Fashion Favors the Bold.

Updated on Aug 09, 2010
This is an entry to Forever 21 Back to School sponsored by Forever 21.
white Forever 21 blouse - black Forever 21 shorts - black Forever21 tights - red
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How I stand out: I never really fit into a “crowd” when I was in school. I was smart, but I didn’t like flaunting it. I was arty, but I didn’t shun “talentless” people… I was weird, but the nerds at school got boring really quick. I was musically inclined, but never really got absorbed into the scene or even became a groupie of any band. I stood out because I didn’t blend in. Though I set trends (some way before their time…skinny-belted crochet tunics? I did it in 7th grade.), I never tried to fit into any category with my style. Style-wise, I just wore what clothes I liked. And the clothes I liked ran the gamut: blue jeans, bomber jackets, tunics, corsets, ballet flats, Converse. I don’t think I was ever timid in my style, awkward and undefined at times, perhaps, but never timid. And, to some extent, I still am still the smart, arty, weird, musical girl in a class all her own that rode the bus (albeit sometimes the wrong one) home. Throughout the years, my style has one constant; it is bold and experimental. I tried to put that sort of style into this outfit, a beautiful combination of items I like to wear in the summer and items I’ve lusted after for fall. The Back to School season is about transitions, in style, but also in life. Though I’m out of school, my life is in transition, too. I’ve just started a blog and I’m getting a regular paycheck now (yay, more boot $, lol). I’m also committing to doing a few things this fall that I should have done this summer (I blame the humidity). I’m planning to be even bolder than ever this fall as I enter another year of being a self-studied student of fashion. And I’d love to have a $100 “research grant” from Forever 21 so I can keep experimenting with the multitude of cheap and chic items they have. ;)

OK, now to get to the nitty gritty details about my outfit: I took this in the 90 degree sunroom. Yes, I know I’m crazy. But the (broken) mini-fridge made the perfect chair and when I propped my foot up on the table, I knew that my awesome new boots would be visible (like my Ettienne Aigners, I will wear these until they disintegrate). I was so happy to find these tights, especially on Yellowtag Sale (P.S.: F21, totally continue the Yellowtag sale in the fall. Millions of Fashionistas will be overjoyed, including this one). They will replace the old lace ones (you’ve seen ‘em in the Memorial Day photo post) I had found…and maybe I’ll get some more like these from F21 because I love the texture. I got the shorts way back in May or June, using a Birthday F21 gift certificate. I’ve worn them quite a bit since then (see “Cherry Bomb”). I hadn’t really bought myself any black shorts until that day (I guess I just never thought about it), but I hope to find another pair at F21 (maybe ones that are a bit longer so I can wear them through October). The vest is really quite cool. I popped into Hot Topic (on my budget, getting a “half off any item you want” coupon is worth going in and buying something not on clearance.) to redeem my coupon, saw this vest and just swooned (well, not really…but I was very pleased). I’m already thinking of how I want to style it next. The red top I got because I wanted a bit of color for the outfit. I found it on sale at Macy’s (and was delighted that it was short enough to tuck into my shorts) It turns out that we might be seeing some brighter colors (like this kind of red) this fall, especially if I have anything to say about it. Ah, the rolled-up Oxford shirt. I used it as a prop/accessory for a bit of fun (way too hot to actually wear it). I have oodles of these kinds of shirts for work. This one makes an excellent layering piece as well, so you’ll definitely see it again this fall. There are also two accessories that I didn’t tag: my red lace fingerless gloves that I got on clearance ($3) from Hot Topic and My City Buddha Dove Pendant beaded necklace ($10).
Now readers, keeping in mind the guidance that your style icons have given you, go and be the beautiful, stylish and bold person you are! :D

Comments (12)

HoseNtights on August 20
love the lacy tights
the_ed on August 21
Thanks! I hope I can get another pair of patterned tights on my next shopping trip. :D
gwynethbg on August 19
cool tights! :) i love how you're not afraid to just wear what u like :)
the_ed on August 19
Thanks! :D There are so many styles that I like, so I figure, why not make a mix of them all?
InTaJaK666 on August 13
those are really SEXY tights, gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
InTaJaK666 on August 14
i can see why;-)
the_ed on August 14
:D thanks! I really took a big risk with these tights because they were bundled up in a little pack, so all I knew is that they were black. I had no idea how they would look until I put them on. But once I did, I didn't wanna take them off. ;)
TamQuoia on August 10
loving the lace;) -Tammy
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! :D I just love lace in all kinds of styles.You'll see me wearing more of it this fall. I've already got some Forever 21 lace accessories on my wishlist. ;)
Twig on August 10
delicious outfit my dear!! especially the tights ;D
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! :D Now that I look at the tights, I have a few dresses in mind for them in the future. Oh the possibilities!
naunet on August 10
Love your tights and shorts!
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! I had tried wearing patterned tights with these shorts earlier in the summer, but they just weren't right on my legs. Now that I have these new tights, I can extend the life of my shorts (Yay!) into fall. That's why I love tights and socks.
chubbylumpkin on August 10
love it! way to mix up your style!!!
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! :D I think the most enjoyable thing about my style is that by its "mixed" or non-categorical nature, I can wear many different-styled outfits in a week or an outfit composed of a mash-up of styles. I wouldn't have it any other way!,
folle_femme on August 10 sexy thing!! Great combo, lovin' the tights!
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! :D This is an outfit I would wear to college, because I'd totally get thrown out of my old HS if I strolled in with shorts this length. ;)
MurasakiNeko on August 10
You look very confident and are totally rocking this look! It definitely suits you. I especially love the contrast of the girly floral tights with the heavy boots.
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! I think I look like I'm some crazy combo of Street Fighter/King Of Fighters characters. And I love it! :D I wonder what the street-stylers in Japan would think.
pandaphilia on August 09
those tights are so nice and draw attention to your legs :) what an amazing post you wrote too! We're very similar with our hs experiences. Thank you for your awesome comment as always :D I love Charlotte Russe shoes but they're always too big! I'm a size 4-5 shoe so finding cheap affordable shoes to feed my growing hunger is no easy feat
the_ed on August 11
Hey fellow Ohioan! (I'm hoping to be a future West Coaster. ;p) I actually like the attention on my legs (usually I want it up top) because the tights make them look better. It's too bad you can't enjoy Charlotte Russe's shoes. But maybe you can find similar styles in your size at other places (Have you ever shopped for tween shoes? I think they're usually cheaper than their adult counterparts.)
pandaphilia on August 09
btw holla at a fellow ohioan :) i lived in toledo for about 10 years. i really really miss ohio. it's my home still even after all these moves
cory_josue on August 09
i love your leggings!
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! :D I'll be writing a review on these tights pretty soon. I love all the love I'm getting with these tights. I wonder how I should store them so that they don't rip (my biggest fear with netted tights). Any ideas?
MarieMarieMarie on August 09
Cute! I love those tights! =)
the_ed on August 11
Thanks! I'll pretty much wear tights with any shoe, but I think boots go best with this pair. :D
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