The stark white top and the pattern in the pants do not compete with each other, rather, they play nicely with one another, with neither garnering too much attention. All pieces become stars in their own right.
  4. What qualifies an outfit or garment as Badass? It's in the saucy attitude it projects: Jeans that hug your curves and leave little to the imagination; Heels that make everyone stand-up and take notice; Sunnies that conceal your eyes, and leave others to wonder where you're looking; a walk that's strong and confident; or while others scream for WAR - you scream for PEACE.

I hope you enjoyed the midweek style story called War and Peace. Stay tuned for next week's dose of style, right here at So What to Twenty😉

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  1. Love the outfit. I'm on the hunt for a pair of camo pants as well. Something I never thought I'd wear again after serving 4 years in the Army. But, here I go... I love them with pretty things like lace and heels and sparkly stuff. You know, all the things I couldn't wear when I was enlisted.

    1. I get it, Daenel. Maybe you're feeling nostalgic for them. I thought I'd never wear red again after being on pep squad in high school, and having to wear red and white almost every day. Recently, I was able to wear red again. These are my first pair and I must say, they are Ah-may-zing. I hate that they're sold out. I hope Chico's will bring them back.

  2. A perfect and quirky juxtaposition of elements. LOVE it. The sweet ruffle and the camo pants, wearable, and fun. Perfectly Glenda. I am always crazy about those sandals. Great photography as well. That review looks familiar ;0)
    Happy weekend friend!
    xx, Elle

    1. You are the queen of juxtaposing, Elle. I love what you do with your wardrobe. It's always so fun and clever. Thank you, my friend.

  3. Sorry to be the fly in the ointment, but I am not a camo fan - on anyone! Khaki is the one colour you will not find in my wardrobe. Skinny jeans? No - not for me either. Makes me look like an olive with 2 cocktail sticks for legs! But do love the white top u r wearing. Looks FAB! Great bag too.

    1. I understand not all looks are for everyone, and that's what makes our style uniquely ours :)


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