Lighten up

 

Ann Taylor Crepe Side Zip Top / Zara Pencil Skirt / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Forever21 Necklace / Aldo Caling Rings /  3.1 Philip Lim Pashli Satchel  / Forever21 Bracelet / Club Monaco Lindy Wrap Trench

The warmer weather finally hit, and as predicted, my color palette has lightened up somewhat. I actually wish I owned a pair of pointy toe nude pumps and a nude colored bag for this outfit, but alas, those things are still gaps in my closet.

Oddly enough, this blue top is the only item of a non-neutral color that I have purchased this year other than two pairs of blue denim. Everything has been either white, black, grey, or nude/stone! I actually forced myself to buy this blue blouse (I also purchased the black one), if only so I could say that I bought something that actually had some true color to it. I suppose it was a good choice. It goes great with white! 🙂

Grey on Grey

J.Crew Lightweight Merino V-Neck Sweater / Banana Republic Lightweight Wool Skirt (Grey)(new version) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Clutch (Black)(non-textured version) / Topshop Rings / Dogeared Necklace

 
I’m going through this phase where all the blog photos I’m taking are just terrible. If you are a fellow blogger that takes your own photos, I’m sure you can relate. There are days when no matter how many photos you take, it is impossible to find even just one good one. So if you are looking through my posts lately and are thinking, WTH is wrong with these pictures? So now you know. Despite the photos being sub-par, I’ve decided to post them anyway, or it may be weeks before you see another post. Yeah, sorry about that.

Cropped

Wilfred Free by Aritzia Georgia Cropped Top (Black, it’s not really sheer, the flash just makes it look like it) / Zara Skirt (similar) /3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (Black, textured)(similar) /  LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amaya (similar) /  Forever21 Bracelet and Rings

 
Cropped tops was one of those trends that I swore that I would never do. For one, I’m not in my teens or my twenties anymore so showing tons of skin tends to make it look like I’m trying too hard. Two, as hard as I work in the gym, I don’t have abs like Marisa Miller. And third, my waist is short, so tops that are cropped emphasize my short torso.

But never say never.

I had an event to go to, and as any other time I have somewhere to go and I need to get a little dressed up, I pondered about what I would wear. I suddenly had this idea that if I could pair the cropped top with a high-waisted skirt so that only a teeny bit of skin showed through, it actually might result in an acceptable outfit that didn’t look like I wished I was 16 again. I could totally get on board with that.

So I did a quick online search. I really wanted to keep covered up as much as possible, so I opted for a long sleeved version, but I kept my mind open to sleeveless versions as well. I also didn’t want the top to be too short (although not that hard, since I’m short-waisted anyway) and I didn’t want to pay too much. I checked several online stores and settled on this top from Wilfred Free (by Aritzia). I lucked out when I went to the B&M store on my lunch break there was only one black one left, and it fit! It was meant to be!

I paired it with this white Zara pencil skirt that sits extremely high on my waist. So high, you can’t even see skin showing in the first photo. And for the most part, unless I was bending or reaching, you wouldn’t see skin at all, which I suppose defeated the purpose of purchasing a cropped top, but oh well.

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