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
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)
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!
40 replies to “swinging in studs and stripes”
Beautiful look! Love the sweater and the shoes! The colors combination is very nice too! ❤ ❤
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Uuuuuggghhh, those shoes are killer!!!!!!
I’ve started using sweaters…even though Florida doesn’t really get cold-cold weather, lol.
Haha! I love that! Yes- just embrace the spirit of fall despite the lack of cold weather- I would totally do the same!
Those shoes are so, so, cute!
I love the shoes!! You look great as always!! ❤
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Great photos, I am loving your advice I will keep in mind for future posts.
Great look Missy…particularly love the shoes, (and the very edgy photo shoot)
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The shoes are fabulous! (and pretty nails as always 🙂 ) I’m not very good at layering sweaters so I tend to wrap up with scarves instead
Yes! the shoes are fabulous. I love the first photo..the subway posts were a great prop choice 😉
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;)
Love that sweater. The camel and pink combo is awesome. Great find on the shoes too!!
Well,you are the best Fashion Hunter I know you found these amazing shoes for such money, love your sweater , perfection!
i like the doubled stripes!
SIGH….THE SHOES,,THE SWEATER….I WANT!!!YOU LOOK FAB
Liking the stripes on you! xx
Simple and stylish yet. Love the shoes 😀
Very cool look, love the shoes!!
Loving the stripes!!
ummm yeah, those shoes are pretty much amazing. Love the stripe on stripe too!
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!
beautiful photos and outfit, love the sweater 🙂
Love those shoes, I’ve been looking for shoes like that ever since I saw the valentino pair which if I didn’t have to pay rent for a few months sure I would buy in a heart beat. http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/valentino-rockstud-t-strap-pump/3171736?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=valentino_'rockstud'_t-strap_pump:353640&cm_pla=shoes:women:pumps&cm_ven=Google_Product_Ads&mr:referralID=3259ea49-4baa-11e3-9104-001b2166c62d Seen here!
OMG! I KNOW! I’m actually going to do a post on the Valentino pair. I mean…$1,000? It just takes it one step too far…unless I could afford it, in which case it would be totally fine! LOL
Eee can’t wait to read it! I know right if I could afford it then of coarse *shoulder shrug no big deal. lol
LOL nbd. ….but then, I think, would I ever really do that? Or would I just continue to buy everything on sale because it’s so much more fun…hmm…I’m guessing I’ll never be in a position to buy the Valentino’s anyway, so let’s go with huntresses for life! 🙂
Lol I knowwwwww. I just read the perfect quote I would rather have a full closet of cheap clothes than an empty closet with a few expensive clothes. H4L!! (Huntresses for life) I wonder if we can #trend this on twitter. 🙂
OMG! YES! #yourebrilliant #huntress4life?? maybe if you and I do it, it will catch on? LOL
First I saw the striped sweater and I was like “YEAH that’s awesome”. Then I saw the shoes and I was like “OH WOW!” – they are GORGEOUS!
Great shoes..I agree, the Valentino ones are awesome..but… xxx
I feel like pictures should be fun and creative, and yours always are! I adore those flats and also your striped sweater. If people stare, that means your doing something good 🙂
Love your shoes!!!
Your shoes are the cutest. I love them!
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love the colors, the stripes, the studded shoes!
Great pictures!!! And those shoes are fantastic!
such a cute look!! you’ve styled this perfectly 😉
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! 🙂
Totally agreed! I loved the nude but I couldn’t find them in my size!! We are totally twins!!
Thanks, everyone! I think we all agreed that $16 studs were much more accessible than the $1,000 Valentino pair…though I’m not judging if anyone finds those Valentinos on sale and ends up rocking them!! xo
Those shoes are adorable! And my favorite tops, stripes!!!!