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Updated on Sep 12, 2010
white dress - blue jacket - gray socks - black shoes - brown belt
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For this particular outfit, I was inspired by the zara webshop pictures! I’m really digging the simple but perfect mix of preppy/boho/retro styling going on on their site, very inspirational. They are using a lot of pieces that you might already own, but the way they are combined is both fresh and classic. For example, this look immediately stood out to me and I really wanted to make it my own straight away, so I grabbed my DIY kneesocks and my little lace dress (haven’t worn that beauty for far too long!), and my denim jacket. I have been struggling with the sleeves for some time now: I always want to fold them up as I do with ALL my long sleeve things (I prefer my wrists bare), but the cuffs along with the tight sleeves didn’t look right when rolled up, and didn’t sit all that comfortable either. So I DIY-d a bit again and just cut off the cuffs and rolled the sleeves up to keep the fabric from fraying. Easiest DIY ever? I really love how all of this looks together. I wouldn’t have thought of this myself even though the pieces look like they belong together. Outfits that fall in place so perfectly are my faves, and Zara has mastered that art.

Fashion is evil I tell you. Everytime some shop comes up with an amazing collection, promoting the image of a girl I would like to be, I want to try it on for size. It’s like new fashion allows us to explore new sides of ourselves. I am a very versatile person. Some might call me fickle or weird, but I consider myself FLEXIBLE. I have a big personality, and my personality is not constant or immobile. I have a lot of personality/personalities. And I love how fashion allows me to feel and act out all of the people I am! When I put on a long dress, I feel like a very different version of myself than when I am wearing pants and suspenders. Not completely different, but it has an effect on the way I carry myself. I’m always a bubbly, impulsive, headstrong girl but when I’m wearing a dress, I bring that personality in a more flirtacious way while when I’m wearing my trousers, I’m more of a tomboy with a devil may care attitude.

Fashion allows me to push my boundaries and play my part in the movie that is my life. I love seeing myself as a character in a movie through my outfits. Honestly, I guess what I’m really doing is imagining what impression I make on people, and trying to control that impression.

Fashion is the control freak’s enabler.

PS: I had just typed a loooooooooong article for EIU and then my firefox crashed. So I’m sort of down right now at all the lost work. Sigh.

THE STYLING DUTCHMAN

Comments (77)

yaniebanie
yaniebanie on January 04
I gotta say. I love everything about this
fab_gab
fab_gab on December 27
I'm loving this post and may re-post your look with a link back to your site for my style blog's round-up on white lacy dresses. I love it! you can watch out for it at www.FabGabBlog.com. please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by.
chrissylovesyou
chrissylovesyou on December 22
Really Cute Dress ! :)
rhemel
rhemel on December 01
I totaly <3 that combination!
Redchyna
Redchyna on October 16
Cute with just the right amount of flirty. I like the rolled up sleeves on the jacket.
eightxvi
eightxvi on October 03
Loving this!
GingerEcstasy
GingerEcstasy on September 16
Very pretty dress :) x
LapinNoir
LapinNoir on September 15
looove this!! & you are so right, fashion is a way to paint your own picture of yourself, every day! :D
WildflowerBazaar
WildflowerBazaar on September 14
so cute for everyday and even a date. I love the combination. I have yet to buy thigh highs but I'm in desperate need! I want to try this look on me hah
Guni
Guni on September 14
Cute! =}
caityo
caityo on September 13
I love everything about this outfit!
gdolceamore
gdolceamore on September 13
so pretty!
KaylaMeow
KaylaMeow on September 13
amazing jacket !
freedomwings
freedomwings on September 13
Lovely dress! Chic!
NinaSafada
NinaSafada on September 13
amazing!!! <3
springfiry
springfiry on September 13
Love the outfit you put together! Very pretty dress!
coldlight
coldlight on September 13
love the denim jacket over the dress!
Meen
Meen on September 13
The dress is stunning and I love the way you put the outfit together! :)
glamourvixen
glamourvixen on September 12
I'm loving all the layering...belt, jacket, otk socks, etc. This is sooo modern & chic! I luv the white dress underneath!
ThatLaurenGirl
ThatLaurenGirl on September 12
love the outfit! you were missed today at chictopia10!
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 13
thanks for thinking of me :) I'm sad I couldn't make it too! please tell us what went on! :D
Little_Island
Little_Island on September 12
love the dress with the brown belt* =)
KristaniA
KristaniA on September 12
LOVE the dress, especially the scalloped-ish hem :) and yeah, I hate when my computer crashes in the middle of doing work x-(
LisaLupin
LisaLupin on September 12
I love this dress with the gray socks!
auspiciouslife
auspiciouslife on September 12
That dress is too cute! I wish I had one like it!
crayola4kids
crayola4kids on September 12
Cute dress.
eyesonyou
eyesonyou on September 12
Your socks. <3
violetheart
violetheart on September 12
i love the dress with the denim soo cute and chic :):)
LA_Chica
LA_Chica on September 12
lovely dress :)
panda101
panda101 on September 12
NAWWWWW <3
BbyFaB
BbyFaB on September 12
Super Cute
lottie90
lottie90 on September 12
lovely look! the dress and socks look fab together :)
AmandaFranco
AmandaFranco on September 12
I love the jean jacket! I'm thinking about getting one :)
Tea_Loving_Noemie
Tea_Loving_Noemie on September 12
I love this outfit and I think it suits you so nicely! I also really like your text on different personalities and flexibility that is being transfered into the way you dress... i'm the same, i've got many styles that represent many sides of my personality and moods; it's great not to ever be labelled as a person that has got only one style, there's so much more to play with! x
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 13
:) I'm glad it hit home for you!
SonjaG
SonjaG on September 12
love the sweet little white number with the denim jacket, so chic xx
beautifulromantic
beautifulromantic on September 12
love the knee socks with this dress! totally cute!
allaboutthestyle
allaboutthestyle on September 12
love your dress
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on September 12
super cute :)
naomayyy
naomayyy on September 12
knee high socks=too cute!
dorotron
dorotron on September 12
adorable!
btaylor3
btaylor3 on September 12
Love love love this! So cute!
psykoKilla
psykoKilla on September 12
great styling...soooo adorable!
christina_p
christina_p on September 12
great look! love the denim jacket on that dress!
pingpongpiang194
pingpongpiang194 on September 12
lovely dress, and so is the denim jacket!
maryiangge
maryiangge on September 12
super duper chic!!!
JerryBerry
JerryBerry on September 12
Such an fantastic look. Love the denim jacket and how you added the gray socks for more flavor. Love it. :)
angiekje
angiekje on September 12
hehe this is a little similar to what I wore :) LOVE this!! (uploading mine in an hour or so :))
alinaceusan
alinaceusan on September 12
aww
pamchua
pamchua on September 12
Love the combination of the socks and the shoes!
Pink_Champagne
Pink_Champagne on September 12
that dress is so pretty!
TheStyleRealist
TheStyleRealist on September 12
i want those socks!! and yes, fashion is evil but it's a bitter sweet concept...
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
Elekon_Chic_Boutique on September 12
amazing combo!great dress and socks! such a natural, stylish and sexy look! exactly what I love:) Congrats on Style Icon! you really deserve this!!
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
thank you! you are so sweet!
GlossyCheshireCat
GlossyCheshireCat on September 12
adorable! i love the combination :-) the socks are cool too :D <3
TrixxyPixiee
TrixxyPixiee on September 12
I feel the same as you, the style you are into changes your mood so easily. I love the socks and the romantic dress combination. very chic+ my fave
thesmartdresser
thesmartdresser on September 12
cute!
nadiakamballa
nadiakamballa on September 12
love the dress!
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on September 12
this outfit works so well, and i love how you make each outfit your own! faving. also agree with the personality thing, its so cool to be able to be a rock chick one day and a romantic girly girl the next, depending on how you feel when you wake up!
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
thank you sweetie! :D
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on September 12
also i love the hem on that dress!
mandigarcia
mandigarcia on September 12
adorable look!!!
starryeyed
starryeyed on September 12
this is soo nice!! i really love the colours.. and the socks look great with the dress and denim jacket. so pretty :)
Odette11
Odette11 on September 12
cute dress !
avate
avate on September 12
love the way you styled your outfit :) lovely
ficklishcheens
ficklishcheens on September 12
this is so chic! love your dress~ :)
Laura86
Laura86 on September 12
oh wow, your dress is so beautiful! and I love how it looks with the otk socks denim jacket!
LadyOfPemberley
LadyOfPemberley on September 12
This is so lovely <3
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
I'm so glad I helped you find some inspiration! I'm totally digging every single look on there. Be sure to check out the TRF section, so colorful and sort of all american and bohemien at the same time!
LadyOfPemberley
LadyOfPemberley on September 12
By the way, went to check the Zara lookbook - amazing! The photos are so great I have to download them and put them on my blog for future inspiration - thank you for sharing this with us! <3
kayemoniquesgonzales
kayemoniquesgonzales on September 12
the dress and socks combo = LOVE!!
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on September 12
I love the lace dress with the brown belt - it's such a classic look Looks so great with your denim jacket too! And I am loving the Rick Astley post title ;) A long long story but the thought of him always makes me giggle!
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on September 12
It was brilliant..and on the day they left school they had an assembly for all the Yr 11 leavers. They dressed one of the boys up as Rick Astley, put the song on SO LOUD and beckoned me up to stage to dance with him! Was hilarious ;)
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
hahaha sounds awesome, I'd never forget it either :D
S_agapoxxx
S_agapoxxx on September 12
It's a super super long story but my favourite class last year 'Rickrolled' my classroom by covering my walls with about 50 pics of Rick Astley after this huge running joke we had! I was on a school trip the day before and apparently they spent all of break, lunch and after school doing it!
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
rickrolled? :D
headbandit
headbandit on September 12
Lovely!
kss_23
kss_23 on September 12
love the dress and the socks!!! :D
shalompanganiban
shalompanganiban on September 12
oh wow!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on September 12
i need to buy grey knee high socks now!!!!
AmyIsham
AmyIsham on September 12
Little white dresses always look adorable and this denim jacket looks as if it were made for you. x
cayeconcepcion
cayeconcepcion on September 12
i looooooove the dress!!
ellekagaoan
ellekagaoan on September 12
pretty dress <3
ilovekrissy
ilovekrissy on September 12
lovely dress!!!!!!!!!
MarioPajutanJr
MarioPajutanJr on September 12
Love the socks over the dress.. very unexpected.. Favorite-d..:)
sininanimikay
sininanimikay on September 12
Lovely dress! I've always liked pairing a dress with a denim jacket. It's classic.
NanaHoshino
NanaHoshino on September 12
I love the jacket and socks!!! :D
folle_femme
folle_femme on September 12
Adore the tough/sweet mix between the denim jacket and the lace dress! You look wonderful and I loved your post!
Annebeth
Annebeth on September 12
thank you sweetie! :D
folle_femme
folle_femme on September 12
Btw..I thought I was your fan, but apparently I'm not, so I became one now:)
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