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Annoyingly cute?

One of my nerdtastical quirks is that whenever I make or acquire some new clothes, I like to try them on with a bunch of my existing wardrobe to see how well they integrate. Over the course of several years, I have worked toward a wardrobe wherein the majority of components are interchangeable. I am very into mix-and-match. The basis of everything is “things that will look good with brown.” Most of my pants are brown; most of my skirts which are not of printed fabrics are in the brown-or-tan family. So my tops are either colors that go well with browns, or are prints that will harmonize. The next biggest color in my wardrobe is probably orange, but pink comes in nearly at a tie with orange.

Anyway, after I made the screaming orange corduroy suit, I began playing mix-and-match with the pieces of the suit.

Though I came up with a few really good outfits, I also came up at least one which was patently ridiculous. This is the one I’ll be posting tonight:

As soon as I got it on the dummy, I realized that I’d just created an Orange Sherbet Gothic Lolita outfit, and that this was a huge big problem.

First off, I am way, way too old to dress in Gothic Lolita fashion. Secondly, I don’t subscribe to “genre fashion” anyway, and thirdly, holy crap, that’s a ludicrous outfit.

Sadly, I’ve accidentally created a Gothic Lolita outfit on at least one previous occasion.
This is why I don't wear this shirt with a skirt
It ended badly.

And, if I were so inclined, I could actually do you one worse:

That is pretty well horrifying. I like pink as much as the next girl, but lord help me if I ever wear this out of the house.

This would be pretty much a floral-print twee-splosion, as well. Nauseating!

Without either jacket, though, it makes a really cute summer outfit that I would wear with confidence and good cheer:

That’s just fine. It’s just that ruffly pink, flowered skirts ought to be approached cautiously, especially by women over 30. I really like this skirt, and skirts with this flared shape, but I have to remember that it can go from chic to ridic. in the blink of an eye.

3 Responses to “Annoyingly cute?”

  1. planetmort says:

    I *dig* that halter top!

  2. Meetzorp says:

    Thank you! It’s a great pattern from the 1970s. I’ve made two others from this same pattern. I like to use this style of halter top as a fill-in-the-neckline for suit jackets. Otherwise I tend to get a bit overheated.

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