K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid)

Updated on May 14, 2009
black fake Walmart glasses - white oxford thrifted shoes - blue thrifted shirt
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queenelizabeth 's Thoughts:

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about “simple” dressing and how to look cool and effortless at the same time (and yes, I know that “effortless cool” is such a gag-inducing cliche). I know my outfits are sometimes over-the-top and crazy, and I see people at my school, on the street, or online who look amazing in casual, more basic outfits.

I’m not saying I’m going to start dressing boring all of a sudden – there’s a big difference between simple and boring. But I am going to take a look at this tendency of mine to pile everything on all at once. Like yesterday’s outfit, which started as a casual, loose-fitting summer dress and heels, and somehow morphed into a flower-child free-love party with Carmen Miranda as the guest of honor. Or today’s outfit, which was intended to be a basic cropped button-down and mom shorts, and ended up as a retro-awkward-geek/schoolgirl outfit that borders on costume. I feel like I’m criticizing myself too much here, and I don’t want to be such a Debbie Downer, but this is just getting to the point where I need to stop, take a step back and figure things out. (Wow, melodramatic much?)

Hmm so anyways, for the next couple of days (or however long it takes before I get bored of this phase), I’m going to try and follow that rule that Coco Chanel made up or whatever, about looking in the mirror and taking one thing off before you leave the house. I’m going to stick to sharp, strong silhouettes, basic fabrics, minimal jewelry, etc…and ask myself if adding that extra headband or necklace will really improve the outfit. Just to test the waters and see what it’s like to be effortlessly cool.

Comments (25)

jennichi
jennichi on December 01
you look so young....i like
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on May 04
Cute outfit!
danemaria
danemaria on November 21
LOVE!
fashiongirl17
fashiongirl17 on November 19
love this outfit!!! you look so cute!!
sergeantkero
sergeantkero on June 05
LOVE THIS!!!
Dheyzhere
Dheyzhere on May 18
i love your style no matter what.. love the pants and knee-high socks btw.. xoxo
ohohallie
ohohallie on May 18
I think simplicity can be done right if they are effortless, perfect in every way. I personally think it's more fun to be a little off the wall, but your style is perfect anytime!
cristocarballo
cristocarballo on May 17
I love it
Petitejessica
Petitejessica on May 17
uber-cute
rubysue
rubysue on May 16
great idea! it is so hard to find that balance, but you'll do it! you have INCREDIBLE style and an obvious creative flare. you go girlfriend (gag-inducing empowerment....)
min_jeong
min_jeong on May 16
kiss~ haha. so cute !!!!
maggiemay
maggiemay on May 16
... great philosophy!!
annaiscloset
annaiscloset on May 16
... WOW
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on May 15
awesome! so casual but still so stylish!
Leandra
Leandra on May 15
great look!
cloudo3
cloudo3 on May 15
love how its clothing, skin, clothing, skin, lol
nia
nia on May 14
such a cute style!! love ur cropped top!
satinsugar
satinsugar on May 14
i love this! you look so vintage. and your cropped shirt is amazing!
raiscake
raiscake on May 14
I always keep it simple. :) Sometimes I wonder if I keep it too simple. I guess I should do the opposite and add just one more thing before I leave the house? Good luck to both of us!
Bex99
Bex99 on May 14
love the simplicity!
oliviooso
oliviooso on May 14
adorable!!Love ur shorts and that socks look cute too :D
OMGVintage
OMGVintage on May 14
really great proportions! cropped top! Yes!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on May 14
Nice title!!!! and this is so cute!!! I love the glasses and the knee high socks!!!
nobutterfly
nobutterfly on May 14
The title is so funny. Haha. Your outfits are all perfectly quirky, though, including this one. Love it.
Naso
Naso on May 14
i love this look soo cute and quirky !! :D
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