swinging in studs and stripes

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When I passed these giant subway posts today, I thought to myself, “you should go swing on that for the blog.” Totally normal walking into work thought, right? Well, that’s just what I did. Per usual, we received a number of puzzled glances (i.e. stares) as I climbed onto the metal work. The thing I’ve realized lately, however, is that when I just give up wondering what I look like as I awkwardly pose, the photos seem to turn out better. Climb on logs? Swing from metal posts? Lay on the street? Sure, why not? The more I let go of the idea of “how things should look,” the better things seem to turn out. I won’t even say it. Yes, I will. It’s another fashion metaphor for life. If only letting go was as easy in life as it is when I am looking away from a camera…

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu

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Sweater: Gap ($20 marked down from $45)

T-shirt: Old Navy ($2 marked down from $9)

Pants: Banana Republic ($20 marked down from approx $90)

Shoes: Rampage via Marshall’s ($16 marked down from $40)

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Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I liked “doubling” up on stripes when wearing this sweater. I wore a stripped t-shirt underneath the sweaterto mirror the stripes in the sweater.  I find a lot of sweaters to be itchy (maybe it’s just me, but this seems to happen a lot!), so I generally wear t-shirts and long sleeve t-shirts underneath both to stay warm and to combat the itchy sweater situation. And, of course, this helps cut down on the cost of dry cleaning! If you’re going to wear a top under your sweater, you can definitely consider wearing a stand-out shirt underneath, instead of just a solid tee.  

2) This sweater and t-shirt combination was fairly casual for work, so I kicked it up a notch with studded patent leather t-strap flats. Need I say more? Studded. Patent-leather. T-strap. Flats! It was love at first clearance with those shoes…I found these gems in the Marshall’s clearance shoe section.  Lately, I’ve been scanning the clearance section twice, and of course, looking in all of the shoe sizes, not just my own. I found these in the wrong size section and during my second pass through the section. I know it may sound time consuming, but this takes about ten minutes!

Anyone else starting to pile on the sweaters and layers for winter? Battling itchy sweaters??

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate all of your support!

 

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40 thoughts on “swinging in studs and stripes

  1. Well, this integration of fashion and mindfulness is incredible! I love it and I totally agree you’ve had to let go of a lot of conventional ideas to be successful at this. I think you also embody the beginner’s mind, another way to look at situations with curiosity and wonder. Look at your thrifting magic! I’m excited;)

  2. I am in love with those shoes! The way you doubled up on the stripes is interesting and cute! I often have thoughts that relate to my blog in that manner as well! Definitely a cool location for the picture and well worth it!
    XOXO
    inconformistafashionista.wordpress.com

  3. We are almost twins – I own the same shoes in nude. I adore Valentino’s Rockstud line. While I don’t mind an investment piece here and there (if I can get it on sale), I feel like these are going to look super dated in a year or so. Replicas to the rescue! 🙂

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