So you’re rummaging through the thrift store and you come across a 1980’s style tennis skirt, complete with wild patterns and colors. You love it, but can you pull it off? Of course, you can! Or maybe you want to flash a good bit of leg, but you’d like to keep it on the classy side of things. Can you do that? Yes, you can!
Styling anything that walks on the wild side is all about finding balance and having fun. Wild colors, lengths and patterns are your friends, but here’s how to make them play nice.
Balance something wild with something tame. It’s like a traveler who hates planning joining up with a travel buddy who loves planning. One helps the other to not be a hot mess, and one helps the other to not be too uptight. It’s a win-win partnership.
Both the skirt and the jacket in this look cost very little money. The skirt is a thrift store find and the blazer is something I borrowed from my son and kind of never returned. He had already outgrown it by the time I remembered it was supposed to be his. Okay, I actually have two of his jackets, one black and one navy blue. My friends used to laugh at me for wearing my son’s clothes, but I think I’ve had the last laugh, don’t you?
Here’s a tip: Being a woman doesn’t forbid us from stepping over into the men’s and boy’s sections to search for treasures. Especially if you’re on the petite side, the kids section can offer more variety to choose from and often lower prices as well.
Balance something short with something long. This isn’t a rigid rule. Nothing ever is with fashion. I’ve been known to sexpot it up in my day; however, if you’re looking to tame the sexy beast or present her more subtly, a good idea is to consider the reveal something-cover something method.
Show some leg, cover some shoulder. Yeah, I said shoulder. My shoulders drive the men wild, honey. My shoulders bring all the boys to the yard.
I love the addition of these eye-catching shoes because it mimics the boldness of the skirt, tying everything together; and it also allows for the viewer’s eye to keep moving along a line by offering multiple points of interest. Again, this isn’t necessary, just one option. I could’ve also done a red or black shoe, maybe even a very skinny strapped white shoe.
Here’s the outfit in my hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, specifically FAT Village, a hub for artists and creators, and a place I love to hang out. I’ll have to give you a video tour one of these days.
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Mix revealing clothes with concealing clothes.
Mix feminine styles with menswear.
Mix thrifted bargains with designer splurges.
Mix bold patterns and colors with muted or solid color.
Shoes: Celine HH Pilgram Domino
Blazer: a place nobody cares about
Skirt: a thrift store
If you’re an 80s kid yourself, here’s a Buzz down memory lane, also known as a history lesson for some of you younger folk.
My name is Lyz-Stephanie and I want to inspire you to be more connected to yourself and the world, to find beauty in simple pleasures, and to have more adventures. Every day we can do something to make our lives happier and richer, make our minds more active and engaged. I’m on the journey. Will you join me?