Today I am sharing another example of the Rule-Breaking Trend of combining Black and Brown. This OOTD also includes another trend for this Spring: Ruffles. Despite having an inherent, innocent allure, Ruffles are a trend that are surprisingly sexy; there is definitely something provocative about a woman dressed in fashion typically only worn by little girls. I have been rocking the ruffle trend since I was a little girl. Every Sunday my mother dressed me up in giant ruffled dresses with matching bonnets and ruffled bloomers. I’m told that I liked the ruffles on my underwear so much that I would go to the bathroom and turn them around so the ruffles were on the front where I could see them. This made me particularly popular at church, as essentially turned my ruffled bloomers into a thong. Much to my mothers chagrin, modesty was never my strong point; from that point on, she and my grandmother had to sew ruffles onto the front AND back of my bloomers to keep me from exposing myself to the congregation.
A few years ago, while in Asia, I noticed the Japanese obsession with doll-like, cartoonish trends. Grown women and teenagers alike were all dressed up like dolls. The “school-girl” look has always had a place in fashion; after all, who can forget the sexy school-girl costumes worn by Britney Spears in her debut music video, “Hit me Baby, One More Time”? Under-age dressing, like ruffles and school-girls, are trends that never lose their sex appeal, no matter how many times it is done. Following today’s Ruffled Black and Brown OOTD, I included my version of the “school-girl” look from a themed party a few years back
For today’s Ruffled Black and Brown OOTD, I chose to pair a vintage brown wool skirt by Louis Feraud with a black ruffled deep-v top. I love the detailing on the vintage Louis Feraud skirt I am wearing, particularly the leather detailing above the pockets. The ruffled top is actually a vintage teddy from the 80’s, that I turned into a plunging top! I also love to layer this type of lace-y teddies and bustiers under blazers for nights when I head out straight from the office.
My accessories include a vintage brown bag I found at Buffalo Exchange, and two-t0ned brown shoes by Louis Vuitton. You can check out another way I styled these Louis Vuitton Show Shoes in my recent Christmas Styling Post HERE.
The final touch of warmth in today’s OOTD, is a black coat by Mara Hoffman for Intermix. A funny anecdote about the coat: My first year in New York City, my best friend Maria got the same coat in Camel from Intermix for her birthday. A few weeks later, I was shopping for a much-needed black winter coat. After trying on every other style I could find, the only one I liked was, of course, THIS one! I took the risk of the ultimate fashion faux-pas and bought the copy-cat coat. True, I committed the ultimate “No-No” in Fashion, but how could she blame me? Imitation is the best form of flattery, after all!
Coat: Mara Hoffman for Intermix
Blouse: Vintage Teddy circa 1980’s
Skirt: Vintage Louis Feraud circa 1950’s (Buy it HERE on ShopGingersCloset.com)
Scarf: Vintage circa 1920’s
Earrings: Vintage circa 1940’s
Belt: Rugby by Ralph Lauren
Handbag: Vintage circa 1970’s
Shoes: Louis Vuitton
Photography: Chris Knight, @ChrisKnightPhoto
Styling: Karen Weaver, www.Ginger-Snap.com @GingerSnapsNYC