Making Bold Pieces Work For Everyday

Why yes, I am wearing thigh-high leather boots and a vintage blazer with shoulder pads. It is hilarious to me that these are two of the pieces in my wardrobe that I have always considered a bit outlandish for everyday, but somehow paired together they make a chic statement. I bought this blazer at my favorite vintage shop in Paris (Free P Star, located in La Marais). It is vintage Yves Saint Laurent and was €8 in a bargain bin in the corner of the shop. My 19-year old heart flipped over the label and the gold buttons and I brought it back to America to hang in my closet for the subsequent 5 years until this post.

The shoulder pads intimidated me. They are just so 80’s. And every time I put the blazer on I felt like a boxed Christmas present, and just couldn’t get into it. When struggling with a difficult-to-match item, I cannot stress experimenting with shapes and textures enough. Something about the modern cut of my turtleneck against the vintage blazer worked for me, and now I think this is one of the outfits I will be wearing all season!

If you saw my post from last Friday, you know I used my cat woman costume as the top to a very fancy look. Well today, I wore the boots. I bought these boots from Aldo when I was still in high school. I watched Devil Wears Prada, and Anne Hathaway’s character rocks a pair of thigh high boots. I decided that I simply needed to own a pair, and spent a bunch of babysitting money on these beauties. Which I have worn to be Cat Woman, to New York Fashion Week, and around my apartment while dancing to Rihanna. That’s basically it. But when you pair super high boots with black pants, the elongating effect it has on your legs is so chic that you lose any impulse to categorize the boots as gimmicky.

The key to wearing super dramatic pieces is to pick classically made, well-tailored basics to pair them with. When you have the perfect cashmere knit, black jeans, blazer, or pumps to go with a super crazy piece, the whole look stays elevated. So don’t be afraid to wear the craziest pieces in your wardrobe! You bought them for a reason!

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From Head to Toe:

Sunnies: Vince Camuto, Blazer: Vintage YSL, Bag: ASOS, Turtleneck: c/o Piperlime, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Boots: Aldo (old, similar here)

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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